Who would have thought that I would still be grilling outdoors in the middle of December!  It wouldn’t surprise me as much but we are again at Ironworks and the temperature was a brisk 45 degrees outside when I put the shrimps on the grill.  I cook year round at our home in the Valley of the Sun but never dreamed it would be the same here.  I did not serve the shrimp as a surf and turf which what I first thought of doing.  Instead we enjoyed them as an appetizer before dinner along with a sun-dried tomato artichoke dip and crackers.  Hope you enjoy the shrimpRead More →

This flavorful rice dish is one of my standards to serve with chicken, seafood or pork. Friends will often ask me to cook up a batch of the Greek Rice to serve with dinner. It’s really easy to make and has a nice nutty flavor with the browned Orzo pasta added in. Left overs can be used for a refried rice by reheating in a little dab of hot oil then mix in some scrambled egg, fresh chopped green onion and chopped meat such as grilled chicken. Ingredients 3 cups Chicken broth (substitute Knorr’s Vegetable bouillon for vegetarian) 1 1/2 teaspoon Cavendars Greek Spice 1 cupRead More →

My good friend who lives in Toronto, sent me this recipe to share on KCinAZ Cooks. She’s vegetarian and does find some great ideas.  It looks absolutely delicious and I couldn’t resist posting it up.  OMG, it’s got wine in it.  If it were my recipe I would have to call it Drunkin’ Sole Meunier. From Lidia’s Website – the recipe: serves: 4   This light fish in a lemony sauce, which always appears on Italian and French menus, has remained a favorite for decades. I served it in my first restaurant, and continue to serve it today. I recommend using fillet of sole in this recipe, butRead More →

Recipe updated 9/22/2014: I wanted to make a fun party size Ceviche to take to a Halloween party. The picture of the Halloween version is so creepy that I hesitate to show it. But, alas here it is anyway. Don’t let it freak you out! This ceviche is made with medium size shrimp and imitation crab that makes up a 4 quart party size batch. It yields enough to serve 30 or more guests depending on how many appetizers are served along with it.  I never thought I would stop chopping and it was time consuming.  2 hours of slicing, dicing and sneaking bits and bites ofRead More →

Another Drunkin dish by KCinAZ but this one is a drunkin sidekick that can be paired with fish, chicken or lighter meat dish like pork tenderloin or pork chops.  Since I seem to be obsessed with seafood lately, Halibut was chosen as the main for dinner. We begin with steak cut white mushrooms that are sautéed in olive oil and then reduced with Crown Royal Whiskey and Pinot Grigio for a semi-sweet savory spiced up taste complimented with cooked orange wedge bites and then topped over grilled halibut for this recipe. Remember the post from a ways back on How to Simply Peel an Orange.  I’ve finally used some ofRead More →

Fresh oranges in the relish pair to make a savory accompaniment to rich salmon fillets. Serve the citrus relish with any kind of fish, or with shrimp or scallops.  On a diet or NOT you still will enjoy this dish.  A vegetarian or NOT,  you still will enjoy this dish. We live in Arizona and have our own orange tree so having oranges a plenty for the relish is easy. Marinade: 1/4 cup Orange juice 2  tablespoons Olive oil 1  teaspoon Dried thyme 4 Salmon filets; about 1 pound Spice Rub: 3/4 teaspoon Paprika 1/2 teaspoon Salt 1/2 teaspoons Dried thyme Salt & pepper PriorRead More →

Mr. C is 100% Greek and is always wanting something a little on the Greek side, but not overly Greek’ish. I would never be able to get him to eat something like Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) or Moussaka (similar to a lasagna). He’s talked about sitting around the table at his aunt’s house…. and she would dish his plate up heaping full of his least favorite Greek food and say; “Eat!!..eat!!, you’re too skinny!!” Yet, when it comes to a dish like these Greek style roast potato he’s dishing them up himself plenty. This is a potato side that is easy to make and flavorful.Read More →

Why is it that I love to cook with spirits.  I haven’t figured it out but I do on a regular basis.  Crown Royal Whiskey is one of my favorite cooking ingredients for reducing mushrooms or making a sauce similar to a Marsala Wine sauce.  A few weeks ago, I wanted to do something different with Yellow Fin Tuna.  So, here was invented Drunken Yellow Fin.  From now on anything I make with spirits as an ingredient will probably be called “Drunkin Something”.  What is really funny is that I do not even like the taste of most alcohol unless it’s in food.  Now, wine isRead More →