Recipes

Here’s a list of The Food Lover’s favorite recipes. I hope you enjoy making these recipes as much as I do! If you have any questions on preparation or ingredients, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Click on the recipe names for details. Other recipes will be added as they are posted!

In most recipes, I will show you variations on the recipe, and/or how to lighten up the dish if you are watching calories or fat intake or may be vegetarian, vegan or following a heart-healthy diet.

Appetizers

Antipasti Platter
Fresh Fruit Platter
Peach Pistachio Ricotta Toasts
Cinnamon Pecans
Fig Almond Cheese Nibbles
Simple Smoked Salmon Spread on Bite-sized Pumpernickel Squares
Elegant Smoked Salmon and Creme Fraiche on Endive Spears
Smoked Whitefish Mini Toasts
Hubby’s Chicken Liver Pate
Stuffed Mushroom Caps with Brie, Ham, and Dried Cranberries
Mini-toasts with Roast Beef, Horseradish Sauce, Grape Tomato Slices, and Chopped Chives
Mini-Toasts with Roast Beef, Brie, and Onion Jam
Deviled Eggs Mom-Style
Chive Deviled Eggs
How to Assemble a Cheese Platter
Garlicky White Bean Dip
Hot and Spicy Black Bean Dip
Green Pea Hummus
Heart-Healthy Roasted Broccoli Dip
Sweet Onion Goat Cheese Dip
Richard’s Party Salsa
My Favorite Guacamole
The Food Lover’s Favorite Chile Con Queso with Smoky Chipotles
My Favorite Ultimate Nachos

Soups, Chowders, and Chilis

Velvety Butternut Squash Soup
Wild Mushroom Soup with Sherry
Rustic Red Potato Soup
Hearty Vegetable Soup
Roasted Brussels Sprouts Soup
Lentil Soup
Jamaican-style Black Bean Soup
Baked Onion Thyme Soup
Tomato Basil Soup
Tortellini Soup with Fresh Spinach and Tomatoes
Roasted Corn and Crab Chowder
Succulent Seafood Chowder
Creamy Broccoli Soup with Sharp Cheddar and Bits of Ham
Marcia’s Curried Fresh Mushroom Soup
Spicy Bean Soup with Andouille Sausage
Kale and White Bean Soup with Smoked Beef Brisket
Southwestern Turkey Bean Soup
Hubby’s Split Pea Soup with Niman Ranch Ham
Chili Bar
Baked Bean Chili
The Food Lover’s “Award-Winning” Black Bean Chili
Wintery White Chicken Chili
Red Chicken Chili with Beer

Salads

Simple Cucumber Salad
Insalata Caprese – Tomato and Mozzarella Salad
The Food Lover’s Special Bittersweet Salad
Pretty Pear Salad with Goat Cheese and Cinnamon Pecans
Simple Ripe Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Peppered Goat Cheese
Apple Chopped Salad with Toasted Pecans and Goat Cheese
Colorful Confetti Salad
Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Pine Nuts
Colorful Chopped Salad with Garden Vegetables
Colorful Autumn Harvest Super Grains Salad
Healthy Bean Salad with Super Grains
Chilled Grilled Peach Salad with Baby Arugula
Strawberry, Mango and Avocado Salad over Arugula
Strawberry Almond Goat Cheese Salad
Minty Fruit Salad
Tropical Mango and Avocado Salad
Dill Potato Salad with Greek Yogurt Dressing
Yukon Gold Potato Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
Italian Potato Salad
Wild Rice Salad with Dried Cranberries and Apricots
Creamy Coleslaw
Lemony Mediterranean-Style Tuna Pasta Salad
Party Pizza Pasta Salad
Healthy Quinoa Salad with Salmon, Cucumber, Cranberries, and Walnuts
Salmon Pineapple Cranberry Quinoa Salad
Healthy Quinoa Salad with Grilled Chicken and Roasted Corn
Minty Shrimp and Couscous Salad
Citrus Shrimp Couscous Salad
Sweet and Savory Grilled Chicken, Apricot, Chickpea, Toasted Almond, and Couscous Salad
Shrimp Caesar Salad
Cowboy Smokehouse Salad with Pulled Smoked Pork
Festive Chicken Taco Salad
His and Hers Steak Salads
Chicken BLT Salad with Herby Buttermilk Dressing
Chilled Marinated Chicken Tomato Orzo Salad
Smoked Duck Salad with Grilled Peaches
Venison Salade Nicoise
Tex Mex Bowl

Pastas and Pasta Sauces

Butternut Squash Ravioli in a Calvados Cream Sauce
Creamy Basil Arugula Pesto Tortellini
The Best Pasta Carbonara Recipe
Elegant Smoked Salmon with Penne
Pasta Fagioli (Pasta with White Beans, Tomatoes, and Olives)
Decadent White Lasagna with Prosciutto
White Rabbit Lasagna with Camembert Bechamel Sauce
Individual Smoked Duck Lasagnas
Sausage, Mushroom and Shallot Lasagna
Individual Vegetable Lasagnas
Year-Round Tomato Sauce for Pasta
Rustic Roasted Tomato Sauce
Meaty Lentil Marinara Sauce for Pasta or Zucchini Noodles
The Best Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Hearty Rigatoni with Italian Sausage, Spinach, Mushrooms and Red Bell Pepper
Sweet Basil Pesto Sausage Cavatappi
Pepperoni Mushroom Pasta
The Food Lover’s Mac-n-Cheese
Pasta Primavera
Hubby’s Chicken Parmigiana
Garlic Chicken Pesto Pasta
Honey Mustard Chicken with Broccoli and Penne Pasta
Chicken Pesto Sausage Stuffed Cannelloni
Chicken Rosemary Rigatoni
Chicken Mushroom Spinach Stuffed Manicotti
Chicken Shiitake Arugula Pasta
Creamy Basil Pesto Pasta with Easy Turkey Meatballs

Main Courses

Dad’s Chicken Napoleon
Chicken Wild Rice Medley with Dried Cranberries and Cognac Pan Sauce
Hunters Chicken over Basmati Rice
Creamy Chicken Tomato Arugula Rice
Smoked Chicken Crepes with Spinach and Shallots
Roasted Chicken Breasts with Herbs de Provence
Succulent Chicken Shepherd’s Pie
Asian-spiced Chicken Meatball Stir Fry
Smoky Chipotle Chicken for Tacos, Burritos, Enchiladas, Tostadas….
Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas with Green Chile Sauce
Baked Enchilada Stack
Roasted Corn Enchiladas with Creamy Salsa Verde
Vegetarian Tacos with Roasted Corn and Mushrooms
Baked Lemon Sole Stuffed With Vegetables and Goat Cheese
Rockfish with Apricot Almond Couscous
Baked Salmon with Creamy Mustard Sauce
Baked Salmon with Creamy Citrus Herb Sauce
Hearty Grilled Fish over White Bean Stew
Grilled Tuna with Orange Ginger Sauce
Seared Scallops over Mashed Potatoes with Grainy Mustard Sauce and Real Bacon Bits
Sauteed Scallops and Confetti Vegetables over Carrot Parsnip Puree
Seared Scallops over Pumpkin Butternut Squash Puree
Seared Snapper over Summer Vegetable Stew
Quinoa with Salmon, Spinach, Red Bell Pepper, and Pine Nuts
Fish Provencal
Smoky Shrimp over Polenta
Sauteed Shrimp and Zucchini Noodles
Succulent Crab Cakes
Fish Tacos
Mom’s Stuffed Bell Peppers
The Food Lover’s Crazy Bacon-Topped Meatloaf
Hubby’s Steak au Poivre
Red Wine-Braised Beef Shepherd’s Pie
Hearty Venison Stew
Savory Shredded Buffalo Tacos
Grilled Lamb Burgers over Lentils with Minty Yogurt Sauce
Grilled Lamb Meatballs with Greek Yogurt Sauce
Tequila Marinated Skirt Steak Fajitas
Easy Turkey Meatballs
Loaded BBQ Pork Shepherds Pie
Smoked Pork Enchiladas
Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce
Tex Mex Buffet for a Crowd with Taco Bar
Smoked Pork Soft Tacos
Pork Carnitas
Baked Stuffed Pork Chops with Fresh Sage
Smoked Pork and Egg Scramble
Chorizo Breakfast Tacos
Brown Sugar Ham and Swiss Cheese Quiche
Broccoli, Ham, and Smoked Gouda Quiche
Easy Vegetable Frittata
Prosciutto Brie Scrambled Eggs
Smoked Salmon Scrambled Eggs
My Favorite French Toast
Homemade Granola
Breakfast Oats

Pizzas and Flatbreads

Easy Pizza Dough
Pizza Topping Bar
Chicken Pesto Pizza
Roasted Tomato and Asparagus Pizza
Prosciutto Asparagus Ricotta Pizza
Perfect Pepperoni Pizza with Black Olives
Easy Pepperoni Flatbread Pizza
Tex-Mex Tortilla Pizza
Roasted Tomato Ricotta Pesto Pizza
Friday Night Pepperoni and Provolone Pizza
Garlic Chicken Pizza with Fingerling Potatoes
BBQ Chicken Pizza
Chicken Sausage Pizza
Duck Shiitake Pizza
Smoky Vegetable Sausage Flatbread
Ideas for Fantastic Flatbreads

Sandwiches and Burgers

The Best Burger
Italian Burgers with Provolone and Roasted Tomato Sauce
Spicy Black Bean Burgers
Sockeye Salmon Burgers
Juicy Turkey Burgers
Super Sloppy Joes
The Gooiest Cheesiest Cheesesteak Sandwich
Grilled Cheddar and Heirloom Tomato Sandwich
Open Face Smoked Salmon Sandwiches
The Food Lover’s Favorite Chicken Salad Sandwich
Sweet Savory Honey Mustard Chicken Salad Sandwich
Holiday Chicken Cranberry Pecan Salad Sandwich
Smoky Chicken Wrap with Garlicky Roasted Red Pepper Aioli
Open Face Chicken Gyros
Grilled Chicken Havarti Sandwich
Easy Egg Salad for Sandwiches
Black Bean Brown Rice Burrito
Spinach and Mushroom Quesadillas
Garden Vegetable Quesadilla
Smoked Pork Quesadilla with Green Chiles
Hearty Meatball Sandwich
Pesto Turkey Meatball Sandwich
Delaware House Ham and Cheese Sandwich
Delaware House Breakfast Sandwich
Smoked Salmon Bagel Sandwich
Roast Beef Herbed Cheese Sandwich
Garden Vegetable Sandwich
Grilled Portobello Mushroom Sandwich
Spicy Apple Arugula Avocado Toast

Side Dishes

Sauteed Garlicky Spinach with Buttered Orzo
Buttery Orzo Pasta with Dates, Shallots, and Red Bell Pepper
Hubby’s Rosemary Creamed Corn
Summer Ratatouille
“TV Dinner” Peas and Carrots
Roasted Tomatoes
Roasted Vegetables
Smoky Vegetable Ragout
Steakhouse Garlicky Creamed Spinach and Arugula
Sinful Potatoes au Gratin
Easy Mashed Potatoes
Chive Mashed Potatoes
Truffled Mashed Potatoes
Honey Mustard Baked Beans
Braised Red Cabbage
Sage Apricot Pecan Cornbread Dressing
Cheesy Garlic Rosemary Toast

Desserts

Patriotic Berry Parfait
Nutella Napoleons
Strawberry Almond Tart
Chocolate Chip Brownies
Apricots with Fresh Ricotta and Mint
Very Berry Crumble
Savory Zucchini Bread

Condiments and Dressings

How to Make Croutons for Soups and Salads
Low Fat Blue Cheese Dressing
Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette
Hubby’s Caesar Salad Dressing
Dijon Mustard Dressing
Tarragon Balsamic Dressing
Roasted Walnut Oil Dressing
Lime Cilantro Dressing for Taco Salad
The Food Lover’s Favorite Bleu Cheese Dressing
Italian Dressing with Sundried Tomatoes
Strawberry Basil Balsamic Dressing
Herby Buttermilk Dressing
Chipotle Cream Dressing
Basil Arugula Pesto
Spring Mix Pesto
The Food Lover’s Special Sauce for Burgers and Sandwiches
Flavored Mayonnaises
The Best Tartar Sauce
Reduced Balsamic Vinegar Syrup
Cranberry Compote with Cinnamon and Calvados
Homemade Strawberry Jam
Zesty Cucumber Pineapple Peach Salsa
Easy Spicy Dill Refrigerator Pickles
Easy Bread and Butter Refrigerator Pickles

Beverages

Fruit, Veggie, and Herb Flavored Waters
Decadent Hot Chocolate
Simple Iced Tea – Made with Sunshine
Cucumber Peach Mint Smoothie
Nutty Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Festive Blood Orange Martini
Christmas Cheer Cocktail
Autumn Cherry Pie Cocktail
Winter Pear Martini
Chocolate Almond Martini
Blue Hawaiian Cocktail
Pomegranate Pear Martini
Clifton Sunset Martini
White Peach Cosmopolitan Martini and non-alcoholic White Peach Cosmopolitan Refresher
Spiced Apple Martini
Lemon Rosemary Martini
Tomato Basil Cocktail

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