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PaleOMG Coffee Marinated Steak Fajitas

Mexican, Paleo, Tex-Mex

About 10 years ago, a CrossFit gym that I was working out at in Castle Rock, Colorado, hosted Juli Bauer one evening to talk about diet, paleo, and her cook book: “Omg that’s Paleo?”.    I remember that she was amazing as a speaker, and had a great sense of humor, I mean, “pee in your pants” funny.  But more […]

Tomato-Basil Cream Sauce Over POC, (Pasta of Choice)

Italian, Pasta

It’s been pretty cold and snowy here, which always makes a good comfort food sound great.  But sometimes you do not have the time, especially on a weeknight for a slow cooked stew or, or the prep time.  This easy tomato cream sauce  takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and is a great alternative to store-bought sauce. Toss with […]

Classic Huevos Rancheros


Whether you’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo 5 months in advance, or just hungry for a Mexican breakfast that is just about as easy as it is delicious, my easy Classic Huevos Rancheros recipe is sure to hit the spot. If you can open a can of beans and fry up an egg, you can make this simple recipe. You can […]

“Golden Toad’s” New Years Black Eyed Peas


Happy New Year!  And a great tradition for New Year’s day is Black Eyed Peas.  Here is a great recipe and comments from one of our contributors, Todd, of Golden Toad! I was never a big fan of Black-Eyed Peas. I didn’t like them growing up. But my Grandfather, Papa O, being from the South, always ate them on New Year’s […]

Fried Calamari

Appetizer, Seafood

Fried calamari doesn’t have to be reserved for beach front restaurants. It’s easy to make at home and comes out extra crispy and crunchy. A squeeze of lemon juice and fresh marinara and you are ready to go!  “Calamari” is simply the plural form of the Italian word for squid. In American cuisine, the term usually refers to the fried appetizer. […]


Italian, Seafood

Ok…I’ll admit it, this is an easy way to almost fulfill all the requirements of the Feast of the Seven Fishes with one dish.  But OMG, what great way to do it!!  Originating in San Francisco, this tomato-based seafood stew is traditionally filled with whatever seafood is fresh at the market. Since plenty of seafood is available year-round, we went with […]

Mediterranean Baked Sole

Mediterranean, Seafood

This is a great dish that takes a white fish, Sole, and add the savory flavors of Capers and Olives to give it a rich and savory flavor.  This Mediterranean sole recipe may be simple, but it’s also elegant and incredibly flavorful. Steaming in parchment is an easy and healthy way to cook fish and vegetables. Any white fish will […]

Linguine With Clam Sauce

Italian, Main, Seafood

This is was one of my favorite sauces to make. And this recipe makes for a great stand alone entre’ or a great addition to the Feast of the & Fishes for Christmas Eve.  When it comes to the clams, I prefer to open the clams myself.  I will collect the juice and remove the clam meat, making certain to […]

Shrimp Cocktail


However old-fashioned it may seem, shrimp cocktail is a classic.  It is a great precursor to any meal, or the perfect first course to a multi-course meal such as the Feast of the Seven Fishes that is a Christmas Eve tradition.  I have updated this party standby  with a zesty homemade sauce that packs a flavorful punch thanks to ketchup, […]

Feast of the Seven Fishes


What Is Feast of the Seven Fishes? The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian-American Christmas Eve celebration that brings families together the same way Thanksgiving does with traditions that span generations, decades and oceans. Known in Italy as La Viglia, which translates to The Eve, as in December 24th, Christmas Eve, The Feast of the Seven Fishes isn’t […]