It’s been kinda quiet around here hasn’t it?

With the holidays and work and life… well, you know how that goes ๐Ÿ™‚

But. Even so. There’s been no shortage of cookin’, that’s for sure!

As we start off the new year, I just can’t help but share at least a few pics.

And soon, some new recipes too!


Veggie fried “rice” made with a farro, cole slaw mix, eggs, soy sauce and sesame oil then topped with fresh tomato, onion and avocado.


Fresh caught mahi tacos from a Key West fishing trip topped with slaw, cheddar, and avocado. ย Singing songs of summer… sigh!


Whole wheat toast topped with smashed avocado with lemon, a fried egg, and shredded Parm served with baked parmesan tomatoes and sauteed mushrooms. Let me tell you, feed this to a skeptical meat eater and watch them smile!!


Nanny’s classic “piggies” but this time stuffed with a venison mixture instead. ย I always love serving a family classic to anyone who thinks “pigs in a blanket” are corn dogs wrapped in bread…


And sesame noodles with a peanut sesame sauce topped with peanut sesame chicken thighs. An old Cookinfanatic classic, and a sauce I could eat straight from a spoon!

Hope you’ve been doing some delicious eating too ๐Ÿ™‚

I have really been looking forward to sharing this recipe with you guys!ย  I threw this together over the weekend and I have to tell you, it really exceeded my expectations. And I wasn’t the only one who thought that – as it was recommended for our next bring-a-dish event … #householdapproved

Mexican corn salad

This corn salad is SO SO easy. You could throw it together in your sleep. And guess what. You don’t even need a kitchen to make it! But, the good news is, all these weeks of renovation have finally paid off! The country kitchen makeover is close to complete – just a backsplash and a can of paint away from done ๐Ÿ™‚


But back to the recipe. For those of you who like cilantro and feta, this is gonna be the tick to your tock. A little crunch from the peppers and onions. Tangy creaminess from the feta. And a touch of sweetness from the corn. I tell ya, I could eat this all day long!


I really loved how refreshing this salad was and also how light yet filling it seemed. I could see it easily being served as a main dish with perhaps something light on the side. Or as a side dish, as I served ours (Mexican spiced chicken legs and a salad made the meal). The options are endless.

As far as the recipe, I could also see a Greek yogurt sub-in working perfectly too, if mayonnaise isn’t your thing. Go for it!

So what are you waiting for? I know you just might be as ready to hang onto the cool refreshing flavors of summer as I am… Right?! ๐Ÿ™‚


Hang-on-to-Summer Mexican Corn Salad

Serves 4

  • 1 package frozen corn, defrosted
  • 1/4 onion, diced
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced
  • 2 tblsp canned diced green chilis
  • 3 tblsp mayonnaise
  • 4 oz. crumbled feta
  • 2 tblsp lime juice (I used bottled key lime, it’s perfection!)
  • handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Set frozen corn into a medium sized bowl to thaw, an hour or so should be fine.
  2. Chop onion, green pepper, and cilantro. Add to thawed corn. Also add diced green chilis. Stir to incorporate.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, feta, and lime juice.ย  If you don’t have key lime juice, the juice of a regular lime should be just fine.
  4. Pour dressing over corn mixture and stir. Season with salt and pepper as needed.
  5. Serve!

Meet. The electric skillet.

My new best friend?

saute pic 1

We are still working kitchen-less out here in the country. And now. Without a kitchen sink!

Have you ever done dishes in the bathroom sink? Like, a lot?

Jealous, aren’t you?

But. We do have cabinets! And new counter tops! And appliances!

kitchen cabinets

Getting there… ๐Ÿ™‚

But since we are still without a hooked up stove, it was time to look to my new bff the electric skillet for some dinner inspiration.

This recipe is the perfect solution to a flavorful one dish meal. Which fits the bill for a kitchen-less dinner. But also just for a super busy weeknight meal as well!

It’s super easy to throw together, and involves the use of a few short cut items…

aidells sausages

I’ve always liked these Aidells sausages. And if I can find them at a Food Lion in the midst of the cornfields, I know that you can probably find them pretty much anywhere! ๐Ÿ˜‰

A couple packages of pre-cooked rice also helped with the no-stove situation too.

saute pic 2

After a few minutes in the skillet it’s time to serve things up with a little extra spice!!

sausage and rice

An easy one dish weeknight meal. Whether it’s from a plugged in skillet or a pan on the stovetop, it’ll definitely be devoured!