Quick Pesto Pasta Salad

One of my favorite things, pesto pasta salad!  I just love this one – there are so many variations, this one is super simple and outstanding! This quick pesto pasta salad is super easy and a real crowd pleaser!

  • 3 boxes of rotelle pasta
  • 1 jar sliced sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 large English cucumber chopped
  • 3 jars Classico pesto sauce (you could make the
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil

Prepare the pasta, cool and set aside

Meanwhile, add the cucumber and sundried tomatoes

Add one jar of pesto and toss gently, but well, to distribute.  When the first jar is distributed well, add the second and repeat. repeat with the third – continuing with gentle tossing.



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Pomegranates. Five Yummy Uses for them

We’re coming into season again. Pomegranate season. I love these things! They’re tart, sweet, juicy, and so beautiful, it’s like eating little rubies, or garnets. I think they scare people because they seem so hard to manage, but they’re not – they’re so simple and so worth it. Here’s a video I found for how to easily get those delightful seeds out of their protective shell.

Ok, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff.

Fennel Pomegranate Salad with Grilled Chicken

Simple, delightful.  Super easy. The sweet tangerine, tart pomegranate, and slightly bitter fennel combine so beautiful.  Paired with the wild rice – absolutely perfect.



Endive and Pomegranate Salad

Mild, tart, and sweet, this pairs with everything.  We made chicken, but pork, fish, beef… really versatile and delicious (bonus segmenting an orange video).


Roasted Asparagus and Pomegranates

Roasting this beautiful seeds elevates the flavor and makes for such a great texture.


Linguine with Broccoli, Asparagus and Pomegranate in Citrus Sauce

Have to include a pasta dish, right?  This was wonderful and you could use any green vegetables you have on hand, are on sale, etc.



Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Pomegranates

These two play off each other in a delightful way.  So balanced and yummy!



I hope you’ll try at least one of these recipes and I’d love to hear about it, if you do! Happy Pomegranate Season!

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Five of My Favorite Zucchini Recipes

Zoodle (Zucchini Noodle) Salad

Zoodles! (3 of 4)

Zucchini Chips

Squash, Sausage, and Bean “Chili”?



Triggerfish with Roasted Vegetables


Zucchini and Goat Cheese Lasagna

This has been included in some of my other compilation posts, lately, but it bears repeating.  So freaking yummy!




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Mr. D’s Cafe (Deluca Toyota)

No.  Really. Bear with me for a moment.

Y’all know how I love my car, right?  Her name is Lola and she’s a lipstick red, convertible Solara.  There was a problem with the dashboard cracking and peeling and about a year and a half ago, I got a notification that it was being recalled and to register with Toyota.  I was thrilled that they would repair it at no cost to me and I proceeded to wait.

Last week, I got the call and made an appointment to bring the car in – they told me it would take about 2.5 hours.

I brought books, my iPad, my phone, and showed up at the designated time.  The dealership is beautiful, but still, who wants to wait that long?  I figured it was worth it, however and settled in.  about 1:30 I started to get hungry and decided to try the cafe in the dealership.  I’d heard nice things about it, but I really didn’t believe that I’d be impressed.

I was wrong.

First of all, the people are so friendly and inviting – the menu is very eclectic and there’s quite a lot to choose from.

I went with the Highlander Panini. Thin sliced turkey with pesto and garlic aioli, melted cheese and caramelized onions with a side of German potato salad.  The potatoes were delicious and they were seasoned perfectly with just the right amount of parsley. But the sandwich.  Oh. my.  Gooey, yummy – absolutely delicious.


While I was eating, they were talking about the “marion berry” dressing.  Of course, I couldn’t resist in asking what that was and instead of explaining it to me, the proprietress created a small plate for me to sample it – apparently it’s their “Field of Greens” salad and it was out of this world!  Mixed greens, cucumbers, strawberries, blueberries, candied pecans and bleu cheese, with this crazy good dressing.  Apparently marion berries grow in Oregon – I’d never heard of them, but that was delicious.


Lunch was a mere $9 – including my bottle of water and it was worth every penny!   I would absolutely go there for lunch even if my car wasn’t being worked on.  Friendly, delicious, warm and inviting.

To make things even more interesting, every Friday that have Maine Lobster Rolls – they fly real Maine lobster in over night ever Thursday night, pick it up at the airport and make the rolls that morning.  When they’re gone, they’re gone, so they suggest you call and reserve yours on Thursday.

Rest assured I will be doing just that, very soon.  I’ll keep you posted. Check them out and tell them Christine sent you.

And look at my beautiful, new dash!


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Six of My Favorite Fish Recipes

We all try to eat better and fish is a super easy way to do that.  Sometimes it can be a little intimidating, so here are six of my favorite fish recipes to get you motivated.  I hope you enjoy them!

Marinated Grilled Fish with Fruit Salsa

Full Disclosure: The fruit salsa was incredibly delicious.  I didn’t love the orange roughy, I found it a bit fishy, but this is a great dish.  I would do it again with a different fish… maybe mahi, or tuna, or any fish that you know you love.

Marinated Fish With Fruit Salsa


Herbed Steelhead Trout with Tomatoes and Asparagus

This fish is so delicious.  Do not miss it.  Of course you can substitute with any fish you like, but the Steelhead is out of this world.

Herbed Steelhead Trout with Asparagus and Tomatoes

Chilean Sea Bass with Lemon Butter, Capers and Parsley

I love this combination!  I hope you do to.


Mustard Roasted Snapper and Oven Roasted Broccoli Greens

I don’t care if you make the greens or not, I don’t care what you pair it with, but the Mustard Roasted Snapper is a must.  So delicious, we made it over and over again!

Mustard Roasted Red Snapper


Tuna Ceviche

This one’s for the bit more adventurous!  Go ahead, try it – You’ll love it.


Sesame Crusted Tuna with a Soy Balsamic Reduction

Ambitious, but totally doable and worth every step!  Slurp!

Sesame Tuna with Soy Reduction

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This is such a great resource – I’ve been using it for about a year and I just love it. Recently they made some changes and upgrades and now it’s even better! It really frees me up to create content and not spend all my time promoting it. There’s a free 14 day trial, so there’s absolutely no risk.  I thought I’d share with you, my CoSchedule review.

Content Marketing Editorial Calendar For WordPress Really simple to use, set up your account, install the plug in and get started. In your dashboard sidebar, you’ll see a link for “Calendar”. Hover over it and you have a few choices, Calendar, My Activity, My Team, Settings, Need Help and Open in Web App.

Getting Started with CoSchedule

Click on Calendar and start scheduling posts. This is a great area to brain storm post ideas, titles, series, etc., and to really commit to an editorial calendar. Drag and drop functionality makes it really easy to rearrange your scheduled posts and social media messages and have everything in such a visual format is a huge help to me! (Bonus: here’s what I’ll be writing about the next couple of weeks!)

CoSchedule with ChristineLeiser.com

I love that all your previous posts show up in the calendar when you look back.  Makes it really simple to promote your awesome content again to people who might not have been following you when you originally posted it!

Teams with CoSchedule

Have a team of writers for a blog?  You can add all the different authors and control what they each see, if you’re the account holder.  Very robust settings make CoSchedule highly configurable and therefore, super useful.

Social Media

My favorite part about CoSchedule, has to be the social media settings – this app differs in how customizable it is!  Set up Facebook profiles and pages, Twitter, Pinterest, Linked In, Tumblr, and Google+ (through Buffer).  The great part is that each message can be different on each network, really allowing you to speak in your own voice for each audience.  Timing also can be set individually.  Post your article on Monday, automatically set up to Tweet on Monday, Facebook on Tuesday, Linked In on Wednesday, etc.  No more going back each day to rebroadcast your content.  Set it once and you’re done. I find that to be such a help in promoting my content, leaving me free to create more wonderful content!

Awesome Integrations

If that weren’t enough to convince you – the integrations surely will.  CoSchedule integrates with Bit.ly, Google Analytics, custom analytics, Google Calendar, and Evernote (Y’all know how I love Evernote!) – making it super easy to track your links, your page views, and more to help you really understand what content is successful, what your audience responds to, and where you need to focus to reach and connect with your tribe, fully.

Integrating with Google Calendar makes things really clear for me.  I have quite a few different calendars, color coded, and I can see my posts, and social media strategy, right next to my appointments, work schedule, client meetings, coaching sessions, family time and more.  I was surprised that by laying it all out visually, I actually was inspired by different ideas for topics and blog posts which is something every writer struggles with and I’m always looking for new ways to inspire the creativity and find topics relevant to my clients and prospective clients, readers, and tribe.

I really appreciate a good WordPress tool.  They’re are different tiers for what you need, start for as little as $19 a month.  Even less if you help to promote (which I totally did).  No contracts, cancel at any time.  I just love it.

Check out the video and go set up an account.  Let me know what you think, or if you have even more inspiring ideas to share!

All opinions are my own.

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Hudson at Waterway East

Last week I took a trip to Delray to see my mother. I was road tripping with my son who is going to stay with his grandmother for a while and we were looking forward to the trip.  Google maps said it was 257 miles and I was a little apprehensive about driving so far, through areas I’d never been.  I abhor traffic.  Like, road rage abhor and I was a little worried.  Turns out I was worried for nothing, the ride was a breeze and we made it in about 3.5 hours with one pit stop. When we got there, we were starving, a little road weary and very, very thirsty.  My mother had planned to take us to her favorite restaurant, but when we called to make reservations, the message on the voice mail said that they were no longer in business.  Not sure where else she should take us, I suggested that there had to be something on the water and I’d love to sit by some salt water for a bit. We drove down to the beach and found a spot that looked very promising.

Hudson at Waterway East

A beautiful place, large, airy, beautiful wood bar – and a gorgeous deck with a beautiful view.  I would have loved to sit outside, but it was almost 100 degrees and the air conditioning felt too good to leave.

Our server, Amanda, was delightful, very friendly, funny, and willing to answer my 80 million questions.  The menu wasn’t very big, but there were quite a few really interesting choices.  Apparently, the executive chef is the Season 9 winner of Hell’s Kitchen, but I don’t watch that show, so I have no idea who he is.  I do, however, know that he’s a very talented, creative chef and there’s a delightful quirkiness to his food, as well as a great sense of humor.

I had the Mahi Fish Tacos (I’m obsessed with fish tacos), napa cabbage slaw · sriracha lime emulsion · pommes frites.  My only complaint was that the slaw was really just dry cabbage with avocado, I would have loved it if the lime sriracha had been tossed in there as well, but I removed a lot of the cabbage, squirted the lime and it was delicious.  The fish was fresh and firm and the Sriracha lime emulsion was delicious!!  The pommes frites were perfect!


My son chose the French Dip which was outstanding.  The bread was the perfect blend of toasted, yet tender and it was piled high with ribeye · caramelized onions · provolone · pommes frites, served with a yummy au jus.


My mother went for the Hudson Burger which was out of this world.  Caramelized onion marmalade · fontina · applewood smoked bacon · lime & black pepper pommes frites – easily one of the most delicious burgers I have ever tried.


And the view!




Travis and his Grandma

We will definitely be back!

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Easy Cucumber Salad

I love a good easy cucumber salad!

Turns out I’m not the only one.  I made this for a potluck recently and it was delicious! Super easy, easiest salad, ever, I might say.  I think the trick is really to shave the ingredients with a mandolin, making them super thin.

  • 2 English cucumbers sliced very thin
  • 1 med. red onion – peeled and sliced very thin
  • 1/2 rice vinegar
  • 2 T. honey
  • salt & pepper to taste

In a large covered bowl, add the rice vinegar, honey and some salt and pepper, whisk until well combined.

Add the cucumber and onion, toss very gently to combine. Chill for at least an hour.  This travels well and holds up for at least a couple of days.


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Seven of My Favorite Pasta Recipes

We love pasta.  Who doesn’t?  Over the years I’ve made lots and lots of pasta dishes and they’re so good, so satisfying, that I thought I’d revisit some of them here.

Seven Of My Favorite Pasta Recipes

Ravioli with a Quick Tomato Sauce, Spinach and Mushrooms



Linguine with Roasted Asparagus and Tomatoes


Penne with Broccoli and Peppers in a Garlic Creme Sauce



Penne with Spicy Sausage, Roasted Peppers and Sun Dried Tomatoes in a Goat Cheese Balsamic Sauce


Linguine with Broccoli, Asparagus and Pomegranate in Citrus Sauce


Seared Scallops over Penne with Garlic, Parsley and Lemon


Fettucine with Eggplant and Capers in Tomato Sauce



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Chopped Summer Salad

Who doesn’t love a chopped salad? And with the surprising sweetness of watermelon thrown in, this was perfect!  Made a ton and it kept very well for a couple of days.

Chopped Summer Salad with Creamy Lime Dressing

  • 1 small seedless watermelon, peeled and chopped small
  • 4 avocados, peeled, seeded, chopped small
  • 1 2 lb. bag of frozen corn, thawed
  • 2 english cucumbers, chopped
  • 1 16 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 bunch Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
  • 1.5 hearts of Romaine Hearts, chopped

Combine all the above in a large container.



For the dressing:

  • 2 cups yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 T. mayo
  • the juice of one lime
  • 4 T. heavy cream (more or less)
  • slat and pepper to taste

Whisk everything but the heavy cream together.  Slowly add the cream and whisk until the dressing has a pourable consistency.



Pour over salad and gently toss to combine.  Refrigerate for at least an hour. Serve. Salt and pepper to taste.


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