Honey Dijon Avocado Dressing #RecipeRedux

You can skip the salad dressing aisle at the grocery store from now on, I've got some big news for you. Making your own salad dressings and dips are so ridiculously simple and taste so much better that you'll be kicking yourself for buying the jarred stuff. If simplicity and taste haven't convinced you, how about the cost? Pennies on the dollar. You can make several different types of dressings and dips to suite your cravings using stuff you most likely already have in your fridge and cupboard.



Cuban Style Empanadas Recipe and How my 10 Year Old Got Stuck to the Carpet, A dinner time tale.

Empanadas are a fun way to serve your favorite taco type fillings and flavors. Making them at home is much easier than you might think and they are a perfect portable lunch. They are often served at parties and celebrations in Latin cultures the fillings widely varying. They are like little pita pockets stuffed with meats, onions, potatoes and olives in most Latin cultures and are thought to have first popped up in Portugal, popular on trade routes to India and are believed to have been derived or influenced by the Indian Samosa which usual have spiced potatoes, onions, peas, lentils and minced lamb in them. 




Jamaican Jerk Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos

Cooking the chicken in a pressure cooker not only cuts down the cooking time considerably but locks in all of the moisture making for a perfectly cooked bone in chicken. This simple, any day of the week supper is insanely full of flavor from the blend of Jamaican All Spice and the bit of coconut oil used to make the sweet potato chips you'll think you've died and gone to a Jamaican Paradise Mon.




Smoked Salmon and Shaved Asparagus Gruyere Quiche with a Pine Nut Crust #SundaySupper

Mother's Day always floods me with memories of my children when they were itty bitty little people. The baby belly laughs, the chubs, the first steps, the sleepless nights, the onesies, the endless diaper changes, the excessive worrying, the obsessive love, the pureed baby food covering every inch of their bodies except for their tummies. Also, I can't help but to sit back and appreciate the wondrous, extraordinarily unique person's they are growing into. Each one of them completing my life in ways I never imagined. Ever. 



From Huevos Rancheros, Ceviche and a Trio of Tacos to Sopapillas and Tres Leches. The Ultimate Cinco de Mayo Roundup

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Are you celebrating by cooking up your favorite enchiladas or tacos? In our family, that is more commonly on the table than spaghetti and meatballs, in fact my mom was know to make a home made pork chile verde, tortillas, rice and beans and enchiladas for Thanksgiving instead of  the usual turkey and stuffing. 

I've lived here in Phoenix, AZ. for pretty much my entire life. I didn't appreciate the allure of the desert until I'd traveled around a bit in my young adult life. The mountains are everywhere and they are breathtaking especially in the wee morning hours and in the evening when they turn a magical shade of purple. The Sonoran desert sunsets are something that can not be described with breathtakingly vibrant yellows, reds and oranges only Nature can devise.

Here are some of my tried and true Mexican food favorites. I hope you save and share them and please keep coming back for more!

Start out the morning in full flavor mode. Huevos Rancheros el Fresco



Grilled Blackened Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with Moscato Fruit Salsa #SundaySupper

Sweet and Spicy, Sweet and Sour, Sweet and Salty and just plain Sweet. There's something about a touch of sweetness that makes most everything better. Whether it be chocolate covered pretzels, a Sweet and Sour stir fried pork, strawberries dipped in chocolate or these Grilled Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with Moscato Pineapple and Mango Salsa. 

At the end of the day, sometimes a girl just needs something sweet. 

Thank goodness Gallo Family Wine made an official Moscato Day on May 9th to celebrate such a perfect aperitif or dessert wine. Gallo has 3 Moscato varieties  White, Pink and Red to suite your particular taste or dish. If you have a favorite dish featuring moscato you can join in the fun and win great prizes! Check out the details here.

Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.



Carne Asada Fajita Quesadillas with Grilled Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salsa #CincodeMayo

Want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo by stuffing yourself silly with some really good Mexican food? I know I do! Can't decide between fajitas with grilled peppers and onions and a big cheesy steak quesadilla? How about having both? Who said you couldn't have your cake and eat it too?




Garden Tomato, Mushroom and Eggplant Lasagna {Gluten Free}

No noodles needed in this hearty vegetable lasagna. You won't miss them or the meat as you go back for seconds. Baked ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses along with a spicy marinara sauce will have you singing praises of the eggplant, mushrooms and garden fresh tomatoes in this classic comfort food. Grab a glass of wine, a big spoon, your favorite book and dig in!

vegetarian, gluten free, recipe



Teryaki Shrimp and Seared Eggplant Bowl

I hesitate to label anything Paleo since I don't follow any diets or trends but it's hard to argue that most of the foods that are considered to be Paleo are really good for you. Basically, it's clean eating in it's most basic form. For instance, swapping out soy sauce which is a GMO and is also super high in sodium for healthier coconut aminos and also using a small spoonful of unfiltered, Raw, local honey in place of table sugar are simple swaps to make this dish much healthier.


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