Orecchiette pasta with Chicken and Broccoli

I haven’t made pasta recently, with the exception of spaghetti and meatballs. And with the temperatures getting warmer, I wanted to find a dish that wasn’t too heavy, but filling at the same time. I remember my sister making an orecchiette pasta with sausage dish, so I decided to take that as an inspiration and use the chicken breast I already had on hand, instead of sausage. Serving Size: 4 Cook Time: 20 minutes Ingredients: 2 broccoli crowns, cut into florets Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup…

Asian Inspired Salt and Pepper Shrimp

It’s Monday and after a long day, I wanted something quick and easy to make for dinner. I’ve also been craving an Asian dish as well. So what better to make than salt and pepper shrimp using easy peel shrimp! I’m trying to get my 17 month old son used to a variety of cuisine as well. Large shrimp would be great finger food for him, and I could even chop it up and toss with some rice if he wanted to use a spoon. I love using the easy…

Lamb Chops with Garlic and Rosemary

One of the most exciting things about moving into my new home was the thought of having my own herb garden. I’ve never had a green thumb, but I still wanted to try my hand at this. I hate buying a whole bunch of herbs from the grocery store, to only use it once that week and then end up tossing it out. So who new with some sun and water, my herb garden exploded and is actually thriving! At one of my recent trips to the meat counter, we…

Cambodian Stir Fried Clams – Cha Leah

It’s smack dab in the middle of the humid summer here in DC. And when I say humid and hot, I mean every word of it! Summers here are almost unbearable. One of the joys I do find in this heat is the abundance of yummy seafood. I don’t know why, but heat makes me want to eat seafood! I think it’s because of my early memories of going to Yorktown with my family in the summertime to fish, go crabbing and find clams. As a young girl, it was…

Clams in Garlic and Wine Sauce with Water Cress for the Spring

The weather is definitely taking a turn and we’re hopefully finally saying goodbye to winter and hello to the spring! And for me personally, nothing says welcome warmer temperatures quite like grilling and seafood. Unfortunately though, our grill is currently in the process of being repaired. So I’ll go to my second favorite spring time meal, seafood; more specifically clams! Words cannot describe how much I adore linguine with clams. My husband in fact gets annoyed with me sometimes because I’ll order it pretty much whenever I see it on…

Paleo Chicken Lo Mein

I’ve toyed with the idea of trying to eat Paleo for a while and wasn’t really sure I could do it. The more I thought about it though, it seemed like I was getting close to this style of eating all ready. The basic principle behind eating Paleo is eating as close to nature as possible, so eating all natural and organic foods. This means eliminating processed foods and carbs, sticking to protein, fish, nuts, and fruits and veggies. I don’t think I would completely revamp my eating habits to…

Lemongrass and Garlic Shrimp

I’m trying to add a bit more diversity in our dinners and tonight I made a dish I remember my dad making when I was younger. Nothing says easy to me more than a quick shrimp saute. The key to this dish is getting the sauce correct. My dad would make this using shrimp with the head and shell still on. I remember how much fun it was getting my fingers sticky and enjoying the delicious sauce! But for this version, I decided to remove the head and peel the…

Vietnamese Chicken Wings to Kick Off the Start of Football Season

Well, we’ve been waiting for this all summer, the beginning of Football season and the Redskins are playing their first pre-season game tonight. Goodbye to bad summer television programs and hello to cheering and crying for my favorite team. So I wanted to make some good ole fashion chicken wings to commemorate the first game. But not buffalo style wings, instead, I wanted to try making the Vietnamese chicken wings from Pok Pok again, the famous restaurant in Portland, OR. I’ve tried this recipe before and it didn’t come out…

Easy Spicy Chicken

I found this chicken recipe on Pinterest, mainly because the picture looked super appetizing, but also I was shocked to see how easy and simple it was! I liked the combination of spices and herbs to kick up a dull chicken dinner, so I really wanted to try it at home.  The original recipe calls for chicken breast, but I prefer the tenderness and flavor of dark meat, so feel free to substitute white or dark meat. Also, I allowed the chicken to marinate for a little bit, but you can…

Vietnamese Style Chicken Wings

My husband wanted me to watch a clip of a Portland, OR establishment featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. It featured a Southeast Asian restaurant called Pok Pok that makes some of the town’s best Asian cuisine.  One of the  items highlighted on this episode were Vietnamese chicken wings. I just about drooled after watching the clip and it totally inspired me to try this recipe at home! I made the recipe once and tweaked it again to come out with this version. Allowing the chicken wings to marinate overnight really…