Cranberry Compote

Compote refers to fruit stewed in syrup.  In this case that syrup is maple.  Cranberries are great because they are very healthy since they have virtually zero fat, they are low carb, high… Continue reading

Red Leaf Lettuce with Roasted Red Pepper Salad

This is a simple salad with a red wine vinegar vinaigrette dressing.  It is adapted from “Real Simple” magazine.  Get it – simple.  But seriously, they do offer some of the best recipe… Continue reading


For some reason many people seem to be afraid to try mussels, but yet want to try mussels.  If you can get them fresh you are in business.  Fresh mussels offer many of… Continue reading

Chili con Carne

Everyone seems to have their own recipe for chili; some with beans, some without.  This one is really good and does have beans.

Achiote Oil

Achiote oil is one way to give rice, and other dishes, that lovely yellow coloring.  It does not offer much in the way of flavoring, though it is slightly nutty.  It will come… Continue reading

Shrimp and Pineapple Tikka

Tikka is an Indian word meaning “pieces.”  This recipe is for kebabs with Indian spices.  This is made in the broiler, but could just as easily be made on the grill over direct… Continue reading

Pan Seared Salmon

This is my absolute favorite, bar none, way to prepare salmon fillet.  I prefer the freshness of a home made pesto, but I bet just adding fresh lemon juice to a store-bought one… Continue reading

How to Make an Awesome Roast

It is really not all that hard to achieve a perfect roast if you have the proper ingredients and know a few basic techniques.  A roast is great for serving large families as… Continue reading


I used to buy this in the stores either frozen or in a jar.  However, once I made it myself, I realized that there is no comparison.  It is so much better tasting… Continue reading

Caribbean Red Bean Chili

This recipe is traditionally prepared without pork, but I added it because I had some pork that I needed to use up.  I thought this was a good way to make it into… Continue reading