I’ve been on quite the vegetable kick lately. Before now, I never realized how easy it was to just throw together a meaty main dish for dinner and call it a day. Now I’ve really had to get creative so that salad is not the only thing on the menu. One of the most hearty vegetarian dishes on my rotation is shakshuka. It has an earthy yet spicy kick thanks to some key ingredients, and it spoons just so perfectly onto a steaming loaf of Homemade Bread….
I have to say, I am really proud of how this dish turned out. I cooked it on a whim after finding whole branzino at my local fish market and couldn’t resist snagging two of them. Turns out I probably should have bought at least double that since the fish flew off the platter so fast I almost didn’t get to eat any of it! These little guys were on the smaller side (a little over 1 lb each), so plan on about 3/4 – 1 lb per person when making this deliciousness.
Sundays have always been family dinner night since I was growing up, and even in my adult years I have refused to give up the tradition. Nowadays this means I take over my Dad’s kitchen on Sundays to whip up something tasty for as many people as he’ll let me have over (hehe). Watching highlights from the Olympics, I set to work figuring how I could make dinner without forcing my super lazy bum to go to the grocery store. I was not about to enter that insanity on this hot Sunday….
Fourth of July is one of those holidays that exists for grilling purposes and grilling purposes alone in my kitchen. I took over the kitchen at my Mom’s Significant Other’s house to make some delicious Grilled Red Snapper Tacos with a Grilled Corn + Cherry Tomato Salad to go with her world famous Guacamole. I wasn’t kidding about the whole grilling thing. We did a LOT of grilling….
For this year’s Father’s Day dessert, I wanted to make something that wasn’t massively time consuming but that would be a great compliment to the rack of lamb that I was planning on making as the main dish. Last year I tackled the crème brûlée, which was a lot of fun, but this year I wanted to make a dessert that was equally as crowd pleasing but not nearly as heavy and regret-inducing….