Chef Laura’s Favorite Pie Crust Recipes

Is there anything better than pie? Doubtful. But as important as the filling of any pie, the pie crust can also make or break a pie. Different fillings and cooking methods call for different types of pie crusts. Below I have included a basic guide to using the different crusts and my favorite recipes for…

July & August 2021 Drink Pairings

Celebrate summer with Chef Laura’s latest drink pairings! Are you entertaining or having a date night at home? Take your meal up a notch with these fabulous suggestions from Chef Laura! July Menu Items   Catalina Shrimp Tacos with Cheese Suggested Pairing: Margarita Nothing screams summer like tacos and a margarita! Our Catalina shrimp tacos…

Chef Laura’s Summer Grilling Tips

Summer is here, which means it’s officially grilling season! I included nine delicious, grill-ready recipes on this month’s menu so that you and your family could take dinnertime outside this summer. Fire up the grill and soak up summertime while enjoying some of my personal grill-ready favorites like our brand-new dish, the Summer Mexican Chicken…

Freezer to Table: Tips & Tricks for Thawing Dream Dinners Meals

It’s 5:00pm, and you just realized that no meals are thawed for dinner. Don’t panic; it’s happened to all of us, and we have some great tips for safely and quickly thawing frozen food! Once tonight’s dinner is taken care of, keep scrolling in this blog post for tips to help you in the future,…

Air Fryer: Toasted Sesame Chicken with Sweet Chili Sauce

Air Fryer Cooking Instructions Thaw in the refrigerator. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F and lightly spray the basket with oil. Remove chicken breast from buttermilk, place in sesame seed breadcrumb mixture, and toss to coat. Add coated chicken to air fryer basket and cook for 8 minutes per side, flipping halfway through. Spray top…

May & June 2021 Drink Pairings

Savor spring with Chef Laura’s latest drink pairings! These flavorful dishes and tasty pairings are perfect for celebrations like grad parties and Father’s Day or for sharing at a cookout. Take your meal up a notch with these fabulous suggestions from Chef Laura! May Menu Items Springtime Risotto with Shrimp and Asparagus Suggested Pairing: Sauvignon…

Air Fryer: Sticky Ginger Turkey Meatballs over Fried Rice

Air Fryer Cooking Instructions Thaw in the refrigerator. Preheat the air fryer to 375°F and lightly spray the basket with oil. In a saucepot, add rice and 2 1/4 cup water. Bring to boil, stir once, cover, and cook on low heat for 20-25 minutes—fluff with a fork. Evenly spread the cooked rice on a…

Air Fryer: Parmesan Herb Crusted Chicken with Lemon Garlic Green Beans

Air Fryer Cooking Instructions Thaw in the refrigerator. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F and lightly spray the basket with oil. Place chicken breasts in the bag of seasoned breading, toss to coat both sides. Press mixture into sides. When the air fryer is ready, place chicken breasts into the prepared basket and spritz the…

Air Fryer: Nashville “Hot as You Like It” Chicken

Air Fryer Cooking Instructions Thaw in the refrigerator. Preheat air fryer to 375°F and light spray basket with oil. Add the desired amount of cayenne pepper to the dredging mixture (Hot – 1 tsp, Medium – 1/2 tsp, Mild – no cayenne.) Remove chicken breasts from buttermilk, add to bag with dredging mixture, seal bag,…

Instant Pot: Shredded Beef Chile Colorado with Tortillas

Instant Pot Cooking Instructions Thaw in the refrigerator. Add 1/2 cup of water to seasoned enchilada sauce bag, massage to combine. Add steak to Instant Pot and pour the sauce over the top. Set Instant Pot to HIGH and cook for 28 minutes. Leave on natural release for 5 minutes and then manually release any…

Spring Snacktivities with Chef Laura

Hooray for spring and the bounty of fresh veggies and fruits that come with it! In fact, we want to make the seasonal harvest the star of our “snacktivities” and get our kids in the kitchen this spring. Fruit and Veggie Art I know everyone says, “Don’t play with your food,” but at Dream Dinners,…

Air Fryer: Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops

Air Fryer Cooking Instructions Thaw in the refrigerator. Preheat air fryer to 400°F and light spray basket with oil. Place pork chops in the bag of seasoned panko, toss to coat both sides. Press the mixture into both sides of the pork chop to cover them entirely. When the air fryer is ready, place pork…