Cheesy Mexican Zucchini Boats

SONY DSC

Truth:  my family has about had it with zucchini, I am afraid.  As promised, I am dedicating this entire week on the blog to zucchini-because man, it’s everywhere and it’s just got to be utilized.  So, as one would assume, I have been testing zucchini recipes left and right in my kitchen for the last couple of weeks.  Some failed miserably, some were just mediocre, and some wowed us and actually convinced me that my children like zucchini; these Cheesy Mexican Zucchini boats were one of those.

SONY DSC

I shared the recipe on KARE11 a couple of days ago and it was such a great time.  I always love spending afternoons around there-the people are just so darn friendly, the work space is so far beyond most local TV station kitchens, and it’s a total excuse for me to get out and ‘work’ outside of my own kitchen; so fun!  Click here to see the video if you didn’t catch it. I’m happy to say the recipe was totally loved by all! Continue reading

Pasta + Zucchini Carbonara

SONY DSC

I’ve assumed for a very long time that everyone makes Pasta Carbonara.  Without a recipe, just by use of memory and repetition. As if it is one of their kitchen staple dishes that they go to when in doubt and in pinch.  And when they are strapped for time and need the worlds fastest dinner on the table. Because thats absolutely how it is for me. But my mama slapped me ever so gently on the wrist when she called the other night when I was whipping this one up, it went a little like this:   Continue reading

Zucchini, Corn + Cheddar Cakes

SONY DSC

Happy Zucchini Week, friends!  I have taken it upon myself to dedicate this entire week of posts to this oh-so-pretty veggie…they are perfectly ripe, perfectly available, perfectly local and so very versatile.  I’ll be pumping your recipe boxes full of some really fun ways to utilize this yummy in-season veggie and I hope you love each one!

IMG_5364The goal is to give you zucchini lovers some new, fun inspiration and to turn you haters into believers.  Zucchini is so much more than a soggy, sautéed side dish or casserole and I hope to prove that time and time again this week.  And what better way to start that mission than with these Zucchini, Corn + Cheddar Cakes?  Words cannot express my love for these little bundles of yum!

Continue reading

Grilled Chicken Summer Clubs with Garlic Mayo Sauce

SONY DSC

Well, folks, my lovely oven is not working…it’s been a sad couple of days.  But you know what?  If my oven is going to go on strike it couldn’t have picked a better week for such a catastrophe.  It’s hot outside.  Like, reeeeaaaaalllyy, really sticky hot.  There is just no way I would be using the oven in this heat, that I can assure you.  So with the heat, and an oven thats waiting for the doctor to arrive, the grill saves the day!

Here we’ve got Grilled Chicken Summer Club sandwiches; start to finish in way less than 30 minutes.  And  these are not just any sammich.  These are little delicious packages that have summer written all over them.    Continue reading

Pan Seared Salmon with Quick Dill Yogurt Sauce

SONY DSC

Monday, you’re back.  Back to rushing home to get dinner on the table, no?  Man that can be such a lame feeling.  So let me give you a little hookup to make that process a bit easier this week: Pan Seared Salmon with Quick Dill Yogurt Sauce.

You can have this one on the table in less than 15-hows that for quick?  All the salmon needs about 8-10 minutes on the stove.  Total score. Continue reading

Butter, Lime + Parmesan Corn

SONY DSC
Happy official summer, friends! It’s a much anticipated time here in Minnesota and man can we embrace it. Lakes for days. Warmth. Homegrown produce. BBQs. Patios. Late bedtimes. Smores over a bonfire. Sandy shoes. And CORN.

Let’s just get something straight, for starters.  I love Minnesota.  Living here is perfect for myself and my family.  But I am a gosh darn Iowa girl..and proud of it.  18 wonderful years of my life were spent in Iowa and aside from Hawkeye football…and pork…and so many other fabulous things….that place reigns supreme for homegrown corn.  There’s just nothing like it.  We ate it so often in the summers…and there were always farmers selling it out of the back of their trucks along the sides of the roads.  Hows that for fresh? Continue reading

One-Pot Southwest Chicken and Rice

SONY DSC

Far, far, FAR too often I end up with boneless, skinless chicken breasts in my fridge with no plan in sight.  Then, what happens is I avoid them…like the plague.  They sort of bore me and man is it easy to fall into ruts of grilling or pasta-ing them.  No clue why I continue to put them in my cart at the beginning of the week but I do…likely because they force me to get creative.  So the end of the week comes and all I’ve got left in the fridge is those poor little chick-a-dees and a bunch of randomness in the veggie drawer, freezer and pantry to work with.  Continue reading