Nouveau Greek Pasta Salad

Since ancient times there has been what is known as the “Mediterranean triad” in Greek cooking. That triad is made up of wheat, olive oil and wine. This recipe makes use of two of those standards. Greek cuisine has about a 4,000 year tradition and Greeks were savvy enough to incorporate food elements from other






Pesto Fettuccine with Black Olives and Roasted Red Bell Peppers

It has rained for days – actually weeks is probably more accurate. But, today is a gorgeous spring day and I’m working out on my screened in deck enjoying the weather and bird songs. The weather inspired me to whip up something that seemed appropriate for our warm up towards summer. And, I just can’t






Pan Roasted Chicken with Harissa Chickpeas

Today’s recipe comes from guest contributor, Joan Ricks. Joan is a co-worker with my Tall & Handsome and she has contributed to The BamaSteelMagnolia’s Bistro before. Her recipes are always popular. Joan said she prepared this for Granny Butters birthday and it was a hit with her. You know if anyone’s granny likes something that’s






Stir Fried Asparagus with Garlic – Updated

Recently I was asked a question about today’s recipe. I previously had adapted it from a recipe I had seen somewhere else. My original adaption didn’t quite reflect all the changes I made, so I thought I do an update and breakdown. We like a lot of garlic in this house,  so, usually more is






Another Holiday Favorite with a Southwestern Twist – Bev’s Posole

If you don’t already know the story of Posole in our house, I’ll bring you up to speed on the Burch lore and Posole. Posole is one of those dishes you’ll find on holiday tables in the southwest. So, when Tall & Handsome spent his first holiday season with my family, he made a pot






Burch Hacienda Fantastico Rice

Rice feeds half of the world’s population and makes up about 20% of the world’s total calorie intake. It was originally cultivated in China and from there it spread through Asia and the Indian subcontinent to other parts of the globe. I will be eternally grateful for the migration of the wonderful grain to our






Roasted Red Bell Pepper Hummus with Sun Dried Tomatoes

If you’ve seen the classic musical Oliver there’s a scene where the poor starving, orphaned Oliver has made his way to a boy’s home. They have been fed a sorry looking meal, but there’s CHEESE on the menu. Oliver feebly asks one of the evil, bloated workers, “Please, sir, may I have more cheese?” Like