Easy Tapas


This week it was just too darn hot on recipe night to to fire up the oven or stovetop, so I decided to make my easy no cooking version of a tapas dinner.

easy tapas dinner


Quality bread or crackers.

Calabrese Salame.


Manchego Cheese.

Cambozola -triple cream blue cheese.

Avocado – sliced.

Cantaloupe – sliced.

Kalamata olives.

Major Grey’s Chutney.

Spicy Pickled Vegetables.


Tomato – sliced.


Open plastic wrapped meats and cheeses, cans, bottles, and then slice bread/avocado/tomato/cantaloupe, and plate.

Whew ….. time for dinner.


I attended another great Foodista event last weekend. The 2016 International Food Blogger Conference was held in the Farm to Fork Capital of America … Sacramento, California.  Those that arrived on Thursday could sign up for farm, winery, and other tours. I’ve been told the tours were wonderful.

I arrived in time for the first day of the conference. The keynote speaker was the renowned Chef John Ash!

At the close of the first day we were treated to a taste of Sacramento which included many local restaurants and wineries.

IFBC schedule

Day two of the conference provided great breakout sessions, including a lesson on snap chatting, co-paneled by professional food photographer Matt Armendariz! Another awesome breakout I attended was the UC Davis led olive oil blind taste testing.

olive oil taste testing

The second day of the event also featured a wine and Lindsay olive themed appetizers party.

photo 2-4

And then, at the end of the second day, we were treated to an out of this world sit-down Farm to Fork dinner on a beautiful tree lined street.

And here’s the good news for you, the 2017 IFBC will again be held in Sacramento and you can be there! Check it out at http://www.foodista.com/ifbc2016/announcing-the-2017-international-food-blogger-conference

Don’t forget, my new religious fiction, thriller, Dinner With Lucifer is now available in all e-book formats.

Good Eating and Table Talk,





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Chorizo and Refried Bean Pizza


We’re still having a pizza party at easyrecipesandstuff! This week my easy pizza recipe uses Mexican ingredients to create an awesome chorizo and refried bean pizza topped with Pico De Gallo. This dish got thumbs up from young and old testers!

easy pizza

recipe is for one pizza.


Pizza crust – classic (store bought).

8 oz can tomato sauce

1 lb. Chorizo – Mexican style.

1 tomato – diced.

1/2 cup onion – diced.

1 tsp jalapeno pepper – minced.

1/2 tsp cilantro – chopped.

1 lime – juiced.

1/2 tsp olive oil.

1 clove garlic – minced.

2 drops – liquid smoke.

1/2 cup Cotija cheese (or more) – crumbed.

1 can refried beans.


In frypan brown chorizo on medium high heat. Remove excess grease with spoon.

To browned chorizo add tomato sauce, stir and reduce heat to simmer.

In sauce pan combine: tomato, onion, jalapeño pepper, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, liquid smoke, salt and pepper to taste (pepper won’t show once on pizza). Stir to mix and then cover with wrap and refrigerate.

In sauce pan heat refried beans.

Pre-heat oven to heat required for packaged pizza dough. Spread dough on pizza pan. With spatula spread refried beans over dough. Next, evenly spoon chorizo over the beans (you will have more chorizo than you need for one pizza). Place pizza pan in oven for time required to bake dough per package.

When crust is golden remove pizza from oven. Add the cheese and Pico De Gallo sauce and enjoy!!

easy chorizo pizza


I’m packed, ticketed, and ready to get up at 4:00 A.M. to go the the 2016 IFBC!  See you all soon!!

Don’t forget, my new religious fiction, thriller, Dinner With Lucifer is now available in all e-book formats.

Good Eating and Table Talk,




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Awesome Pizza Breakfast For Two


So this week I decided to do a killer breakfast for the sweetie and me. This is a pizza that has all the breakfast goodies.


recipe serves two.


6 chicken breakfast sausage links.

4 eggs.

1 Trader Joe organic pizza crust.

1 tomato sliced into rounds.

2 onion slices halved.

1/2 cup parmesan cheese.

1/4 tsp fresh minced basil.

2 cloves garlic – minced.

Olive oil.

Dried Italian spices, salt, and paper to taste.


Heat oven to 425 degrees.

Add a bit of olive oil to fry pan and heat to medium. Reduce heat and sauté garlic, onions and tomatoes. Remove.

In same fry pan brown but do not cook to end the sausage. Slice into bite size pieces.

Brush pizza crust with olive oil. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Add onions and tomatoes.

Add the sausage slices, and place pizza in pre-heated oven for 15 minutes.

With about 5 minutes to go fry the eggs until done but still runny.

Remove pizza from oven, add eggs, hit with a little more cheese, salt and pepper, and a dash of hot sauce.



I’ll be at IFBC Sacramento! Look forward to meeting you all!

Good Eating and Table Talk,







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This week’s recipe is stupid easy to make, and wonderful to eat! My BBQ SHRIMP WOK is perfect for a hot summer dinner.

BBQ Shrimp


1 lb. shrimp (20 to 25 count size).

4 Cambray onions.

1 green bell pepper.

1 cup snow peas.

1 lemon sliced into rounds.

1 and 1/2 cups Botan rice.

Kung Pao sauce.

1/2 tsp dried red pepper.

drizzle of olive oil.

dash cayenne pepper.


Rinse shrimp and then peel and devein. Place in plastic bag and then add Kung Pao sauce to cover and then sprinkle with dried red peppers. Refrigerate.

Rinse Botan rice and then drain water. Add 2 cups water, bring to boil, lower to simmer and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes.

Rinse and slice the green bell pepper into large bite size pieces.

Rinse and trim snow peas.

Rinse onion and trim. 

Rinse and slice lemon into rounds. Hit them with a dash of cayenne.

Heat BBQ.

To veggie basket add all vegetable except the onion. Place lemon rounds on top. Layer shrimp on other side of basket, and then attach the basket-top to hold all items in place.


easy BBQ shrimp wok

Spread olive oil over the onion. Place on BBQ burner And turn occasionally to get a nice even brown.

As the onion cooks add the vegetable basket and BBQ 4 minutes or so on each side until shrimp cooked.

Plate rice, add shrimp and vegetables, and get ready for applause from your family!


Dinner With Lucifer

My new religious fiction, thriller, Dinner With Lucifer is now available in all e-book formats.

Good Eating and Table Talk,






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