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Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

sole with dates and apricots

During the spring season, I started using Sun Basket for 3 meals during the week.  Sun Basket specializes in gluten-free and Paleo meal delivery.  Similar to Blue Plate and Hello Fresh, they send you all the ingredients and a recipe card.  You follow the directions and eat delicious food.  One of my favorite meals was Sole in Parchment packets.  It was so simple, including clean-up.  The flavors were amazing and the fish was cooked perfectly.  I plan on eating this again and again.  The recipe is here if you would like to try it too!

Sole in Parchment | Where is June?

I also found a similar recipe from Williams-Sonoma.  Puttanesca flavors in a packet.  I bet it is really flavorful too.  I am sucker for anything with kalamata olives and capers.

Give these simple recipes a try and let me know what you think.



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Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

The All-American Slider

Yes, I do love to cook and I try new recipes all of the time.  Many of them include healthy, whole foods like kale and squash.  But sometimes you just need a good burger.  I have pretty much perfected the slider, or mini burger.  Or at least Big W thinks so.  These are totally kid approved!

The All-American Slider

1 lb of organic ground beef {10% fat}

1 tbs. Lawry’s Seasoned Salt

2 tsp. {low sodium} Soy Sauce

3 slices Tillamook Medium Cheddar Cheese

12 King’s Hawaiian Original Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

Combine beef, seasoning, and soy sauce with your hands.  Make small patties by using your palm as the guide.  The patty should will be no bigger than your palm.  Grill or cook on the stove stop until done to your liking.  Just before taking the burgers off the heat, cut each slice of cheese into quarters {or fold and break apart with your hands} and top each patty with cheese.  Place into sliced rolls and serve!

I think the secret is the Lawry’s and the rolls.  Who doesn’t love those incredibly soft, sweet Hawaiian rolls?  You can jazz these up with guacamole, bacon, or barbeque sauce.  My boys like them simply with ketchup.  The All-American Slider.  You can’t go wrong!


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Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

slow cooked pot roast

Whoa!  The weather has taken a turn.  A turn toward cold, dark and WET!  I seem to be entering hibernation mode.  All I want is my sweats, big cups of coffee and comfort food.  Last Friday I decided a pot roast was the key to my happiness.  I used the Pioneer Woman’s recipe for the Perfect Pot Roast.  Using one pot and simple ingredients {chuck roast, vegetables, beef stock, and herbs} it fit all my criteria for a great recipe.  The meat was so moist and tender it fell basically fell apart when I sliced it.  I will warn you.  It cooks 4+ hours in the oven.  With busy weekday schedules, it is most likely a weekend or Sunday dinner.  But it so worth the wait!  Plus, we had a huge amount left over.  It gave us a bonus meal of French Dip Sandwiches {using this au jus recipe}.  Who doesn’t love bonus meals?

Stay warm and dry.



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Thursday, October 17th, 2013

apple + goat cheese + pecan pizza

Pizza night.  Who doesn’t love it?  It is the all time favorite meal in my house.  My boys love a delivery [or a DiGiornio] pizza.  Keep it simple-that’s what they like.  However, I love to try new toppings- that at first might seem unusual for a pizza.  This Apple, Goat Cheese, and Pecan Pizza is the perfect example.  The fresh ingredients make it savory with a little sweetness!  It has it all.  If you are superwoman, make a crust from scratch.  I don’t have superpowers on a Wednesday night.  I use Udi’s Gluten Free Pizza shells [trust me, anyone who tries them loves them!], but you can use any pizza crust.

Start with a layer of thinly sliced apples.  Top with goat cheese and fresh thyme.  {So pretty, isn’t it?}


Once out of the oven, scatter pizza with toasted pecans.  Finally top with baby arugula dressed with honey dijon- citrus dressing. Dig in!

apple + pecan pizza

I am so excited to be bringing back the series In the Kitchen-A Weekly Plan!  Please check the blog tomorrow for a week’s worth of dinner ideas.


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Friday, September 6th, 2013

Thai-Style Pork Stew

I am back and ready to answer that age-old question.  “What’s for dinner?”  During the busy weekdays the slow cooker is a family’s best friend.  It is equally as great on the weekends.  Fix it in the morning and enjoy your time together.

Give this Thai-Style Pork Stew a try this weekend or put it on your menu for next week. It uses nothing but simple ingredients-including creamy peanut butter!   Don’t forget the green onion, chopped peanuts, and limes to put on top.  They make this dish fantastic.

Have a great weekend!!

Need another slow cooker idea?  Try Pulled Pork!


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in the kitchen-a weekly plan

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Why is it so hard to get dinner on the table the last few weeks of the school year?  I managed to get my act together last week! I hope these meal ideas and my notes help you with at least one dinner this week.

Meal 1::
Best-Ever Barbecued Ribs and Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

I have posted about these ribs before, but this time we were able to throw them on the grill.  Seriously, the BEST ever [the title does not lie!].  The macaroni salad was excellent as the side.  Great for cookouts or potlucks.

Meal 2::
PF Changs “healthier” Lettuce Wraps

I used San-J Gluten Free Thai Peanut Marinade and Dipping sauce instead of the Hoisin and Bragg Liquid Aminos instead of soy sauce. [Two easy swaps and this is gluten free.]  I doubled the sauce portion of the recipe but didn’t mix it in with the turkey.  I simply put it in a bowl so we could put a little sauce on each wrap.  These wraps are packed with flavor-you won’t miss any of the fat!

Meal 3::
Spicy Fish and Potato Soup

A light and easy to make soup.  Don’t skip the celery leaves, chives and bacon on top.  They make the soup go from good to fantastic!

Meal 4::
Chipotle Short Ribs and Tangy Cabbage Slaw

My grocery story did not have boneless short ribs.  The butcher suggested flat iron steak cut into 2-inch pieces instead.  He did not steer me wrong!  Throw this in the slow cooker and dinner is ready when you are.  Full of flavor, and great when paired with the tang of the slaw.

{Images 1 and 2 by Where is June?}
{Images 3 and 4 by Raymond Hom for Real Simple}

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Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken.

This was gobbled up last night in no time flat!  My husband was thrilled because Chinese food is one cuisine that is not gluten-free friendly!  [It just so happened this recipe was gluten free.]  My kids loved it too.

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken
The chicken coating:
3-4 boneless chicken breasts
salt + pepper
1 cup cornstarch
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup canola oilThe sweet and sour sauce:
3/4 cup sugar
4 tbs ketchup
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tsp garlic salt

Start by preheating your oven to 325 degrees. Rinse your chicken breasts in water and then cut into cubes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Dip chicken into the cornstarch to coat then dip into the eggs. Heat your 1/4 cup oil in a large skillet and cook your chicken until browned but not cooked through. Place the chicken in a 9×13 greased baking dish. Mix all of your sweet and sour sauce ingredients in a bowl with a whisk and then pour evenly over the chicken. Bake for one hour and during the baking process you will need to turn the chicken every 15 minutes.

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Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

These Roast Chicken-Chipotle Nachos!

I have posted about these nachos before and I stand firm.  Hands down, these are my all-time favorite!

They are a breeze to make [ready in less than 20 minutes] and a family favorite.  Last night I didn’t have sour cream on hand, so I simply topped with Wholly Guacamole and it was perfect.  A plate of these and a mid-week margarita.  Dinner is served!



Italian Cobb Salad

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

In the next few hours every mom will be asking herself the very same question, “What is for dinner?”.  If your schedule is as hectic as ours this week, sometimes a quick and easy salad is the answer.  How about an Italian Cobb Salad?

a quick list of ingredients:
Romaine lettuce
Grape tomatoes
Rotiseerie chicken from the deli
Gorgonzola cheese
Eggs [hard boiled]
Olive Oil
Red Wine Vinegar
Easy dressing:  1/4 cup olive oil, 2 T red wine vinegar.  Whisk in some of the cheese to add an extra flavor boost.
Crisp the pancetta on the stove for about 5 minutes.  Also saute the grape tomatoes until the skins are wilted.  Build your salad in a large bowl.  Pour dressing on top.
Dinner is served.  Happy Wednesday!  [It feels like it should be Friday.]
You can also check out my weekly plan for more meal ideas.
{Image by Where is June?}

chopped winter salad.

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

It has been cold around these parts!  When I saw this recipe for a winter salad with warm, roasted butternut squash I knew it would be perfect on a chilly evening.  It was hearty, filling and delicious.  My husband thought so too!  [There were actually quite a few recipes in the January issue of Real Simple worth checking out.]

Need other ideas for using a butternut squash?  Look no more!  My love for the other squash is not a secret. 

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