Roasted Chickpeas – Addictively Crunchy!

I ran across this snack recipe recently while visiting Reini Days. The Jilb (host of Reini Days) shared photos of incredibly tasty-looking roasted chickpeas (or garbanzo beans, as they’re sometimes called). She profiled spiced, honey and sweet and salty variations, and while all three were appetizing, I found the spicy version particularly so. I followed … Continue reading

A Tale of Two Dinners: Thai Shrimp and Tailgate Sandwiches

I tried two new recipes this week, both from the August & September 2011 Taste of Home magazine.  My collected recipes fall into one of two categories: those that please adult palates – meaning I will make them for myself and husband when the children aren’t around, and those that are universally appealing – meaning … Continue reading

Spicy Shrimp

Article first published as Spicy Shrimp on Blogcritics. Where I found the recipe(s): Every Wednesday, I can’t wait to pull apart the two newspapers I subscribe to and dig into the week’s food sections. I carefully scan the pages and make a mental list of intriguing offerings. Those that make the list get clipped and added to … Continue reading

Delicious and Different – Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

    Where I found the recipe(s): This recipe is courtesy of, where it received a 5-star rating from readers/subscribers. What I thought: I first enjoyed lettuce wraps at P.F. Chang’s and knew I wanted to create something similar at home. After comparing recipes online, this one got the nod because of its appealing … Continue reading

Egyptian Edamame Stew

This recipe popped up in my inbox at work as part of a newsletter from our corporate wellness department. “Edamame” caught my eye – I knew it was something to eat, but wasn’t really sure what. The recipe itself sounded exotic, so I decided to save it. About a week later, I happened to buy … Continue reading

Shrimp, Corn and Sweet Potato Soup

This recipe ran in last week’s Cleveland Plain Dealer. The sweet potato angle sounded intriguing, so I decided to try it. Despite the interesting mix of flavors, creation was simple. Total cooking time, including prep, was about a half hour. Good for a busy weeknight. The final product was spicy, but the flavor was not … Continue reading