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. Do I really need to go on and on to sell you on this? It's enough to make my heart go pitter-patter. This macaroni and cheese with chicken, caramelized onions and bacon has all the comforts of our … [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 next few days. Typical Lalaine fashion, I have forgotten about it as new purchases piled on top … [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 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 almost a dollar less. Not one to pass up a … [Read more...]

Candy Crunch Dip

Candy Crunch Dip

I found this candy crunch dip recipe on one of my visits to The Kitchn and with cream cheese, brown sugar and toffee bits as ingredients, it sounded just my kind of treat. I am not much of a fruit person and if this dip can get me to eat an apple a day, I am all for trying it. Oh yeah, the dip didn't disappoint. It was indeed delicious with sliced apples, especially the … [Read more...]

Asparagus Mushroom Saute

Asparagus Mushroom Saute

G's parents are in the midst of a major remodeling of their house. Their whole kitchen has been torn down all the way to the floors that cooking is certainly out of the question. G's mom is a fantastic cook and the dad has been pampered with home cooked meals throughout their decades-long marriage that both are not too keen about eating out at restaurants. G has taken it … [Read more...]

Cheesy Morning Pizza

Cheesy Morning Pizza

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of KRAFT Natural Shredded Cheese and Safeway for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. If there is one thing I consider a kitchen staple and never run out of, it would be cheese. At any given time, I have a few packages of cheese in various forms~sliced, shredded, bulk~handy in the refrigerator to enjoy as a nourishing … [Read more...]