Extraordinary Recipes from an Ordinary Cook

Preparing great meals for friends and family is a great day for me. I enjoy experimenting with new ingredients and also updating classics that I’ve enjoyed for years. I have a passion for cooking and entertaining and wishes for everyone to internalize the belief that indeed they can cook! More About Me »

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roasted shrimp, broccoli, red peppers and onions in a white bowl

Chipotle Lime Roasted Shrimp

I’m a big fan of heat, spice – zip…whatever you want to call it.  And this recipe allows you to…

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two bowls of buffalo chicken meatballs on a table

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

It has been said that necessity is the mother of invention.  When I had the idea to whip up a…

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white bowl with two pieces of toast, a sunny side up egg on soup

Sequels can be so good!

The fun of cooking (for me) is often linked to the unexpected outcomes – ways to repurpose and serve a…

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pot of vegetable soup on stove top

Roasted Mixed Vegetable Soup

I’m fairly confident that my parents would have never predicted that, as an adult, their younger son would be making…

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two vesper martinis on a counter

Vesper Martini

I’ve always loved the look of a Martini.  They are sleek and sophisticated and conjure up images of Darren Stevens…

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white plate with pork and tomatoes

Pork Scaloppini with Cherry Tomatoes and Brown Rice

There are so many attractive features to this meal – allow me to list them for you.  One.  It’s cheap. …

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two bowls of broccoli soup on a table with two spoons

Broccoli Soup

This soup not only looks beautiful with its vibrant green color – but its silky-smooth texture will most assuredly fool…

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meatloaf on a white plate

Chicken Meatloaf

I’ve been playing around with several recipes that traditionally have starred red meat as their main player.  But since my…

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plate of pork and also in fry pan, hand stirring

Pinchos Morunos

Spanish tapas (finger foods) are quickly gaining more popularity in this country.  But their origin goes back centuries!  The Moors…

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chicken, broccoli and red potatoes on baking sheet ready to go into oven

Tray Bake

Putting together a well-balanced meal doesn’t have to be hard – but it can be tricky to coordinate, from a…

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two bowls of chile with shrimp

Meat Lovers Vegetarian Chili

I know the name of this recipe is a contradiction.  But allow me to explain.  As my husband and I…

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man eating bowl of soup with a spoon

Hot and Spicy Black and White Bean Soup

It’s Friday as I write this.  It’s freezing and the ground is slippery and icy.  The fridge and pantry are…

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plate with salad greens and sausage

Guilt Free Dijon and Chive Dressing

  I’ve been watching calorie intake lately – and my daily allotment is way less than I have been used…

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pizza on cutting board with cutter

Chicken Tikka Masala Pizza

The concept of Chicken Tikka Masala Pizza makes me happy.  Chicken Tikka is totally delicious and – heck, I don’t…

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bottle of Tajin seasoning blend

Pantry Essentials: Tajin

  You may have noticed this ingredient pop up in several of my recipes.  And if you know me personally,…

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pan with eggs and tomatoes cooking

Menemen (Turkish Eggs)

  Picture this.  It’s Sunday morning.  You want to make something that will nourish you and your family – but…

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