Pickled Peps

Pickled Peps

The theme of this month is, “I have too much produce because I went to Aldi and went hog wild on their bulk items and now I don’t know what to do with it and I hate waste so I need to use it no matter what.”  You got that? While at Aldi, I needed [...]

30 Minute Pasta Sauce

30 Minute Pasta Sauce

A hot batch of pasta sauce doesn’t strike me as a “go-to” summer meal when it’s 95 degrees outside, but when life hands you 2 pounds of tomatoes something must be done.  Last week I made this delicious Roasted Garlic Chipotle Salsa, where I roasted tomatoes and garlic in the oven and blended it up [...]

Strawberry Basil Sparkler

Strawberry Basil Sparkler

Summer is the best time to use fresh fruit and herbs to your advantage. The price is right for in-season fruits and the flavors are unmatched compared to other times of the year. I dusted off the ol’ bartending skills and put together these Strawberry Basil Sparklers , guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser for [...]

RE-RE-REMIX! Deconstructed Antipasto Salad Skewers

RE-RE-REMIX! Deconstructed Antipasto Salad Skewers

Before the advent of Pinterest and the widespread information sharing of the internet, people learned their recipes from Betty Crocker and Better Homes cookbooks, neighborhood women that shared family favorite recipes (usually casseroles or something with Velveeta), and recipe cards that sat in little boxes in your mother’s pantry. In the ‘90s I remember every [...]

South of the Border Bowls: Fire Roasted Fajita Black Bean and Quinoa Bowls

South of the Border Bowls: Fire Roasted Fajita Black Bean and Quinoa Bowls

This past week I was craving something savory and south of the border so I knew my Fire Roasted Fajita Black Bean and Quinoa Bowls would be just the ticket! These vegetarian, yet protein and flavor packed bowls are a reoccurring staple in my weekly lunch and dinner line-up. These bowls have quinoa, black beans, [...]

Welcome to Food Gal Al!

Welcome to Food Gal Al!

Hi Foodie Friends! Welcome to my new blog, Food Gal Al. I've always had a healthy appreciation for food - not only because of the pure joy and flavor that food provides, but also the way that food brings people together from all around the world and how it fosters traditions among families and friends. Back [...]