Italian Antipasto Salad

This Italian Antipasto Salad is the perfect side dish for summer picnics and barbecues in the backyard!

Italian Antipasto Salad: This delicious pasta salad is perfect for summer picnics and barbecues!I’ve mentioned before that my wife comes from a huge gigantic Italian family. I remember the first time I visited her hometown in central Pennsylvania. She told me that the family wanted to meet me, so they were having a backyard picnic with burgers and hotdogs. Cool! Sounded like fun to me! At first a couple aunts and uncles showed up…then some of the cousins…then another aunt and uncle…then a family friend (who was distantly related somehow)…and then they just kept coming.Continue Reading »

BLT Pasta Salad

I’ve partnered with Kraft and Collective Bias to create this delicious BLT Pasta Salad.  It’s perfect for summer picnics and dinners on the back porch!
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BLT Salad Pasta: Tastes just like your favorite summer sandwich...just in pasta salad form!  Perfect for summer barbecues!Back when my wife and I lived in Atlanta, we grew tomatoes in our backyard like it was our job.  We planted a small garden on the side of our house, and every year we had a bumper crop of tomatoes.  And thanks to the warm weather down South, our tomato plants started growing in late February…and didn’t stop until early November.  Seriously.  We literally ate tomatoes all the time.  And we gave them away to everyone we knew.  And we still had too many tomatoes.  The solution?  BLT’s.  Delicious BLT’s.

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Lemon Shrimp + Quinoa-Lentil Salad

This Lemon Shrimp + Quinoa-Lentil Salad is a delicious and healthy recipe that works as a side dish or a main course!

Lemon Shrimp + Quinoa-Lentil Salad | Spicedblog.comValentine’s Day is just a week away now.  While I really enjoy the V-Day festivities, I’m getting a bit tired of all the desserts.  I can’t believe I actually just typed that sentence.  Me…tired of dessert…what the heck is going on??  Continue Reading »

Copycat Chipotle Burrito Bowl

Copycat Chipotle Burrito BowlDo you have a favorite restaurant meal that you always crave whenever you go out to eat?  I do!  In fact, I’ve got several…but one of my favorites is the Chipotle’s Burrito Bowl.  I used to order the burrito at Chipotle, but then my wife taught me to order the bowl and ask for the tortilla on the side.  Then you just tear off pieces of the tortilla and make a bunch of mini-burritos.  (Just typing this is making me crave a burrito bowl now!)

I really enjoy cooking at home, so I decided to take on the challenge of re-creating the Chipotle Burrito Bowl at home.  I had a blast tweaking the recipes until I found a version that got pretty darned close to what you get at Chipotle.  My sister-in-law is straight addicted to Chipotle, and she was the first one to introduce me to the wonders of a Chipotle burrito bowl many years ago.  I knew she would make a great judge, so I bribed her to do a taste test for me.  And the result?  Two thumbs up!  I’ll take it…and I’ll also take a burrito bowl for dinner tonight please!

This post was also published on Food Fanatic.