Tag: dinner

moroccan beef ragu sauce

moroccan beef ragu sauce

Here’s the salad I served this Moroccan beef ragu sauce and pasta with. Mediterranean Celery and Olives. It was the perfect match, at least in my palate option, with the warm spicy ragu. This salad offered a crunchy crisp juicy salty and sweet contrast. My small dinner party guests agreed, so […]

hurricane sesame glazed chicken

hurricane sesame glazed chicken

Hurricanes are a tragic natural disaster. Living on the coast of South Carolina, I don’t look forward to ‘hurricane season’. Unlike the ‘holiday season’ it’s fraught with some underlying anxiousness each time a ‘disturbance’ starts circulating in the far away Atlantic ocean. This hurricane sesame glazed chicken recipe is inspired […]

shrimp & pancetta gravy

shrimp & pancetta gravy

Hurricanes are a tragic natural disaster. Living on the coast of South Carolina, I don’t look forward to ‘hurricane season’. Unlike the ‘holiday season’ it’s fraught with some underlying anxiousness each time a ‘disturbance’ starts circulating in the far away Atlantic ocean. This shrimp & pancetta gravy recipe is inspired […]

love bird citrus garlic chicken

love bird citrus garlic chicken

When I decided to spatchcock then split this bird into two lovely individual pieces, it looked like a sweet heart side-by-side perched in the cast iron skillet. You see, I’m a food artist. For me, whenever I work with an ingredient, especially those that are totally natural and the best […]

mango basil chicken linguine

mango basil chicken linguine

Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me for this post! All the opinions and creativity are solely my own. For a full disclosure, click here! What I love about this recipe is that it’s all in one skillet. Can you believe that you don’t have to pre-cook the linguine! Yes, […]

italian fried flounder

italian fried flounder

Living on the water means that we have in our back yard a treasure trove of opportunities and pleasures. From boating in our rickety but full of personality john boat to just watching the tidal changes, it’s an entertaining adventure. Add to that the fish and seafood that can be […]

easy lamb bolognese

easy lamb bolognese

Who doesn’t love a rich thick flavorful bolognese? And, one that is relatively quick and easy to make? While I have a couple of other bolognese recipes on my website that are dynamite killer good, I wanted to create one that took less time and had fewer ingredients. But had […]

brown sugar fig pork

brown sugar fig pork

I usually don’t like messy. Buuuuut, when messy is a delicious messy, then I’m all for it! You’ll see that this brown sugar fig pork makes for one messy Dutch oven. But the elbow grease in scrubbin’ that pot will be well worth the goodliness of this pork! Steeped in […]

taco spicy sunshine pork

taco spicy sunshine pork

Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me for this post! All the opinions and creativity are solely my own. For a full disclosure, click here! I’m focusing more on recipes that have a fewer ingredients. Recipes that pack some serious palate power with the few ingredients.  This takes some […]

30 minute lemon shrimp pasta

30 minute lemon shrimp pasta

I love challenges. Even if it’s a small challenge that’s self-imposed. Challenges don’t have to be completing a triathlon to receive great gratification. Challenges can be those that you choose to do with yourself to keep YOU on your toes. That’s a big way of how I live my life […]

jamaican jerk oven fried chicken

jamaican jerk oven fried chicken

Some recipes like this jamaican jerk oven fried chicken take some prep and getting your fingers sticky and gooey. Yes, there’s gonna be some clean up, dishes, a messy counter space and some other odds and ends. But, the outcome is well worth all the effort and time you put […]

salmon with watercress scallion caper vinaigrette topping

salmon with watercress scallion caper vinaigrette topping

Meals that are quick and easy are the best. Now I love anything with lots of greens and salty. And, this recipe for salmon with watercress scallion caper vinaigrette topping answers all my adventurous palate desires! I’ve learned in the past few years how to cook salmon to perfection. I […]

skillet stuffed chicken with spinach & ricotta

skillet stuffed chicken with spinach & ricotta

When I learned that Emilie from The Clever Carrot had inked a cookbook contract, I was super excited. I just knew everything in it would be mouth-watering, healthy, easy and super delicious. When I got my copy of the book, I was not disappointed. There are so many things I […]

~tomato garlic basil beef stew~

tomato garlic basil bone marrow beef stew

The method of stewing meat is a very old cooking technique. Stewing meat requires patience and time because you want the meat exceptional tender. Traditionally, stews have been made with less expensive, tougher cuts of beef. Hence, time breaks down those fibers becoming tenderized and easier to chew and enjoy. […]

chicken puttanesca stew

chicken puttanesca stew

Think Adele. Yes, this chicken puttanesca stew is the kind of recipe that you fix for your family and friends and they think you’re a rock star. Get ready to walk the red carpet. Have people ask you what you’re wearing. Hey, even hang out with Blake and the gang […]

sweet and spicy beef roast

sweet and spicy beef roast

This is really a super easy pot roast! Just a few ingredients, let it slow cook and you have this sweet and spicy beef roast. Now I love a good pot roast and with this one, you can choose to do in the oven or in a slow cooker. I’ve […]

happy belly goulash

happy belly goulash

I figure the name of this dish says it all~happy belly goulash! Yes, with just a few ingredients. A little time. And, a loving hands, you can make happy bellies around your dinner table! Now the ale I used in this recipe, I think, makes a big difference in the […]

~kale meatball wraps~

kale meatball wraps

Before you bake these kale meatball wraps, you’ll think you’re looking at a dish of lovely flowers!  Rather than roll the meat mixture entirely in the leaves, I wanted created a more artistic looking dish to serve and present~~after the leaves cook, the wilting and color changes made me think […]

roasted salmon pouches

roasted salmon pouches

There are so many things I love about this recipe for roasted salmon pouches. Let me count the ways! Easy. Healthy. Simple. Elegant. Boholicious! The salmon is super moist. The vegetables are infused with the flavors of all the characters. You can serve in the pouch. Just put it on […]

slow cooked garlic onion pork with dates & pineapple

Slow cooked garlic onion pork is worth all the effort~~well, if you consider about 15 minutes of prep ‘work’ and then after that the oven does the ‘work’.  I love meats that can be pulled apart with a fork.  Meats that bathe in juices of spices and flavors that infuse […]

slow cooked spiced leg of lamb

slow cooked spiced leg of lamb

Names. Yep, they’re important in life.  Your name follows you wherever you go. I mean if you become President, you’d want a regal strong name, right?  Parents usually give their kids a first and middle name like, Alva Grace, Bo James, Shelby Lynn, Mary Taylor. Most of the time, one […]

country style beef meatballs with gravy

country style beef meatballs with gravy

Nothing speaks of comfort food than country style beef meatballs with gravy. Rich and hearty, turning simple ground beef into these tasty meatballs makes you think you’re eating something like prime rib! There’s just enough fat in this 85/15 ground beef to add some deep flavor and after you season […]

~ottoman empire burger with roasted red pepper sauce & grilled onions~

ottoman empire burger

The ‘ottoman empire burger’. Hummmm, sounds pretty amazing and fancy schmanzee, huh?  Now just how did I get that name. Well, if you explore the ingredients, you’ll understand more!  Some of these ingredients, including the spices, date back to long ago, and, yes, maybe even to the Ottoman Empire! When […]

farm table greek vegetable soup

farm table greek vegetable soup

There’s a popular eating movement called ‘farm to table’…love this concept, and I add to that my concept of ‘eating close to the earth,’ which means when you look at ingredients you’re using, ask yourself, ‘Does this look like it just came from the earth?’ If so, then you’re probably […]

crispy spicy chicken with orange ginger honey maple sauce

crispy spicy chicken with orange ginger honey maple sauce

What inspired this crispy spicy chicken and the recipe is that my girlfriend, Sally, wanted a lesson in making ‘fried chicken’…see she’s a Rocky Mountain girl, and she wanted good ol’ Southern fried chicken. I explained to her that my ‘Southern’ chicken was more baked than fried, and she’d be […]

sauteed cod in greek seasoned butter wine sauce

sauteed cod in greek seasoned butter wine sauce

Simple quick and easy dishes seem to always make me smile. I used frozen cod in this recipe because I couldn’t find any really good fresh cod~~got this at Costco, had tasted it, so I knew it’d be a great substitute for fresh. Make sure after you thaw the filet […]

fresh herb chicken salad

fresh herb chicken salad

My body is really sensitive to what I put in it~I mean especially with food. It’s like it can tell if I’m putting in ‘junk’ and empty calories~you know the foods that are highly processed, full of ingredients that you can’t pronounce and usually bear little or no recognition of […]

fusilli bucati luighi and tuscan kale

fusilli bucati luighi and tuscan kale

I like to eat pretty things. I like to prepare unique looking dishes that have eye appeal. I like to introduce to my family and friends new versions of their favorites.  That’s the story of this pasta dish. There is a history in everything we eat! According to the DeCecco, […]

italian breaded chicken with alfredo pasta

italian breaded chicken with alfredo pasta

This recipe comes from Knorrs, and it is a sponsored post.I made it as part of my participation in a contest for Knorr® sponsored by Zooppa. My mission was to create the recipe (and others), photograph it then enter this photograph into the contest.Really easy and quick, this dish is […]

north african lamb loin chops

north african lamb loin chops

I consider lamb loin chops a delicacy. And, when I season them with ras el hanout and fresh herbs I call them a north african lamb loin chop delicacy! The flavors of North Africa have sensual spice blends that can be warm and toasty, firey and spicy, and those full […]

butter garlic herb pizza

butter garlic herb pizza

Making pizza dough used to scare me. I look back now and wonder why! I mean it’s just so easy to make a wonderful crust without much trouble at all. It’s worth all the extra work because the flavors you have once you build your pizza are simply divine! This […]

Rigatoni with Smoked Italian Sausage & Chicken

rigatoni & smoked italian sausage chicken sauce

Growing up pasta, well, rigatoni in particular, was my three boys’ favorite! I’d do different sauces, the bolognese being their favorite, and this meaty almost goulash-like sauce was a close second. Interestingly, this was one way to get some veggies into their diets~~my youngest son didn’t like onions at all~~I […]

turkish lamb asiago meatballs

turkish lamb asiago meatballs

Meatballs that you’ll eat like gum balls! These luscious luvs have bursts of asiago cheese in them that’s an unexpected surprise. Then there’s a full canvas of fresh herbs that work together symphonically to create interesting new triggers of happiness on your palate. Then there’s the slight charring and cripies […]

~italian inspired bison meatloaf~

italian inspired bison meatloaf

I love meatloaf, especially the leftovers & making sammiches.   I love bison and wanted to infuse this meatloaf with Italian flavors. I love comfort food & this is in my top 10.  I love mashed taters, I mean real mashed taters.  I love watching the Oscars.  I served this […]

Mediterranean Slow Roasted Pot Roast

There’s just so much about this ‘pot roast’ that’s not a ‘pot roast’…what I mean by that is that while this is a cheap, relatively speaking, cut of meat~~I mean it is a lowly chuck roast~~the way it’s cooked, the herbs, the wine and the infusion of all the flavors […]

garlic onion rustic mashed potatoes with fresh herbs

garlic onion rustic mashed potatoes with fresh herbs

There’s not a potato I don’t like. Mashed, boiled, baked, fried, toasted, roasted, basted and tasted. Nothing better. And, these mashed taters, yes, garlic onion rustic mashed potatoes with fresh herbs, lumpy at that, my preference being the rustic earth chick with food that I am, are just even better […]

Oven Roasted Fresh Herb Mountain Trout

Oven Roasted Fresh Herb Mountain Trout

Living part of the time in the mountains of Colorado has so many advantages, especially during the summer.  And, when you have a neighbor who loves to fish.  A neighbor who has a sweet honey hole for finding brown trout.  And, a neighbor who shares his catch with you, then […]

~sweet pepper ginger panko crusted chicken with greek tzatziki sauce~

sweet pepper ginger panko chicken

You’re gonna be so glad you gathered all these mouth-watering ingredients to marinade your chicken because, it’s worth all the effort! After the chicken breast filets float in this goodness, then it’s a simple matter of setting up your assembly line to dunk and dredge them in more tastiness. A […]

salmon confit & corn medley

And you thought pre-packaged refrigerated canned biscuits were just canned biscuits? Au contraire, these nifty convenience items can be fashioned into a lot of other cool things, and whomever’s eating the dish will probably never know you started with canned biscuits! That’s the fun part of cooking~~it’s like artistry~~the ingredients can create a new canvas. So become a biscuit sculptor in your own kitchen…come up with fun new ways to design and use them…that’s what makes being a chef an artist!

~beef potatoes & tomatoes~

beef potatoes & tomatoes

Whether you cook this on the stovetop, in a slow cooker/crockpot or in the oven~~you’re in for a comfort food experience that will make you want to curl up in your snuggle jammies on the sofa, turn on your fave TV show or movie, pour a glass of wine or […]

chicken marsala soup

chicken marsala soup

One of my most favorite Italian dishes is chicken marsala~~I mean when I go to a really authentic Italian restaurant, that’s what I oftentimes order, and even when I go to a great chain like Carabbas, yep, it’s chicken marsala for me!

Since I’d seen a new Campbell’s product at the store, their packaged marsala sauce, I thought I’d give it a whirl in a new twist~~making a chicken marsala soup~~I mean I could put all the essential things in it and even add more mushrooms since the sauce had only a few, like I could count them on my one hand. Overall, this sauce has nice flavors and made the making of this soup pretty painless and easy~~sometimes life just calls for that, right? Here’s to ~peace and making life easier~ xoxo ally

dark red cherry boneless beef country-style ribs

dark red cherry boneless beef country-style ribs

This recipe is brought to you by DOLE Packaged Foods, however, all of the recipe development and creative food artistry, including the photography, is solely the work of Ally in her Kitchen.  For more information CLICK~ Cherries are packed with nuitrition~~so, how do you get all that goodness into your diet […]

New York Strip Hot Smoked Paprika Red Wine Stew

You know what happens when you go to Costco, you buy, and not just a little bit, a lot!  So, this is what happened with these New York strip steaks, I’d bought them, froze four of them, and several months later found them stuffed in the back of the freezer. […]

~mussels shrimp & pasta~

mussels shrimp & pasta

Yeah, I’ve done these mussels and shrimp before (just put those words in the Google search box on my website and start counting), but each time I gussy ’em up a little differently.  So hang in there with me and try this new version of this seafood and pasta~~cuz, that’s […]

~greek veal kleftiko ‘stolen meat’~

greek veal kleftiko ‘stolen meat’

I’m a sucker for intrigue with food! It just adds to the mystic, the allure, the mystery of the why! According to legend in Greece, robber’s would raid steal lamb from grazing flocks, then they’d return to their hideouts and cook the meat—it would take hours and hours because they’d […]

~fresh herb arugula penne pasta & Parmesan~

fresh herb arugula penne pasta & parmesan

This is one of those easy quick recipes that you can serve for breakfast, lunch or dinner~~it can be a side or add the sunnyside up egg and you have an full meal. Grill a piece of chicken or salmon and it’s yet another meal. The pasta is laden with […]

~spaghetti carbonara with chives~

pasta alla carbonara with chives

Yes, this can be for breakfast, and that’s exactly why I fixed it one morning~~I thought, hey, why wait til dinner, this is about as close to a great eggs and bacon as you can get!  You can pass on the toast because the pasta is your carb, and it’s […]

Grana Padano Bone-In Pork Chop & Snow Peas

grana padano bone-in pork chop & snow peas

I love entering contests, and when I came upon the “Legends from Europe Contest” I knew I wanted to give it whirl!   What is Legends from Europe?  They’re makers of hams and cheeses, and here’s what they say~~’These world-class hams and cheeses look and taste different, yet have a […]

~garam masala veal & pasta~

garam masala veal & pasta

This is one of those meals that you can make in about 30 minutes and feel like you’re eating somewhere really fancy dancy! Because these veal cutlets are thin, they cook quickly, and once you’ve made the pasta, you’re just about ready to serve up something boholicious! Garam Masala is […]

~butter herb garlic grilled chicken~

butter herb garlic grilled chicken

This butter her garlic grilled chicken makes for a couple of fine meals~~remember, the carcass is full of nutrition once you’ve pretty much picked the bird clean, so simmer it a while in some water, onions, carrots, celery & spices, and you’ll have an outrageously delicious broth for soups and […]

~broccoli slaw tomato garlic & chives egg skillet pie~

broccoli slaw tomato garlic & chives egg skillet pie

If you’ve got eggs, you’ve got a meal!  This skillet pie made kind of like a frittata or an omelette is full of veggies, melted cheese, and savory flavors!  I love making skillet egg pies because you just throw whatever it is you have into the skillet then cover with […]

Jerusalem Eggs with Black Forbidden Rice & Quinoa

nomad eggs with black forbidden rice & quinoa

Inspiration for new dishes comes from random events and places for me like when I’m brushing my teeth or gargling and then from some pretty predictable places like cookbooks, but I must say not many cookbooks and/or recipes truly inspire me, like make my heart skip a beat or two~~like […]

~standing rib roast~

~standing rib roast~

Disclaimer~~This is just not for special occasions!  Holiday dinners call for something pretty fanceee schmanceee, and there’s nothing more stunning and delicious than a standing rib roast!  Christmas for us as the kids have grown up, started their own families and have their own lives has morphed from lots of […]

Caribbean Tagliatelle with Pan Seared Scallops

Caribbean Tagliatelle with Pan Seared Scallops

Preparing for the World Food Championships meant months of recipe artistry~~hours of thinking consciously and unnumbered hours of thinking subconsciously!  Not to mention hours of work in the kitchen and lotsa money spent on ingredients! This dish was one of those many pasta creations, since ‘pasta’ was the theme ingredient […]

Bourbon & Brown Sugar Chuck Roast

bourbon & brown sugar chuck roast

Chuck roasts are usually cheaper cuts of beef with more fat marbleing. They’re usually not as tender unless you work your magic when cooking it!  Now the thing I totally LOVE about a chuck roast or ‘stringy beef’ as we also call it is that it cooks slow and low, and it […]

pollo alla griglia con pomodori secchi balsamico e rucola

pollo alla griglia con pomodori secchi balsamico e rucola

Grilled Chicken with Sun Dried Tomatoes Balsamic and Arugula…just had to do that translation for you!  I’ve created this recipe while staying in Tuscany~~Ben and I have a small villa, so we did some meager grocery shopping~~you know, just few things for snacks, breakfast and maybe a dinner in.   […]

My Nomadic Adventure—Our Italian Family~~Poggio Mirteto

My Nomadic Adventure—Poggio Mirteto

16 May 2013-18 May 2013 Sometimes inspiration for cooking contests means getting out of the kitchen, away from some things food for a while, and indulging in new venues, sights, smells, places, and people–here’s one of my nomadic adventures that has energized me and provided boutiful fodder for creative ideas […]

Black Bean Spinach & Cherry Tomato Pizza

Black Bean Spinach & Cherry Tomato Pizza

You’ll need a fork with this ‘pizza’~~it’s gooey and oooey and fat and sassy and full of yummilicious, and only seven, ingredients!  Why not speed up the process of fixing a dinner by using a pre-packaged pizza dough~~I mean you get home from work, your draggin’ and tired, there are […]

Mozzarella Italian Meatballs

These meatballs get better and better on days 2 and 3~~that is, IF there are any left to ‘age’ that long!  I usually make these meatballs when I’m making my ‘Bohemian Bolognese’, a ‘Signature Recipe’, because most all the stuff is there and ready to go.   It’s just a […]

Buffalo Chorizo Flatbread Pizza with Charred Red Bells and Scallion Sauce

buffalo chorizo flatbread pizza

Buffarizo! Buffalo or/bison and chorizo—think Gringo and Amigo—food elements that are a treasured part of my life.  For the past almost 20 years, my nomadic life has included living not only in South Carolina but in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.  Life there is vastly different from my life along […]

Smoked Chipotle Red Wine Beef Short Ribs

When I find something really interesting on sale, as in marked down 50% or more, like these beef short ribs, I snatch ’em up…good thing there wasn’t anyone around eyeing them, too, because I might have gotten really snitty, horned in, and grabbed ’em!  There were just four, perfect for […]

Spicy Chunky Anasazi Bean Chili

Spicy Chunky Anasazi Chili Beans

I made some really wickedly good Anasazi beans, and had about 4 cups left over. This became the reason for this chili!   There was the ham hock, too, that the beans had been cooked in, so I shredded the meat off the bone and threw it in this chili. […]

Red Wine Rump Roast

Red Wine Rump Roast

This is the kind of cooking that will drive people cra cra if they come to your house while it’s cooking!  The smells…the scents…the aromas~~oh, yeah, you’ll be winning friends who want to be invited to dinner.   Scents like this remind me of growing up, going to my Grandma’s […]