• 15-Minute Ginataang Gulay With Salmon

    I can’t remember how old I was or what it was about the Philippines that inspired me to add it to the list of places I want to visit one day. But, now that I’m older and really understand the value of learning more about different cultures, I’m even more intrigued by this group of islands than I already was. Many tourists who go to the Philippines may head there to visit its beautiful beaches (and I’d probably want to stick my toes in the sand at one of them just to be able to say I did that). But, I would be more excited about exploring the world heritage…

  • 15-Minute Spanish Chicken, Sausage and Rice Skillet

    Garbanzo beans and olives for the win! That’s what I thought after making my 15-Minute Spanish Chicken, Sausage and Rice Skillet, this week’s recipe for #FoodieFriday. Why? Because I really liked it and so did my youngest daughter. In fact, she liked it so much that she ate a serving last night and also packed some into her lunch container before heading out this morning to her theater group’s rehearsal. My youngest daughter’s enjoyment of the dish didn’t really come as a surprise to me. It features a nice balance of protein, veggies, and rice that simmers in a tomato-infused base. What’s not to like about that? However, I did…

  • 15-Minute South African Yellow Rice and Turkey Meatballs

    Cooking is fun! At times, it can also be challenging…especially if you’re trying out a new recipe. But, I’m determined to not let that stop me from working to constantly add new dishes to our family’s repertoire of recipes. I’m particularly excited each time I try out a new recipe from a different culture. And, last week, I attempted to tackle a couple of South African recipes, while making a couple of adjustments to speed up the cooking time significantly. First, I decided to make South African Yellow Rice. The beautiful color and inclusion of raisins really intrigued me. However, since the rice alone wouldn’t make a complete meal, I…

  • 15-Minute Chicken Avgolemono Soup

    If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may have read the article that I wrote about some of the delicious Greek food that my family and I enjoyed during our time in Greece. Since we visited five of the nine geographical regions while we were there, we were able to visit many restaurants and, therefore, try lots of delicious Greek dishes. Among the dishes that we tried more than once, and probably became the most familiar with, during that time are pastitsio (a layered, baked pasta dish with meat and cheese) and spanakotiropitas (a savory baked pastry with spinach and cheese). And, either of these comfort foods…

  • 15-Minute Beef Japchae

    Since my daughters are foodies like their dad and I am, they enjoy going grocery shopping with me and like to offer suggestions about what I could make for dinner. So, it wasn’t surprising to me that my oldest daughter, who’s home from college on her Christmas break, started requesting a specific dish after I announced I’d be making a Korean dish for my recent #FoodieFriday post on Instagram. I’d heard of bibimbap and bulgogi, but she encouraged me to try to make japchae, a dish that has become a favorite of hers in the past few months thanks to one of her apartment-mates, who’s a big fan of Korean…