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Cod with Sweet Potato and Leek Hash over Polenta

Cod with Sweet Potato and Leek Hash Over Polenta

It’s Spring, I think-some days we have sun and other days we have rain and ice.  I am hoping since it is mid-March we are headed towards beautiful spring days.  When Spring arrives everyone starts to think of fresh vegetables, fruits, salads, fish and generally eating lighter.  I have said this before, but my family does not love fish.  They don’t hate it, but they don’t love it. So I have to work hard to find fish dishes that are tasty and easy.  Cod, Halibut, Sea Bass and Tuna are all great choices for fish that is not too fishy.  They are flaky white fish that cook easily and can be thrown in the oven for even easier preparation. Cod with Sweet Potato and Leek Hash sounds very fancy but it is really pretty easy and your family will love it.

I don’t know about you, but I think cooking fish seems a bit daunting and I am not sure why, but its scary!  I am afraid that I am going […]

2018-04-03T16:46:04+00:00March 19th, 2018|Meats & Fish|0 Comments

Rosemary Chicken Lasagna

Hi!  I’m back!  I was offline for awhile, but for a good reason-I was updating my site.  I hope you like the new look!

So, for my first recipe I’d like to share with you a good ole’ comfort food dish.  I feel like I need some comfort with the stress of the new year and all those damn cleanses and diets, insane politics, insane people, sports/grades and last but not least the WEATHER- What the hell???  The weather has been so crummy lately and frankly I am sick of it! I have been traveling all over the country this past month and I can tell you the only place that has nice weather is Scottsdale! I hope they know how good they have it in the winter because Texas, Virgina, New York are awful right now!

Back to the recipe…this is just a variation on traditional lasagna. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE traditional red sauce lasagna, but sometimes you just want a change, but not too much of a change.  I’m not talking about a […]

2018-03-09T04:15:36+00:00March 1st, 2018|Meats & Fish, Pasta|0 Comments

Winter Arugula Salad

Salad, Salad, Salad it is what I am craving right now. Over the holidays we did a lot of eating and while we were in New York City we ate even more, but how can you not eat fabulous food while in NYC?  Next to Paris it is the best eating city in the world, in my opinion.  So needless to say I need to eat some salads, but I think that homemade salads are hard to make.  Why??  Im not sure.  I go out to restaurants and pay $18 for a salad that is just kale, rotisserie chicken with some almonds thrown in there and it seems to taste better.  So, I am on a mission to come up with some delicious salads that are easy, satisfying and filling and this is my first one.

This salad is a great base for any protein or by itself as a light lunch or side dish.  My husband LOVES salmon so I buy a piece for him and throw it on this salad or I will sauté some shrimp or shred a rotisserie […]
2018-03-01T15:13:24+00:00January 11th, 2018|Soups & Salads, Sides|0 Comments

Cowboy Coffee

This is one of my most requested recipes for dinner parties or holidays.  But, it is just as delicious and comforting on a cold winters day.  It is supposed to get really cold and yucky weekend for most of the country so stock up on these ingredients and make this drink and I promise you will not regret it.  It does have alcohol in it, but you can easily leave it out for the kiddos.  My kids love this drink (non alcoholic of course unless I need them to sleep, just kidding) and request that I make it on hunting weekends for them to take in thermoses to keep warm while sitting around for hours in the wet and cold-doesn’t that sound fun? Yeah thats why I stay back at the house while they go “bring home the literal bacon”.

We have a single serving coffee maker, a Jura, that we love, and I know many people have single serve coffee makers as well, but if you are making a large batch of this you need a regular old fashioned coffee maker-nothing fancy. […]
2018-02-15T21:34:14+00:00January 10th, 2018|Starters|0 Comments

Immunity Smoothie

Well the New Year started off with a bang and the FLU! Yes our house got the big ole FLU even with all of us getting our flu shots-those were a waste of money and pain. But, Thank God for Tamiflu! It cut the down time in half and actually protected my little one all together. I will be buying stock in that drug!

So while we were all dying I decided to figure out a healthy smoothie that would feel good our our scratchy throats and be helpful.  After much research I came up this smoothie. It is delicious and provides a big does of Vitamin C.
It takes about 3 minutes to prepare and doesn’t have any weird ingredients that you have to go to the health store to find. Just send out the least sick person of the group to the grocery with a mask on a grab these readily available items.
One note-I suggest investing in a really good blender. It is the appliance I use ALL the time for everything from salad dressings, salsa, smoothies, milkshakes to soups. It is […]
2018-02-17T00:50:50+00:00January 9th, 2018|Breakfast & Brunch|0 Comments

Chopped Detox Salad

Ok its the new year!!!  We made it through the holidays happy and healthy and little bit heavier 🙁 So now its time to get in shape for spring break. I need to shed a few of these pounds because we always go to the beach for spring break because its warm, sunny and we can have a true family break.  When March rolls around we are all in desperate need of a relaxing, calm vacation as a family.  Spring break is one of those holidays I truly cherish and protect. It is an opportunity for us as a family to spend quality time together without distractions or schedules.  Since my boys are now teens 🙁 time with them is more precious now than it has ever been and I do my best to carve out time with all of us together.  These vacations will end soon so for the time being spring break vacation is not an option to miss-sorry school and coaches my kids will miss whatever ridiculous thing/game/tournament scheduled to spend time with family and catch up on sleep.

Back […]
2020-10-27T16:03:28+00:00January 9th, 2018|Soups & Salads, Sides|0 Comments

Black Eyed Peas

Black Eyed Peas 2

New Year’s Eve Day is filled with lots of food traditions.  We normally go over to my parents house where my mom prepares a huge “good luck” meal. One of the most important dishes served is Black Eyed Peas. They are thought to bring prosperity in the new year and who can use some prosperity?

In understand they are a Southern tradition and the way I make mine are in true Southern/Texan fashion with ham hock, jalapeño and Texas Pete Pepper Sauce.
Now, this recipe does take some forethought if you are using dried peas-if you can find fresh (which a lot of stores have fresh in stock right now) you do not need to plan too far in advance.  But, if you are using dried you need to soak the peas in water overnight. So get up and run to the grocery store and grab yourself a bag of peas! You do not want start your new year without black eyed peas!!
This is a simple recipe and I make it year round because my family […]
2019-12-31T17:26:21+00:00December 31st, 2017|Sides|0 Comments

Winter Champagne Cocktail

What cocktail to serve New Year’s Eve?? Champagne is the traditional drink to serve and it just happens to be my favorite drink! I could drink champagne every day of the year and most days I do:)  This past summer we went on a trip to St. Barths with some very dear friends and luckily my friend Amanda loves champagne as much as I  do!  And with St. Barths being French they had every imaginable champagne everywhere (grocery stores, gas stations, airport…) and we drank enough champagne to sink a boat-it was SO fun!
I digress, back to New Year’s Eve and trying to find a drink that everyone will like or at least most will like. This cocktail is so light an refreshing and not sweet.  I see all the time these signature drinks served at parties and the men walk right past them and head to the bar to get the typical Jack and Coke, whiskey on the rocks, vodka tonic or beer. Men don’t like sweet drinks, at least that is my experience down here in Texas. But…, […]
2020-01-03T19:31:15+00:00December 30th, 2017|Starters, Wine|1 Comment

Smokey Little Sausages

We are in the home stretch of this 2017 year and I can’t believe how fast it has gone.  I feel like it was just Halloween and I was scrambling to find candy to pass out and now we are planning New Years Eve? It goes by in a blink doesn’t it?

Well if you are hosting a New years Eve party or lucky enough to be invited to someone’s party you are probably looking things to serve or bring.  Please remember if you are hosting to have PLENTY of food on this night!  There is a lot alcohol consumed and people need food to snack on ALL night.  If your party starts at 7pm then be sure and serve dinner and then plan on serving a second dinner or heavy appetizer round about 11pm. First, you don’t want you guests getting so drunk they ruin the party and second, people will leave if they are hungry and there is no food.
Below is a recipe for THE EASIEST appetizer in the world, I promise! Seriously, a monkey could make this! It goes […]
2018-02-17T00:53:17+00:00December 29th, 2017|Starters|0 Comments

Frozen Eggnog Cocktail

Eggnog is one of those things you either love or hate.  I  love it and my husband hates it which is kinda funny because I really don’t like nutmeg. Have you ever heard a chef say “just grate a little bit of nutmeg on a green vegetable to give it a unique flavor?” Ick! I think that flavor is awful!:) But I love nutmeg in sweet things and eggnog is the most classic of all nutmeg sweets.

During the holidays of course you can serve the typical eggnog drink, but why not kick it up a notch and make it an adult milkshake? This cocktail is super easy and delicious! You can serve it during appetizers, but it is filling so I recommend serving it with dessert or as the dessert.  You can make a pitcher of it and keep it in the freezer until ready to serve.
I use Bourbon, but you can use Brandy, Rum, Whiskey…. whatever you prefer, but I do suggest not using your best liquor since it is going to be blended up with ice cream and eggnog. […]
2018-02-15T21:34:23+00:00December 22nd, 2017|Starters|0 Comments

Eggnog Breakfast Bake

Tis’ the season to eat! It seems like every night there is another event to go to that has more food and drink. Well, we have one more week and then the diet starts!!  So until then you might as well indulge and enjoy the season!

In our house we celebrate Christmas Eve.  We go to church, have a big dinner and open packages so that Christmas Day we can have a lazy, relaxed morning.  I usually make a large breakfast and we sit around and enjoy the much deserved day off!  Now since getting ready for Christmas is a total beat down I don’t usually have a lot of energy on the 25th to host a fabulous party or cook all day so here is my lazy Christmas breakfast dish. I have been making this breakfast casserole for years and it has become a tradition that everyone looks forward to.  It is very decadent and could actually be served as dessert, but we just throw caution to the wind and have it for breakfast.  I will make a large platter of […]
2018-02-15T21:28:11+00:00December 21st, 2017|Breakfast & Brunch|0 Comments

Green Bean Bundles

Finding a side dish that is easy and delicious is not easy:) I started making this recipe years ago when I needed a “fancy” side dish, but had my hands full with babies and needed it to be easy.  This one has been a winner ever since.  I love green beans because they are so versatile and available.  You can find good fresh green beans all year round in every grocery store and that is key to an easy recipe.  If you can’t find the ingredients easily then the recipe is not easy to me.
Every menu needs a green and this is a fabulous green side dish that you can serve warm or at room temperature so it works great for buffets.  It takes about 15 minutes to prepare and about 20 minutes to cook.

Green Bean Bundles

A fancy way to serve green beans. Your family will love these! They look difficult to make, but once you get the hang of wrapping the bacon it […]

2020-12-17T16:46:51+00:00December 19th, 2017|Sides|0 Comments

Sticky Toffee Pudding

This is a very traditional English dessert and there is is reason it is a tradition because it is amazing! Now as most people know, pudding in England or Scotland just means dessert so this is a specific pudding served for Christmas dinner. It is a spongy cake made with sugar, sugar, sugar and dates:) and then it is topped with a rich brandy or scotch toffee syrup. It is truly one of the best parts of Christmas dinner. It is rich, sweet, salty everything you want in a holiday dessert.

You can make this in individual portions using a muffin tin or ramekins or you can make a large cake in a 9″x13″ baking dish or use a bunt cake pan.  This recipe is for individual cakes.  If you choose the other methods you will need to adjust the bake time.
Enjoy!

Sticky Toffee Pudding

A traditional English dessert. Perfect for Christmas dinner!

  • 6 oz. 6 oz chopped and pitted dried dates
  • 1 cup Water
  • 3 Earl Grey tea bags
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1/4 cup Butter, […]
2020-12-17T16:57:26+00:00December 18th, 2017|Desserts|0 Comments

Candied Pecans

When the holidays roll around and you realize the enormous list of people you have to buy for it becomes daunting to think about buying “little” gifts for neighbors, teachers, tutors…. And when you realize this not only are you out of energy, but you are out of money! These pecans are the perfect “little gift” for all those people on your list that you need to give something to, but not much.  

They take about 10 minutes to make and you can whip up a huge batch to cross of a lot of people on your list! You can put them in plastic bags with a bow or in a small gift box with parchment paper or in a mason jar.  They are delicious and all your friends will appreciate a homemade gift. 
Or if you don’t have any friends and just want to make a batch of these for yourself they are delicious:) They will keep for about two weeks in the fridge.
Enjoy and remember to take a few minutes to look around and soak in the beautiful holiday season!

 

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2018-02-15T21:28:11+00:00December 5th, 2017|Starters|0 Comments

Queso Fundido

It the party season and it seems that every night of the week there is a party of some sort to attend.  It is so much fun to see friends and catch up over a cocktail and yummy food and remember that calories don’t count during the month of December:)

This is an amazing dip that everyone will love. I would not suggest serving it a formal dinner or party, but for a casual get together with your book club to celebrate the holidays it is perfect! I also would not suggest taking this to a party if you are asked to bring a dip.  You can if you know the host really well, but the host asked you to bring something to help them, not to give them one more task like heating the oven for your or finding a serving bowl or spoon.  Just be considerate of the host and how crazed they are when throwing a party. 
I hope you enjoy this recipe and send me any questions or thoughts!

 

8-10 oz Chorizo

1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon pickled […]
2018-02-15T21:34:34+00:00December 5th, 2017|Starters|0 Comments

Cream Cheese Filled Pumpkin Bread

Its here!  Thanksgiving week!!! This is my favorite holiday of the year.  There is no stress about buying gifts or sending out cards or hosting parties or buying clothes to go to the parties or remembering the hostess gift….  Its just family, friends and food!  Oh and the weather is perfect!  Not too hot, not too cold, just right. Its cool enough to build a fire and have the wonderful smell of pinion wafting through the house, but not so cold that you can’t go outside and enjoy the fire:) It just the perfect season!  

My older two boys have the entire week off which means I won’t see them until about 1pm everyday, but my younger son has school and he is not happy about it. But, having them all home means I need to cook just a little bit more and one thing I like to have is some kind of breakfast food waiting for them the they wake up even if its 1 in afternoon.  This recipe is so delicious that you an serve it as breakfast […]
2018-02-15T21:28:11+00:00November 20th, 2017|Breakfast & Brunch, Desserts|0 Comments

Spiced Whiskey Cocktail

We all need a cocktail recipe in our back pocket for holiday get-togethers and this one is delicious!  It tastes like a grown up fall apple cider and it goes down very easy:)  You can make a large pitcher of this and just pour over ice when your guests begin to arrive.  I will be serving this before Thanksgiving dinner!

This cocktail does not require a lot of random ingredients that only bartenders have on hand. The ingredients are simple and easy to find in your grocery store.  And, obviously you can serve this all year round, but right now during the fall months you can find the most amazing apple ciders in the stores and they just make this drink event that much better. I found a Honeycrisp Apple Cider-AMAZING on its own and even more amazing with whiskey in it:) 
Enjoy and send me your thoughts and questions!

 

Makes 1 cocktail

4 oz. apple cider
1 oz. carmel syrup (the kind you put in coffee)
1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 
2 oz. whiskey
Pour all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. […]
2018-02-15T21:34:45+00:00November 15th, 2017|Starters|0 Comments

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Ok, so now that you have Thanksgiving dinner covered and breakfast covered you need snacks for guests.  Or you might be asked to bring an appetizer to Thanksgiving dinner or a party. These Buffalo Chicken Meatballs are DELICIOUS!  And they are easy to make, especially if you use a melon baller to help scoop them into perfect balls. 

One piece of advice is to not over cook these!  Chicken is very lean and if you over cook them they will be tough.  In my oven they take about 13 minutes and they are perfect!
Enjoy!  Send thoughts and questions!

 

Makes about 2 dozen

1 1/2lb. ground chicken or turkey
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1 large egg, beaten
1 stick celery, finely minced
2 green onions, green part only, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup Franks Buffalo Wing Sauce-divided
1/4 cup Ranch dressing
1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles 
Preheat oven to 400°
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine chicken, panko bread crumbs, egg, celery, green onions, garlic, paprika, salt, pepper and 2 Tablespoons Franks […]
2018-02-15T21:28:11+00:00November 15th, 2017|Starters|1 Comment

Green Chili Breakfast Casserole

The big meal day is right around the corner and and everyone is looking up recipes and dividing up responsibilities for the Thursday dinner, but everyone forgets about the days leading up to Thanksgiving and the days after.  If you have family and/or friends staying with you for the holidays then you need to feed them!  And they will probably expect to be fed at least once a day:)  Take a couple minutes and try to plan out the days you will have guests.  Plan a breakfast and a dinner at home and a lunch(s) and a dinner out-make your reservations now!

This is a recipe that you can make a couple days ahead of time and just reheat in the oven or microwave when you need it. I normally make this casserole and serve it with fresh fruit and juice or coffee.  Its easy and yummy!  If you like it spicy then use a can of diced jalapeños instead of green chilis.
Enjoy! Send your thoughts and questions!

Green Chili Breakfast Casserole

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2021-02-24T16:32:14+00:00November 15th, 2017|Breakfast & Brunch|0 Comments

Homemade Chicken Stock

Homemade Chicken Stock is not something I make all the time.  My freezer does not look like Martha Stewert’s! But, if I have time I will make a batch and freeze to use later.  The one thing I have learned about frozen chicken stock is that is never thawed when you need it (I think about dinner about 5pm and I need my ingredients ready!), but you can freeze the stock in a way that you can use it quickly.  Pour cooled stock into ice cube trays and once they are frozen cubes just pop them out of the tray and place in a zip top bag so you can grab one or two when needed.  They thaw much quicker than a huge tub.   I like to use those big cocktail ice cube trays, its about 1/4 cup in each cube-perfect to add to a sauce. However, this time I did freeze in large tubs because I knew I was going to use it for Thanksgiving and I will be prepared for that dinner-hopefully!

I am a HUGE believer […]
2019-12-03T23:02:00+00:00November 7th, 2017|Soups & Salads|0 Comments

Wild Rice and Fall Vegetable Casserole

I have been busy finalizing my Thanksgiving menu and I always like to throw in a new recipe just to add to my collection of holiday recipes.  This one is delicious!  Its hearty and flavorful and the perfect Thanksgiving side dish.

You can add whatever vegetables you like such as carrots, mushrooms, parsnips, beets….You can also add shredded rotisserie chicken to make this a weeknight meal or you could add browned sausage and pass this off as your Thanksgiving dressing.
The only thing that takes time is the wild rice and that takes about 20 minutes.  Be sure not to over cook the rice or the final dish will be a bit gummy. If anything under cook it and it will finish in the oven.  I have not found frozen wild rice to speed up this process, but if you know of a good frozen wild rice brand please let me know!!  I use Rice Select Royal Blend.

Wild Rice and Fall Vegetable Casserole

A savory, flavorful and healthy side […]

2021-09-09T18:00:02+00:00November 7th, 2017|Sides|0 Comments

Harvest Salad

Yep its here! The holiday season, which means gaining 10 pounds of Halloween candy, pies, cakes, cocktails, party food…. I love this season, but every January I am so sick of eating and drinking not to mention fat!  So, I am going to try and incorporate more salads, vegetables and generally good for you foods into the jean busting season.  

This recipe is a delicious salad that can be served at a party, as a side salad or made into a meal by adding sliced or shredded chicken, sliced steak or a nice piece of salmon. It is a rich salad because of the blue cheese, but just put as little or as much as you like.  And the dressing can be used in other salads or or as a marinade for chicken.  Just save it in a jar in the fridge for about a week.  But, wait theres more…. the pecans used in this salad are a fabulous neighbor gift for the holidays.  Just make a large batch and put in mason jars with a nice big red bow and holiday gifts […]
2018-02-15T21:28:11+00:00October 31st, 2017|Soups & Salads|0 Comments

Italian Tortellini Soup with Sausage and Kale

You know those nights that it is crazy busy with kids activities it is freezing cold, rainy and generally yucky outside and you do not have the energy to make dinner?  Uh yeah-most nights! Well, this is a recipe that everyone will love and it takes literally 15-17 minutes to make.  It is such a comforting and hearty dish that is perfect for a cold day.

I know I have preached this before, but if you can find 10 minutes to jot down 4 dinner ideas for the week and run to the grocery store to get those ingredients it will be a breeze making dinner all week.  The hardest part about dinner time is not being prepared or not having an idea of what to make.  But, if you have it written down that you are having Italian Tortellini Soup for dinner on Tuesday night then you don’t have to think about it.  You know that you are going to walk in the door at 6:15 and dinner will be on the table by 6:45. Use the printable weekly calendar I have […]
2018-02-15T21:28:11+00:00October 29th, 2017|Soups & Salads|0 Comments

Hummus

Hummus is one of those things we always have in the fridge at my house because it is a great snack with raw veggies or crackers. I typically buy the pre-made hummus at the grocery store, but it always has this metal taste or mass produced taste that just kinda bugs me.  SO…I started messing around with recipes to see if I could make my own and I came up with a perfect, quick, EASY recipe for homemade hummus.  

As I have said before, I am not one of those moms that makes everything from scratch because it is better for my precious babies. NO, I make stuff from scratch because it tastes better-forget the kids! 🙂 BUT,  I am not going to raise my own chickens to have fresh eggs or make my own yogurt.  I draw the line at ease.  It must be easy for me to make it from scratch.  Very rarely do I tackle a complicated recipe so you can rest assure that this hummus recipe is easy and will take you about 4 minutes to make and it tastes […]
2018-02-15T21:28:11+00:00October 29th, 2017|Starters|0 Comments

Bacon Bourbon Fig Jam

Figs are one of those things I see in the grocery store and they look so exotic and sophisticated and delicious and I have no idea what to do with them.  I love figs when I order them in restaurants, but when I buy them they seem to always go bad on the counter because I don’t know what to do with them at home.  So, I decided to figure out a recipe that is easy and would use up those beautiful figs! 

A couple fun facts about figs-they have a ton of healthy benefits in addition to be delicious! They are an excellent source of fiber, potassium, calcium, iron, B12…. and they have more antioxidants than red wine! They truly are the perfect fruit! 
This recipe is the perfect compliment to a cheese platter, especially with brie or blue cheese.  It is also great spread over toast in the morning or added into yogurt. Another great thing about this recipe is you can use your figs even if […]
2018-02-15T21:28:12+00:00October 28th, 2017|Sides, Breakfast & Brunch|4 Comments

Black Bean Soup

I feel the schedule getting fuller and fuller at this time of year.  We are in the thick of it with homework, games, practices, parents weekend travel, book clubs, business dinners….. and the holidays are just around the corner. I love this time of year because it is so busy and happy and the weather is fabulous, but it is hard to get it all done in the day. I find myself saying screw it at the end of the day when dinner rolls around and we order in or go out.  If your house is like mine then no one likes to eat out, but sometimes mama is tired!  So, since I can’t solve all the worlds problems I will try to solve the family dinner problem and post a few fall comfort foods that are easy, freezable or make-ahead.

This recipe is super easy and very yummy, but as I have said in the past, soup does not count as a meal in my boy house.  They need something to go with it so I normally serve a salad or grilled cheese […]
2018-02-15T21:28:12+00:00October 24th, 2017|Soups & Salads|0 Comments

Apple Crisp

My family does not eat a lot of desserts, but there are a few that they cannot resist and Apple Crisp is one of them.  We are lucky because now days we can get fabulous apples all year round, but they are especially good in the fall.  Of course my family’s favorite apple is the Honeycrisp and they are the most expensive down here in Texas, but I buy them at Costco (yes angels are singing) and I can get 16 in a bunch!  We eat a lot of apples!  

So, what to do with all these apples?  I serve them for after school snacks with cheese or put them in salads or bake them with cinnamon or make apple crisps! This apple crisp recipe is super easy and this is a great dessert to take to a pot luck or a holiday dinner because you can serve it at room temperature or heat it up with ice cream-either way it is delicious! 
The hardest part of this recipe is peeling the apples, seriously it is very easy to throw together.  Use a tart/firm […]
2018-02-15T21:28:12+00:00October 18th, 2017|Desserts|0 Comments

White Beans with Rosemary and Garlic

It has been a long week and its only Thursday! We have not been home one night for a family dinner so I am excited to have everyone around the table tonight to talk about their day and week and of course answer trivia questions:)  Yes, my family plays trivia every night at the table.  It helps the conversation and keeps them at the table longer because once dinner is over everyone goes to their rooms to do homework or more importantly answer snapchats! So the longer I can keep them the longer we can hang out with them without them really thinking we are having family time. 

This is a recipe that I make all year round, but it is so comforting especially in the fall and winter.  It is easy to make and it reheats beautifully, although it does not freeze well.  I think that white beans turn gritty when they are frozen and thawed.  This is obviously a side dish, but you can take this to a party and serve it with toasted baguette slices or crackers […]
2018-02-15T21:28:12+00:00October 12th, 2017|Starters, Sides|0 Comments

Winter Kale Salad

With Fall approaching we all tend to eat heavier meals.  We are drawn towards comfort foods like stews, chilis, pastas, desserts….. but there is nothing worse than looking in the mirror in March and realizing that you have put on 10 pounds of stews, chili, pastas and desserts.  So I try to add in a few healthy dinners along the winter way.  Fortunately my boys like salads and I am so grateful-take your wins where you can get them!

One of the reasons I like cooking vs baking is that there are no rules.  I don’t have to measure exactly and I don’t have to worry about the science of food when I am cooking. If I see a recipe and I don’t like something about it then I will just omit an ingredient or add an ingredient and no one is the wiser.  Salad “recipes” are a great dish to make it your own.  The only “recipe” when it comes to the salad is the dressing and even then you can tweak it to your liking.  My family prefers more of a […]
2018-02-15T21:28:12+00:00October 6th, 2017|Soups & Salads|0 Comments

Asian Five Spice Short Ribs

On the nights that I am not cooking or the nights that my husband and I go out and the kids are on their own they always ask for either pizza or Asian food.  I think that they are drawn to the salty element of both of those foods.  But every time I order pizza or Asian take out I feel guilty and bloated, because of course I have to taste their food and the salt content is off the charts.

Now, I think you all know, if you have been reading my blog, that I am not one of those vegan, vegetarian, only eat organic, never eat fast food kind of moms.  Hell yes we eat In and Out Burger and hell yes we eat Goldfish crackers and Hagen Daz (sometimes together), but I do try and serve my kids, and me,  as much healthy food as possible. 
This recipe is not exactly “healthy”, but it is a hell of a lot healthier than ordering take out. I got this recipe from a friend of mine who got it from Aida […]
2018-02-15T21:28:12+00:00September 28th, 2017|Meats & Fish|0 Comments
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