The other day, I posted a fabulous recipe for Salmon, Asparagus and Orzo Salad, and believe me, it is wonderful!! But, since it is made with pasta, which is not the best choice since I have vowed to exercise more and loss some 10 more pounds, I decided to experiment and make it just a little healthier. I had reserved some of the Lemon Dill Vinaigrette and salmon from last n
WOW, cannot believe it has been over 2 months since I have posted! Not sure where the time goes, can't believe it is almost the end on May. During my "blogging hiatus" I have been doing a lot of cooking just not a lot of picture taking. But, so I don't lose all these wonderful dishes I have been preparing, I have promised myself to get better about the captu
It is no secret in our house how much Apollo loves Roasted Chicken. I usually make one every few weeks. Honestly, I don't make it just for him, we all love chicken and I love all the dinners I can make with the leftovers. The latest Food and Wine had Julia's Favorite Roast Chicken and I HAD to try it, we were not disappointed! The only problem, I had so m
Woo Hoo,it's time again for a Secret Recipe Club post!!! This month, I was lucky to be assigned to Lynsey Lou's! What a fabulous blog. She says "The kitchen is definitely the heart of our home. We spend about 75% of our time there." That is so true of our house also. I had no problem picking a recipe, her Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken Breast had me dro
I am trying hard to stick to my New Year's resolution to lose some more weight, so far, I have gained a pound! Guess I better try a little harder. The weather the last couple of days have been brutal here in Florida, highs only in the 70's and lows all the way down to the 50's, BURRRR. I was craving some hardy winter soup for dinner, but it HAD to be something low calorie
Where has the month of January gone? I have only 3 post for the month of January, and we are all ready in the last week. Oh well, my New Year's resolution to blog more is not going well.
The good thing about the end of the month is it is time for another Secret Recipe Post! This month I was so lucky to be assigned Nicole from Colie's Kitchen. Wow, what a
For some strange reason on my last trip to Sam's I bought a huge container of ricotta cheese. I wasn't even sure what I was going to do with, but it was such a dog gone good price. I ended up making VERY good use of it in a couple of different recipes. Gordy's and my hands down favorite was Spinach, Ricotta and Blue Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast!
Last time we were at Trader Joe's I purchased two bags of frozen artichokes and one bag of frozen kale. They have been in the freeze since just before Christmas, it was time to use them. I also had a large wheel of Brie that I had brought for Christmas and forgot to put out. One of our local tea rooms, The Tea Cup, makes and awesome Brie and Artichoke Soup that I had been c
We love to celebrate birthdays in our house, especially for Apollo and Belle!
Last week was Apollo's 8th Birthday, he loves his birthday bandana. As always, to celebrate a birthday, I make my baby's favorites.
Apollo's favorites are Cider Roasted Chicken and Peanut Butter Pupcakes! (just a note, dogs are not to have onions, so even though there a
Okay, I know, when you think of Christmas Cocktails, you really don't usually think of one made with a Meyer Lemon, right?
Well our Meyer Lemon tree is producing more fruit then I know what to do with and the temperatures are in the 80's, so a mojito sounded PERFECT!!! I did put it in a Christmas glass!
I made a mint simple syrup by combining 1 cup
I cannot believe that November is almost over! We had such a fantastic Thanksgiving, it was so great to have all our family together! The best part, they were all here for our 5 annual Gator Golf Scramble and Party. GO GATORS!! I will post more about the party, food and of course the CAKE later this week.
The end of the month means another Sec
We have been doing a lot of squashing in our house, something I am not too familiar with, but have really been enjoying the experiments!
I have tried Acorn Squash in soup, but have never tried it roasted. This is a great and EXTREMELY easy side dish for Fall.
I cut the squash in half, from stem to end and scooped out all the seeds and stringy stuff inside. I scored both
Wow, where oh where has October gone? I can not believe Halloween is the day after tomorrow! The best part of the end of the month is another post with The Secret Recipe Club. This month I was so excited to have Jocelyn from Inside BruCrew Life, her blog is AWESOME, especially if you have a sweet tooth! I have been trying hard to stay away from the sweets, but oh some
I am still trying to drop some of the pounds I gained on our 7 day cruise. One way I have been accomplishing this, is to replace most of our pasta, rice and potatoes with something a little healthier. I was very nervous the first time I substituted spaghetti squash for angel hair pasta. I mean, Gordy has always been
It is National Pasta Day and I love to celebrate!!!
What better way to celebrate than with a gift! I received an awesome package in the mail over the weekend from the people at Classico.
Would you like to celebrate with me???
Classico has also offered five VIP coupons for free jars of
Classico sauce! Just leave a comment about which Classico
Wow, I can not believe how long it has been from my last post. The day's just seem to be disappearing and before I know it, dinnertime has rolled around and I am too tired to take any pictures. September was not the best month for us, but October is getting off to a FANTASTIC start.
Belle has been cleared by her surgeon to go back in the pool!
Wow, the end of September is here all ready. I love Fall in Florida! And I love another post with Secret Recipe Club.
This month, I was assigned Jess from Flying on Jess Fuel. First, I have to say CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Jess and Nick were married the beginning of this month. Check out her September 5th post to see her gorgeous wedding photo. I loved
With all the hot temperatures we have been having here in Florida, I have become a HUGE fan of cold soups. My mom shared this recipe with me a few weeks ago, and it has quickly become one of my new favorites! Thanks Mom, you always did find great ways to make us eat our fruits and vegetables!
It is so unbelievably easy to make and has all the freshness of summer fr
Wow, did I enjoy the cruise last week. I didn't miss a meal! Gordy and I decided that this week and probably next we are going to have to behave. I sure am going to miss my 2 desserts with dinner and the occasional (almost daily) soft served ice cream. Last night's dinner was both low cal and delicious! Fish Tacos with Black Bean Salsa.
Wow, can't believe August is almost over! Where did the month go?
I guess spending 7 nights on a cruise makes the time go fast. We had such a blast on the Carnival Legend, sailing out of Tampa to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Belize and Honduras.
The end of a month is so exciting for me, it means another Secret Recipe Club Reveal!
This month I was so lucky t
I LOVE salt and vinegar potato chips.
I can eat the whole bag in one sitting, and then regret it for days.
That is why I never buy them anymore, I have no self control and they
are so horrible for you.
I love being a new member of the Secret Recipe Club, it has introduced me to many new bloggers th
A toast to Julia, today would be her 100th Birthday!
What an incredible lady she was and an inspiration to some many of us!
I am celebrating by re-posting some of my favorite recipes from her cookbooks.
Julia Child's Boeuf Bourguignon
Every time I make this recipe, our bowls are EMPTY!
Julia Child's French Onion Soup
For a couple of years I did a Mid Day Gourmet Class at Rolling Pin in Brandon. Boy do I miss all the food we created! Starting today, I will be hosting a Mid Day Gourmet Link Party every Monday. Feel free to post your favorite brunch or lunch recipe, sweet or savory. It can be gourmet or a great idea for a packed lunch! Let's have some fun!
Here's one of my favorites
What fun it is being a member of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program. I love getting surprises in the mail!
This afternoon, the doorbell rang and to my delight there was a package waiting for me from Foodbuzz and Sweet'N Low. Oh, it only took me an instant to figure out what I was going to do with Sweet'N Low and my new martini shaker! Skinny Mango Martinis!
I was out in the side garden
yesterday and noticed a lot of key limes had fallen off our tree. I
would have love to made a key lime pie with them, but I all ready have
Individual Key Lime Baked Alaskas ready for dessert tonight and I had a pot roast in the fridge that needed to be cooked. I decide
to try something a little out of the
ordinary, a Caribbean style pot roas
We love leftovers in our house, we call them seasoned dinners. So many dishes are best when they flavor for a day or two.
I made 6 crab imperials the other night, more than Gordy and I can eat for dinner. Oh no, what to do with the leftovers? I also had 2 small filets in the freezer, I figured a sort of Filet Oscar sounded perfect! I thawed the filets in
I LOVE CRAB!!! And I LOVE CRAB IMPERIAL! I posted my traditional crab imperial recipe made with mayonnaise a while back, a quick and easy way to prepare this rich dish. Last night, I wanted to try something a little different. I came across a recipe in Food and Wine that was prepared without mayo.
The sauce was more of a hollandaise sauce pr
Wow, not sure where the time went yesterday. I started cleaning and before I knew it, it was 4:00. The house looked great, but I was in no mood to make dinner and too tired to go out. Luckily, I had taken some chicken legs out of the freezer in the morning with intentions of making Sticky BBQ Chicken Legs. But I just did not feel like a meal loaded with thic
I am so excited to be one of the newest members of The Secret Recipe Club (SRC). If you aren’t familiar with the whole SRC, long story short, it’s a great group of bloggers who share a love of food. By getting "assigned" to cook from a fellow SRC member's blog every month, it helps us get to know more bloggers and expand our own blogs.
This month I was lucky enou
Ever just have one of those days??? A day when nothing really bad happens, but nothing goes right. Mine was yesterday. The lawn mower pooped out on me, the trash can cabinet in the kitchen would not shut, I broke a light switch, it goes on and on...... So I decided to prepare an easy dinner and one of my favorite, Greek Chicken Pasta.
I was so sure I had ev
I was at Sam's the other day and bought a huge box of blueberries. Oh how good blueberry pie sounded with a big scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream.....darn, I forgot we are on diets! I had to find another use for all these berries. A couple of weeks ago, I made a pork tenderloin with a blueberry chipotle salsa but I could not find the recipe I used. While sc
Anyone miss me???
I know the Sandhill Cranes on the golf course did.
Gordy and I spent last week in Key Largo, doing what we love most, scuba diving and eating! But now that we are back, so is the diet. But darn if I wasn't craving a good taco salad over the weekend. Luckily, I have found a healthy alternative to fried taco bowls, Easy Baked Taco Salad Bowl
The other night, I had plan to have our leftover Lobster and Scallop Fisherman Pie. Unfortunately, there was not as much left over as I had thought, it was mostly the yummy mashed potato topping. Well, what goes better with potatoes than steak. Luckily I had some in the fridge.
I took them out about 2 hours before dinner. For more in
In case anyone forgot, this is my Birthday year! I turned 50 in April and I intend to celebrate ALL YEAR!
It started with our trip to the Florida Keys at the end of April, FOOD, SCUBA SUNSETS and BUTTERFLIES, with my wonderful husband. It was the BEST week!
The weekend after we got back all my Rolling Pin friends had a FANTASTIC surprise party for me at
Wow, it so hard for me to believe that The Saucy Gourmet is OVER 3 years old. Time flies when you are having fun!!!! And fun it is.
Yesterday, I was lucky enough to receive The Addictive Blog Award from 2 great new foodie friends, Ellen B Cookery and ABpetite. I enjoy their blogs so much, please when you get time check them out, I know you will be back!!! To a
A couple of months ago, a friend asked if I could help her with her son's wedding reception. It was to be a small gathering at her home after a beach wedding. No problem, right?? Wrong!!
For the orginal menu Robin and I decided
Crab Stuffed Chicken
Beef Tenderloin with Madeira Gravy
Easy Gourmet R
This is a CELEBRATION post!!! After years of Gordy saying he did not like salmon, I got him to eat a salmon cake!! To be honest, he never said he did not like it, he said he was sick of it. After living in Alaska for many years, spending much of his time fishing, he said he ate his fill of salmon. Well, after 30 years, I guess he was "no longer full of it"&nbs
I have convinced Gordy to eat a lot of things during our 30 years of marriage, but one thing I can still not get him to try
is a Soft Shell Crab Sandwich. I guess that is okay, more for me! Last time we went to the Key Largo Fisheries, they had frozen soft shell crabs. I figured since we still had some room in our cooler, a couple HAD to come home with me.
The weather in Tampa has been HORRIBLE! It has RAINED for 3 straight days.
Tropical Storm Debbie will just NOT go away, FYI, Florida is somewhere under that big swirl of clouds.
I feel as if I have been soaked since I got up on Sunday and by Tuesday, I was in need of some comfort food. Gordy and I loved my experiment with Slow Cooked Short
A couple of weeks ago I saw a fantastic post by ChinDeep for Cheesy Chicken Nacho Stuffed Peppers. They sounded so wonderful, I had to make them!
Unfortunately, I did not have a can of creamed corn or a package of taco seasoning. No problem, I just decided to add a can of whole kernel corn and my recipe for homemade taco seasoning. I also used brown rice inste
So, I have to make a confession, I have never been to Bonefish Grill.
That being said, seems like everywhere I go, I keep hearing about their Bang Bang Shrimp. Even when we went to Hula Bay, and ordered their Molten Martini, the first thing out of my friend's mouth was "Wow, this is just like Bonefish's Bang Bang Shrimp" Finally, we had to make it! Last year, whil
Wow, yesterday it was HOT HOT HOT in Florida!! I was craving something hot and spicy for dinner, but not too heavy! I decided to experiment with Crispy, Spicy, Saucy, Blue Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast.
Because I was not looking for a huge meal and the chicken breast I bought at Sam's were HUGE, I cut each one in half. I then used a knife and cut a small poc
Oh how I love the summer freshness of this salad. I mean, what is there not to love; beautiful, large sea scallops, bright, juicy clementines, fresh herbs, fresh corn, fresh baby spring greens and the fresh flavors of O Olive Oil!
I had gorgeous sea scallops in the freezer that I thawed all day in the refrigerator.
When they were thawed, I drained them on
I was SO excited when I got word that eRecipeCards.com and O Olive Oil were sponsoring another contest. I was EVEN more excited when I got word that I was one of the LUCKY 24 Bloggers that was chosen to participate in the Rites of Spring Contest.
I was involved in the last contest using O Meyer Lemon Olive Oil and O Pinot Noir Vinegar in 2 Wonderful Salads with O Ol
Oh I could not pass up sharing this incredible dessert with you all!!! I found it last week on Cravings of a Lunatic and had to try it!
The best part of this dessert, it can be made days before!
It was the perfect ending last weekend for a very dear friend's birthday dinner.
Vicki, I hope you had a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! This was the b
Wow, what great flavors of summer. Fresh and healthy!
Fresh corn, snap peas, red pepper, garlic and ginger, stir-fried and combined with Gulf Shrimp, YUMMY!
This dinner was so easy to prepare! I boiled some corn on the cob in a pot of sugar water for about 10 minutes. I drained them in a colander.
I marinaded the shrimp
Last month, we went with friends to The Taste of South Tampa down in Hyde Park. It was a beautiful day and I loved eating and drinking all I could in support of the Tampa Bay Humane Society.
Our vote for the best was In Bloom Catering, it also seems like everyone else felt the same way, they won First Place for Best Food! They were serving the most incredible, melt in you
After enjoying our Bulgogi dinner so much last week, I decided to try a different lettuce wrap, this time with chicken. This recipe was just as easy and just as healthy!
I gathered up all my ingredients and started chopping. Hoisin Sauce is a sweet bean sauce and can be found in the oriental section of most grocery stores.
Memorial Day Weekend growing up in Maryland ALWAYS meant crabs.
Large crab feast with endless bushels of crabs and beer. Oh how I sometime miss those day, just sitting on the back patio picking crabs for hours. We can get blue crabs here in Florida, but the $$$$ has made it challenging to have ENDLESS crabs. To satisfy my homesickness, we have Maryland Style Crab Ca
I don't know, but for some reason I have been craving Buffalo Chicken Wings.
Those fried, butter slathered, hot saucy wings have been calling me! I had to have them, but not sure they are listed on a healthy diet. Last night I could not stand it any longer, so I had to come up with a healthy alternative. Baked Buffalo Legs and Salad. Okay, honestly it was not