Restaurant-style Mexican brown rice

The best recipe I've found for restaurant-style Mexican rice made with brown rice instead of white

We have a family favorite when it comes to Mexican restaurants. It’s a locally-owned place that has been in operation here in Tucson since 1922, believe it or not. How’s that for longevity, right? I have several favorite menu items and I enjoy the freedom of deciding between them based on what I’m feeling during any given visit. If I want something light I usually go with the soft tacos. If ‘m extra hungry I … Continue reading Restaurant-style Mexican brown rice

Parmesan herb roasted Brussels sprouts

Parmesan herb roasted Brussels sprouts | Such the Spot

Confession: I tried Brussels sprouts for the first time just a couple of years ago. For whatever reason, it just wasn’t a vegetable my family ate growing up. The foodie in me, though, was curious–especially when I saw a Brussels sprouts stalk at Trader Joe’s one day. Previously, I’d only noticed Brussels sprouts bagged or sold by the pound in produce bins. The beauty of the stalked variety won me over. I bought them in … Continue reading Parmesan herb roasted Brussels sprouts

Chilled mango soup

Chilled mango soup | Such the Spot

Soups are one of my favorite menu items to serve when busy weeknights necessitate a quick dinner.  But when you live in the desert, something about a steamy bowl of soup just doesn’t cut it during the scorching summer months.  Using one of the menu items from Disney’s cruise ships as inspiration, I recently served this chilled mango soup.  It’s a huge hit with the family and super easy to prepare ahead of time.  Pair … Continue reading Chilled mango soup

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

Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges

If we’re not Facebook friends (why not, by the way?) you might have missed my post this weekend about our menu.  Your loss.  Because what a menu it was!  It included these: I know.  Totally drool worthy right? I can’t claim them.  They were foodnetwork.com finds.  And though I can’t claim them as my own, I can most certainly showcase them, right? Here’s the recipe: 3 unpeeled sweet potatoes kosher salt 2 teaspoons finely grated … Continue reading Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges