chicken breakfast sausage

Trying to find chicken breakfast sausage without nightshades (paprika) has proven to be impossible. I’m glad really, because making these myself is quite easy, thanks to my neighborhood butcher who grinds organic, boneless, skinless chicken thighs for me. The flavor … more

gluten-free pasta primavera

Half soup, half pasta – all hearty and filling. I love one pot meals especially when it’s cold, and believe it or not, it’s COLD in San Diego. Hail greeted me in the backyard when I came home from errands … more

chicken and mushrooms

My Hungarian husband is always asking me to make him a good “szaft-y” dish – that’s Hungarian for a dish in a good sauce. When I watched Ina Garten take a Napa, CA vacation where she showcased this wonderful recipe, … more

chicken caesar salad

The tuna industry will tell you that tuna salad is America’s favorite salad. I even found a coleslaw blog, also “America’s favorite salad”. The point is, we like our salads. Chef, 3-bean, jello (if you want to go way back), … more

turkey stock and soup

We have a post Thanksgiving tradition that wouldn’t be the same without Turkey Soup. It started with my mother-in-law, Anka, and I’m happy to carry the tradition forward. As much a tradition as Thanksgiving itself, the day after offers a … more

turkey shortcake

I can’t, for the life me, think why my dad called this dish “turkey shortcake.” It’s got to be a weird southern thing. Nevertheless, the Thanksgiving leftover I remember most fondly from my childhood is this oddly named dish consisting … more

white bean chicken chili

Every year, when I was a kid, my parents hosted a soup party. They found dozens and dozens of soup cups at a restaurant supply store and my mom would make a traditional chicken noodle, hearty Vegetable Soup and a … more

bbq chicken

Summer is just around the bend and for my family that means barbecuing. This is a quick recipe that requires few ingredients and a hot grill. Using ready made, gluten-free BBQ sauce makes it a snap and it tastes great … more

butterflied roast chicken

I love roasting chickens for a number of reasons – the smell for one will make your family ravenous, and when you do two at a time, you get great leftovers. Not to mention carcasses for stock. But I don’t … more

rice pilaf with noodles

Whenever we go to one of our favorite Greek restaurants, my son and I can’t eat the rice because it has those threads of noodles in it. I saw Lucinda Scala Quinn demonstrate a similar dish, so here’s my gluten-free … more


Living in Southern California, I have an apparent fondness for Mexican and Mexican-inspired food that borders on obsessive. Cilantro, onions, limes, garlic and peppers are staples in my kitchen and the family knows that if they don’t like a particular … more

chicken strips

Who knew that a whole generation of children would best identify chicken as a strip or nugget? If they’re gonna eat ’em, best to make them homemade. When I do make these, I double the recipe because the kids love … more

rolled tacos

When I want to use up leftover Pot Roast, this is a great, savory snack or dinner. I don’t like to serve fried food very often, but when the family craves it, I figure if they’re going to eat it, … more

chicken chili

Using thighs makes this chili rich and hearty. With a small side salad and a piece of Pamela’s luscious cornbread, you have an amazing meal that only gets better the next day. This recipe was inspired by the brilliant Lucinda … more

greek salad

This is a great side salad with dinner alongside Chicken Souvlaki and Saffron Rice. Or have it for lunch on it’s own or with leftover Chicken Souvlaki on top to make it heartier. If you can withstand dairy, creamy feta … more

chicken souvlaki

I love this Greek word for skewered meat. I like just about any Greek food, for that matter. This is a nutritious, yet fun meal for your kids, after all, who doesn’t like meat on a stick? For us with … more

curried zucchini soup

This is a great soup when it’s cool outside or for a light spring supper as well. Lemon adds a surprising freshness. Prep time: 10 minutes Total time: 30 minutes Yield: 4-6 servings (about 5 cups) Special tool: immersion blender … more

lentil soup

I adapted this from the Silver Palate Cookbook by Julee Rosso & Sheila Lukins – fantastic cookbook. You can serve this as a light meal on its own or with a salad. To make it more substantial, add several slices … more

hot wings & drummettes

Okay, once in a while, I think these are okay, especially for the Super Bowl or Monday night football. At least if you make them homemade, you know what your family is eating and it’s free of trans fat. I … more

homemade chicken stock

A few nights ago we had a wonderful rotisserie chicken dinner with our oldest friends, Dan and Debbie, and their three darling girls. With Thanksgiving around the corner, I was eying their chicken carcasses. When they told me they were … more

easy risotto

I would never have thought that risotto could be this easy. I’ve stood patiently in front of the stove, stirring religiously, after each half cup addition of stock, but this recipe from Ina Garten’s new cookbook How Easy Is That? … more

chicken wrap

This also works great with deli turkey. This is my kid’s second lunch after school. Total time: 5 minutes Yield: 1 wrap 1 brown rice tortilla (I buy Trader Joe’s brand) lots of mayonnaise (Best Foods is GFCF) or hummus … more

indian chicken pilaf

I personally like to spice my Indian food until my nose runs and I require three glasses of water just to get through the meal. But my kids are a different matter. This is a recipe I’ve adapted to their … more

vegetable soup

This is the tastiest fat free soup! In fact, I hate even leading off with that, because “fat-free” is often times flavor-free. Not the case here. This is one of those recipes where you just throw all the ingredients into … more

garlic rosemary chicken

One of the great things about living in southern California is that you have access to the outdoor grill pretty much all year around. If you don’t however, a grill pan (and a good overhead vent) will do the trick. … more

chicken salad

This is a really versatile salad that can be used in a sandwich, a green salad or wrapped in lettuce leaves, as shown here. I send this to school with my kids with rice crackers for dipping. Prep time: 10 … more

turkey on the grill

You can also use chicken breasts or thighs. Prep time: 5 minutes Total time: 25 minutes Yield: Serves 4 2 turkey tenders (about 1 lb. total) 1 recipe Cilantro Pesto Coat thighs with cilantro pesto and marinate for several hours or … more

no fail roasted chicken

Nothing smells like home more than a roasting chicken. I usually roast two at a time. One for dinner and one for any number of other dishes, like Chinese Chicken Salad, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Chicken Wraps… This is from Ina … more

chinese chicken salad

This is my most requested recipe. It’s changed lots over the years, but I’m pretty sure it came from the source of many great recipes – the church potluck. There is a ton of chicken in here and we eat … more

garlic mustard lemon chicken

Super easy and quick! This is great on the BBQ, which tames the acidity of the mustard. My kids love this and it’s great on pork, too. Prep time: 10 minutes Total time: 25 minutes Yield: Serves 4 8-10 boneless, … more

chicken tortilla soup

This is my husbands favorite meal and a great way to eat up left over cooked chicken. If you don’t have any leftover, just roast two bone-in breasts at 375 degrees for 35 minutes. Prep time: 15 minutes Total time: … more

chicken and rice soup

This is a staple – hearty and fresh. And it freezes beautifully. Use leftovers from Roasted Chicken. Prep time: 25 minutes Total time: 1 hour Yield: 8-10 servings 2 bone-in chicken breasts 3 T olive oil, divided 2 large carrots, … more


This is one of my favorite things to make for a dinner party because it’s a one pot dish that needs only a green salad to complete the entire meal. Plus, it’s great the next day, too. Don’t be overwhelmed … more