These easy and quick Spicy Shrimp Rice Bowls are filled with homemade guacamole, tomatoes, and spicy shrimp, and are perfect for busy weeknight dinners!

Spicy Shrimp Rice Bowls

These easy and quick Spicy Shrimp Rice Bowls are filled with homemade guacamole, tomatoes, and spicy shrimp, and are perfect for busy weeknight dinners!

Spicy Shrimp Rice Bowls

These easy and quick Spicy Shrimp Rice Bowls are filled with homemade guacamole, tomatoes, and spicy shrimp, and are perfect for busy weeknight dinners!

Are you too busy to cook dinner?  Too tired?  I have the perfect solution for you– one that works for me 9 out of 10 times– ask the husband to make dinner.  (Am I right?!)  If, however, you’re home alone, or your significant other has trouble remembering how to turn on the stove-top burners, or you, like me, live JUST outside the pizza delivery zone (really?!!?)— this recipe will save the day.

These Spicy Shrimp Rice Bowls are easy.  The most time-consuming part is cooking the rice, and the rest comes together in minutes.  Simply muster up the energy to start cooking, and before you know it, you’ll be devouring this tasty seafood rice bowl!

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This Cheesy Beer Shrimp and Grits is made with stone ground grits, white sharp cheddar cheese, jalapeño peppers, and shrimp sautéed with beer.

Cheesy Beer Shrimp and Grits

This Cheesy Beer Shrimp and Grits is made with stone ground grits, white sharp cheddar cheese, jalapeño peppers, and shrimp sautéed with beer. champagne-tastes.com

Cheesy Beer Shrimp and Grits

This Cheesy Beer Shrimp and Grits is made with stone ground grits, white sharp cheddar cheese, jalapeño peppers, and shrimp sautéed with beer.

All through college, I worked as a server at a Cracker Barrel– a ‘country-food’ restaurant.  I spent my time trying to finagle my way into earning better tips by mastering a fake Southern accent, showing customers how to win the little peg game that tormented them during their meals, and also throwing massive amounts of uneaten grits into the trash.  This was a minor tragedy, because I’m guessing most people didn’t even taste the grits before pushing them aside.  Do you like grits?  Have you tried them?

If you already love grits– keep reading!  This Cheesy Beer Shrimp and Grits is a delicious take on a Southern classic.  If you’re not sure how you feel about grits, give this recipe a try!  It uses stone-ground grits instead of instant grits, and is a quick and easy flavor-packed meal.

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This summer, make your barbeques, picnics, and cookouts high-end and delicious with these Recipes for a Gourmet Cookout.

Recipes for a Gourmet Cookout

This summer, make your barbeques, picnics, and cookouts high-end and delicious with these Recipes for a Gourmet Cookout.

Recipes for a Gourmet Picnic

This summer, make your barbecues, picnics, and cookouts high-end and delicious with these Recipes for a Gourmet Cookout.

It’s that time of year again!  It’s time to fire up the grill, make lemonade, and enjoy the sunshine!  That’s right– it’s time for cookouts, barbecues, and picnics.  This year. while we eat with friends and family, and play volleyball and horseshoes outside on the grass, let’s take our cookouts up a notch.  Let’s make them about more than hamburgers, hot dogs, and egg salad.  Let’s make them— gourmet!  These Recipes for a Gourmet Cookout will help you plan a delicious and decadent outdoor meal, and bring some style to the picnic table!

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This Grilled Chili Ginger Salmon with Strawberry Salsa is sweet, savory, and spicy! Make this grilled salmon the centerpiece at your next cookout! champagne-tastes.com

Grilled Chili Ginger Salmon with Strawberry Salsa

This Grilled Chili Ginger Salmon with Strawberry Salsa is sweet, savory, and spicy! Make this grilled salmon the centerpiece at your next cookout! champagne-tastes.com #ad

Grilled Chili Ginger Salmon with Strawberry Salsa

This Grilled Chili Ginger Salmon with Strawberry Salsa is sweet, savory, and spicy!  Make this grilled salmon the centerpiece at your next cookout!  This recipe is sponsored by Orca Bay, but as always, all opinions are my own.

It’s cookout season!!!  It’s time to break out the grills, make giant batches of lemonade, and start grilling hamburgers and hot dogs FISH!  If you, like me, don’t eat the “normal” grilled cookout food (a.k.a. — greasy red meat)— listen up!  This spring and summer, it’s time to make seafood the centerpiece at your barbecues!  How?  With salmon.  Specifically, with sockeye salmon.  These gorgeous, delicious, massive sides of fish are filling, easy to prepare, and FAST!  This Grilled Chili Ginger Salmon with Strawberry Salsa is a show-stopping main course that will be perfect for your next grilled meal.

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This Seared Barramundi (Asian Sea Bass) is cooked to perfection in browned butter, and served with a tangy Mustard Caper Sauce. This flavorful dish is ready in under 20 minutes, and is perfect for Date Night! champagne-tastes.com

Seared Barramundi with Mustard Sauce

This Seared Barramundi (Asian Sea Bass) is cooked to perfection in browned butter, and served with a tangy Mustard Caper Sauce. This flavorful dish is ready in under 20 minutes, and is perfect for Date Night! champagne-tastes.com

Seared Barramundi with Mustard Caper Sauce

This Seared Barramundi (Asian Sea Bass) is cooked to perfection in browned butter, and served with a tangy Mustard Caper Sauce.  This flavorful dish is ready in under 20 minutes, and is perfect for Date Night!

Have you tried barramundi yet?  Have you ever heard of it?  Barramundi is a type of Asian Sea Bass that’s begun showing up in U.S. grocery stores recently.  It’s native to Southeast Asia and Australia.  If you’ve never tasted it, know that It’s a firm white fish, and its mild flavor takes well to marinades or sauces.  If you like grouper, striped sea bass, or red snapper– give this fish a try.  If you’re not sure whether or not you like those fish, but like trying new seafood options– go ahead and grab some at the store, and try this Seared Barramundi with Mustard Sauce!

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This Grilled Chili Lime Salmon with Pineapple is perfect way to make fish the main meal at your spring and summer cookouts!

Grilled Chili Lime Salmon with Pineapple

This Grilled Chili Lime Salmon with Pineapple is perfect way to make fish the main meal at your spring and summer cookouts! champagne-tastes.com #ad

Grilled Chili Lime Salmon with Pineapple

This Grilled Chili Lime Salmon with Pineapple is perfect way to make fish the main meal at your spring and summer cookouts!  This recipe is sponsored by Orca Bay, but as always, all opinions are my own.

Can I confess something?  As much as I adore the idea of a cookout– I usually find myself eating semi-sad sandwiches made up of hamburger buns and hamburger toppings– without the meat.  Does this happen to you too?  If you, like me, choose to avoid red meat– you may feel a little left out when grilling season begins.  If you’ve found yourself gazing sadly over piles of grilled red meat, wishing for a healthier option– I’ve got one for you!

This year, as the grills fire up and spring turns into summer– reclaim your grill!!!  It’s time to bring seafood out of the kitchen and onto the fire, with this Grilled Chili Lime Salmon with Pineapple.

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Bourbon for Derby Day! This Derby Day, celebrate with these Bourbon-filled recipes. champagne-tastes.com

Bourbon for Derby Day!

Bourbon for Derby Day! This Derby Day, celebrate with these Bourbon-filled recipes. champagne-tastes.com

Bourbon for Derby Day

22 Recipes Featuring Bourbon! This Derby Day, celebrate with these Bourbon-filled recipes. champagne-tastes.com

22 Recipes Featuring Bourbon

This Kentucky Derby Day, celebrate with the drink Kentucky is known for– Bourbon!  Add this southern tipple to your cocktails, to your food, and to something sweet– and celebrate Derby Day Kentucky-style!

It’s almost here– the Southern race that inspires ladies all around the country to don big hats and sun dresses.  And fellas, go grab those linen suits– it’s time for the Kentucky Derby!!  Every year, the Derby is held on the first Saturday in May.  Whether you plan on watching the few minutes of horse-racing excitement in person at Churchill Downs, or from afar, this Triple Crown kick-off is a fabulous reason to celebrate!

This Derby Day, as the horses race down the track– celebrate with Kentucky’s most famous export (except, possibly– fried chicken)— Bourbon!  This southern spirit has a wonderfully distinctive flavor, is free from additives (including added sugar!), and 95% of the world’s bourbon is made– that’s right– in Kentucky!  Practice your southern drawl, taste test some bourbon, and whip up some of these deliciously boozy treats!

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Glamping Recipes for the Happy Camper - These delicious recipes will help you camp with style, and eat well while you're enjoying nature! champagne-tastes.com

Glamping Recipes for a Happy Camper

Glamping Recipes for the Happy Camper - These delicious recipes will help you camp with style, and eat well while you're enjoying nature! champagne-tastes.com

Glamping Recipes for the Happy Camper – These delicious recipes will help you camp with style, and eat well while you’re enjoying nature!

Do you “glamp” instead of camp?  “Glamping”– or “glamour camping”– is a perfect way to “be one with nature,” but still feel fancy-schmancy.  That’s right– it’s how you can sleep in a tent, feel rugged and wild, but still not feel deprived or miserable.  Some people (like my friend Jaline) glamp by setting up giant tents filled with bed-like air mattresses, gorgeous rugs, and high-end lanterns.  Others (like me) stick with a simpler tent set-up, but refuse to compromise on the food.

If you, fellow camper, want to step things up with a high-end camping experience– start by picking what’s most important to you!  Do you want to wake up in the woods, but feel like you’re in a 5-star hotel?  Try upgrading your equipment, or invest in some battery-powered twinkle lights.  If you, like me, know that you will be positively grumpy without a hot breakfast and a savory, flavorful dinner– keep reading!!!

These Glamping Recipes for a Happy Camper take a bit of planning and prep-work, but mean that you can dine in style while you lounge in the wild!  Most of these recipes give you a heads-up about any special equipment you need to have (like access to a campfire or a camping stove), and others are simply travel-friendly– using ingredients that don’t require refrigeration or cooking.  All of these drinks and meals will leave you full, satisfied, and ready for another day of adventures!

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These Strawberry Rhubarb Tilapia Tacos are filled with a strawberry cole slaw, sweetened rhubarb, and ginger seared tilapia.

Strawberry Rhubarb Tilapia Tacos

These Strawberry Rhubarb Tilapia Tacos are filled with a strawberry cole slaw, sweetened rhubarb, and ginger seared tilapia.

Strawberry Rhubarb Tilapia Tacos

These Strawberry Rhubarb Tilapia Tacos are filled with a strawberry cole slaw, sweetened rhubarb, and ginger seared tilapia.

Last month, I flew to Florida for the best friend’s wedding.  I spent my time getting the obligatory ‘I wore SPF 5 million but I’m insanely white’-sunburn, crying ugly (but happy) tears as she walked down the aisle, and eating as much fresh seafood as humanly possible.  What kind of seafood?  We ate oysters– of course– because I can’t find those at home, but also mahi mahi, grouper, and whatever type of fish tacos I could find.

When I got home, I couldn’t stop thinking about fish tacos– savory fish tacos, fish tacos with fruity salsa– I wanted them all!  These Strawberry Rhubarb Tilapia tacos are the brainchild of my seafood-obsessed mind and the piles of rhubarb and strawberries I brought home from the market last week.  Want some?  Keep reading!

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These Wasabi Ahi Tuna Burritos are made with delicious, high-quality ahi tuna, filled with crunchy veggies, and drizzled with a ginger soy sauce and a spicy yogurt

Wasabi Ahi Tuna Burritos

These Wasabi Ahi Tuna Burritos are made with delicious, high-quality ahi tuna, filled with crunchy veggies, and drizzled with a ginger soy sauce and a spicy yogurt

Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna Burrito

These Wasabi Ahi Tuna Burritos are made with delicious, high-quality ahi tuna, filled with crunchy veggies, and drizzled with a ginger soy sauce and a spicy yogurt.  This post is sponsored by Orca Bay, but as always, all opinions are my own.

Whenever I sit down to order food at a restaurant, my eyes scan the menu for something fishy. Is there something new for me to try?  Has their chef had a moment of seafood brilliance?  Last summer, I bit into something amazing– an ahi tuna burrito.

When I ordered it, I wasn’t completely sold.  Would the toppings overwhelm the tasty ahi?  Was it crazy to use a fish that shines so well all on its own…. in a burrito?  It turns out that it was crazy– crazy delicious!  (It’s okay if my jokes make you shake your head– but keep reading for the ahi!)  This is my version of that fish-licious wrap!  These Wasabi Ahi Tuna Burritos are stuffed with tasty seared ahi tuna, veggies, and two easy and quick sauces.

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