Tex Mex Chicken Chile Rellenos | Garlic + Zest

Tex-Mex Chicken Chile Rellenos

I love a good chile relleno.  Mildly spicy chile peppers, fire roasted and stuffed with a meaty-cheesy filling and fried to crispy, golden goodness.  What could be better, right?   A while back, I ventured to a Southwestern restaurant called Canyon with some friends. One of the standout dishes — that none of us could stop picking at — were their chile rellenos.  Om-nom-nom!


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Strawberry Margarita Ice Pops | Garlic + Zest

Strawberry Margarita Ice Pops

It’s 90° in the shade.  The thermometer in the pool reads 89°.  In other words, summer — in all it’s steamy, suffocating, sticky glory — is here.  You have two choices — crank the A/C down to arctic-like temperatures and spend the season inside or wear virtually nothing and float around in the pool for the next 3 months  (really 4 months — because you know September is the hottest month of all in South Florida).  There’s also a third option:  A never-ending supply of Strawberry Margarita Ice Pops!


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Tuna White Bean Puttanesca | Garlic + Zest

Tuna White Bean Puttanesca

My family has gone FitBit crazy.  First, my Dad got one.  Then my cousins.  It arrived in our house when Scott ordered one for himself and Emily.  What started out as a fun, tech way to monitor their daily activity and encourage them to reach that 10,000 step minimum has turned into a smack-talking, chest-pumping challenge to one-up everyone else!   It’s a good thing — I guess — but I’m really tired of having my daughter literally walk circles around me at 9:00 at night to hit her steps.    So what does that have to do with this Tuna White Bean Puttanesca?


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Chocolate Mocha Pecan Chunk Cookies | Garlic + Zest

Chocolate Mocha Pecan Chunk Cookies

Finally, to round out my ode to Dad week – these luscious, indulgent and totally over-the-top Chocolate Mocha Pecan Chunk Cookies.  I figure Dad doesn’t want fruit desserts for his special day.  No.  He wants chocolate and these cookies REALLY deliver with four 4-ounce bars of chocolate!  They’re chewy with a feather light crackly shell.  I squeezed in a few pecans for crunch but let’s be honest this is about delivering chocolate to his belly.


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Tangy Green Bean Ciliegine Salad | Garlic + Zest

Tangy Green Bean Ciliegine Salad

Father’s Day is this weekend!  What do  you have planned?  Picnics?  A trip to the beach?  Lounging poolside?  Whatever it is, I’m betting food is involved.  Dad food.   You know, the kind of stuff that throws calorie-caution to the wind.  Dad food is all about hedonistic flavor with none of that namby-pamby “voice of reason” whispered by Mom.  Well, it’s his day after all, so this Tangy Green Bean Ciliegine Salad is amped up with all the things that Dad loves!


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Easy Oven-Style Pork Spareribs

This post is sponsored by Stubb’s Authentic Bar-B-Q.  All opinions are my own.

If Mother’s Day is hearts and flowers and breakfast in bed, than Father’s Day is dominated by outdoor activities and grilling or barbecue.  Thing is, in this house Scott is the pit master.  Not me.  I mean,  I can grill — steak, chicken etc.,  but I’m lacking the fundamental gene required for those long, slow, carefully tended fires to produce the perfect smoke-kissed wonder that is real barbecue.   But he wants ribs for Father’s Day and I don’t want him to have to cook his own dinner on this day.  So I’m reverting to what I do know.  A slow-steady heat, lots of time and some help from my friends at Stubb’s.  These Easy Oven-Style Pork Spareribs will turn Scott (and you) into converts.

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Cranberry Chip Power Balls | Garlic + Zest

Cranberry Chip Power Balls

Today, I’m sending out big birthday love to my Dad!   HAPPY BIRTHDAY, POP – and many, many more! 

For those of you who don’t know my father,  he’s one of those people who — when he makes up his mind to do something — there’s no stopping him.  He commits himself to it and works toward whatever goal he has set in his sights.  He’s tenacious and driven.  I’d like to think that I have a smidge of that trait in me.


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Easy Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting | Garlic + Zest

Easy Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting

I’d like to send out some birthday love to my Mom today!  Look, I made you a cake!  And not just any cake – it’s the Smitten Kitchen’s “I want chocolate cake” cake!  I even swirled the frosting like Deb and I searched several baking shops to find the right sprinkles!  Anything for Mom and birthdays, right?  And this Easy Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting is just that — easy!


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Iberico Parmesan Asparagus Fingers | Garlic + Zest

Iberico Parmesan Asparagus Fingers

Have you ever taken a cooking class?  You know, one of those real hands-on experiences, where they set you up with a workstation and an apron and you turn out a restaurant quality meal while learning from the pros?  Well, I did that very thing last week at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida.  Me and 23 of my fellow South Florida bloggers met up at the Biltmore Culinary Academy where authentic Parmigiano Reggiano was the star of the night! 


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Black n' Bluesy Popcorn | Garlic + Zest

Black n’ Bluesy Popcorn

I truly didn’t intend for this to be a :05 minute recipe week, but that’s how it turned out.  I guess I’ve got the lazy summer bug.   The mercury here in South Florida is holding at a steady 87° — and those freak rainstorms that rumble through every 15 minutes, cause the humidity to wreak havoc on any semblance of a hairstyle.  It’s a good time to loaf on the sofa in the air-conditioning, watch a movie and mindlessly shovel this addictive Black n’ Bluesy Popcorn in your mouth.  


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