Summer Sides and Salads: Garlic and Ginger Chicken Udon Noodle Salad

I know that I have said this before but summer is not the time of year when I want my oven cranked up… Aside from the heat factor, its also the TIME!  So, I have been falling back in love with one of my old faithful cheats:  ROTISSERIE CHICKEN! Yes, its a bit more expensive, but for a ready to eat deli item, its still not bad.  For a smaller sized chicken, I can usually get at least 2 dinners plus a 2-3 of the husbands’ sandwiches for lunch.  The man LOVES his daily sammich and apparently hates lunch time variety.  He claims that minimizing variables is what geniuses do.…

What to make for Father’s Day: Recipe Round-Up

Are you making something special for your Dad, Grandpa, or another father figure in your life this weekend?? We will be doing a combination grill-out and raw oyster tasting bar for Father’s Day this weekend!  If you are still deciding what to make, consider one of these Dad approved favorites!! Main Course Marinated Flank Steak Korean Style This flank steak is best when allowed to marinade in the Korean inspired flavors for 24-48 hours.  This flavorful and easy to make steak is what we will be making on Father’s day! Raw Oyster Tasting, Serving, and my favorite Mignonette Treat your dad to a oyster geography lesson by following the directions…

Girls’ Night in 5: Gruyere and Caramelized Onion Tart

Girls’ Night in 5 is a monthly “how-to” series containing Girls’ Night friendly recipes with 5 or fewer ingredients and no more than 5 minutes of active prep!  This series is part of my mission to simplify entertaining to encourage readers to invest in their community through hosting and loving people well. I soooo appreciate all the great feedback on the first Girls’ Night in 5 posts last month!  Loved reading your comments and messages!  I am a big fan of making gathering my girl people together a habit!  And it sounds like its something that resonates with quite a few of you, too!  The longer I am out of…

Southwestern Chipotle Sweet Potato Noodle Salad

If the 80s there were acid wash jeans, leg warmers, and shoulder pads.  The 90s had hair crimpers, frosted tips, and breadmakers.  And today, we have……the spiralizer. Well, who knows what we will look back on and say “What were we thinking about?,” but I am betting that spiralized vegetable noodles and the spiralizers that create them will at least be on the list as diets become increasingly health conscience.  My attitude with friends as with vegetables is the same:  “The more the merrier.”  Its certainly not a bad thing, so I am not ready to lump them in the same category as hammer pants and boy bands. And also,…
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