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Chicken Schnitzels

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Easy Chicken Marsala

Easy Chicken Marsala

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Easy Shrimp and Grits

Easy Shrimp and Grits

Quick recipe for easy shrimp and grits. It is the best and one of my favourite comfort food. It also makes an amazing family dinner idea.

Easy Shrimp and Grits

When I want to make a quick meal for my family this recipe always comes to the rescue.

Well, there is always pasta, but I am trying really hard not to make pasta every other night.

I am being creative, like making breakfast for dinner. It is nothing original but it works for us.

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Since we are talking about quick and easy meals, shrimp goes well with rice, pasta or potatoes.

On the other hand, chicken, pork or beef goes very well with grits. There is always a solution when it comes to creating an amazingly delicious quick and easy dinner.

To be honest, this makes an incredible brunch food or lunch.

All you need to cut the meat into smaller pieces to cook fast. It tastes absolutely amazing with lemon and butter.

Easy Shrimp and Grits

From time to time my family gets picky around food; no runny yolks, problems with chunky pasta sauce as well as floating onions in the stew or soup, etc.

There is so much more than they do not like, but I just wanted to name a few to tell you that we just like any other family. I cook all the time and experiment so my kids would eat what I make.

I am sure that you have at least one picky eater in your house, so if there are no allergies this meal is a winner. They will lick a bowl and ask for more.

Easy Shrimp and Grits

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So traditionally grits are gluten-free, however, make sure to check because some brands like Quaker does not consider them to be gluten-free due to the possibility of cross-contamination. I am just sharing what everyone is saying.

There are other brands that are gluten-free and instant. I just wanted to put that out there if you did not know.

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Yield: Serves 4

Easy Shrimp and Grits

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Quick and Easy Shrimp and Grits recipe; a perfect family dinner.



  • 1 cup instant grits
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2 cup chicken stock
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste (always taste food)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 to 1 ½ shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Old Bay Seasoning to taste
  • Freshly chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley


How to make grits:

  1. Cook grits according to package instructions using half and half or heavy whipped
    cream (or milk) and chicken stock in place of water.
  2. Generously season your grits with ½ teaspoon of salt and about ¼ teaspoon of ground black pepper,
    or to please your taste. Always add less and taste it. You can always add more. Stir and cook grits at the low temperature until liquid is absorbed and becomes creamy and smooth.
  3. Stir in 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter and set aside and keep warm. It takes usually around 5-7 minutes to finish instant grits at a lower temperature or about 20 to 25 minutes if you going to make stone-ground grits. Read instructions on the back of the package as it could be very helpful.

How to prep shrimp:

  1. Peel and devein shrimp if they are not already. Wash well under cold water.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, and cook, stirring often, for a couple of minutes.
  3. Stir in garlic, and shrimp and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Cook at medium temperature, stirring occasionally, until pink and cooked through about 3 minutes to up to 5 minutes. Do not overcook. As soon as it is pink all throughout it is cooked.
  5. Stir in chopped parsley and lemon juice. Serve immediately with grits, garnished with chopped parsley.


The ratio you need to remember for stone-ground grits is 4:1. It's 4 cups of liquid to 1 cup of stone-ground grits. You can use just water, or a combination of stock, water, and milk/cream.

If you do not have old bay seasoning you may use just celery salt, ground black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, and paprika.

You could use cubed chicken breast instead of shrimp to make this dish. Cooking time might take a few minutes longer but it tastes amazing. That is just in case of allergies or if you dislike shrimp. Also, some of you were asking if you could use pork. Yes, pork tenderloin is perfectly fine, just slice it into smaller pieces.

Salmon Wellington

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Tasty Pressed Cuban Sandwich

Tasty Pressed Cuban Sandwich

Tasty Pressed Cuban Sandwich

I am a sandwich person, and I could eat a sandwich probably every single day. However, when it comes to ham, slow-cooked pork, swiss cheese, pickles, mustard pressed in the Cuban bread there is nothing better in this world. I love this Tasty Pressed Cuban Sandwich.

You guys asked me so many time to post my version of this amazing sandwich and I always hesitated. To be honest, I was testing how I like it the best without offering anyone regarding how I make it.


Tasty Pressed Cuban Sandwich

I ate so many different version even though they all contain the same ingredients just slightly different made or prepared. In the end, what is truly authentic?

It’s food, a recipe and everyone add their own print, right? You are allowed to experiment and put your own little twist on dishes that you make for you and tour family.

That being said, my family went crazy for this one. Also, I made for my husband’s staff and they all loved it so I am confident that you guys going to love this recipe.

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Tasty Pressed Cuban Sandwich

I made 3 trays full of these Cubanos and I couldn’t resist. I didn’t have a piece of bread or anything with gluten for about 3 months at all, and this was rebirth experience.

So, if you are on low carb diet then you know what I mean. Anyhow, you can totally use low carb tortilla if you are on keto. It’s not the same as having a nice Cuban bread but, hey, better than nothing! Haha

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It is truly amazing and so delicious and I really hope you give this sandwich a try.

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Tasty Pressed Cuban Sandwich
Yield: 8

Tasty Pressed Cuban Sandwich

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time for cooking pork: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 25 minutes



  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablspoon ground black pepper


  • 5-6 pounds boneless pork shoulder butt.


  • Four 10 inches (approximately) Cuban sandwich loaves, sliced into 4 equal sizes
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened and divided
  • 1/2 cup yellow mustard
  • 1 pound sliced smoked ham
  • Dill pickles sliced lengthwise
  • Roast pork
  • 8-10 ounces Swiss cheese slices




  1. Place pork into a largest ziplock bag then pours the marinade. Make sure that marinade is very well combined before pouring it over the pork. massage the pork for a bit to coat then close the ziplock bag and place in the fridge for at least 8 hours, preferably 12 hours. Halfway through turn the ziplock on the other side and massage it again just to make sure the pork is well coated with the marinade.

Oven roast pork in Dutch Oven for 3 to 3 ½ hours on lower heat at 350°F. Take it out of the oven, and allow it to cool down for 20-30 minutes before shredding or carving against the grain.

You can use your slow cooker: Set on high and slow cook for 4-6 hours depending on the size. You may slice it in big chunks so the pork fit well in the slow cooker. Shred pork using two forks as soon as the pork is falling apart.

Grilling pork brings an amazing flavor and it's my favorite ways to prep meat.

When I am cooking it on my Traeger Grill:

  1. I prep my smoker for 15 minutes at 250° Fahrenheit with the lid closed. Then I place pork directly on the grill and cook for 2 hours.
  2. Take it off the grill and put the pork in the center on the heavy-duty foil, then bring up the sides of the foil a little bit before pouring the apple cider on top of the pork butt.
  3. Wrap the foil tightly around the pork, make sure the cider does not escape.
  4. Place the foil-wrapped pork butt back on the grill and cook until the temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit, in the thickest part of the meat, about 2-3 more hours longer depending on the size of the pork butt.
  5. Allow it to cool DOWN completely for about 30 minutes in foil before shredding or carving against the grain.

Sandwich Assembly:

  1. Slice Cuban bread loaf in half then spread unsalted butter on one size and mustard on the other.
  2. Add sliced or shredded pork, ham, cheese slices, and pickles. Close and spread or brush soften garlic and herbs butter on top then slice into equal portions.
  3. Preheat your grill pan and cook these but pressing onto the cast iron grill. pan and pressing it with cast iron grill press. You can turn it around if you wish and do the same on the other side. You may use a panini press or just bake in the oven if you do not wish to press it at all. I like keeping them in the warm oven wrapped before serving, or microwave to make the hot.


  • If you get pork shoulder butt with a bone, no worries you can still do this and it will taste great.
  • If you wish to use Pork Loin or Tenderloin, it's great! I tried it and it tastes fantastic. You do not need to panic.
  • If you like any other pickle or ham go ahead and adapt to your liking. Maybe you like dijon mustard use that one. We prefer yellow mustard and smoked ham over honey glazed ham.
  • If you cant get garlic and herbs butter then spread butter on the bread and sprinkle with herbs and garlic powder.

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Caramelized Onion Tart

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Smoked St. Louis Style Ribs

Smoked St. Louis Style Ribs

Smoked St. Louis Style Ribs

Can you really start BBQ season without making some amazingly delicious, and finger licking Smoked St. Louis Style Ribs? I think not.

These ribs are so tasty we have been making them on repeat for our meal prep because they hold so good o the fridge so well for a week.

Although it is consistently really hard keeping these in the fridge for more than 3 days because when you have growing kids in the house, the fridge is pretty much empty all the time, even though I just went grocery shopping 10 minutes ago.

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Smoked St. Louis Style Ribs

Welcome to a life with teenagers. They eat like babies, every two hours.

But… hey, the food is here to be shared and enjoyed so that what we all do. I love seeing everyone devouring my food. That makes my heart full and happy.

These ribs are extremely good. I am an enormous fan of grilled food, in particular, a longtime fan of outdoor cooking. I feel like the food always comes on point when it’s cooked on the grill.

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Smoked St. Louis Style Ribs


Once the ribs have been seasoned, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least eight hours. When the ribs to rest in the dry seasonings the flavor has the time to fully penetrate the meat.

A smoker is the most common way to prepare ribs but almost any grill can be made into an indirect smoker and used for longer cooking times.

However, for a charcoal grill, simply build your fire to one side of the grill and cook on the other. Placing a small pan with water underneath your food will also help develop a bit of smokiness.

Smoked St. Louis Style Ribs

Ribs taste the best if they are cooked low and slow. Most meat will benefit from being wrapped in foil if you plan to cook for more than 2 hours.

Baby back ribs will take about four hours to cook while St. Louis cut ribs will cook in approximately five hours.

Smoked St. Louis Style Ribs
Yield: Serves 6

Smoked St. Louis Style Ribs

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours 40 minutes
Refrigeration Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 10 hours 50 minutes

Can you really start BBQ season without making some amazingly delicious, and finger licking Smoked St. Louis Style Ribs? I think not.
These ribs are so tasty we have been making them on repeat for our meal prep because they hold so good o the fridge so well for a week.


  • 2 Pork St. Louis Style Ribs, tear membrane off
  • 1-2 tablespoon Oil
  • Dry Rub Seasoning:
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Dry Mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • BBQ Sauce, currently we are using sugar-free but you may use whatever you like or prefer.



1. Combine well all the ingredients for the dry rub, then coat both sides of ribs with a good drizzle of oil and sprinkle with seasoning rub.

2. Place the ribs in the fridge overnight or refrigerate for at least 6 hours. Make sure to tear the membrane off the ribs before seasoning it.

Grill and Smoke:

1. When ready to cook, set temperature to 180℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. Smoke the ribs, meat-side up for 2 hours.

2. Remove from the smoker and tightly wrap the ribs with the foil.

3. Return the foiled ribs to the grill and cook for two more hours at an increased temperature to 250℉. After two hours carefully remove the foil. Watch for the steam.

4. Brush the ribs well on both sides with BBQ sauce. Arrange the ribs directly on the grill grate and continue to grill until the sauce tightens 40 minutes. You can add BBQ sauce the last minute if you prefer, but we love the caramelization. It's all about your personal preference.


Allow the ribs to rest for about 5 minutes before cutting and serving.


Cooking times will vary depending on the temperature that you set and the environment.

You may use other cuts of ribs, but the smoking or grilling time will vary.

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