Archives for July 2016

Spicy Jalapeno and Dijon Roasted Potato Salad

I was getting ready for a trip the other day and needed to clear my fridge. That’s when I came up with the idea for a roasted potato salad. When I realized I had jalapenos, white corn and other delicious things sitting around, I thought, why not roast it all. That’s when this recipe came together.

It’s incredibly easy to do and besides roasting the veggies, it won’t take much time at all.  If you want to spice up your summer with an amazing new recipe, you have to try this one out!

Spicy Jalapeno and Dijon Roasted Potato Salad

This recipe for a spicy roasted potato salad is incredibly easy to make and everyone will love it. You get the texture of breakfast potatoes with all of the goodness you expect from a dijon potato salad and a small kick from the roasted jalapeno peppers. Don't worry, the heat doesn't come through that strong because of the mayonnaise and other ingredients.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 people


  • 2 large russet potatoes chopped into large chunks
  • 1/2 large red onion half finely sliced, half finely chopped
  • 3-4 ears of sweet white corn kernels cut off the cob
  • 2 large jalapeno peppers diced
  • 6 cloves garlic 3 minced, 3 coarsely chopped
  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp spicy dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • olive oil extra virgin
  • sea salt
  • ground black pepper


  • Gather your ingredients.
    ingredients to make spicy jalapeno and roasted dijon potato salad recipe

Roast the Vegetables

  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Take two baking sheets and place your vegetables on them. On the first place your potatoes with the minced garlic. 
    roasting garlic and russet potatoes
  • The other baking sheet gets the chopped garlic, corn and jalapenos.
    roasting corn garlic and jalapenos
  • Now drizzle everything with the extra virgin olive oil and season with sea salt and black pepper. Make sure everything is coated and start cooking the potatoes for 12 minutes. Take them out and turn them over. 
    roasted corn garlic and jalapenos
  • Now place the potato tray and the corn tray into the oven for another 12 minutes or until the potatoes have a nice char on them. Then take them out and let cool.
    how to roast garlic russet potatoes

Make the Mix

  • In a large bowl combine the white wine vinegar, mayonnaise, onions, dijon mustard and mix them together. Add sea salt and pepper to taste. Once mixed together, cover and place in the fridge until your roasted veggies have cooled.
    how to make the sauce for spicy dijon potato salad

Combine Everything Together

  • Once the veggies are completely cooled down, combine them with the mix folding everything together then serve and enjoy. 


If you want to cut through it a bit more, you can always squeeze half of a lemon in it. Fresh basil would taste amazing with this and you could also chop chives or scallions and add them too.

Leave a comment below if you’ve tried this recipe and let me know what you think.  Thank you for reading!

Fresh Oregano Pasta with Spicy Meatball Marinara

If you’re ready to take your taste buds on an Italian adventure, this recipe will walk you through making fresh oregano spaghetti noodles with a spicy meatball marinara sauce.  I used to think that this was only something chefs can do, but I’ve perfected it and made it multiple times.  Now it’s basically fool proof and something you can enjoy making at home.

You’ll need about an hour (if you have a stand mixer that can slice pasta and knead dough) and 1 and 1/2 hours if you don’t.  Either way, you’re going to love this one.

Fresh Oregano Pasta with Spicy Meatball Marinara

This fresh pasta with spicy meatball marinara is an amazing and easy to do recipe that everyone will love.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2 people


Pasta (This is based off on Ann Burell's recipe)

  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 3 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 3 large drizzles olive oil extra virgin

Spicy Meatball Marinara

  • 1 can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano divided
  • 1 tsp chili pepper flakes
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp fried basil
  • 1 tbsp fresh Italian basil finely chopped
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic divided: 2 minced, 2 chopped
  • 2 shallots thinly sliced
  • olive oil extra virigin
  • sea salt
  • ground black pepper


Making the Pasta

  • This is insanely easy. Put the flour, salt and oregano into a large stand mixer or a bowl. 
  • Next toss in the 4 eggs and 1 yolk and now mix together. Add a three drizzles of extra virgin olive oil and slowly add a cup of water until you get a dough consistency.
  • If you have a dough hook that can knead the dough, let it knead it for about 10 minutes or do it by hand for about the same amount of time.  
  • Then wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest for 1 hour. (You can skip this step if you want to)
  • Now cut or rip the dough into 6 sections. If you have a pasta maker/cutter attachment, you can flatten and cut the noodles like you see me doing. (If you do not have one, use a rolling pin to roll the dough flat and then either slice it or roll it and slice it like you would a log) 
    how to make fresh pasta
  • Set the noodles aside.
  • Now we're going to make the marinara sauce and spicy meatballs. This is fun and really easy to do. Before you start, you'll want to bring a pot of salted water to a boil and pour in a few large drizzles of extra virgin olive oil to keep the noodles from sticking to each other.

Making the Meatballs

  • In a large mixing bowl, toss the breadcrumbs, eggs, 1/2 of the oregano, dried basil, chili pepper flakes, garlic powder, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil 
  • Add the ground beef into the bowl with breadcrumbs and season with sea salt and pepper. You can toss in some of the chopped or diced onions if you want a nice extra kick. Now make them into balls and set them aside.

Making the Spicy Marinara Sauce

  • This is one of my favorite things to make. Heat a large drizzle of extra virgin olive oil over medium high heat and toss in the shallots, garlic and onions. 
  • Once softened add the fire roasted tomatoes and the tomato sauce. 
  • Once hot, add the remaining dry ingredients (not the fresh basil) and the meatballs and season with a pinch or two of sea salt and black pepper. Let this cook covered for about 4 or 5 minutes and then turn the meatballs over for another 4 or 5 minutes. 
    how to make a spicy meatball marinara
  • Once they're cooked through all the way, add in the fresh basil (leaving some left over for a garnish once you've plated the dinner).
    spicy meatball marinara recipe

Put it all Together

  • While the sauce is cooking, make sure to cook your noodles. Fresh noodles only take about 4 or 5 minutes to cook all the way so make sure you watch them closely. Now plate everything and serve with sprinkled Parmesan and basil on top.

I ended up making it up by accident and it is always something people request when they’re coming over.  If you’ve tried this or have your own variation, feel free to leave a comment below with how it worked for you.

Spicy Garlic Stir Fried Beef Tips

What I love about this recipe is that if you don’t want to use this delicious garlic chili sauce (Huy Fong Vietnamese Chili Garlic Sauce, 8 Oz)to make it spicy, simply substitute sriracha for it. If your local grocery store doesn’t carry sriracha, simply click the link above and search for it and you’ll find a ton of options to buy. Anyways, if you’re craving a sizzling stir fry and love beef tips, this recipe is 100% for you.

It’s easy to make takes me less than 25 minutes and is always amazing. The original recipe was part of my HelloFresh subscription, but I modified it to make it spicy delicious. Here’s how.

Spicy Garlic Stir Fried Beef Tips

Get ready for an amazing spicy beef stir fry that you won't believe you actually made on your own. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 4 people


  • 1 lb beef tips
  • 1-2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 medium red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 1 chunk fresh ginger minced (1 tbsp
  • 2 large cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp garlic chili sauce Huy Fong Vietnamese Chili Garlic Sauce, 8 Oz (you can substitute with 2 tbsp of sriracha)
  • olive oil extra virgin
  • sea salt
  • ground black pepper

Optional Veggies

  • bok choy quartered
  • 1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • broccoli crowns
  • mushrooms thinly sliced
  • any other stir fry veggies that you'd like to add (carrots, snap peas, celery, baby corn...)


  • This recipe is made in three parts. The first is to cook your rice in salted water. So start boiling water and then salt it.
  • Next combine the soy sauce and chili garlic sauce with the ginger and minced garlic cloves into a bowl with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. 
    how to make spicy stir fry sauce
  • Season the beef tips with sea salt and pepper and toss them into the mix. Make sure you've coated everything and then let it sit for 5 minutes to soak up the sauce.
  • Once marinated, toss the beef into a large pan, a wok or a skillet and let it cook for about 5 or 6 minutes.
    spicy stir fried beef recipe
  • Once the beef is cooked to the right temperature, add in your veggies and continue to toss, stir and let cook for another 4 or 5 minutes until everything is fragrant, wilted, crisp and delicious.
  • Once the rice is done, remove it from the pot and plate it. When the spicy stir fried beef is ready, place it on top of the rice and let it cook to a safe temperature to eat. 

This is a definite must make again and one that I think you’ll love to do as well. Leave a comment and let me know how it turned out for you.

Pan Seared Peppercorn Chicken

When you think of a peppercorn sauce you think steak.  The two go hand in hand.  I even shared an amazing recipe for a peppercorn filet here.   As part of my HelloFresh subscription they gave me a wait, that works twist on this classic steak sauce.  Instead of using a beef broth, why not go chicken and then pan sear the breasts.  It was a huge light that went off and I ended up making a few more adjustments to add some extra heat.

Pan Seared Peppercorn Chicken

You're going to love this easy to make recipe for pan seared peppercorn chicken and your house is going to smell amazing while you're cooking it. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 people


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1-2 cups chicken stock
  • 1-2 tbsp black peppercorns crushed
  • 2 tbsp low fat sour cream
  • 1 shallot thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • olive oil extra virgin
  • sea salt
  • ground black pepper


  • Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. Then heat a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. While the oil heats up, season the chicken breasts with sea salt and ground black pepper.
  • Now pan sear them for 3 or 4 minutes on each side and then place them in the oven for another 5 minutes or until they're cooked thoroughly.
  • While the chicken is in the oven add your thinly sliced or minced shallot to the pan you seared the chicken in but on medium heat. Once they're softened, add the chicken stock and bring it to a boil. While it's heating, scrape the burned bits off the bottom and let them incorporate into the stock.
  • Once it's reduced half way, remove from the heat and add the sour cream and crushed black peppercorns. I like to add 1 teaspoon of garlic powder for a nice extra kick. Another fun thing is to add a few pinches of cayenne pepper or chili powder pepper for spice.


If you want to add a ton of texture to this, take the chicken breasts and smear them with sour cream and then pour breadcrumbs with chili powder, sea salt and garlic powder and then start searing and baking them. All of these make amazing options for an easy and fun to make pan seared peppercorn chicken.  

This meal matches perfectly with margaritas, white wine sangria as well as bellinis and fruity drinks.  You could even do a mojito or a vodka and soda with a twist of lime.  You’ll love this for lunch and it can even be made for dinner.  Let me know what you think and which version you decide to make if you give it a try.