Thursday, May 2, 2024

Esquites (Mexican Street Corn)

 I love Mexican street corn. Did you know it's called esquites off the cob and elotes on the cob? I've had it from a few different restaurants around town in both forms, but needed to recreate it at home. I perfected my recipe when my sister-in-law requested it for her family birthday dinner. This fed a crowd (and extra for her to take home!) but you can easily halve it for a smaller portion.

2 tbsp butter
6 cans corn, drained*
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 scallions, chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
zest and juice of one lime
1 cup cotija cheese, plus more for topping
2 tsp each, smoked paprika and chili powder
salt, to taste
Tajin, to taste
fresh cilantro, chopped

Melt butter in large skillet; add corn, jalapeno, and garlic. Sauté for 8-10 minutes; add scallions and sauté for another 5 minutes. Meanwhile, mix together the mayo, lime zest and juice, cotija cheese, and seasonings. Put corn mixture into large bowl and combine with mayo. Stir in cilantro, if desired. Top with more cotija and Tajin and enjoy!

*When corn is not in season, I use canned corn. If fresh corn is available, I would use 8 ears of corn. You could also grill the ears of corn before cutting off the corn, rather than sautéing after.

Monday, December 7, 2020

Bacon Cheddar Chicken "Pot Pie"


I loved pot pie growing up (and even as an adult!), but it can be time consuming to make. This recipe takes all the ingredient -- plus BACON -- and cooks them all easily in the Instant Pot. Then you just top some biscuits for the "pie" part! I use either frozen or canned biscuits to make it even easier, unless my husband is willing to make his amazing homemade buttermilk biscuits... yum.

1 cup chicken broth
1-1/2 lbs chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces
2 cups peeled, cubed potatoes (about two medium potatoes)
1 cup sliced carrots
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 tsp each kosher salt, black pepper, poultry seasoning
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup whole milk
3 tbsp flour
1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
6 pieces of bacon, diced and cooked

Add broth, chicken, potatoes, carrots, celery, salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning to the Instant Pot. Secure the lid and make sure valve is set to sealing. Manual cook on high pressure for 4 minutes. Let naturally release for 5 minutes, then move valve to venting. Remove lid. Set on saute and add the peas, stirring to combine.

In a large glass measuring cup add the flour and milk; whisk together. Add in about 1/2 cup of liquid from Instant Pot to temper it, then add mixture and stir well. Cook on sauté for a few minutes then add the cheese and bacon. Salt and pepper to taste.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Baked Ziti

There is a similar recipe on this page which I used for a base, but I upped the amount of pasta and sauce in this version to serve more people (and I just like it saucier!). 

2 lb rigatoni
2 cups ricotta cheese
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tbsp Grill Seasoning 
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
28 oz crushed tomatoes
a few fresh basil leaves, torn
salt and pepper

Bring a pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Salt the water, add the pasta, and cook to al dente. Place the ricotta in a bowl and season with some grill seasoning and parmesan. While the pasta cooks, heat the oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and sauté for minute or two, then stir in the tomatoes and basil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Drain the pasta and toss with the cheese mixture. Add the tomato sauce and mix. Pour into 9x13 pan and top the pasta with shredded parmesan, if desired, and bake at 350 until warmed through and cheese starts to brown, about 15-20 minutes.

To freeze: cover with press-n-seal and foil, keeping close to the top of food. Thaw in refrigerator and bake at 350 for 35-40 min.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Albondigas (Turkey Rice Meatballs)

These are delicious... that smokey flavor combined with the creamy tomato sauce. It sounds way fancier than it really is, promise! But you're sure to wow guests if you make this. Serve it with some Parmesan Garlic Orzo, yum! (Recipe as written will make 24-30 meatballs, depending on how big you want them. It is easily halved for smaller portion.)

2 lbs ground turkey
2 cups packed, cooked white long-grain rice
3 cloves minced garlic
1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley
2 eggs
4 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (feel free to omit!)
2 tbsp olive oil

2-1/2 cups tomato sauce
1 cup chicken broth
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 tbsp sherry
1/2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp paprika
2 tbsp chopped Italian parsley
salt and pepper to taste
(*Optional: I make this creamier with a bit of mascarpone cheese!)

Preheat oven to 450. Mix all the meatball ingredients together in a bowl (it will be sticky!). Portion mixture into small-medium size meatballs (I usually make 30 small-ish ones) and place on baking sheet lined with foil or parchment. Bake until browned, about 15 minutes.

Pour chicken broth and tomato sauce in large rimmed skillet over medium heat. After it starts to warm, whisk in heavy cream, sherry, vinegar, and paprika. Add parsley and season with salt and pepper. When meatballs are done, transfer to the tomato sauce. Simmer on low heat for 30-35 minutes.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Beef Sweet Potato Hash


This is a recipe I made for my in-home client, and one I had to try at home for myself. It was delicious! Pair it with some roasted garlic parmesan broccoli for a great dinner.

2 lbs ground beef
2 tbsp olive oil
2 stalks celery, chopped finely
8 oz mushrooms, finely chopped in a food processor
1 large sweet potato, diced
5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup beef broth
salt to taste
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp dried thyme
1 tbsp soy sauce (or coconut aminos for GF)
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 cups fresh spinach, chopped

Prepare all the veggies. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add mushrooms, celery, and sweet potato and cook for 5 minutes. Add the ground beef and cook until browned. Add herbs, salt, broth, soy sauce, and vinegar. Stir to combine and cook for 10 minutes until sweet potatoes are tender.

In a separate pan cook the spinach in a little bit of olive oil until wilted. Add to the hash. Toss together and adjust seasoning as needed.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Brussels Sprout Slaw


1.5 lbs brussels sprouts
8 oz bacon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup coconut flakes

Trim stems from brussels sprouts and chop in food processor (half at a time). Place in large mixing bowl. Chop the bacon and brown on stovetop until crispy. Drain from fat and let cool.

Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, salt, cinnamon; pour over the sprouts and toss to coat. Add bacon bits, cranberries, and coconut flakes, tossing to combine.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Creamy White Chicken Chili


I can't take credit for this recipe... but it is AMAZING. So full of flavor, creamy, and filling. It is a winter staple in our house now!

1 onion, diced
1 tbsp garlic, minced
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp olive oil
2 lbs chicken, cooked and shredded
4 cups chicken broth (GF if needed)
4 cans great northern white beans, drained and rinsed
3 (4-oz) cans diced green chiles
2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
8 oz cream cheese, cubed
1 cup heavy cream

In a large stockpot saute the onions and garlic in the olive oil and lime juice over medium high heat. Cook until onions are translucent. Add the cooked chicken, chicken broth, beans, chiles, and seasonings. Bring to a boil, stirring often, then reduce to simmer; simmer uncovered 30-45 min. Turn off heat and add cream cheese. Stir until melted and incorporated completely. Stir in the heavy cream.

Recipe from The Cookie Rookie

Monday, November 2, 2020

Chicken Zucchini Casserole

 I saw this recipe from Eating Well and it sounded interesting. I altered it a bit because the ratios were off on the sauce (WAY too thick), and added more seasoning to the chicken as it was cooking. It is delicious served over some rice (or noodles or quinoa).

3 tbsp butter, divided
2 lbs chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 large zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 tbsp flour
1 cup chicken broth*
1 cup whole milk
3 oz cream cheese
1-1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, divided
3/4 tsp black pepper (plus more to taste)
1/2 tsp salt (plus more to taste)
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp oregano

Preheat oven to 400. Melt 1 tbsp butter in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken to the pan, seasoning with salt and pepper (to taste), oregano, and minced garlic. Stir occasionally, cooking until well browned. Transfer to a bowl. Add zucchini and pepper to the pan; cook, stirring occasionally, until they start to soften. Transfer to bowl with chicken.

Add remaining 2 tbsp butter to pan. Stir in flour once it melts, stirring until flour starts to brown. Add broth and milk slowly, whisking often. Bring to a boil while whisking. Remove from heat and add cream cheese and 3/4 cup mozzarella; stir until melted. Stir in salt and pepper. Drain liquid from chicken and veggies and add to the cheese sauce. Transfer to a 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.

Bake until the top is brown and the edges are bubbly, about 20-25 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

To freeze: cover with press-n-seal or saran wrap, keeping it close to the top of the food; cover with foil. Thaw in refrigerator before following baking directions above.


*Use GF chicken broth to make it a gluten free dish

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Dirty Rice


I made this once, and now it is a frequently made dinner in our house! Super delicious on its own, but I pair it with a salad and crusty bread for a rounded meal.

4 oz bacon, chopped
1 lb breakfast sausage
1 medium onion, chopped
1 rib celery, chopped
1/2 bell pepper, chopped
1 tbsp garlic, minced
2 tsp Cajun seasoning
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp dried thyme
14 oz chicken broth
1-1/2 cups long grain rice
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Set your instant pot to saute and toss in the first 6 ingredients. Saute until onions are clear (about 10 minutes). Make sure you break up the sausage well and stir often. Turn IP off and pour in rest of ingredients; stir to combine. Set IP to manual (high) for 15 minutes. Once time is up, let it naturally release for 10 minutes, then manually release pressure. Remove the bay leaf, stir, and serve.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Chicken Veggie Soup

This is a different take on chicken noodle soup, made for my client who is gluten free. Great way to have comfort food loaded with veggies!

4 cups chicken broth (GF if needed)
2 lbs chicken breasts, diced into 1-inch pieces
4 stalks celery, diced
3 carrots, diced
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp turmeric
3 small zucchini, spiralized (or 1 pkg frozen)
salt and pepper to taste

In a large stockpot bring the broth to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and all all ingredients except the zucchini. Simmer 15-20 minutes until chicken is cooked through, then add the zucchini and simmer another 5 minutes. Season to taste.