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Best Ever Crock Pot Brisket in Tomato Red Wine Sauce

Dedicated to all carnivores. This is one of the most delicious, crowd-pleasing favorite crock pot recipes. After simmering in the crock pot for 7-8 hours, the brisket pulls apart with a couple of forks.  The tomato red wine sauce provides READ MORE

The Ultimate Traditional Thanksgiving Feast – Gluten Free

THE Ultimate Turkey **Revised 11/27/2015 – Updated all recipes ** Thanksgiving in our home boasts just about the same dinner menu every single year. This is by far the largest dinner we have all year long. (Recipes coming soon for READ MORE

Wild Pacific Salmon – In Season Now!

Oh yeah! It is time. Fresh Wild Pacific Salmon is swimming to an establishment near you! Run, don’t walk, to your nearest fish house/store/boutique/distributor/fishing vessel and ask for the fresh Wild Pacific Salmon. “Why?” You ask. Because it’s freaking awesome. READ MORE

Lemony Butter Chicken Piccata – Gluten Free

This recipe is on my “when-in-doubt” list. That list happens to cover “what do I make tonight,” “guests are coming,” and “I want to impress someone” nights. Who knew a simple recipe could cover so many variables? One of the READ MORE

Grilled Brown Sugar Chicken with Bacon and Rosemary

The obsession continues. Did I mention how much I love my grill? Summer may feel like it’s coming to an end in a month, but that means FOOTBALL season is on it’s way. Therefore, more “girl on grill” recipes are READ MORE

Vegetarian Black Bean and Olive Mexican Casserole

Okay, truth be told, I just needed an excuse to use my new casserole dish that I bought this spring in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. And I had some black beans. So, naturally, a mexican casserole dish and black beans READ MORE

Rosemary Dijon Chicken and Veggie Skewers

Bring on summer! After a long day of gardening…okay two hours of patio gardening…it seemed like the most logical next step would be to break out the BBQ. I can’t help myself anyway. Love the BBQ. This evening’s treat were READ MORE

Greek Yogurt Baked Potato: Why Greek Yogurt?

The pseudo-guilt free baked potato! I love my baked potatoes, but when loaded with butter and sour cream, it becomes hard to find the buried nutritional value. Naturally gluten free, this baked potato is topped with one cup of Voskos READ MORE

“Lick-the-Bowl-Clean” Italian Sausage Spaghetti Sauce

This is my favorite “lick-the-bowl-clean” spaghetti sauce and it’s very easy to make. Have a date night coming up? Family night? End-of-a-long-hard-week-need-a-glass-of-red-wine-and-bowl-of-spaghetti night? Look no further. Simmer the sauce. Boil some water for pasta. Cook. Done. So, there’s just a READ MORE

Ginger Soy Grilled Salmon – Gluten Free

Crazy good. A perfect balance of “sweet” and “savory.” This recipe is inspired by one of my favorite local restaurants and reminds me of a blissful evening with special friends. I literally spent the weekend trying to recreate this dish READ MORE

Old School Grilled Cheese Sandwich – Gluten Free

Kickin’ it old school. Love me some Udi’s bread! When my son asked for a grilled cheese sandwich, I realized I’d forgotten just how awesome they were on Udi’s bread. This ooey gooey goodness is simple and perfect on a READ MORE

Asparagus and Crab Risotto – Gluten Free

Simmering risotto (lid off for photo only) A bowl of hot risotto is always welcoming on a cold winter day. This is a very easy recipe, but takes about an hour from start to finish (including prep time). The ingredients READ MORE

Veggie Quinoa Nirvana – Gluten Free

There are a lot of people out there that may not think quinoa and “nirvana” should appear in the same sentence. Especially when this amazingly delicious veggie dish has quinoa that photographs, well, kinda like tiny little snails. So, my READ MORE

Vera’s Peanut Butter Pepper Chicken and Rice – Gluten Free

I like it when my friends spoil me. Especially when they cook for me! As much as I love to cook, it is always a nice surprise when someone shows up with a fully cooked meal. In this case, my READ MORE

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Casserole – Gluten Free

I’m one of those “I never ask for help” people, so when I broke down and had to get some help putting large pieces of furniture together, I felt compelled to make a “thank you” dinner for my friends whom READ MORE

Grandma Sandy’s Meatballs and Rice – Gluten Free

There was a time where I couldn’t make this delicious comfort-food dish because it called for cream of mushroom soup. That’s back when it was impossible to find gluten free soup of any kind, let alone cream of mushroom. Today, READ MORE

Shrimp and Scallop Pasta in Lemon Wine Sauce, Gluten Free

This is one of those “lick your plate clean” dishes. It’s a good thing that’s generally not deemed appropriate. But, I must say, with this dish it’s quite tempting. Very tempting. Really, just about anything seems to taste great when READ MORE

Domino Quinoa Salad – Black Quinoa with Garbanzo Beans and Balsamic Lime Dressing

This delicious black quinoa sat in a package on my counter for far too long before I could decide something “different” to do with it. Finally, I decided garbanzo beans would be a terrific, high-protein addition, as well as black READ MORE

Perfectly Grilled Chicken Breasts

For my non-vegetarian, vegan and raw friends, I offer up a “can’t fail” recipe for grilling chicken. Chicken is one of the mostly widely consumed meats on the planet and is a great source of low-fat protein. I find this READ MORE

Ginger Soy Halibut Steaks – Gluten Free

I’m always looking for the “fresh catch of the day” to throw on the grill. If I can’t get a reasonable “fresh catch,” I look for a sustainable fish (okay, except when I cook salmon!). For this recipe, I used READ MORE

Keftedes (Greek Meatballs) with Olive Yogurt Dip – Gluten Free

To this day, I can clearly remember the night when I was five years old and my dad was standing in our kitchen in South Carolina making tiny hamburger patties over a frying pan. I remember looking way up at READ MORE

Jay’s Creamy Dill Yacht Salmon

True love. Jay, also known as Jeanette, is my best friend Julie’s mom. Back when Julie was growing up, apparently there was a lot of salmon cooked on their yacht and this recipe was one of her best memories. We READ MORE

Gluten Free Pizza Party for the Kids!

Whether you’re gluten free or not, setting up a “make your own pizza” bar for a house full of children is always a big hit. It not only covers the picky eaters, but aims to please the vegetarians, the carnivores, READ MORE

Red Pepper and Macadamia Nut Crusted Halibut

For some reason, I am still craving fresh fish on a fairly regular basis. Turns out that the “fresh catch of the day” today was halibut. The key word there being “fresh.” I really was going to just bake it READ MORE

Pork Chops with Chili Rub – Gluten Free

One of my favorite things about having dinner at my friend Julie’s house is that we always get to cook together. Not everyone can cook together…and if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, you know what I’m READ MORE

Greek Pasta with Lamb

This week I’m celebrating my Greek heritage, among other things such as the month of May, National Celiac Disease Awareness Month and, of course, our official website launch of Fine Cooks. I have altered this ever so slightly from The READ MORE

Halibut Cioppino – San Francisco Italian Fish Stew

Cioppino is considered an Italian dish, but actually was introduced in San Francisco by a Portuguese and Italian fisherman who settled in the North Beach back in the 1800s. The name gets its origin from chopping up the leftovers from READ MORE