Delicious Jambalaya with Chicken Sausage and Shrimp

When I first starting making jambalaya years ago, I used a recipe from a cookbook called Celebrate Chicago: A Taste of Our Town and  put together by the Junior League of Chicago (1996 edition). Since then I have adapted the recipe for jambalaya in this cookbook, especially after visiting New Orleans several times over the years....more

Grilled Filet Mignon with Red Wine Mushroom Sauce

We grill all year long no matter what the weather is like.  Winter or summer, it makes no difference to us. So tonight, I thought it would be nice to have a red wine mushroom sauce to spoon over our grilled filet mignon and even over the Parmesan risotto I was preparing for dinner. A red wine mushroom sauce is easy to make and adds such rich flavor to a steak. Filet mignon is great on its own, but when you want to step it up a bit and make your meal a little fancier, my Grilled Filet Mignon with Red Wine Mushroom Sauce is the way to do it!...more

Grilled Flank Steak Salad with Zesty Lemon Honey Vinaigrette

We grill flank steak all year long on our gas grill, even when it is snowing outside. Flank steak done on the grill is great anytime, but when we use it in a flank steak salad, it is absolutely wonderful! Flank steak salads make great meals, especially when made using a homemade vinaigrette, like my Zesty Lemon Honey Vinaigrette. Blended together with the right ingredients, my Grilled Flank Steak Salad with Zesty Lemon Honey Vinaigrette is awesome!...more

Zesty Lemon Honey Vinaigrette

When preparing a Grilled Flank Steak Salad, I decided on a vinaigrette that would be full of the zesty flavor of lemons and honey. Ever since I have started making my own vinaigrette salad dressings, I love the rich flavors so much, I rarely use a bottled dressing any longer. The taste of homemade vinaigrette salad dressing is so robust and tasty, anything less has to take second place. That's why I decided my Grilled Flank Steak Salad needed a special vinaigrette, so I came up with my Zesty Lemon Honey Vinaigrette!...more

Chicken in White Wine Mushroom Sauce

During the winter months when we have chicken, we still grill it more often than not because it's so healthy. Even if there is snow on the ground, we love grilling chicken and other foods in the winter. But I wanted to cook a chicken dish with a little more flair today because it was my husband's birthday this week. I decided chicken with a white wine sauce and mushrooms would be delicious. That's how I came up with my version of Chicken in White Wine Mushroom Sauce!...more

Savory Chicken with Tomato, Artichokes, and Beans All in One Pot

When I started my chicken dinner tonight, I wasn't really sure where I would end up. I like to think my father was standing by my side encouraging me to try something new with chicken or challenging me like he used to do to make something better than him. Our little competitions often inspired me to try things in the kitchen I had never tried before. Dad was famous for throwing together a meal that was more than gourmet, just using whatever he had on hand. That's what I did tonight and the result was my delicious Savory Chicken with Tomato, Artichokes, and Beans All in One Pot!...more

What's for Dinner?

"What's for dinner?" is a common refrain in many households. With that particular question, "What's for dinner?" is usually directed to the person who cooks for the household. That same person either has no idea until they check what they have on hand and what they may need to get, or they know for sure what they'll be cooking on that particular day. Either way, if you're the person who does the cooking, you will always have those special recipes you turned to when asked, "What's for Dinner?" on any given day!...more

Savory Chicken Mushroom Soup with Great Northern Beans

It's that time of year when everyone enjoys a delicious bowl of hot soup. There are a wide variety of soup recipes out there to choose from when making soup, so you have to decide a few things before choosing the recipe that's right for you. Are you a clear broth soup eater or do you prefer a cream soup? I have a tendency to choose the clear broth soups because they are usually healthier and for the most part, lower in calories. I also love a soup that has lots of vegetables....more

Delicious Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Slices with Thyme

There are so many wonderful ways to cook a sweet potato, but around this time of year everyone is thinking about eating healthier. An oven roasted sweet potato is a great way to have a healthy sweet potato with your meal. These sweet potatoes are so delicious, you won't miss the brown sugar, butter, or marshmallows at all. Sweet potatoes are definitely sweet enough on their own, so why not roast them with a few seasonings and have my Delicious Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Slices with Thyme!...more

Lemon Chicken with Artichokes, Kalamata Olives, and Feta

Lately, I have been making more chicken dishes with a Mediterranean flavor. Recently, I did Greek Style Chicken with Spinach, Artichoke, and Feta that was a stuffed boneless chicken breast and definitely delicious. When I decided to make this new chicken dish, I wanted to make it a little easier to do for those busy days. This new dish does not have any spinach, but still has all the great flavor of my Greek style chicken, but with a lot less preparation time needed. The end result was my Lemon Chicken with Artichokes, Kalamata Olives, and Feta, and we loved it!...more