Lighter Cajun Tilapia Sandwich with Bacon & Lime Mayo

cajuntilapia

  I think when you begin to love someone, it’s just part of the natural progression of things to probe them endlessly to figure out everything they like to eat. And everything they hate, too. I ask questions about food preferences immediately — in friendships, in love — mostly because, well, let’s not get hurt later on.    …

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Brown Sugar Chili Rubbed Salmon with Avocado Crema

Brown Sugar Chili Rubbed Salmon with Avocado Crema

Do you ever make a meal and just know, I mean know—with absolute certainty—that somewhere in the Hamptons, Ina Garten would be, like, super proud of you? That even if she were completely absorbed in splitting vanilla beans for homemade extract, she would totally side-eye your dish and smile? This is that meal. It’s got…

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Lighter Fried Fish Sandwich with Creamy Coleslaw

baked fish sandwich

Did you grow up eating McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish sandwiches? Any kind of fried fish sandwiches? I sure did. Thousands of them, give or take one to two sandwiches. The tally is so startling it convinces me that even if I never get the chance to eat another, I’ll still—on the eve of my [hard rockin’] eighty-fifth…

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Simple Kansas City Style Barbecue Sauce

barbecue chicken

Remember my grilling phase?  It was the one I found myself engulfed in just before my “Felicity” phase (still in full swing, by the by), if that helps to jog your memory.  Well, it’s seen quite the resurgence since I got home from San Antonio—where I’d only days before scarfed a serious amount of seriously…

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Slow Cooker Italian Chicken and Marinara

slow cooker chicken

The grill—which I use nearly the whole year ‘round as it is—will be sharing my affection this spring and summer. Because my slow cooker isn’t going anywhere Not when it makes meals like this one. All saucy and comforting. I have to say—I don’t usually like slow cooker recipes that require pre-cooking. It just seems to…

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Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

peanut butter banana smoothie

I’m coming around to the idea of breakfast smoothies. And yes, I am arriving so late to this party. While everyone else has been blending their greens, juicing their beets, and sipping away for years, I’ve just been over here…chewing. Because in the past, whenever I considered the ingredients of a smoothie for breakfast, I…

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Soba Noodle and Shrimp Salad with Peanut Ginger Dressing

soba noodles with peanut sauce

I craved something drastically different and less corned than the multiple Irish feasts I ate this past weekend. I needed something or someone to drag me out from my salt cave. And this was it. Shrimp. Soba noodles. Peanut butter. Ginger. Lime. Love. Served warm, served cold–it offers so much flavor. It’s rich and peanut…

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