This Kentucky Bourbon Seared Cod features flaky white cod topped with a sweet bourbon sauce. It's perfect for date night or Derby Day! Best of all-- it's ready in about 15 minutes!

Kentucky Bourbon Seared Cod

This Kentucky Bourbon Seared Cod features flaky white cod topped with a sweet bourbon sauce. It's perfect for date night or Derby Day! Best of all-- it's ready in about 15 minutes!

Kentucky Bourbon Seared Cod

This Kentucky Bourbon Seared Cod features flaky white cod topped with a sweet bourbon sauce.  It’s perfect for date night or Derby Day!  Best of all– it’s ready in about 15 minutes!  This post is sponsored by Orca Bay, but as always, all opinions are my own.

Years and years ago, before I happily devoured seafood day after day, I ordered a bourbon-glazed fish at a restaurant… and was AMAZED.  Back then, I wasn’t really sure what bourbon tasted like, and I wasn’t even sure what types of fish I liked best, let alone how to fix fish at home.  What I realized that day, though, is that bourbon with fish is a fantabulously delicious combination, and I wanted more!  This Kentucky Bourbon Seared Cod is perfect for a fancy-schmancy date night and bourbon-filled Derby Day parties, but is so quick, easy, and delicious that you could make it for a weeknight dinner too!

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The easy Seared Paprika Salmon with Grapes is ready in about 10 minutes, and is perfect for weeknight dinners, date nights, or as the seafood centerpiece at a dinner party.

Seared Paprika Salmon with Rosemary Grapes

This Seared Paprika Salmon with Rosemary Grapes is ready in about 10 minutes, and is perfect for weeknight dinners, date nights, or as the seafood centerpiece at a dinner party.

Seared Paprika Salmon with Rosemary Grapes

This Seared Paprika Salmon with Rosemary Grapes is ready in about 10 minutes, and is perfect for weeknight dinners, date nights, or as the seafood centerpiece at a dinner party.

This past winter, I had a love affair with hot smoked paprika. Ever since, I’ve been sprinkling it on fish obsessively.  So far, my favorite fish and paprika combination is salmon covered in the earthy red spice, and seared to perfection.  This easy and delicious dinner is ‘fancy-schmancy’ enough for dinner parties or date night, but is so quick to prepare and addictively flavorful that I make it for weeknight dinners too!  This Seared Paprika Salmon is heavily dusted with paprika, quickly seared, and then topped with a delicious grape chutney.

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This easy Wasabi Asian Tuna Salad is ready in minutes, and packed with flavor. This salad is perfect all by itself, piled on top of sandwiches, or scooped onto crackers.

Wasabi Asian Tuna Salad

This easy Wasabi Asian Tuna Salad is ready in minutes, and packed with flavor. This salad is perfect all by itself, piled on top of sandwiches, or scooped onto crackers.

Wasabi Asian Tuna Salad

This easy Wasabi Asian Tuna Salad is ready in minutes, and packed with flavor.  This salad is perfect all by itself, piled into sandwiches, or scooped onto crackers.

I’ve got a story– a tuna story.  Are you ready?  It’s exciting!  It has problem solving, excitement, and there’s even a lesson learned.  Last summer, the husband and I went on a hiking, camping, glamping, road trip ‘experience.’  Before we left, I started planning, and I had a problem.  A food problem, to be precise.  What, exactly, does one eat when you’re in a car, with no refrigeration or cooler, no microwave, no stovetop.  If peanut butter pops into your head– I agree– but not for three weeks!  My solution was tuna.  Actually, it was this Wasabi Asian Tuna Salad.

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This vegan-friendly Slow Cooker Vegetable Masala is a delicious and easy Indian curry.

Slow Cooker Vegetable Masala

This vegan-friendly Mint Tea Hot Toddy hot cocktail is the perfect "get well" drink for for cold winter days.

Slow Cooker Vegetable Masala

This vegan-friendly Slow Cooker Vegetable Masala is a delicious and easy Indian curry that needs 5 minutes of prep work, and 4 – 8 hours to slowly cook through.

A few months back, the husband’s family started gushing about a slow cooker Chicken Tikka Masala recipe they’d been making.  I won’t lie– I was suspicious.  Using a slow cooker seemed so… untraditional for a curry.  And then, I tasted the sauce.  I was sold.  Hook, line, and sinker– sold.  It was AMAZING, and I needed it in my life.  (But– I wanted it with veggies!)

This Slow Cooker Vegetable Masala is EASY– it has minimal prep work, and only a few steps to follow at the end.  My favorite part about this curry, and the reason I’ve been obsessed with it for the last few weeks, is that allowing the curry to cook slowly over several hours gives the spices time to come alive.  This slowly-cooked curry actually tastes better than the same recipe cooked on the stove top!

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This vegan 'Get Well Soup' features sweet caramelized onions, roasted garlic, fresh ginger, and turmeric to help you feel better!

Onion and Garlic ‘Get Well Soup’

Onion and Garlic 'Get Well Soup'

Onion and Garlic ‘Get Well Soup’

This vegan ‘Get Well Soup’ features sweet caramelized onions, roasted garlic, fresh ginger, and turmeric to help you feel better!

This winter has been germy.  It seemed like no matter how hard the husband and I ducked and dodged to avoid cold cooties, we caught them.  If you too have been battling the cold and flu season, here’s a ‘get well’ soup to get you back on the road to health.  This ‘Get Well Soup’ is made from healing ingredients like sweet caramelized onions and roasted garlic, warming ginger, and a dash of turmeric.

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This Ginger Orange Seared Ahi Tuna is a fishy take on Orange Chicken. This delicious dinner show-stopper is easy to prepare and ready in 15 minutes.

Ginger Orange Seared Ahi Tuna

This Ginger Orange Seared Ahi Tuna is a fishy take on Orange Chicken. This delicious dinner show-stopper is easy to prepare and ready in 15 minutes.

Ginger Orange Seared Ahi Tuna

This Ginger Orange Seared Ahi Tuna is a fishy take on Orange Chicken. This delicious dinner show-stopper is easy to prepare and ready in 15 minutes.  This post is sponsored by Orca Bay Seafoods, but as always, all opinions are my own.

Last year, I fell in love.  Yes, that’s right– I fell head over heels for a fish.  Which fish?  Was it salmon that captured my heart?  Cod that gave me a giddy smile?  Trout that made me gush to all my friends?  No, no, and nope!  (Although I won’t lie– I love all those fish too!)  This time, it was ahi tuna that made my heart skip a beat, and I just can’t get enough!  It’s flavor-packed, it’s filling and meaty, and best of all– it’s EASY!  As in, ridiculously easy.  This Ginger Orange Seared Ahi Tuna is a take on the meatier Orange Chicken.  It’s marinated for ten minutes, cooks in about one minute (yes that’s right– ONE minute), and is topped off with a simple sauce made from the marinade.

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This easy Citrus Seared Swordfish is coated in citrus zest, seared to perfection, and finished with fresh herbs and freshly squeezed citrus juice.

Citrus Seared Swordfish

This easy Citrus Seared Swordfish is coated in citrus zest, seared to perfection, and finished with fresh herbs and freshly squeezed citrus juice.

Citrus Seared Swordfish

This easy Citrus Seared Swordfish is coated in citrus zest, seared to perfection, and finished with diced green onions and freshly squeezed citrus juice.

Are you trying to add more seafood into your diet?  Have you been eating loads of salmon and white fish, and want to shake things up?  Try swordfish.*  It’s meaty, has a texture similar to ahi tuna, and is incredibly flavorful.  Plus– it’s EASY.  This Citrus Seared Swordfish is marinated in citrus juices, coated in zest, and quickly seared.

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This hearty Cream of Mushroom Soup with Asparagus is made with mixed wild mushrooms, sautéed leeks, asparagus, milk, and cream. Serve it this winter with a hunk of crusty bread and a fireplace. champagne-tastes.com

Cream of Mushroom Soup with Asparagus

This hearty Cream of Mushroom Soup with Asparagus is made with mixed wild mushrooms, sautéed leeks, asparagus, milk, and cream. Serve it this winter with a hunk of crusty bread and a fireplace. champagne-tastes.com

Cream of Mushroom Soup with Asparagus

This hearty Cream of Mushroom Soup with Asparagus is made with mixed wild mushrooms, sautéed leeks, asparagus, milk, and cream.

There’s no question about it– it’s winter.  The wind is icy and cutting, my windshield was coated in frost this morning, and all I want is soup.  I want filling, cozy bowls of hot and steamy deliciousness that I can eat while curled up on the couch with a blanket.  (Just to be clear, you could also eat this soup while sitting at a table like a real grown-up.  I just choose not to.)  This Cream of Mushroom Soup with Asparagus is flavorful, packed with mushrooms and asparagus, and will keep you warm on frigid winter nights.

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This Seared Paprika Salmon with Cranberry Chutney is a show-stopping seafood centerpiece. Both the salmon and chutney are ready, start to finish, in about 15 minutes.

Seared Paprika Salmon with Cranberry Chutney

This Seared Paprika Salmon with Cranberry Chutney is a show-stopping seafood centerpiece.  Both the salmon and chutney are ready, start-to-finish, in about 15 minutes.

I had a spicy Aha! moment recently.  A ‘where have you been all my life?’ pepper revelation.  About what?  Paprika.  Specifically, Spanish smoked paprika.  If you’ve only used regular paprika– listen up!  Stop what you’re doing, and go get some smoked paprika.  Seriously, it’s that delicious.  It’s like a little bit of ground-up heaven to sprinkle over your food.  If you love chipotle peppers, and haven’t been using smoked paprika– your mind will be blown.  (Or at least– mine was!)  This smoky, woodsy spice has less heat than chipotle, but all the flavor, which means you can use as much as your little heart desires.

At the moment, my favorite way to use smoked paprika is to sprinkle it all over salmon, sear the fish, and cover it with cranberry chutney.  In other words, I take three of my favorite things and throw them together in a pan.  And it’s magical.  This Seared Paprika Salmon with Cranberry Chutney is flavorful, gorgeous, and fast– making it perfect for both a dinner party centerpiece and for a quickly thrown-together weeknight meal.

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This Stinky French Grilled Cheese with Avocado is for the food adventurer! This tasty grilled cheese uses a washed rind "stinky cheese," avocado, and tomato in dark pumpernickel bread for a flavor explosion!

Stinky French Grilled Cheese with Avocado

This Stinky French Grilled Cheese with Avocado is for the food adventurer! This tasty grilled cheese uses a washed rind "stinky cheese," avocado, and tomato in dark pumpernickel bread for a flavor explosion!

Stinky French Grilled Cheese with Avocado

This Stinky French Grilled Cheese with Avocado is for the food adventurer!  This tasty grilled cheese uses a washed rind “stinky cheese,” avocado, and tomato in dark pumpernickel bread for a flavor explosion!

The husband has a theory.  He’s convinced that there are two types of people in this world– those who like blue cheese, and those who don’t.  The blue cheese lovers– these people like strong flavors, and have adventurous palates.  Blue cheese haters– well, they don’t.  He is so convinced of this that when we started dating, it was one of his first questions.  “How do you feel about blue cheese?!”  (It’s a good thing I like it, right!?!)  Is he right?   I’m not sure, but I am sure that there are people who are willing to try any new food handed their way.  People who think, “that looks weird– give me a bite!”  If you are an adventurous eater, and love strong flavors– then this Stinky French Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Avocado is for you!  Dig into pumpernickel bread filled with flavorful, and yet pungent, washed rind cheese, along with layers of tomato and avocado.

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