Archive for Category: "$10 Culinary"

Blood Orange Screwdriver Cooler Cocktail Recipe – Hello Spring

Blood Orange Screwdriver Cooler Cocktail Recipe

Hello Spring! In celebration of spring breaks everywhere – warm beaches, sunny gardens, and delightfully sinful lazy days – I give you the first spring cocktail recipe. ::ding:ding:ding:: I welcome the celebration with the Blood Orange Screwdriver Cooler Cocktail Recipe. It is particularly fantastic with my beloved Tito’s Vodka and is even better if you […]

Crockpot Vegetarian Minestrone Soup Recipe

Vegetarian Crockpot Minestrone Soup in Bowl

Winter is here. We need warm deliciousness and we need it fast. Try this Crockpot Vegetarian Minestrone Soup Recipe; it is a yummy, hot solution to a cold winter soul. I bought all the ingredients on sale, so the crockpot was chock full of vegetables for about $10. Regular price might make the dollar signs […]

10 Minute Chickpea Salad Recipe – Vegetarian, Flavorful, and Healthy!

Chickpea Salad Recipe

My oldest daughter has made the choice to become a vegetarian. This is amazing and awesome stuff because she’s learning crazy-good culinary and eating habits that make me proud. What her diet has done for me is slapped me squarely in the face: it’s reminded me that I am not eating enough vegetables and beans […]

Pecan Pie Martini Cocktail Recipe

Pecan Pie Martini Cocktail with Candied Pecans and Cocktail Fork

It is winter in Chicagoland folks. No herbs can be found growing beneath several inches of snow and I am in the mood for a New Year’s cocktail that is a big splurge; sweet and spectacular. What can I use that combines a little bit of nature with a little bit of naughtiness? Carolyn Binders […]

How I Lost 18 Pounds plus a Salmon and Arugula With Tomato Salad Recipe

Salmon and Arugala Salad with Tomato

Yeah yeah, I know what you are thinking: salad in December? Shawna, have you gone mad? In actuality I have gone healthy. Nearly every day since December of 2012 I have eaten salad, in one form or another, for lunch. After seeing myself in the TEDx speech video, I realized I had gained too many pounds […]

Quick Rotisserie Chicken and Macaroni Noodle Soup Recipe

Rotisserie Chicken and Noodle Soup

Fall is here and I am craving the warm and hearty. Carbs and comfort food baby. That is what I need, and the craving is sending me into the kitchen to create a super quick and low cost chicken and noodle soup recipe. Made from leftover rotisserie chicken (or fresh if you have it), whatever […]

“The Shawna” Martini Recipe – Blood Orange, Gin, and a Sugared Rim

The Shawna Martini Up Close

I was chatting with a girlfriend in Cleveland at a gorgeous Italian-style bar when the bartender asked what I would like for a cocktail. I looked him square in the eye and say, “I’m feeling adventurous, make me a fabulous martini. A new martini. A martini with remarkable written all over it. A brand new […]

Garlicky Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Carving for Halloween

A few seasons ago we grew pumpkins and had the most fun in the fall making Garlicky Pumpkin Seeds after we had carved our jack-o-lanterns. This is a great treat recipe for your pumpkin carving buddies. First we carefully cut open the pumpkin for carving, then dug out the “guts” and seeds with a large […]

Crockpot Chili Recipe Made From Onion Soup, Ground Turkey, and Vegetables

Crockpot Chili Recipe Made From Onion Soup, Ground Turkey, and Vegetables

Chili made from onion soup? Yessirree Bob! I came up with the idea while reaching for an organic chicken broth box at the grocery store, when one shelf up I saw the organic onion soup and thought, “Wow, that would make my chili much more yummy.” Thankfully, I was right and the chili has turned […]

White Fish Recipe Baked With Lemon Thyme and Garlic

Tilapia Fish Garlic Lemon Thyme Recipe

When I was a little girl my Mom would sometimes fry up a big tub o’ pork chops and gravy with buttered mashed potatoes, then fix herself  a “diet food recipe”, which would be a little hunka dried baked fish that took up about an 1/8 of her dinner plate. It was a horrid awful […]