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Category Archives: Dinner

Taiwanese-Inspired Dipping Sauce

When I lived in Taiwan and taught English, I had some really amazing dipping sauce and none have ever compared since… until I found this recipe. You can basically dip anything in it and it is delicious. From pot stickers to wontons, dumplings to lettuce wraps and more. You can also pour it over rice and/or

5 Tips for a Successful Game Day Spread

I remember the excitement and awe that I experienced as a young girl going to my first-ever college football game. My grandparents always bought season tickets, and we took turns going with them. We’d meet out in the parking lot and tailgate in and around their truck and fifth wheel. Then we would go inside the

9 Ways to Have a Successful Family Dinner

Dinner as a family is a huge priority of ours. It is so great to spend that time together, to communicate, bond as a family, and have a fun time. When I heard about the “Take Back the Table Challenge” which is a challenge to eat together more as a family, we were game to

Pear Avocado Salad

Today I am being featured over on Blendtec.com for my favorite salad ever—my pear avocado salad. It’s so good that I actually get cravings for it. It has a genius mixture of flavors that range from tangy to sweet to salty, and it is full of textures: smooth, crispy, crunchy, and juicy. I highly recommend

Crowd-Pleasing Potato Salad

For over 30 years my grandma and grandpa have been bringing this totally-amazing-potato-salad to most family events and parties. We all LOVE it. Usually we eat the large batch she always makes, but if on a rare occasion there are any left-overs, they are soon divvied up and taken home. All crowds love my grandma’s potato

How to Quickly Make Corn on the Cob without Boiling Water

This is a quick tip that I wish I had discovered awhile ago! You can make wonderful, moist, and perfectly cooked corn on the cob in just a few minutes by doing the following: 1- Cut the stem of the stalk off so it will fit and rotate/spin around on a plate in your microwave.

Tomatillo Chicken Enchilada Recipe

For the most part I make meals that require fresh ingredients and more prep work, but on occasion I need a quick throw-together yet delicious meal. So this is an out-of-the-can type of meal that can be prepared and thrown in the oven in about 7 minutes.  If you have more time you can add

Instantly Marinated Hamburgers

These burgers are amazing!! There’s no need to flavor them before or during the cooking process. They’re instantly marinated beforehand by blending lots of wonderful flavors together and then mixing the marinade puree in with the ground beef for a gourmet patty. Making these burgers for family and friends is always a huge hit. I was

How to Make Homemade Ranch Dressing or Dip

When I started cooking and especially when I worked in fine dinning restaurants I found that things taste better (for the most part) when made from scratch. Fine dinning chefs (the good ones) make even staple products like ranch from scratch. Sometimes it can be a bit intimidating for me to make a food from

The Best Slow Cooker Fajita Recipe

Recently, I’ve experimented making slow cooker/crockpot fajitas. The first time was not so great. I put the onion and peppers in too soon and they got too soft. This resulted in a soup-like consistency. The second time they turned out perfect! I made them for Cinco de Mayo for my family who all said they

The Best Mexican Meal—Your Family Is Sure to Love

I love Mexican food, the authentic stuff and the American-Mexican as well. Today we are having a little get together and since it is Cinco de Mayo, we will be having a Mexican meal. My daughter (5 months old) has an authentic dress that my mom just bought her on their recent cruise to Mexico. 

Chicken Fiesta Nachos Recipe

Hey Live Like You Are Rich readers! Kristin from Ro*Tel here. I am excited to be writing for Anita today! Let me tell you a little about myself… I live in the Windy City, a.k.a. Chicago, with my Bichon Frise, Joey. When you live in a city full of hustle and bustle, you can never

Restaurant Worthy Slow Cooker Roast Beef Dinner

This is an amazing and easy dinner that is very filling and great used as left overs. The Lion House, a very famous restaurant in my area, was kind enough to share. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family has over the years. Instructions: Add broth, carrots, and potatoes to crock pot. Rub

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Piccata

I’ve found that making dinner is cheaper, easier, more flavorful (usually), and less work if I use my Crockpot/SlowCooker to prepare it. By throwing a few ingredients in around lunchtime we have a warm, flavorful, and healthy meal at dinner time. One of my favorite combinations is lemon, garlic, chicken, and capers. The chicken is lightly

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