Seafood Salad

Simple Seafood Salad

Simple Seafood salad is something that I love.  It’s one of my favorite things to buy at the store, but I don’t do it often because it’s what I consider a luxury item.  I have been making crab salad at home for years, so I decided to try my hand at making a copycat of the seafood salad that’s available in the deli at my local grocer.  Making simple seafood salad is, as the name implies, very simple, and I get much more for less money by making it myself. I’ve received several complaints from my friends regarding the need […]

Asian "Tuna" Salad (VEGAN)

Asian “Tuna” Salad (Vegan)

Asian “Tuna” Salad doesn’t sound like a vegan recipe, but  it is.  The “fishless” tuna that I used for this recipe was Loma Linda Sesame Ginger Fishless Tuna.  I purchased this product as part of my pre-vegan shopping trip.  I wanted to make sure my pantry contained some simple ingredients that I could use to put together simple meals on nights when life is crazy.  Anyone who regularly visits my site knows that I love to make salads in mason jars for lunch.    Since I’m eating vegan this month, it seemed like a logical choice for an Asian inspired salad.

Bacon Cheeseburger Salad

Bacon Cheeseburger Salad

What do you do when you are trying to cut back on bread, but the family wants to grill burgers?  It’s simple.  You make a cheeseburger salad.  If you want to make it even better, make it a bacon cheeseburger salad.  This salad is a definite winner in our house. 

Shrimp Louie Salad

Shrimp Louie

Shrimp Louie is another salad that I first learned about during visits to Castagnola’s Lobster House in Santa Barbara.  The salad is simple to prepare, cool, crunchy, and very satisfying.  The combination of the sweetness from the shrimp and the heat from the green onions and radishes tantalizes your taste buds and makes this a perfect dinner salad for a hot summer evening. 

Four Layer Shrimp Cocktail

Four Layer Shrimp Dip

Four Layer Shrimp Dip is one of those simple recipes that can be thrown together at the last minute when you’re expecting guests.  The best part about Four Layer Shrimp Dip is that it’s so tasty no one will suspect that it’s so easy to make. 

Spanish Rice with Corn

Spanish Rice with Corn

All of the members of my household love Spanish Rice as a side dish, and I frequently make it from scratch.  Scratch made Spanish rice uses a couple of cans–chicken broth and tomato sauce, but for this challenge,  I decided to try a different method to make Spanish rice.   This is a simple recipe is made completely from shelf stable items. This version has added corn, from a can, and the final rice was delicious.  I will definitely make it again.      I don’t know why, but I really like the combination of rice and corn.

Green Chili Enchi-sagna

Green Chili Enchi-sagna

What do you do get when you arrange your tortillas, filling, and green enchilada sauce  in layers instead of rolling them up?  It’s something that I call delicious.  We also call it Enchi-sagna.  Enchi-sagna is Patty Cake’s short hand for Enchilada Lasagna.  The best reason for making our Green Chili Enchi-sagna  this way is that it takes much less time that rolling enchiladas and placing them into a pan.  That helps get dinner on the table faster on those busy evenings, and since you don’t have to roll them up, it doesn’t matter if your tortillas are a little bit […]

Bean Broth adds a new depth of flavor to Rice Obrient

Lima Bean Rice O’Brien

Remember those Lima beans that I cooked a while back?  After we had eaten all of the beans, I still had a pint of  leftover Lima bean broth. Regular visitors know that I like to try to eliminate as much food waste as possible in our home.  I needed to do something with that broth before it went bad, and my family wanted a bean free dinner.  Why not use the bean cooking liquid to cook some rice?  After all, the bean liquid was full of flavor and nutrients from the beans.  Rice is a blank slate.  It can be […]

Sake It To Me Garlic Shrimp

This recipe began on a family vacation when my family wandered into a Hot N Juicy Crawfish Restaurant.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with this franchise, they serve crab or seafood boils which allow you to select from a variety of  different seafood as well as flavors such as Garlic Butter, Cajun Style, and Lemon Pepper.   In addition to selecting the flavor, or flavors, the intensity of the spice is available from mild to extra spicy. In the tradition of a low country boil, the entire thing is served up on paper topped tables and you eat […]