Posts tagged with the keyword: ‘Kickin It in the Kitchen’


Michelle’s Tzatziki (Greek Yogurt) Sauce

Michelle’s Tzatziki (Greek Yogurt) Sauce
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Those Greeks got it goin’ on in the food department. I mean seriously: the olives, the meats, the vegetables; pita dipped in the most delicious sauces… which brings us to this month’s recipe from my house to yours. As the rest of the country is sliding into fall, here in the foothills of Southern California we have […]

Balsamic Glazed Beets!

Balsamic Glazed Beets!

Ingredients: Approximately 6 medium beets —these are a yellow and red mix, but use whatever color you like Salt Olive oil Maple syrup Balsamic vinegar (don’t go fancy-vinegar here, doesn’t matter) Directions: Clean, peel (if you like) and cube the beets. Place on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt. Roast […]

Mediterranean Layer Dip

Mediterranean Layer Dip

Sometimes the tastiest eats are more “assembled” than cooked. Fifteen minutes to put together; gorgeous presentation; a creative twist on the layered dip idea…and absolutely scrumptious. Ingredients: 16 ounces hummus, approximately ¾ cup crumbled feta cheese, approximately 2 cucumbers, diced 2 red bell pepper, diced A few tomatoes, diced Kalamata olives, diced Directions: Spread hummus […]

Sangria!

Sangria!

Ingredients: 1 bottle red wine 2 cups orange juice 1 can club soda Sliced seasonal fresh fruit 1-2 shots rum (or brandy or triple sec) 2 tablespoons sugar Directions: Place fruit (I used a plum and a white nectarine), rum, and sugar together in refrigerator for an hour or more. Chill all other ingredients. When […]

Simply Delicious Summer Fruit Crisp

Simply Delicious Summer Fruit Crisp

Ingredients: 3 cups chopped stone fruit—a variety of peaches, plums, nectarines, etc. ¼ cup flour A few healthy shakes of cinnamon 1 cup raw oats ¼ cup packed brown sugar A few pads of butter Directions: Mix fruit with flour. Spread out in baking pan. Sprinkle oats, then cinnamon, then brown sugar over top. Put […]

Homemade Bruschetta

Homemade Bruschetta

This month I would love to share my absolutely favorite recipe for my absolutely favorite summer appetizer: Bruschetta!  There is nothing—repeat NOTHING—tastier than good bruschetta on a hot summer’s afternoon.  Fancy-shmancy restaurants charge a small fortune for this simple gathering of summer flavors, and I’m telling you, once you whip this up you’ll never order […]

Garbanzo-Bulgur Wheat-Lemon-Herb Salad

Garbanzo-Bulgur Wheat-Lemon-Herb Salad

Here is one of my new fave salad recipes. It is serious yum action… Ingredients: 1 cup bulgur wheat 2 cups water 1½ teaspoons salt 3 tablespoons red onion, diced 1 red bell pepper, diced 2 small Persian (or other) cucumbers, diced ⅓-½ cup chopped fresh parsley ⅓-½ cup chopped fresh dill ¼ cup fresh […]

Fajitas!

Fajitas!

As promised last month, I’m offering an easy-tasty-healthy fajita recipe for leftover chicken. Pork or beef can also be used. Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil ½ red onion, sliced 1 garlic clove, pressed 1 bell pepper, diced ½ cup chopped “other” vegetable (I use carrots—yes, carrots—in this recipe) ¼ teaspoon garlic salt ¼ teaspoon black […]

Citrus Roasted Chicken

Citrus Roasted Chicken

Hometown Pasadena welcomes back Michelle Calva-Despard from the blog Kickin’ It in the Kitchen. We are delighted to announce that she will be sharing her home-cooked, family-taste-tested recipes with HP readers the last Tuesday of every month. Heartfelt thanks, Michelle! Citrus Roasted Chicken Ingredients: 1 whole chicken (I prefer organic) 2-3 garlic cloves Wedge of […]

Greek Avgolemeno Soup

Greek Avgolemeno Soup

This traditional Greek Avgolemeno soup is more like an appetizer. In this recipe, I have swapped orzo with brown rice and added some other nutritious goodies to make it a delicious meal, while still remaining true to its homeland. Michelle’s Avgolemeno Soup 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 chopped medium white or yellow onion 2 large […]

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