Cajun Shrimp and Quinoa Casserole

Are you looking for a recipe for a special dinner party that’s easy enough to make any ole day of the week? Then this Cajun Shrimp and Quinoa Casserole might just be your new go-to recipe! It’s party worthy because of its totally yummy flavors. It’s weeknight perfect because it’s really easy to make. (I automatically adore any recipe where most of the cooking can be done in one cast-iron skillet!) This healthy dish is a combination of protein-rich quinoa and shrimp, of course, {Read More}

Spicy, Grilled, Watermelon, Jicama, and Cucumber Salad

I’m such a salad fan. Especially salads that are different. Today’s recipe certainly fits the bill! Spicy, Grilled, Watermelon, Jicama and Cucumber Salad. It’s the perfect blend of sweet, spicy and refreshing for summer. And Lord knows, I certainly need refreshing during the day here in the desert. We see triple digits before 9:30 a.m. many days in the summer! INGREDIENTS Salad: 1 seedless watermelon olive oil  1 cup jicama, peeled and diced 1 cup cucumber, thinly sliced 1/2 cup {Read More}

Garlicky, Black-Pepper Shrimp and Black-Eyed-Peas

I promise you’ll love this Garlicky, Black-Pepper Shrimp and Black-Eyed-Peas recipe year round! This, friends, is my favorite shrimp recipe EVER! I made it once on New Year’s Day and then forgot about it. Last week, I had shrimp (left over from our seafood boil) to cook and remembered this amazing combination of peppery, garlicky, southern goodness. I just wish I had doubled the recipe! The husband is as big a fan of this dish as I am. We certainly {Read More}

Watermelon Mango Pico de Gallo

Watermelon Mango Pico de Gallo is the perfect blend refreshing, spicy, sweetness on a hot summer day! I bought a couple of personal, seedless watermelons over the weekend and, by yesterday, hadn’t cut into them yet. I wanted to do something a bit different than usual and settled upon apico degallo for one of them (another yummy watermelon recipe is coming soon!) Watermelon, mango, jalapeƱo, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, and salt. Doesn’t it sound simply mouth-watering? It’s so flavorful {Read More}

How to Host a Seafood Boil

This past weekend we hosted our second summer seafood boil and invited a new set of California friends to take in this southern tradition! (You can read about last year’s boil here). Seafood boils are one of my favorite parties to host, and we do it at least once a year.  You’ll need one of these: And some freezer paper. What’s not to love about a seafood boil? The food is delicious, the cleanup easy, and the fixin’s few! Grap your printable shopping {Read More}

Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

I adore summer grilling! Partially to keep the heat out of the kitchen, but mostly because I love the flavor of anything grilled. Especially steak! My favorite to throw on the grill is flank steak because it is leaner than many other steaks. And since I’m a huge fan of South American and Latin food, I chose to make a chimichurri sauce to accompany the grilled flank steak.  Chimichurri sauce originated in Argentina, and its flavors perfectly complement grilled flank steak. {Read More}