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Citrus Steak Salad

Citrus Steak Salad

Summer nights are made for quick and easy dinner recipes. Citrus Steak Salad is the most perfect all in one dinner salad to get the job done. Crunchy greens, tender steak, juicy strawberries, mandarin oranges and a citrusy, made from scratch vinaigrette make for a meal […]

Broccoli Cheese Spread

Broccoli Cheese Spread

Broccoli Cheese Spread is such a simple recipe but it’s so amazingly good. You absolutely need this quick and easy appetizer recipe in your arsenal. I mean could there be a more classic combination than broccoli and cheese? I don’t think so! Just try it […]

Grilled Chicken with Peach-Cucumber Salsa

Grilled Chicken with Peach-Cucumber Salsa

Fire up the grill cause this next recipe is a keeper! Grilled Chicken with Peach-Cucumber Salsa is my favorite recipe of summer so far. I love that it’s not only ridiculously easy to make, it’s also low calorie and low carb. And since it cooks on the grill, it keeps my kitchen cool. This healthy recipe uses minimal ingredients but is absolutely bursting with flavor. Fresh, seasonal produce helps to make it budget friendly too! Pick the cucumbers straight from your garden or swing by a local farmers market where you’ll find lots of ’em right now (and peaches too). Grilled Chicken with Peach-Cucumber Salsa is the perfect end of summer meal.

Here’s all you’ll need: peaches, cucumber, peach preserves, red onion, fresh mint, chicken, salt and pepper.

Grilled Chicken with Peach-Cucumber Salsa ingredients list

This wonderful salsa can even be prepped ahead of time. Peel and chop those peaches. We left the skin on the cucumber, but you could peel those as well if you like. Either way, go ahead and chop them up. You’ll want to dice that red pepper so it’s teeny tiny which helps it blend well into the dish. And we’ll need the fresh mint minced.

The addition of fresh mint gives this light salsa such a refreshing flavor. Don’t skip it! Toss all of our prepped ingredients into a small bowl, along with the peach preserves and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

Chopped peached, chopped cucumenrs, diced red onion and minced mint in a glass mixing bowl.

Mix well to combine. Annnnndddd……all of our prep work is done! Seriously how simple was that?!? I wish all dinner recipes were this easy. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Peaches, cucumber, red onion, fresh mint, peach preserves and salt mixed together in a glass bowl.

Now for that grilled chicken. We’re keeping it basic because we want all the flavors of that amazing salsa to shine through. So all we need to do is add a little bit of salt and pepper to our chicken breasts. Grill the chicken, covered, on a lightly greased grill rack for 5 minutes. Turn and grill for an additional 7-9 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees.

Three chicken breasts sprinkled with salt and pepper cooking on a grill rack over medium heat.

Remove the chicken from the grill and top with our Peach-Cucumber Salsa. I know you can’t wait to dig in! If you loved this recipe, be sure to try our Bruschetta Chicken next!

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Grilled Chicken with Peach-Cucumber Salsa

August 13, 2019
: 4 servings
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped peeled fresh peaches (about 2 medium)
  • 3/4 cup chopped cucumber
  • 4 tablespoons peach preserves
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh mint
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Directions
  • Step 1 Peel and chop peaches. Chop the cucumber, finely chop red onion, and mince fresh mint.
  • Step 2 Toss all of our prepped ingredients into a small bowl, along with the peach preserves and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Mix well to combine. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Step 3 Salt and pepper the chicken breast. Grill the chicken, covered, on a lightly greased grill rack for 5 minutes. Turn and grill for an additional 7-9 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees.
  • Step 4 Remove the chicken from the grill and top with our Peach-Cucumber Salsa. Enjoy!

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Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach Artichoke Dip

If Spinach Artichoke Dip is involved then you can count me in people! It’s pretty much one of my main weaknesses. I just can’t say no to this luscious, creamy, absolutely delicious dip. I’ve tried all the recipes, the restaurant knock offs, the crockpot versions, […]

Ham and Cheese Bites

Ham and Cheese Bites

Our Ham and Cheese Bites make the cutest lil appetizer ever! This tasty bitesize snack works great for Easter brunch and doubles as a wonderful appetizer for Easter dinner too. They’re also perfect for after school snacking. Little fingers won’t be able to resist this […]

Speedy Kielbasa Dip

Speedy Kielbasa Dip

Typically March Madness means I’m outraged because I’m SO. Over. This. Snow!!! But this year’s a little different. We’re all about basketball right now here in Buffalo. Our hometown team, the University at Buffalo, pulled off a huge upset! If you know Buffalo sports, you know that we love ourselves a good underdog to root for. The 13th-seeded UB Bulls came up with a huge win against the 4th-seeded Arizona Cardinals in the NCAA tournament on Thursday night. The 89-68 point victory marks the very first NCAA tournament win in the school’s history!! Go Bulls!!! Talk about a bracket buster!! #sorrynotsorry We’ll be tuning in tonight to watch the Bulls face off against the Kentucky Wildcats. But what’s a basketball game without the party food?!? Our Speedy Kielbasa Dip is the perfect party snack! It’s great for game day or really any day for that matter. This thick and creamy dip is a family favorite. And it’s my favorite too because it’s so quick and easy to make! How easy you ask??? Well…let’s put it this way…you won’t even have to turn your oven on! It’s 100% completely microwavable!! That’s why Speedy Kielbasa Dip is my go to recipe when I’m in a pinch and need to whip up party snacks in a hurry. You’ll be so happy to have this one in your recipe arsenal.

Here’s all you’ll need: cream cheese, sour cream, milk, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, fully cooked kielbasa sausage, green onions, Parmesan cheese, and Tostitos or crackers for dipping.

Speedy Kielbasa Dip

Start with a microwave safe bowl. Heat the cream cheese uncovered for 1 minute. Stir it up. Boom! You just handled step one like a boss!

Heat cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute.

Next mix in the sour cream, milk, mayo, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir to combine. I know it’s hard to believe but we’re like halfway done with this recipe. A few more steps and it’s going to be AMAZING!!!

Mix in the sour cream, milk, mayo, and Worcestershire sauce.

Slice up the green onions. And dice up the Kielbasa while you’re at it too! If you really want to be on top of your game, you can have this stuff prepped ahead of time. A lot of times I prep the ingredients and take them with me to the party and then make the dip right there on the spot! After the prep work it literally takes less than 5 minutes in the microwave. Speedy Kielbasa Dip for the win!

Slice up the green onions. Then dice up the Kielbasa.

Now toss in the kielbasa, 1/4 cup of green onions, and Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine. Microwave for 1 and a half to 2 minutes. Stir. Then microwave for another 1 and a half to 2 minutes or until heated through.

Toss in the kielbasa, 1/4 cup of green onions, and Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine. Microwave for 3-4 minutes, stirring once.

Top with the remaining 1/4 cup of green onions to pretty it up a bit. Serve with chips or crackers for dipping. Really though, can you believe how easy that was?!? She shoots…she scores!! SWISH!!

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Speedy Kielbasa Dip

March 17, 2018
: 24

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Ingredients
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 ounces fully cooked kielbasa or Polish sausage, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions, divided
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Tostitos or crackers for dipping
Directions
  • Step 1 In a microwave safe bowl, heat the cream cheese, uncovered, for 1 minute.
  • Step 2 Mix in the sour cream, milk, mayo, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir to combine.
  • Step 3 Add the kielbasa, 1/4 cup of green onions, and Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine.
  • Step 4 Microwave for 3-4 minutes stirring once, halfway through.
  • Step 5 Top with the remaining 1/4 cup of green onions. Serve with chips or crackers. Enjoy!!

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Parmesan Garlic Knots

Parmesan Garlic Knots

Homemade bread is the BEST!!!! I love baking it. I love the way it smells while it’s baking. And I love having freshly baked bread with a good home cooked meal. The problem is I don’t always have the time to make it ALLLLL the […]

Penne Gorgonzola with Chicken

Penne Gorgonzola with Chicken

There’s something about a good pasta dish that just can’t be beat! Bring on the carbs!! Penne Gorgonzola with Chicken has that fancy Italian restaurant feel but I’ll let you in on a little secret…..it actually comes together in a snap! Besides boiling the pasta, […]

Cake Mix Cookies

Cake Mix Cookies

Christmas cookies?!? Ain’t nobody got time for that! Well I’m here to tell you that you do! Grrrrllll……..I got you! They very well could be the easiest cookies you will ever make! I’ve been adding them to Christmas cookie trays for years now and everyone has been none the wiser of my cookie shortcut. You see, the cookie dough is actually…..wait for it….CAKE MIX! Of course you’ll need to add a couple more ingredients, but the basic dough is just cake mix, eggs, and oil. You can play with the flavors and pick your own add ins. I’ve used chocolate cake mix with Christmas colored M&Ms here to make them festive, but adding Reese’s Pieces instead is one of my all time favorite combinations. What are you waiting for??? Let’s get baking!

Here’s all you’ll need: cake mix, oil, eggs, Christmas M&Ms.

Add cake mix, eggs and oil to a large bowl. Yep! Everything in one bowl. I told ya this would be easy!!

Mix with a hand mixer on a low to medium speed until well combined (about 2 minutes).

Stir in the M&Ms or the add in of your choice! I recently hosted a slumber party with my niece and nephew and we paired white cake mix with chocolate chips and Christmas sprinkles and they turned out fab! They love baking with Aunt Lisa!

Drop by the spoonful onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. I’ve done these two ways and both have worked wonderful. Traditionally I would portion out spoonful sizes and roll them by hand into balls. This dough is very sticky. The key to working with it is a light touch. Pretend they are very delicate as you roll them. BUT…..I’ve recently used my cookie scoop to drop them by the spoonful and it’s an excellent alternative to getting your hands dirty! You can place additional M&Ms on top to make them extra pretty.

Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes on the middle and top racks of your oven. Don’t forget to rotate your cookie sheets about halfway through baking so you get that nice and even bake. Remove from the pan and allow cookies to cool. I bet Santa would love a batch of these paired with a nice, big glass of cold milk!

Cake Mix Cookies

December 6, 2017
: 24 cookies
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package chocolate cake mix
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup M&Ms
Directions
  • Step 1 Add cake mix, eggs and oil to a large bowl. Mix with a hand mixer until well blended (about 2 minutes). Stir in 1 cup of M&Ms.
  • Step 2 Drop by the spoonful onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Roll into balls if desired.
  • Step 3 Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the pan to cool. Enjoy!

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Tomato Basil Soup

Tomato Basil Soup

Hey there! Who’s ready for soup season? I sure am! We are finally getting some of that crisp Fall air blowing through Buffalo this week and I couldn’t be more excited about it. I loved grilling out this Summer, but I am SO ready to […]