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Fondant Potatoes

Fondant Potatoes are not a new thing, but they are rarely seen or discussed and I am not sure why.  They are SO easy and SO delicious! I honestly forget to make these fabulous little delights because I am always trying to find new amazing ways to make the same damn thing-potatoes:) But, the other night I was digging through the bare fridge and pantry (yes I too hate going to grocery store sometimes) and I found 2 sad looking russet potatoes, some butter (I will never not have butter), garlic (same thing-never not have it), left over chicken stock and rosemary (I have a huge plant of rosemary-I could bathe in it I love the smell so much). I pulled out my trusty cast iron skillet and created these to die for potatoes!

Ok, lets discuss cast iron skillets.  You MUST own a cast iron skillet! Stop what you are doing and go buy one!  I know this sounds old fashioned and silly, but you will be able to pass down a good cast iron skillet […]

2019-02-08T17:39:52+00:00February 8th, 2019|Sides|0 Comments

French Onion Dip

Here is another great dip to serve or take to a Super Bowl Party.  French Onion Dip is a take on the classic onion dip you get at the grocery store that comes in the tub.  But like my husband said, “this tastes fresher and less salty”. It so good and everyone will love it.  The only downside about this recipe is it really needs to sit for a few hours in the fridge before you serve it so the flavors meld.  But, if you don’t have time it is still delicious.

Now, if you have ever caramelized onions you know how intoxicating the smell is.  It makes the whole house smell amazing and I can promise you that anyone that is in the house is going to come running to the kitchen asking what you are making.  Tell them to wait because I promise this dip is worth the wait!

A couple notes on caramelizing onions-

1-Slice your onions about 1/8″-1/4″ thick.  Too thin and they will burn

2-Keep your heat at medium low. You are not sautéing the onions […]

2019-01-30T19:45:35+00:00January 30th, 2019|Starters|0 Comments

Beef Enchilada Dip

It’s SUPER BOWL time!  Thank GOD! I am so tired of football. With three boys we have a game on ALL weekend, every weekend from September to February.  And since my husband is an Eagles fan it has been an even longer 2 years. So, I am excited for Sunday to get here:) I’m not excited for the game, is anyone, but I am excited for the food and for football to be over so we can watch basketball or golf, ugh.

Now we all know that people throw Super Bowl parties so that everyone can cheat on their new year diet, right? The food is always so fabulous and so not diet! Here is a dip that I have served or taken to a party for the past few years-Beef Enchilada Dip! It is SO delicious and one of those dips that you can’t stop eating even though you know you need to:)

And if you have any left over (which you won’t) you can warm up a tortilla and scoop some of this dip into it and […]

2019-01-30T18:18:53+00:00January 30th, 2019|Starters|0 Comments

Pork Medallions with Herb Cream Sauce

Pork Medallions with Herb Cream Sauce sounds really fancy and difficult but I promise you its not hard or time consuming.  Have I ever steered you wrong?? I see all these recipes and read all the magazines that promise that this recipe won’t take long to make and then I read through the recipe and find that it needs an hour of marinating or 6 hours in the crock pot or takes 35 minutes to come to pressure and THEN it only takes 10 minutes to cook a roast…  Well, in my book quick means quick. I need a recipe that I can open my fridge, cook and have the food on the table in 30 minutes! This is one of those recipes and it is SO delicious!  Now I know it has cream in it, OH MY GAWD!  But…. I serve only 2 medallions for each person along with a huge salad and a steamed veggie.  I understand that it is not a grilled chicken breast, but I have boys and they need more than salmon […]

2019-01-29T17:26:29+00:00January 29th, 2019|Meats & Fish|0 Comments

Roasted Garlic

Roasting garlic is one of those things in life that you just need to know how to do! It is so easy and makes such a difference in recipes. Oh and it will make your house smell amazing!

I tend to roast a head of garlic if I have my oven on for another recipe.  Just wrap a head of garlic in foil and place in the oven along side whatever you are already making and in 40 minutes you have the most amazing caramelized, sweet, savory goodness. Spread it on a crusty baguette or add it to a vinaigrette or mash it into homemade hummus or stir it in to mashed potatoes….there are a million uses for this delicious treat.  Last night I was making an oven roasted steak and when I pulled the steak out of the oven and put it on a plate to rest I added the roasted garlic to the roasting pan with some butter and then drizzled it over the steak, uh yum!!!!

You can make this on a weekend […]

2019-01-28T18:38:25+00:00January 28th, 2019|Starters|0 Comments

Instant Pot Senate Bean Soup

Yes here is another Instant Pot recipe!! I’m just as shocked as you are that I have been using it.  I have found that I really like the IP for soups, rice and a few meat dishes that would other wise take me hours to make.  I am still not going to use it for all my meats only because I don’t love shredded meats except for a few recipes.  And I am not going to use it for recipes that I can make in the same amount of time on my stove or oven-whats the point?  But, I can promise you that if I post a recipe on here it has been tested, tested, tested and family approved and trust me my little one hates EVERYTHING! So if I post it that means that the beast ate it:)

I’m sure you have all been in the US Senate dining room, right? No of course not, neither have I, so I cannot testify to how this compares to the original, but I have done a lot of research […]

2019-01-24T20:34:51+00:00January 24th, 2019|Soups & Salads|2 Comments

Instant Pot Meyer Lemon Risotto

I know, I know I have said I am not a fan of the Instant Pot and in general I am not.  I just don’t love shredded meat (occasionally in tacos) or using the Instant Pot when I can make the same thing on the stove in the same amount of time.  BUT, I have been working to find recipes that do take advantage of the time saving aspect of the IP. One of those recipes is risotto.  If you have ever made risotto you know what a pain in the butt it is-you have to stand right next to the stove and stir and stir and stir…. Now if you are sous chef and have time to do this great, but I am a mom and I am being pulled in a million different directions and I don’t have the time or desire to stand next to a pot and stir to make essentially rice:). I say “rice”, but if you have ever had really good risotto then you know how amazing and luxurious it is.

So….how […]

2020-03-29T23:05:10+00:00January 20th, 2019|Starters, Sides|0 Comments

Garlic Butter Roasted Salmon in Foil

This is one of the most requested dinners in my house. My youngest son LOVES fish and inhales this every time I make it.  And I love that he loves it!  As a growing teenager salmon is such a great food for him to eat-pure protein! And when I make this he rarely eats a second dinner of cheerios because he is so full from the first dinner.

Roasted Salmon in Foil is one of the EASIEST dinners you can make.  I timed myself and it took 18 min from start to finish! I serve it with steamed green beans or asparagus or rice. […]

2019-05-08T00:32:22+00:00January 16th, 2019|Meats & Fish|0 Comments

Blood Orange and Rosemary Chicken


What are blood oranges?? They are a variety of citrus originated in the Southern Mediterranean with a slight raspberry flavor. They are a natural mutation of the orange where the flesh turns crimson only with the cool temperatures of the night during the fall and winter months. In America the blood orange season is December-March in Texas and November-May in California. I love cooking with blood oranges when they are in season, but this recipe for Blood Orange and Rosemary Chicken is just as delicious with regular oranges.

When developing this recipe I wanted more of a savory/herby dish than the typical Chinese Orange Chicken that is sticky, sweet and tart. I used a little honey but only to make the sauce a bit thicker.  I am not a fan of sweet with my main dishes.

Another note-I used boneless/skinless chicken thighs (I can’t find boneless thighs with skin on) instead of chicken breasts because the breasts dry out, but if you prefer white meat then by all means use breasts just watch the cooking time so they don’t dry […]

2019-01-16T20:33:55+00:00January 16th, 2019|Meats & Fish|0 Comments

Pancetta Stuffed Pork Chops

The holidays are a time of indulgence and celebration and I try to carve out a couple days a week during this busy season to have a family dinners.  I want the dinners to be special and delicious, but I am always so exhausted during December that the recipe must be easy!  This Pancetta Stuffed Pork Chop is very fancy, but is really easy.  There is no sauce needed and that cuts down on the kitchen time.  Start to finish including baking time (read sit down and have a glass of wine time) is about 55 minutes.

I bought my chops at Trader Joes and they were “frenched”, which means the bone was left on the chop and it was cleaned.  It just makes for a pretty presentation, but not necessary.  You can do it yourself with a paring knife if you can’t find it already done or you can just buy chops without the bone. You just want thick cut chops so that you can stuff them.  And speaking of stuffing it is very easy to cut […]

2018-12-18T16:48:06+00:00December 18th, 2018|Meats & Fish|0 Comments

Cheese Straws

“What can I bring?” is what I find myself asking all throughout the holidays. And the response is “Anything is fine”, ugh what does that mean? You know the host will have a cheese tray and a charcuterie board so what can you bring that is quick, easy, homemade and delicious? These cheese straws are ALWAYS a hit.  They are typically a southern nibble, but no matter where you live people will love these. They just go so good with a glass of bubbly, wine, beer, coke, water, milk…:) honestly anything.

These take about 15 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to cook and have 6 ingredients that I am sure you have lying around your pantry and fridge. And I am almost positive you have a fork and pizza cutter.  The only thing you might not have is a rolling pin and if you don’t have one of those then use a drinking glass to roll out the dough-problem solved!

Another note-this recipe only calls for 1/4 teaspoon cayenne to just give it a hint of spice, but […]

2018-12-05T16:47:14+00:00December 5th, 2018|Starters|0 Comments

Winter Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

Casserole! That word is rarely spoken in our house because my husband hates them! And generally I don’t love them because they are always made with condensed soup-ick!!!!  But, I do love the ease of making casseroles and the clean up after dinner. So, I have come up with a casserole that everyone will eat.  It uses winter vegetables and a sauce that is very easy that makes this recipe creamy and rich. I call it Winter Chicken and Rice Casserole-original, right?, lol!

Another thing I like about the recipe is that once it is in the oven you can clean up the kitchen and then after dinner all you have to do is put the plates and cups in the dishwasher and you are done!  There really is nothing worse than eating a delicious dinner only to have a kitchen to clean up after. So this makes a perfect weeknight dinner!

A couple tricks to make this even easier- pre-cut brussels sprouts, pre-sliced mushrooms, pre-cooked wild rice, pre-cut sweet potatoes.  The grocery store has so many short cuts […]

2018-12-03T15:47:56+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Meats & Fish|0 Comments

Chicken Paillard with Pear and Aruglua

Its December and that means a packed schedule of parties, happy hours, brunches, school performances….and lots of yummy high calorie treats, dinners and cocktails. Just go ahead and book your trainer now for January-it takes away a bit of the guilt.  But, if your house is like mine the kids still want to eat even if I have a party to go to and I have to feed them something other and Chic Fil A and Canes-right?  And there are times throughout the holiday season that I just want a quiet dinner at home which means I have to make something as good as Chic Fil A and Canes.  This recipe for Chicken Paillard with Pears and Arugula is DELICIOUS! It is so easy, quick and light and your kids will eat it because it is tangy and salty and sweet.  I adapted this recipe from Tyler Florence- a chef I LOVE.  His recipes are always easy and just “normal”. Nothing fancy, but always tastes fancy.

Paillard just means pounded […]

2018-12-01T20:30:58+00:00December 1st, 2018|Meats & Fish|4 Comments

Rosemary Nuts

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas…. just kidding its only the first of November, but there is already Christmas music on the radio and every store is decked out!  Its still 80 degrees here in Texas so it makes it hard to think of Santa right now not to mention that Thanksgiving hasn’t even happened!!!  I  don’t know about you, but it kinda pisses me off that we just skip over Thanksgiving, grrr.  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday-the food, the friends, the family and the lack of gift shopping.  Its just such a relaxed holiday and I just love it! I guess I should get started on  my menu:)

Ok off my soap box…. since it is the beginning of the holiday season we are all crazy busy and there seems to be a party or get together every other night and everyone says to bring something- “Just bring something small”.  What are you supposed to bring??? Well, stock up on mid priced wine to take and make a huge batch of these Rosemary Nuts to […]

2018-11-06T19:10:55+00:00November 6th, 2018|Starters|2 Comments

Instant Pot Korean Beef

Ok, Ok, Ok I know I have said I am not a huge fan of slow cookers and instant pots and for the most part I am not, but I have been playing around with the Instant Pot and have come up with a few recipe that are really delicious.  This recipe for Korean Beef is so fast and is so good! It took me about 40 minutes from start to finish with only 10 of those minutes being hands on. So you can get these ingredients into the pot and then go do a few other things or just sit your butt down and have a glass of wine.

My family loves this dish and have asked for several times since I first served it.  I have a few people in the family that don’t love spicy food so I kept the spice down and just served Sriracha on the side for my son who likes is SPICY! I serve this over Jasmine rice, but you can serve over lo Mein noodles or rice noodles or brown […]

2018-10-01T20:22:28+00:00October 1st, 2018|Meats & Fish|0 Comments

Unstuffed Bell Peppers

Keeping with the theme that life is crazy ass busy right now I have put together another one-pot dinner.  Its the Unstuffed Bell Pepper and it is so good! It is even easier if you use all the amazing short cuts the grocery store offers now. Items like pre-cooked rice, pre-chopped garlic and pre-chopped parsley make this recipe even easier. You can whip this up in about 30 minutes from start to finish and your family will love it! It tastes just like the traditional stuffed and baked bell peppers without having to bake them for 45 minutes.

You can obviously substitute the ground turkey for beef and you can use white rice if you prefer.  I just like the chew of brown rice and plus it has a bit more nutritional value. Serve this with a side salad and dinner is served!
Enjoy!

Unstuffed Bell Peppers

All the ingredients and flavors of a stuffed bell pepper come together in this one-pot meal.  It is quick […]

2020-01-09T16:35:12+00:00September 26th, 2018|Meats & Fish|0 Comments

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

Casserole! That is either a comforting word or a word that brings up memories of church suppers with dishes all made with cream of mushroom soup. I am not opposed to canned items like tomatoes, chilies, beans… but I avoid at all costs the cream of ______ soup cans.  They are just gross to me, but I do love a lot of the dishes that are made with those cans of cream of ______ soup. So, I decided to come up with a recipe for a classic Chicken and Rice Casserole that does not use those icky soups.

This recipe is one of those that you can make in advance and either keep it in the fridge for 2-3 days until you are ready to bake it or you can keep it in the freezer for up to a month.  If you do decide to freeze it I suggest lining the dish with foil then transferring the uncooked mixture (this recipe uses cooked chicken so it safe to freeze) to the foil lined casserole dish then freezing the […]

2018-09-17T23:36:15+00:00September 17th, 2018|Meats & Fish|0 Comments

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Whipped Goat Cheese

 

Your friend says bring an appetizer to a party and you think what can I go buy? But, store bought vs homemade is just not comparable. Homemade is so much better and so much more appreciated by the host. If you have the time try this Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Whipped Goat Cheese Dip. My good friend Allison gave me this recipe and I have made it about 15 times and every time people just love it! This recipe is not quick, but its easy and so delicious and kind of a conversation piece on the buffet.  It is very dramatic and your guests will love it.  You can also serve this as a side dish along grilled chicken or oven roasted salmon and if you have any left overs you can put it in a blender with some milk and make a quick cauliflower soup.

Give it a try and let me know your thoughts!

Enjoy!

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Whipped Goat Cheese Dip

A dramatic […]

2018-09-17T18:52:12+00:00September 17th, 2018|Starters, Sides|0 Comments

Artichoke and Green Chili Dip

Its football season! Lord help me!!  When football season starts that means it is on EVERYDAY of the week-seriously I have no idea how they can play that many games, but they do. I really enjoy watching college ball, but I HATE pro-football-too many politics and too many rules, but, since I married a guy from the north-east that means college ball gets put on the back burner and pro takes over. And, my husband has done a great job of indoctrinating my three boys to love the Eagles and living in Dallas that is not all that popular:), especially since my Dad is a Cowboy fan!

Anyway, what makes watching so fun?  Its the food, drink and friends that rotates around the big screen. I made this delicious Artichoke and Green Chili Dip the other day and it lasted about 7 minutes when I put it out on the table. Its cheesy, salty, tangy, spicy-all things you want in a dip! Its the traditional artichoke dip but adds a nice Texas flare with the green chilies. It […]

2018-09-17T20:00:41+00:00September 17th, 2018|Starters|0 Comments

One Pot Creamy Pasta with Italian Sausage

I still can’t figure out why the first of the school year is so crazy busy.  Its not as if I haven’t done this for years and years and years, but every year I feel like I am running around with my hair on fire in Sept trying to get my to-do list done before my employers get home from school. Because once they get home the real work starts with driving all over town, appointments to get to, yelling, cooking dinner, yelling, helping with homework, yelling, bedtime… so what I need is EASY dinners to get on the table in a short amount of time. And I need to be able to make dinner and still drink my glass of wine so it better be simple.  This recipe for One Pot Creamy Pasta with Italian Sausage is just that-SIMPLE. Serve this with a side salad and some fresh bread and dinner is served! And the best part is you only use ONE POT so clean up is quick.

Use a large deep pot with a lid for […]

2020-10-02T14:43:06+00:00September 13th, 2018|Pasta|0 Comments

Easy Beef Taco Skillet Dinner

Beef Taco Skillet Dinner is one of those recipes to keep in your back pocket for one of those days when the shit has hit the fan but the people in your house still need to eat! It is easy, comforting, hearty and delicious.  My in-home taste tester scarfed the whole plate down. This is rare-he hates everything so if the 13 year old likes it you know its good!

You can make this entire dinner in one skillet which makes clean up a breeze and is an added bonus for those nights when you are too tired to clean 5 pans. This recipe is also one that you most likely have all the ingredients in your panty or fridge.  So go rummage or stock up when you are at the grocery and you will be able to pull this together in 20 minutes!

Also, a quick nag for all you crazy busy families-take 10 minutes on Sunday night to make a rough weekly meal plan.  I  have the template on the right side of the blog. Just print it […]

2020-10-30T20:47:21+00:00September 11th, 2018|Meats & Fish|0 Comments

Chicken Lombardy

Since beef is now the devil’s food I have been trying to cook less red meat and more chicken, fish, salads and even vegetarian, gasp!  But, chicken can be very bland and way over served so how to we make it delicious and craveable? That’s right, put a crap ton of cheese on it with a savory rich sauce! This Chicken Lombardy is not in anyway a “healthy” recipe, but it is so good and sometimes we just need a decadent dinner to reward our selves for making it though traffic, carpools, tantrums, homework, teenagers… and this dish avoids the devil’s food, BEEF.  We will serve that tomorrow night 🙂

Chicken Lombardy is a classic recipe that has been around forever.  It is easy to pull together but looks very fancy. Basically this is using the same technique that I use in a lot of my recipes which is to sear the meat, create a sauce with pan drippings and bake in oven.  When I teach my cooking classes I try to pass along TECHNIQUES because all that […]

2018-09-10T19:12:55+00:00September 10th, 2018|Meats & Fish|0 Comments

Oven Baked Orange Chicken

It’s that time of year again-the start of school! I really cannot believe that its already September. I do have to say I love this time of year though with the newness of everything. The new teachers (read- trying to figure out how to login to their cute websites with ridiculous passwords and dealing with hours of homework) the new teams and coaches (read- the endless streams of tears because your kid didn’t make the “A” team or the coach is an insensitive jerk and makes 12 year olds run 6 miles), the new fall wardrobe (read- I cannot fit into anything because I was in vacation mode for 3 months and ate anything I wanted) or the new dinnertime routine (read-WHAT THE HELL AM I GOING TO MAKE FOR DINNER) Just kidding!!!  Kinda… but really I do love the Fall.  The weather finally starts to cool down and the trees begin to turn colors and the yummy fall comfort dishes are on the table!

So… you ask, WHAT THE HELL AM I GOING TO MAKE FOR DINNER?? […]

2018-09-02T21:36:04+00:00September 2nd, 2018|Meats & Fish|0 Comments

Mexican Casserole

I realize that Cinco de Mayo was last week, but here in Texas we eat Mexican food every week! It is just a staple in almost every household.  Whether it is tacos, tortilla soup, enchiladas, fajitas, nachos…. I promise every Texas family is eating something Tex-Mex related every week. And don’t forget the margaritas-those are a Friday night must have with a bowl of chips and hot sauce (yes that is what we call salsa)! But, during the week I try to shake it up a bit and this recipe for Mexican Casserole is a winner and requested often.  Even though my husband HATES casseroles he likes this one-go figure! It has all the traditional Tex-Mex flavors but is super easy to pull together and gets you out of the taco rut I know you are in.

I make this with ground beef, but you can leave it out and make it vegetarian or you can substitute grilled or shredded chicken or even ground turkey. This recipe is just a guideline.  Make it your own. Serve it hot […]

2018-05-07T22:35:24+00:00May 7th, 2018|Meats & Fish|0 Comments

Mint Julep

Well, its that time of year!  The Kentucky Derby is this weekend and it is a sporting event unlike any other, drawing a crowd of 150,000 spectators since 1875.  It is bucket list event that you want to attend at some point. The hats, clothes, food, drinks, horses are a sight to be seen. And the traditional drink served at the Derby is the classic Bourbon Mint Julep.

The Mint Julep is a Southern cocktail that is served in a silver or metal cup to keep the drink ice cold during the hot months in the deep South. It has been a staple at the Kentucky Derby for over a century. Every year there are over 120,000 mint juleps served at Churchill Downs over a two day period! That requires 10,000 bottles of the ready to serve cocktail, 1,000 pounds of fresh mint and 60,000 pounds of ice. Needless to say the Mint Julep is a very well loved cocktail.

So if you are not attending the big weekend in Kentucky  you can still break out your big hat […]

2018-05-03T20:16:09+00:00May 3rd, 2018|Starters|0 Comments

Roasted Broccoli

Awe the lonely side dish. We all get so focused on the main course that we forget about the side dish. And frankly who has the time to prepare a main course and a fancy side dish?  Well, my approach is during the week I keep my side dishes EASY! I steam green beans, blanch asparagus or roast broccoli. All of these take about 5-10 minutes to prepare.  Add a side salad out of a bag and you are good to go for dinner!

My family loves this roasted broccoli recipe and I make it often since broccoli is pretty much “in season” all year round. Make a double batch and save the extra in the fridge to add to omelets in the morning or serve along side a grilled chicken breast for lunch.  Now I realize that in the hot summer months you don’t want to want to heat up your kitchen by using the oven, but this takes only about 10 minutes so your oven won’t be on long and roasting gives the veggies such a […]

2018-04-27T17:14:02+00:00April 27th, 2018|Sides|0 Comments

Shredded Chicken Tacos


If you are like me when April rolls around I am out of ideas for dinner and out of energy. I mean 6th grade math is a killer and I am so ready to get to summer!  But like I told my freshman the other day, you have to finish strong or it doesn’t count so here goes to the finish line!!!!! I have my cheerleader pom poms ready and we are going to make it through to the finish line!  So here is a no brainer, quick, family friendly dinner-Shredded Tacos! They have become one of my go-to dinners to make during the week when I am really out of time and energy-like after studying for a math test or finishing one of those ridiculous “science” projects (note to teachers-boys HATE those projects and Mom ends up doing them so please limit them to 1 a year, please). Anyway, this is quick and I always have all the ingredients in my fridge and pantry. AND….I can make it and leave it on the stove over low […]

2018-04-19T15:14:36+00:00April 19th, 2018|Meats & Fish|0 Comments

Quick Refried Beans

Refried Beans 2
You can’t have Mexican food without refried beans. Here in Texas, Mexican food is a staple food that most people eat at least once a week, if not more.  Now don’t confuse Cal-Mex with Tex-Mex.  There is a big difference.  In Texas it is an indulgence-we use a lot of beef, cheddar cheese and pinto beans or refried beans.  With every dish you order at a restaurant you will get a side of refried beans unless you ask otherwise.  And they are SO good, but they are SO high calorie.  I have come up with a recipe that is super easy and quick but is also a bit more healthy.  I won’t say diet food, but it is not made with lard like most refried beans recipes.

I make these beans whenever I make enchiladas, fajitas or tacos and the kids love them.  They are cheesy and smoky and a bit spicy. And if you have a picky eater you can use these beans and whip up a bean and cheese soft taco-that is my youngest […]

2020-05-11T17:20:50+00:00April 19th, 2018|Sides|0 Comments

Pan Seared Lamb Loin Chops with Garlic Mushroom Sauce

Oh my Lord I think Spring is here-finally! The weather is warming up and the sun is shining and my kids want OUT of school! We are to the point that we are marking off the days until summer and we are between 27 and 31 days depending on which of the three schools my kids are in.  And I can tell you the boy with 31 days and finals is not happy.  Since there are so few days left of school that means we don’t have that many days left of family dinners. And that makes me so sad.  I truly love and look forward to family dinners during the school year.  The summers just get crazy and everyone is going in a million directions and it is really hard to make a teenager sit down and eat with the family when Whataburger is calling. So I am cherishing every dinner we have left and making really good food to entice them such as Pan Seared Lamb Loin Chops with Garlic Mushroom Sauce.

This lamb recipe is […]

2018-04-19T13:25:34+00:00April 17th, 2018|Meats & Fish|0 Comments

Lightened Up Spring Pasta Alfredo

I love pasta!  I know it is the devil’s food, but I just love it!  It is my go-to when I don’t want to cook or when I am home alone because the boys are off hunting or when I’m sick.  Pasta just makes everything better. And it is SO easy to make! Lightened Up Spring Pasta Alfredo is no exception and it is not as heavy as spaghetti and meatballs or manicotti so you can still fit into your swimsuit come July-God I hate swimsuit season!!!! If I have to choose between eating pasta and wearing a caftan in 100 degrees or not eating pasta and sitting in a bikini I will choose pasta:) I mean really how many days do you sit around in a bikini? Go for the pasta, ha! I hear caftans are light and airy.

This recipe is a traditional pasta alfredo sauce, lightened up, but if you want to go even more healthy you can make this pasta with my Skinny Alfredo Sauce and it will be just as delicious.  I normally […]

2018-04-11T17:33:49+00:00April 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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