Greek Salad [RECIPE]

Full of crisp, fresh veggies, our Greek Salad is delicious and easy to prepare. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

We love Mediterranean food and Greek salad is one of our favorite dishes. It is just so colorful, delicious and flavorful, it makes eating a plate full of healthy goodness easy to do, even for those who normally don’t like to eat vegetables. Many Greek salads are made with lettuce, but by replacing the leafy greens with more substantial peppers, this dish has a longer shelf life and lasts for several days in the fridge, making it a great choice to pack in lunches for work, school, or even a family picnic. We hope you try this dish enjoy it just as much as we do!

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Cheesy Corn and Ham Chowder [RECIPE]

Cheesy corn and ham chowder

When you’re craving yummy comfort food, try our cheesy corn and ham chowder.
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When summer is nearing its end, I start craving soup! This one-pot wonder takes a bit of prep time because of all the chopping you have to do, but it is well worth it. It combines all my favorite things (including bacon, ham, fresh veggies and cheese) into one creamy, comforting chowder. Serve in big mugs, oversized bowls or hearty bread bowls, and you’ve got the recipe for an awesome way to start the autumn season. Now bring on the cold! Read more of this post

Stuffed Peppers [RECIPE]

Stuffed Peppers

Our grown-up stuffed peppers are a new spin on a family favorite. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Growing up, both our mothers made stuffed peppers for dinner because it was an inexpensive and wholesome meal that stretched a few ingredients to feed our families. However, I prefer this grown-up version because it incorporates sweet red peppers, flavored chicken sausage instead of beef, and Near East’s toasted pine nut couscous mix which adds a bit of spice to the filling. This recipe is pretty forgiving though, so feel free to substitute whatever ground meat you may have on hand. You can also use rice like our moms did if couscous isn’t available.  Read more of this post

Seared Spicy Fajitas

Seared Spicy Fajitas

Our Seared Spicy Fajitas are a quick and easy way to get the South-of-the-border flavor you crave.

One of the fastest, easiest and tastiest ways to get that South-of-the-border flavor you crave is to make up a batch of our spicy fajitas. Here crisp veggies and spice-rubbed meat are wrapped in a warm tortilla. Top with a dollop of sour cream, guacamole or pico de gallo to complete the meal.

PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 15 minutes


  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • Kosher salt and ground pepper
  • 1 pound skirt steak or flank steak, cut crosswise into 2 equal parts (if too large for skillet, cut into smaller parts)
  • 2 bell peppers (ribs and seeds removed), very thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 jalapeno or serrano peppers (ribs and seeds removed), very thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 8 flour tortillas (6-inch)
  • Sour cream, lime wedges, guacamole and pico de gallo, for serving


  1. If meat is refrigerated, temper meat (bring it to room temperature) for 30 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, combine cumin, coriander, 2 teaspoons kosher salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Rub steaks all over with spice mixture.
  3. Heat a large skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium-high heat; add meat (if crowded, cook in two batches). Cook 2 to 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to a cutting board. Tent steaks with aluminum foil; let rest at least 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, reduce heat to medium; add bell peppers, onion and jalapenos or serrano peppers; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Add lime juice and stir, scraping up browned bits in skillet. Transfer vegetables to a serving bowl.
  5. Stack tortillas and wrap in a damp paper towel or kitchen towel. Microwave on high 1 minute. Thinly slice steaks crosswise. If steaks are too rare, place back in skillet and cook until desired result is achieved. Remove from heat, transfer to a serving bowl.
  6. Place steak strips, vegetable medley, tortillas, sour cream, lime wedges, guacamole and pico de gallo on table so guests can assemble fajitas as desired.

TIP: While any bell peppers or onions can be used, try using red and yellow bell peppers and a red onion for bold color and richer flavor.

YIELDS: 8 servings

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Salsa Verde

Salsa Verde
Growing up in the American Southwest, many of our dishes were influenced by Mexican flavors and vegetables, including tomatillos and assorted chilies, like the spicy Serrano peppers in this green sauce. The addition of peanuts gives this salsa extra creaminess. Our Salsa Verde is great on top of scrambled eggs, scooped up with tortilla chips or utilized in recipes like Chicken Enchiladas Salsa Verde.

PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 5 minutes


  • 1/2 white onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 2 Serrano or jalapeño chilies, stems removed
  • 14 whole tomatillos, peeled and simmered in water for 5 minutes
  • 1/4 cup roasted and salted peanuts
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth


  1. Preheat the broiler. Place the onion, garlic and chilies on a foil lined cast iron skillet. Broil for 4 minutes or until charred and blistered. Discard the garlic skin.
  2. Place the onion, garlic, and chilies in a blender jar with the tomatillos, peanuts, salt and broth. Blend until smooth.

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