Orzo Paella

Orzo Paella

March 27 is National Paella Day. Paella is a regional Spanish dish that originated in Valencia, which is located on the eastern coast of Spain. This recipe is an easy alternative to using rice which can be a bit tricky. Orzo is a rice shape pasta tha cooks up in 5 minutes. Traditional paella uses […]

Ceviche Shrimp Cocktail

Ceviche Shrimp Cocktail

Lately, I’ve been experiencing growning pains. My kids are growing too fast and I’m in pain, especially since my oldest son, Luke, is turning 9.  I’ve been struggling with this all week, breaking down whenever I have a flashback of Luke learning to walk or that Woody Woodpecker pompadour he proudly sported until his first hair cut.  […]

Pan-Fried Tilapia

Pan-Fried Tilapia

Pan-fried tilapia has become a weeknight favorite at our house. I first made it after basketball practice one night and my husband and sons went nuts. My husband was shocked.  He said, “You never fry fish. You should make tilapia like this from now on. Baked tilapia is not that good.” And my youngest son blurted […]

Creole Shrimp and Sausage Rigatoni

Creole Shrimp and Sausage Rigatoni

This recipe won 2nd Place in the al fresco Dinner Made Easy recipe contest I found in the June 2011 issue of Food Network Magazine.  The main criteria of the contest included a healthy, fresh meal using al fresco chicken sausage.  It also had to be able to be prepared in 30 minutes or less. At first I wasn’t […]