Italian Meatballs

Italian Meatballs

Planning your Superbowl shindig? Guys, these Italian meatballs are a must! Plump, juicy, moist, flavorful, they'll surely be the first to disappear on your buffet table. When I make these meatballs for parties, I usually serve them plain with different kinds of sauces on the side (sweet and sour sauce, marinara and BBQ sauce are favorites) so guests can help … [Read more...]

Cajun Buffalo Chicken Bites

Cajun Buffalo Chicken Bites

With a recipe archive heavy on jalapeno poppers, sweet chili bacon-wrapped chicken tenders and beef taquitos, it is safe to assume I am all about fun foods. Every year, I look forward to Superbowl, not because I can tell a linebacker from a quarterback, but because I can't get enough of the fabulous game day eats. These cajun buffalo chicken wing bites have been … [Read more...]

Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros

It seems for the last 6 months or so, every time I post a new recipe here, I've been apologizing about the wide gaps and my long absence. Alright, I am not going to give you anymore excuses. I am not going to give you the excuse that I probably bit more than I can chew. What was I thinking? With a full-time job, household chores and two cooking (this and this) blogs to … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork Sliders

Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork Sliders

Has it been a month since I was last here? Oh my. I am so sorry for having forsaken you like this. You see, I've been on and off with my recipe posting here at Onion Rings and Things since June and it just seemed, the more irregular I posted, the harder it was to get back on the saddle.  I've had these slow cooker root beer pulled pork sliders, among other things, in my … [Read more...]

Southwestern Quinoa Salad

Southwestern Quinoa Salad

I have to admit, this is the very first time I've ever tried quinoa. Before today, I didn't even know how to pronounce the darn seed.  I went to our nearby Sprouts Market looking for kwuh-NO-ah and I was greeted by blank stares. "Oh, you mean KEEN-wah?", answered an employee after I repeated myself for the fifth time and lead me to the appropriate aisle. You see, I saw my … [Read more...]

Potato Meatball Crockpot Stew

Potato Meatball Crockpot Stew

I know, I know. The photo doesn't leave much to get excited about. But my favorite people, let not this potato meatball crockpot stew be judged by my uninspired picture taking.  Just imagine coming home after a day's labor to chock full of meatballs, potato chunks and baby carrots swimming in a creamy, flavorful broth. Or waking up to it. I prepared it in my slow cooker … [Read more...]

Macaroni and Cheese with Chicken, Caramelized Onions and Bacon

Mac and cheese with Chicken, Caramelized Onions and Bacon

My friends, look at that gooey mess of a mac and cheese. Just look at that spoonful filled with succulent chicken, cheesy macaroni, crisp bacon and caramelized onions. My heart just went pitter patter. This macaroni and cheese with chicken, caramelized onions and bacon has all the comforts of our childhood favorite but with extra goodies for grown-up tastes. It's … [Read more...]

Jalapeno Poppers

Cheese-Stuffed Anaheim Peppers

One of the most shared and most pinned recipe here at Onion Rings and Things is the bacon-wrapped cheese stuffed anaheim peppers I posted last year. Can't blame ya, folks. With crisp bacon, creamy cheese and spicy peppers all in one bite, they're pretty hard to resist. Seriously good stuff. But as much as I love 'em, the preparation can be a hassle what with the seeding … [Read more...]

Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup

I was clearing the freezer to make way for my freshly-bought meat when I found a lone ham bone tucked between trays of chicken leg quarters and stewing beef cubes. The bone was from the honey-glazed ham we had for Easter, which I bagged and meant to use for soups and stocks the following days. In typical Lalaine fashion, I forgot about it as new purchases piled on top of … [Read more...]

Chili Garlic Shrimp

Chili Garlic Shrimp

Looking for a meal that packs a punch? Spicy and garlicky, this chili garlic shrimp has all the robust flavors you'd want in your seafood dinner.  It makes a quick and easy appetizer for a party but is equally delicious as main entree served over rice or noodles. And to top amazing flavors, the dish pulls together from kitchen to table in less than twenty minutes. … [Read more...]

Spinach-Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Spinach-Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

This post brought to you by KRAFT Natural Shredded Cheese and Safeway. All opinions are 100% mine. Last Thursday night when I went to our neighborhood Safeway store to buy the ingredients for the cheesy morning pizza I wanted to make for the following day's breakfast, I was delighted to find KRAFT natural shredded cheeses on sale for a dollar less. Not one to pass up a … [Read more...]