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About Rawls

Hi, I’m Rawls.  I am a yoga instructor, nutrition consultant and self-proclaimed “greenie” and I love to cook.    I’m far from being a true chef, and I don’t always follow “the rules” of cooking, but most everything I make turns out really good, if I do say so myself. I am mostly a vegetarian, though I do eat fish and some chicken periodically, and I don’…

30 Minute Vegetable Soup

30 Minute Vegetable Soup

My mother use to call this “Dump Soup” because she’d just dump whatever she had into it, but that name just didn’t stick because of all of the wisecracks from family and friends.    That said, you can literally dump whatever vegetables you like and have on hand into this soup and you’ve got a wholesome soup that will be very popular.    If I have fresh veggies on hand, I̵…

Let the good times roll with Shrimp Creole!

Let the good times roll with Shrimp Creole!

I absolutely love New Orleans! I spent my 40th birthday there (among numerous other times) and had a blast! Always have a blast there! One of my favorite trips to New Orleans was a fun half-day trip to the New Orleans School of Cooking. The chef was funny and entertaining, the food was great and they included beer right along with it! With Mardi Gras right around the corner, I started thinking about some creol…

Gulf Coast Grouper w/ Asparagus & Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Gulf Coast Grouper w/ Asparagus & Mashed Sweet Potatoes

My man and I spent Valentine’s Day at the beach this year, having narrowly escaped the snow and rain that blanketed the Southeast.  We LOVE seafood and our first stop when we arrived was the local seafood market.  I picked out some grouper filets and my favorite, Smoked Tuna Dip, and we headed to the house.    We’d brought some organic mushrooms, asparagus and sweet potatoes from home, and par…

Smoked Tuna Stuffed Mushrooms

Smoked Tuna Stuffed Mushrooms

I love stuffed mushrooms and decided to make these for an appetizer for our Valentine’s Dinner (see Gulf Coast Grouper Dinner).   I went to the beach for Valentine’s weekend and stopped by my favorite seafood market, Buddy’s, to load up on seafood for the weekend.    I can never go there without getting Buddy’s Smoked Tuna Dip and this trip was no exception.    We had some orga…

Salmon, Spinach & Cannellini Bean Dinner

Salmon, Spinach & Cannellini Bean Dinner

This is a favorite standby dinner because it’s fast, easy and you just can’t beat it for a healthy, fast meal.   The salmon provides an excellent source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, the spinach is full of vitamins and minerals, and the beans & parsley add more to that and are just darn good!   All of it’s loaded with garlic, and we all know garlic cures all! This will feed 2-3…

Salsa & Guacamole for the Fiesta

Salsa & Guacamole for the Fiesta

No Mexican Fiesta is complete without Salsa, Guacamole and chips.    I really don’t care much for the salsa that comes in a bottle or jar, and prefer pico de gallo, so I make my own.   It tastes so much fresher and doesn’t contain all those preservatives and other junk they throw into the bottled kinds. Tomato Salsa 3 ripe tomatoes, chopped 1 small onion, chopped 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped 1…

Sangria with Fresh Fruit

Sangria with Fresh Fruit

Sometimes it’s best to have something other to drink at a Mexican Fiesta than Margaritas and Cervezas, especially when you have a bunch of wine drinkers on the guest list.   This sangria is super easy to make and goes fast, so make plenty! Sangria 2 bottles red wine (I use an inexpensive blend of Malbec & Cabernet) 3 oranges halved and sliced 1 apple, halved and sliced 1 lime, halved and sliced 1…

Arriba! Arriba! It's a Mexican Fiesta!

Arriba! Arriba! It’s a Mexican Fiesta!

I started making this recipe right after Thanksgiving last year when some friends gave us a smoked turkey for Thanksgiving.  We had lots of leftovers and while I love turkey, a little smoked turkey goes a long way with me.   My sister-in-law told me she had made enchiladas out of hers and I started looking for a good enchilada recipe so I could use up my turkey.   I found this recipe by Tyler Florence that uses a…

Festive Potato Salad

Festive Potato Salad

You just can’t beat homemade potato salad with BBQ!    I had several organic potatoes from my Gaia’s Greens CSA box and needed to use them before they started growing in my kitchen, and as the Universe would have it, I also needed a side dish to take to a cookout yesterday.   This potato salad made use of several other items from my organic produce box too - celery, red bell pepper and green onion…

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