Seafood Arrabiata - Shrimp & Mussels in Spicy Marinara Sauce
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Seafood Arrabiata – Mussels and Shrimp in Spicy Marinara Sauce

Todd and I took a trip to Central City a few weeks ago and had a really good meal at their Tuscan Steakhouse , Ardore.  We both had steaks – which were really good – but the highlight of the meal was the appetizer, mussels a la diavola, served with grilled foccaccia – SO GOOD.

We were up valley yesterday and I decided to duck into the little gourmet shop and get some Mussels.  At around $4 to $5 a pound, mussels are a pretty economical seafood around here.  I stretched them a bit with some Shrimp I had in the freezer.  My sauce was a little spicy – so I’m going to cut the red pepper down in the recipe below, but other than that – this was one of the better meals I’ve made lately.  We served ours with Penne and it was perfect!

I started my sauce with a jar of Classico Marinara.  You can make yours from scratch if you like, I didnt feel like it as it was getting late and I needed a but of a helper.  I think this worked great.  You can substitute your favorite sauce, the key is to find one that is truly tomato-ey and not too sweet.

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Grilled Summer Vegetables
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Easy & Quick Grilled Summer Side Dish

I love grilled vegetables in the summer.  I also love when my kids eat grilled vegetables in the summer.  One of my favorite things to throw together is grilled zucchini and mushrooms.  They are dead simple, really healthy, and easy to get the kids to gnosh on.

I had one of those reusable grill baskets and I hated it.  I could never get it clean.  I found some thin grill toppers at Walmart and SCORED!  I love them and can wash them a few times if they dont get gunky.

Look at how tasty these veggies are – makes you want to lick your screen doesn’t it?

Grilled Summer Vegetables

You can substitute or add multiple vegetables in this – green or red peppers are great, asparagus or green beans are great, and summer squash can be added or substituted entirely.

Easy & Quick Grilled Summer Side Dish
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Easy & Quick Grilled Summer Side Dish


  • 3 medium zucchini (i dont recommend the giants for this - they're a little "woody")
  • 1 C sliced baby bella mushrooms (or whatever you have)
  • 3-4 T Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tbsp your favorite garlic & herb seasoning (I use Wildtree - if your seasoning has salt, adjust how much salt you add above)


  1. Cut the zucchini into 1 1/2 inch chunks and add to a bowl
  2. Slice or quarter your mushrooms (depending on size) and add to the bowl
  3. Top with oil, salt & seasoning
  4. Mix well with your hands - best kitchen tools out there
  5. Grill on a grid (pictured above) or in a grill pan turning a few times until toasty.
  6. I usually put these on when my protein has about 15-20 minutes left.

On a side note – didn’t my pics turn out great?  Loving my new camera!

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Recipes, Weeknight Favorites

Saucy Pork Chops

Not only Saucy, but Sassy too!

I love pork chops, probably more than any normal person should.  Pork chops run a close second in my heart to the potato.  Why cant I have a love affair with Broccoli and Brussels Sprouts?

This recipe is slightly adapted from one over at Crockin’ Girls.  They have some really fast throw together ideas that are great for on-the-go-dinner-when-you-get-home meals.

I usually “healthy” this up a bit by using 98% fat free cream soup, reduced sodium chicken broth, and serving with whole-wheat egg noodles and steamed broccoli. Continue reading “Saucy Pork Chops”

Amazing French Toast -
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Amazing French Toast

I’m not lying, this stuff is AMAZING! This stuff is dead easy to whip up for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  My hubby loves this for breakfast with the wild blueberry syrup I make.  It’s one of his favorites.

You could very easily stuff this french toast if you want.  A mixture of cream cheese and blueberry syrup with blueberry syrup on top would be sick… in good sick, not bad sick……I’m totally going to try that.

But first – here’s the star of this post:

Amazing French Toast -


I told you – AMAZING!

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