• shrimp skewers
    Dinner,  Grilling

    Jalapeno-Lime Shrimp Skewers

    Shrimp are probably one of the ingredients that I am most iffy on (I have only tried them once or twice). Maybe it was too many times growing up having over-cooked shrimp. I’m sure you know what I am talking about, those chewy/rubbery examples that don’t taste like anything. Plus, I wasn’t a fan of seafood in general until relatively recently. The key for shrimp for me is a good flavor and the perfect cooking. So some grilled shrimp skewers were a little new for me! One thing I will recommend: if you can just buy the peeled and deveined shrimp. We bought some really good looking shell on shrimp…

  • NY Strip Fajita
    Dinner

    New York Strip “Fajitas”

    These are not what you’d call traditional fajitas, but we were looking to mix up our Mexican-inspired menu a bit. We have done plenty of taco/enchilada variants so it was time for something along the vein of Taco Tuesday, just elevated. Enter this awesome New York Strip recipe. Rob really took the lead for the steak, as usual. It’s something he really enjoys cooking and experimenting with, so I am going to let him keep going with it. The steak cooking technique is old-school European in style. Rob took the traditional French butter basting technique but added a lot of Mexican inspired flavor. First was the spice rub for the…

  • chicken nachos
    Dinner

    Tequila-Lime Chicken Nachos

    I love nachos!! I’m not sure if its the finger food aspect or what, but there are times I like them more than tacos. This version is a ground chicken version using one of my favorite flavor combos for Mexican food: tequila and lime!!! Rob and I have been making something along these lines for a while, but haven’t really ever made them pretty like this. Historically, we just used those store-bought taco seasoning packs. There is just something about those things that is hard to replicate. Plus they are just so easy, I don’t always feeling like trying. Anyway this time around, we did make our own spice mix.…

  • blueberry vodka mojito
    Cocktails

    Blueberry Vodka Mojito

    This cocktail is a throwback to our honeymoon in Maui years ago. We spent a week at the Four Seasons; which was absolute heaven and may still be the best hotel experience we have ever had. One of our favorite parts of the hotel was the swim-up bar at the adult pool area. They had many awesome cocktails, but one of Rob’s favorites was a Blueberry Mojito. It’s not a true “mojito” per se. It doesn’t use rum, which is a perk to me. Rum is just so sugary and with alcohol that doesn’t always create a great mixture. So, its vodka based! If you don’t mind buying it, it…

  • Durrell Cocktail
    Cocktails

    The Durrell Cocktail

    The Durrells in Corfu is one of Rob and me’s favorite TV shows. Its pretty nerdy as its a PBS period piece comedy, but the show is really solid and has good humor. If you haven’t seen the show check it out, its so good that it actually has been referenced multiple times on Brooklyn 99 (another of our favorite shows)! Rob wanted to make a cocktail that was inspired by the show so thats what he did. Kumquats feature heavily in the show and Rob found them at the store the other day. If you aren’t familiar they are a tiny little citrus fruit that is basically entirely edible.…

  • pomegranate gin fizz
    Cocktails

    Pomegranate Gin Fizz

    With the Memorial Day holiday weekend coming up, its time to start thinking good summery cocktails. Rob’s answer to this was to go with one of his favorites: the Gin Fizz. But with a twist! Gin is one of Rob’s favorite liquors; its got more natural flavor than vodka but isn’t overly sugary like tequila or rum. Rob used a mixture of basil and mint along with fresh pomegranate seeds to make this one. It was really pretty simple, some fresh squeezed lime juice, and the gin, muddle everything up, stir, and top with seltzer. DONE!! It’s super refreshing for something like a cookout or barbecue (which according to Rob…

  • chicken enchiladas
    Dinner

    Simple Chicken Enchiladas

    I love enchiladas and above all a simple chicken enchilada.  They just make for a fun alternative to tacos for Taco Tuesday when you want to mix it up a bit.  There are plenty of ways out there to simplify the overall process of making enchiladas so that they are weeknight friendly.  In fact, this recipe was somewhat inspired by Gaby Dalkin’s (What’s Gaby Cooking) cookbook enchilada recipe.  I combined some of the ideas from her recipe with some traits of my favorite enchiladas to create a mash-up of the two. Personally, I like a well-filled, creamy enchilada with a bit of a kick and normally with some green bell…

  • Street Corn
    Side Dish

    Grilled Street Corn

    Street Corn is a fairly new trend that I just love.  The use of compound butter to give corn a lot more flavor in simple ways is what makes it so great!  I’ve seen Street Corn in so many forms from classic Mexican to Mediterranean. Corn is the ultimate summer food to me.  It brings me back to summer vacations spent at the Jersey Shore.  I cannot even begin to think of the number of ears of corn I ate as a kid every summer at back yard cookouts.  It was always the kids’ job to remove the corn husks so before every cookout; so my siblings and I would sit…