Instant Pot Steamed and Grilled Artichokes

Shutterbug-Chef-Bitmoji-2-1.jpg

I’m the Shutterbug Chef!

Instant Pot Artichokes!  Yay!!!  Instant Pot Steamed and Grilled Artichokes= the best of both worlds:  Steam in the IP and then char on the grill, inside or out!  🙂

Grilled-Artichokes-1.jpg

Shutterbug Chef!

Continue reading

Easy Paleo Grilled Pineapple Rings

I’m the Shutterbug Chef!

Easy Grilled Pineapple Rings

Grilled-Pineapple-1.jpg

Shutterbug Chef!

This yummy recipe for Easy Paleo Grilled Pineapple Rings has become my Spring and Summer go-to side dish.  It is so perfect for any grilled meat or fish, or even as an accompaniment to a vegetarian dish.  With the convenience of a whole pineapple, already peeled and cored, you can slice what you want for one meal and store back in the fridge for the next. Continue reading

Grilled Zucchini With Tomato Basil Salsa

Grilled Zucchini 1

Grilled Zucchini With Tomato Basil Salsa

This is “straight from the garden”  fresh and wonderful.  Unless of course you don’t have a garden, or you don’t grow zucchini in your garden.  In which case you must get your zukes from the farmer’s market or the grocery store.  🙂  Either way, this is an awesome side dish which can be served warm or room temperature.  This is ideal for picnics, barbeques or regular, every day meals.

The quick-as-a-flash salsa is a really fresh and adds a nice kick to the otherwise simple-tasting zucchini.  Zucchini screams for additional flavor but has the wonderful texture to support a nice topping!

Continue reading

Grilled Artichokes

Grilled Artichokes

Charred-Artichoke-Hearts-2

My love affair with artichokes started right after moving to Texas and my husband’s Aunt Lib made them for us one night!  She had steamed them and served them with a tangy mayo sauce that had garlic and soy sauce in it.

Artichokes-2 Continue reading

Heirloom Tomatoes

Heirloom-Tomatoes-1-LR-A

Heirloom Tomatoes

This post is not so much a “recipe” post, but one that lets you know how wonderful heirloom tomatoes are, and should be available right now in your grocer and farmer’s markets!  I bought  these to photograph the other day.  I had them arranged just the way I wanted them.  After shooting them whole, I wanted to slice them to show the beauty inside. After slicing them and arranging them, I went  to get my diffuser to work with the lighting.  When I came back into the room, my husband and brother-in-law had eaten 2 of the sliced tomatoes!  They thought I had finished the shoot…..  ;(

Heirloom-Sliced-1-LR-A

Continue reading

Charred Artichoke Hearts

Charred Artichoke Hearts

Charred-Artichoke-Hearts-1

My new favorite appetizer is actually one I have served for years.  Looks like it just came back into vogue!  I served this at my book club in December and again on Christmas Day.  Seems so many people asked for the recipe.  It is surprisingly easy to make, too.

Stocking up on frozen artichokes from Trader Joe’s makes this easy-to-put-together appie a snap!  And serve it with my easy and delicious basic aioli or  curry aioli!

Curry-Aioli-1 Continue reading

My Top 5 Requested Recipes of 2015

My Top  Requested Recipes of 2015

2016 is just a few days away….where did 2015 go?  As  the year comes to a close, I will present my top 5 requested recipes with links to them.  It has been an exciting year for the team at Shutterbug Chef, due mostly to a big change in our eating habits, mainly by eliminating certain foods and not having to count calories or grams of fat….just eating healthy, delicious whole and natural foods made a big difference in my life, and it can in yours too.  I will save that for my anniversary post on January 5, 2016!!  😉  Continue reading

The Best Sweet Potato Rounds Ever

Sweet-Potato-Fries-1

Sweet Potato Rounds:

The Best Ever!

Sweet Potato Rounds and fries are a big thing right now. We all make sweet potato rounds, right?  Sometimes they burn, sometimes they don’t.  Sometimes they are too soft and sometimes they are perfect:  Crispy char outside and tender inside.  Here is a method and recipe that has worked out just perfectly!  This will be your go-to sweet potato rounds recipe from now on. Continue reading

Clean Popovers

Clean Popovers

Popovers-1

Recently at a dinner party, the hostess served a lovely prime rib with Yorkshire puddings, or popovers as we call them.  I passed on them as I don’t eat wheat.  But I got to thinking that maybe I could come up with a GF popover, using my assorted acceptable flours (coconut, almond, arrowroot).  Fresh out of arrowroot, I opted for almond flour and a bit of coconut flour. (I did not want an overwhelmingly coconut flavor but I like the texture.  I skipped the butter and whole milk in favor of bacon drippings and almond milk and they, well, popped over pretty well! Continue reading

Bacon Drippings Roasted Tomatoes

Bacon-Grease-Roasted-Tomatoes-1

Bacon Drippings Roasted Tomatoes

Two things happened in my kitchen that led to this recipe.  First of all, I roasted bacon and had some bacon drippings sitting in the pan.  Secondly, I had some tomatoes to use before leaving town the next day.  I said to myself, “Self, why not roast the tomatoes and preserve them in a jar?  In fact, rather than use olive oil on them, how about using that beautiful pan of bacon drippings?”  So that is what I did!  The subtle bacon flavor is a nice enhancement and adds a bit more smoky-ness to them.  These will be great in my roasted tomato salad vinaigrette.  In fact these will be great for everything from salads, to soups, to dressings and snacks! Continue reading