Monthly Archives: March 2014


Brunswick Stew

Dinner today. An old favorite, brought back. With a side of GF sour cream cornbread muffins? Yum!



So what to do with all that smoked chicken and pork shoulder from the Memorial holiday? Make Brunswick stew! This was my first hand at this and it turned out incredible. It is chock full of yukon gold potatoes, baby Lima beans, onions, San Marzano tomatoes, fresh niblet corn, and pounds of fresh pulled smoky meat. I even found a great gluten free barbecue sauce to use in the broth base, so it was perfectly gluten free. It was so good my family went back for seconds, then thirds, and I sent my sister home with a quart. Served along jalapeño sour cream cornbread, it was a wonderful way to spice up the week by recreating what we had. Enjoy a bowl!

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Posted by on March 25, 2014 in Uncategorized


Perfect Pasta Salad

Sharing this informative recipe link I found. It really helped to give the building blocks to a great pasta salad to fit your taste. I plan to make pasta salad this week to go along with some chicken and ribs I plan to have smoked at my favorite BBQ place.

To add more flavor to my pasta salads, I like to grill some of the vegetables used, like red peppers, red onions, and fresh corn. They add wonderful texture, color, and a delicious lightly grilled flavor profile to the dish. Whether as a stand alone meal, or as a side dish, pasta salads are easy to throw together, can be made ahead of time, and taste even better the more it sits.

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Posted by on March 9, 2014 in Uncategorized


Carmelina San Marzano tomatoes…My favorite!


I wanted to share my favorite brand of canned tomatoes, Carmelina. I use these to make my homemade marinara. Why these are my favorite? Aside from the delicious ruby red tomatoes that are bursting with silky sweet flavor, they have no added salt, preservatives, or other ingredients, and they are canned in their natural purée. So all you get are tomatoes! I cannot tell you how many times I have been disappointed by canned tomatoes that were tough, mealy, or had a watery texture as you cooked them. And don’t get me started on the citric acid added to most other brands, or sugar, which I absolutely detest

I buy these in both the Italian chopped variety and whole peeled. You can usually order in the 14 oz can size or the 28 oz size. I prefer the smaller cans so I can use exactly how many cans I need for a recipe without waste. Carmelina brand San Marzano tomatoes can be ordered by the case from Amazon or Wal-Mart. If you’re lucky to find these in your local grocer, stock up! I hope they become your favorite as well.

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Posted by on March 5, 2014 in Uncategorized


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