Cheesy chicken, corn & green chile pasta bake

It’s about this time of year that my weekly dinner menu starts to sound a bit like a broken record. It’s because I’m a sucker when it comes to baked and bubbly pasta dishes. And since I tend to cook on a seasonal cycle, we don’t have a whole lot of time to enjoy these types of meals here in the desert southwest. With that limitation in mind, I try to cram in as many … Continue reading Cheesy chicken, corn & green chile pasta bake

Mini Mexican meatloaves with roasted garlic mashed potatoes

Mini Mexican meatloaves with roasted garlic mashed potatoes | Such the Spot

I don’t know about you, but my family tends to quickly tire of eating the same meals week in and week out. Given our propensity for inspired menus, my husband and I spend a fair amount of time brainstorming creative new dinner ideas. What that really looks like is him throwing out some crazy idea and me responding in one of two ways: (1) turning my nose up; or (2) quickly considering if and how … Continue reading Mini Mexican meatloaves with roasted garlic mashed potatoes

Arugula salad with grilled chicken, summer berries & candied pecans

Arugula salad with grilled chicken, summer berries & candied pecans | Such the Spot

‘Round these parts, we make a habit of eating salad as main meal once or twice each week.  Which, of course, means that I have to be somewhat creative in coming up with several variations.  This particular salad doesn’t showcase my most creative recipe-building skills.  Rather, it showcases one of those recipes that was born out of not wanting to run to the store in order to get dinner on the table.  Still, it was … Continue reading Arugula salad with grilled chicken, summer berries & candied pecans

BLT salad with grilled romaine and creamy gorgonzola vinaigrette

BLT salad with grilled romaine and creamy gorgonzola vinaigrette | Such the Spot

If you watch food shows, you’ve probably noticed the trendyness of deconstructed dishes.   This, my friends, is my take on that.  It’s a deconstructed BLT, hold the carbs.  It starts with a base of grilled romaine, which I admit sounds kind of funky but you really needn’t be afraid.  Grilled romaine–when done right–retains its texture and has an increased depth of flavor.  Jeff and I topped our grilled romaine with crumbled applewood smoked bacon, … Continue reading BLT salad with grilled romaine and creamy gorgonzola vinaigrette

Lemon rosemary grilled chicken salad with avocado + corn

Lemon rosemary grilled chicken salad with avocado + corn | Such the Spot

I first spotted this salad in my Real Simple magazine several years ago and we’ve been making it ever since then.  It’s delicious!  What makes it so is the fresh and flavorful dressing.  It’s super light–perfect for a hot evening when you don’t want to eat something too heavy.  I serve it with homemade popovers.  This meal is a hit every time! Lemon rosemary grilled chicken salad with avocado + corn Ingredients4 T. olive oil … Continue reading Lemon rosemary grilled chicken salad with avocado + corn

Slow cooker black bean soup

Confession: I strongly dislike baseball season.  It’s not the sport itself that I have a problem with.  It’s the fact that I have two young children who play on two different teams and–between the two of them–I would guesstimate that 93% of our family time is spent on one baseball field or another.  And when we have to be out the door by 4:40 to make it to a game on time, dinner is a … Continue reading Slow cooker black bean soup

Pear & blue cheese flatbread with balsamic glaze

Have you ever wondered what the difference between a pizza and a flatbread is?  Yeah, me too.  Here are the notable differences I’ve come up with so far: Pizza slices are typically cut larger than flatbread slices. The term ‘flatbread’ allows one to serve pizza as an appetizer. I don’t know about you, but I can certainly get on board with that.  Today I’m sharing a recipe for a grilled flatbread that Jeff and I … Continue reading Pear & blue cheese flatbread with balsamic glaze

Turkey & chicken sausage 3-bean tequila chili

Turkey & chicken sausage 3-bean tequila chili

We had a most mild winter here in the desert.  Since having moved here in 2004, we’ve gotten snow at least one day each winter (which is plenty thankyouverymuch), with the exception of this season.  I’m really not complaining; cold is not my thing.  In fact, there are only three things I like about winter: Christmas, cozying up by the fire and comfort food.  And when it comes to comfort food, chili ranks right up … Continue reading Turkey & chicken sausage 3-bean tequila chili