Baked Chicken with Olives and Stuffed Roasted Bell Peppers

Chicken with Olives and Stuffed Roasted Bell Peppers is a perfect week night meal or company fare.  Moist chicken along with fresh mozzarella stuffed peppers, olives and drizzled with red pepper oil.  Since I had fresh mozzarella in the refrigerator and had just picked up a bag of small sweet peppers, I decided to combine the two, toss in some olives and my what a sweet dinner it was.  A feast for the eyes and well as a delicious feast with every bit   I hope you will agree. 

baked chicken with olives and peppers


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Baked then Grilled Ribs/Interesting Find – Hudson Sauce

Who doesn’t love a great rack of fall-off the bones BBQ’d ribs in the summer time? We certainly do!  I found years ago that by baking the ribs first and then grilling them, you get fall of the bone tenderness without the 3 hours of tending to the grill.  I usually rub the ribs with a dry rub or concoct a BBQ sauce to baste the ribs.  This time, I used a terrific new find – Hudson Sauce.  Their spicy marinade is unbelievably delicious and made this rib preparation even easier.  I marinated the ribs in their Spicy Marinade.  Then followed the method I have always used for ribs.  Bake the ribs in the oven first, them finish on the grill.  I even brushed the ribs with some of the marinade during the last few minutes of cooking.  Finger lickin’ good with a bit of heat and oh so easy!

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                                                                          Marinated Ribs                                   Ribs just taken off the grill

marinated ribs cooked ribs


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Rigatoni with Fresh Burrata

This week has been a week of farmers market finds.  I purchased 7 oz. of fresh Burrata Cheese from a local cheese company, assorted heirloom cherry tomatoes and fresh basil.  Burrata is a fresh Italian cheese; basically a ball formed from Mozzarella filled with fresh cheese and/or cream.  When you cut it open, the wonderful creamy center flows out.  I think you will agree this is a wonderful concoction of pasta, tomatoes, sausage, and fresh burrata.  

Rigatoni with Fresh Burrata

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Grilled Fish with Peppers

The days are so hot, I decided it was time to utilize the grill.  I purchased orange roughy at the store along with assorted peppers.  I wrapped it in foil along with lemon juice, butter and spices.  In twenty minutes, dinner was ready in one packet.  It was the perfect summer dinner, you certainly could substitute any fish; just adjust the cooking time according to thickness of the fish.  Entertaining? – serve each guest one packet to reveal the contents at their place setting.

grilled fish with peppers

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Orange Glazed Grilled Pork Tenderloin

I am always trying new ways to grill pork tenderloins. This time I basted the tenderloins while grilling with an orange glaze. The tenderloins are moist and delicious with a hint of orange.   Perfect to serve with grilled vegetables on a beautiful summer night.


pork tenderloin


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Fajita Marinade

I just love this time of year when you can fire-up the grill and have dinner on the porch.  I think because we lived in Texas for five years; we have a fondness for a Texas favorite and one of our favorites, fajitas.  In this fajita marinade, I combined a variety of ingredients that gives the perfect flavor combination for both steak and chicken.  Marinate your meat early in the day and refrigerate for at least six hours.  Then grill to your desired degree of doneness and serve with warm tortillas, and bowls of your favorite garnishes to make your favorite fajitas.  Our favorite combination is grilled onions and peppers, sour cream, avocados, and salsa.

fajita marinade


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Unbelievably Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

This recipe is so easy it is almost embarrassing to post.  Two ingredients and fantastic results.  Now that is one great recipe!   I usually use whatever BBQ sauce I happen to have in my pantry.  However, this time, I used a wonderful Virginia product that I received.  I used Shaffer’s Bold and Sassy Sauce. I always prefer to use locally made products in my recipes.  Their sauce is a vinegar/red wine based sauce with molasses, coriander, cumin and other spices.  It was a delicious addition to this easy recipe. 

slow cooker pulled pork

 Big Julie‚Äôs Bold & Sassy (16 fl oz) - $6.99



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Whitefish Florentine

For this recipe I took the basics from my favorite spinach artichoke dip and topped it with a mild whitefish.  Oh my, what a wonderful combination.  You can even make this ahead, up to six hours before serving, cover and refrigerate until ready to bake.  I served this with focaccia bread and roasted carrots- need I tell you there were no leftovers?  A truly wonderful combination. 

whitefish florentine


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Shrimp Wraps

I have a few “go to” recipes that are quick and easy to prepare.  This recipe is one of those that is always a favorite and ready to serve in a very little time.  Toss aside that carryout menu – time to make these wonderful shrimp wraps.  Excellent with a chilled Riesling.

shrimp wraps


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Chicken Tostadas

This recipe is a quick to prepare recipe that is a great weeknight meal.  Have leftover chicken in your refrigerator?  If so, this recipe is perfect or use a grocery store rotisserie cooked chicken.  I prefer using corn tortillas, however, if you prefer flour tortillas they would be equally delicious.  This is a recipe that takes under 30 minutes and will become a family favorite!

chicken tostadas

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