recipes from my nest

Sliced steak on cutting board with chimichurri and tomatoes. Skirt Steak with Chimichurri

Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Posted on Jul 18, 2019
No Comments

Grilled skirt steak with chimichurri sauce, a perfect match that will take your steak game to a whole new level this summer. I love my backyard potted herb garden.  I’m always out there snipping something around dinnertime.  Chimichurri sauce is a fave of mine, the popular Argentinean sauce made with fresh herbs, garlic, vinegar and …

Read More →

Grilled Harissa Shrimp skewers Grilled Harissa Shrimp

Grilled Harissa Shrimp

Posted on Jul 16, 2019
No Comments

Grilled harissa shrimp, brined and marinated shrimp grilled to perfection ~ succulent and smoky with a spicy kick. Perfect for summer grilling season. We love grilling season and while it’s usually meat, chicken and veggies we’re throwing on the grill, occasionally we do shrimp.  It’s so easy and delicious with a quick harissa marinade.   Why …

Read More →

Overhead in casserole dish. Baked Beans with Bacon

Baked Beans with Bacon

Posted on Jul 5, 2019
One Comment

Easy homemade baked beans recipe with brown sugar and bacon on top, baked long and slow in the oven.  The quintessential summer BBQ side dish! Let me start off by saying baked beans are my husband’s all time favorite side dish, he’ll even crumble potato chips on top if he can, or I let him!  …

Read More →

Turkey Meatballs with Pasta in Marinara Sauce

Turkey Meatballs and Pasta in Marinara Sauce

Posted on Jun 26, 2019
2 Comments

Easy ground turkey Italian meatballs simmered in marinara sauce and tossed with penne pasta for a delicious and healthy dinner. I used to make these turkey meatballs all the time for a relatively quick and easy family weeknight dinner.  Made with ground turkey, they are tender, delicate and bouncy, and perfectly simmered in my favorite …

Read More →

Overhead of Cajun macaroni salad in serving bowl garnished with hardboiled egg. Cajun Macaroni Salad

Cajun Macaroni Salad

Posted on Jun 21, 2019
One Comment

Cajun Macaroni Salad, a spicy Southern twist on a classic side dish for summer, this creamy Creole pasta salad will have everyone back for seconds!  The perfect side dish for backyard BBQ’s and potluck gatherings. When tasked to bring a side dish to a summer gathering, do you lean towards potato salad? baked beans? maybe …

Read More →

Enchilada on white plate with refried beans. Easy Ground Turkey Enchiladas

Easy Ground Turkey Enchiladas

Posted on May 5, 2019
One Comment

Easy turkey enchiladas made with seasoned ground turkey and two cheeses, wrapped up in flour tortillas and baked in red enchilada sauce. I don’t make Mexican dishes much at home, so when I get the craving, we go out.  But these enchiladas are so easy and good, we’re staying in.  Made with simple ingredients, nothing …

Read More →

Guacamole in white bowl with crumbled fresh cheese and homemade chips. Perfect Guacamole

Perfect Guacamole

Posted on May 1, 2019
One Comment

This is how to make perfect guacamole at home, simple and fresh, better than your favorite Mexican restaurant.  And you have to serve with homemade tortilla chips, you just do!  Instructions included with recipe. Guac.  Chips.  Queso.  Margaritas.  Doesn’t that just hit the spot sometimes?  That could easily be dinner for me.  For most, though, …

Read More →

Greek baklava cut in diamonds, baked in pan Greek Baklava

Greek Baklava

Posted on Apr 29, 2019
2 Comments

Classic baklava recipe, the traditional Greek pastry made with ground nuts, layers of phyllo and drizzled with honey syrup. I’ve had baklava now and then over the years, sometimes good, sometimes not so much.  In other words, not a huge fan, just kind of neutral.  But if you’ve ever had really good baklava, it’s a …

Read More →

Slice of pastitsio on serving plate. Pastitsio (Greek Lasgagna)

Pastitsio (Greek Lasagna)

Posted on Apr 28, 2019
21 Comments

Authentic Pastitsio, or Greek lasagna ~ layers of pasta, cinnamon-laced beef, Kasseri cheese and béchamel. Authentic Greek food.  I love it all, from the Greek festivals here in St. Louis to Greektown back home in Chicago.  And you’ll love this pastitsio.  But first, I have to fill you in on where I got this recipe, …

Read More →

Greek Instant Pot Leg of Lamb, sliced and arranged in pan, surrounded with Greek potatoes. Greek Instant Pot Leg of Lamb

Greek Instant Pot Leg of Lamb

Posted on Apr 15, 2019
One Comment

Instant Pot leg of lamb, slow roasted flavor and fork tender lamb in half the time.  This Greek-style lamb has all the flavors you’d expect ~ garlic, lemon, oregano, rosemary and thyme, braised in the Instant Pot with wine and stock.  Serve with some Greek potatoes and pan juices, no thick gravy here.  Perfect for …

Read More →