Modern Table Meals ~ New Pesto and Homestyle Mac & Cheese!

  This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. I have a tough time finding a good balance between getting quick meals on the table and eating healthy.  Our evenings are so busy, and I don’t always have the time or patience for cooking.  Modern Table Meals are exactly the […]

The Real Co Recipes: Spicy White Basmati Rice Bowl with Chicken & Veggies

  With a new school year starting, dinnertime is more important than ever, as we try to eat healthy, well-rounded meals.  The Real Co. is a great line of products to use in your daily cooking routine, with the first certifiable 100% Single Origin foods!  Their products include Himalayan Pink Rock Salt, Organic Raw Cane […]

Easy Cheesy Pasta with Peas

  My kids love pasta, and they love this cheesy pasta recipe!  The peas are a cute addition, and because the pasta tastes so good, they have no problem eating their peas! Ingredients 3 cups uncooked pasta 1 cup frozen peas 3 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons flour 1 cup milk (lowfat) 1/2 cup shredded or […]

Easy Eggplant Pasta

I love coming up with quick ways of using veggies.  Sometimes we have a leftover veggie, a random one in our CSA, or we see some cheap “seconds” at the farmer’s market that I can’t resist.  I created this recipe because we would always get one random eggplant in our CSA vegetable box! So maybe […]

SushiQuik ~ Make Sushi at Home!

  This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Our family loves sushi.. a lot.  Back when I was in college, I remember when our college campus added sushi to the menu, and I used my meal plan for sushi almost every day.  To this day, I could still eat […]

Lemon, Goat Cheese & Asparagus Pasta

    I love asparagus and goat cheese, and the idea of both on pasta was something I had to try.  This recipe is easy enough to prepare, and the result is a tasty, unique pasta dish. Ingredients 1 lb rotini or other pasta of your choice 1 lb asparagus 1/4 cup olive oil 1 […]

Arugula & Smoked Mozzarella Pizza

I absolutely love arugula, and smoked mozzarella cheese.. and white pizzas!  When I saw this recipe, I knew I absolutely had to try it!  I especially love this in the summer when I get fresh organic arugula from the farmer’s market or when I pick fresh tomatoes from the garden.  For this pizza, we used […]

Classic Grilled Steak

  Many thanks to Walmart and Kingsford charcoal for sponsoring this post. Summer is coming to an end as our warm weather days slowly start to fade away and the kids are back in school.  However, despite cooler evenings, we are sure to take advantage of being able to grill out late into fall.  Here […]

Spinach & Artichoke Pasta

  I found this recipe over at Budget Bytes, and couldn’t resist the combination of artichokes and spinach on pasta!  This is an easy recipe and I had all the ingredients in my pantry, so it is something you can make when you need a quick meal.  I made a few variations on the original […]

Southwest Corn Bake

  I love tamales, so it’s no surprise that I fell in love with this recipe.  This is simple, easy to make, and I think the leftovers are pretty good too!  A can of green chilies isn’t spicy enough for me, so I add an extra kick of spice when I made this corn bake. […]

Casino Veggies

Years ago we found a great recipe for cooking veggies, called Casino Veggies.  Many years later this is one of our favorite way to prepare veggies, and the whole family enjoys this recipe.  You can tailor it to your tastes, depending on what vegetables and seasonings you choose. Ingredients Vegetables – any combination of zucchini, […]

Pasta with Capers and Roasted Tomatoes

I love all the little tomatoes I get from my garden, but sometimes I end up with an abundance, and this is a great recipe to use up a lot of cherry tomatoes! Ingredients Approx. 1.5 pounds cherry tomatoes 3 fl oz jar of capers, drained 3/4 lb orecchiette, farfalle, rotini, etc. extra-virgin olive oil […]

Thai Vegetable Curry

I am a huge fan of Thai food, and after finding some curry paste at the grocery store, we decided to learn how to make our own.  This recipe is really easy to make, and it satisfies my cravings for Thai food! Ingredients Jasmine rice (4 servings) 2 cans Coconut milk Thai curry paste (we […]

Spinach Quiche Recipe

  I am a huge fan of quiche.  I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!  My favorite is spinach quiche with cheddar cheese, but you can make so many different variations of quiche by using different vegetables and cheeses.  I used to be intimidated by quiche, but it is extremely easy to make. […]

Roasted Cauliflower

  This is a quick cauliflower dish that the whole family can enjoy.  You can simply roast the cauliflower and keep this a vegan dish, or add cheese at the end.  You can also be creative with the spices and cheeses you use, and try a different combination each time! Ingredients 1 head of cauliflower […]

Pasta with Sauteed Tomatoes

  This is a great recipe for using tomatoes from the garden or farmer’s market, but it is also a nice year-round recipe for a fresh twist on a pasta dish.  You can have this “from garden to table” in a very short amount of time! Ingredients: 1 box angel hair or spaghetti 1-2 pints […]

Pasta with Roasted Vegetables

  I love grilled and roasted vegetables, and this pasta is a great way to enjoy those fresh summer veggies.  I have found that roasted vegetables have a rich flavor, and it is not necessary to use a lot of seasonings or other ingredients. Ingredients: ~ Vegetables (such as tomatoes, onions, and summer squash) ~ […]

Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches

  This is an easy sandwich to make, and is versatile too.  I am a vegetarian, and the grilled eggplant gives sandwiches or wraps an extra hearty flavor and filling.  It also gives you a chance to use fresh ingredients out of your garden. Ingredients: ~ Large eggplant ~ Salt ~ Olive oil ~ Romaine […]

Creamy Cajun Pasta

  I am always looking for creative ways to cook pasta, and one of our favorite pasta restaurants has a Cajun pasta on their menu.  After some trial and error, we came up with our own Cajun pasta recipe that was close to the one we enjoy when we dine out. The trick to this […]

Easy Buttery Thyme Noodles

  This is an easy way to use fresh thyme from the garden, but you can also use dried thyme.  I am always looking for ways to use my herbs while they are fresh, and this recipe is so easy.  My kids also love this noodle recipe, and it is so quick to prepare when […]

Easy Chicken-Crust Pizza Recipe

  I have tried a lot of pizza crust alternative-type recipes, but this one is by far my favorite.  It makes a firm, crisp crust that you can pick up and eat with your hands like a “normal” slice.  My kids never even asked if there was a difference between this crust and their beloved […]

Duck – A Kitchen’s Most Versatile Bird

  Utterly versatile and brimming with flavor, the duck is a perfect culinary choice.  While many enjoy savoring the rich taste of duck on holidays or other special occasions, people can actually enjoy this delicious bird any time.  Whether roasted or sautéed, duck provides cooks with various cooking options.  There are, however, some tips to […]

Have a Jolly Grilling Holiday!

Grilling isn’t just for the summer.  In fact, my husband grills all year long, even in not-so-favorable conditions.  A couple of years ago we posted about grilling turkey for Thanksgiving (rather than baking, deep frying or even smoking one), and this year we had to revisit it! So what’s the big deal with grilling a […]

Take a Break From Turkey: 3 Yummy Meatloaf Recipes

It takes a real comfort food aficionado to tout the virtues of meatloaf at Thanksgiving. But during the holidays when the menu tends to be limited and predictable and you cannot look at one more turkey sandwich or dish up one more bowl of turkey soup, it’s meatloaf to the rescue. After a week’s worth […]

BBQ-Apple Chicken Sandwiches

Shopping List 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, uncooked 2 cups apple juice 1 (at least 16 oz) bottle of BBQ sauce 1 onion, sliced and sautéed (optional) Toast, burger buns, rolls…just your favorite kind of bread Directions In your slow cooker, add in your chicken, apple juice and entire bottle of BBQ sauce. Cook […]

Honey Mustard Brisket Tostadas

Shopping List 1 (2-3 pound) brisket Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) Salt and Pepper 1 bottle honey mustard dressing (at least 16 ounces) 1 cup of water Tostada shells Caramelized onions, Guacamole, Monterey Jack Cheese to garnish Directions Preheat a heavy pot with EVOO over medium-high heat. Rub your brisket down with generous amounts of […]

Chicken and White Bean Soup Recipe – One of my Family’s Favorites!

This recipe is one of my family’s favorites, even when the weather is warm!  I like to serve it with my homemade bread.  Leftovers freeze & reheat well, and you can make substitutions to easily turn this into a vegetarian dish.  Don’t let all the steps frighten you, it is really quite easy!! Ingredients • […]

A Twist on Traditional Spaghetti

Spaghetti is a staple in some households.  My kids love pasta, but are not big fans of tomato sauce.  So, with some tweaking, I have come up with a few simple alternatives to the traditional long noodle, tomato sauce and hamburger spaghetti recipe. Be adventurous.  Use different noodle colors, shapes or types. There are lots […]

Grills are for More Than Just Meat!

I love grilling season! Our 10-year old, cheap grill may be a little rusty, but it’s still kicking, and I’m always excited when it’s time to fire it up! Since it’s so old, hubby just uses whatever temp he needs to in order to get an even flame all the way across! Burgers, hot dogs, […]

Looking for a way to cook your turkey this year?

Last year we wrote about how we attempted to grill a turkey.   How did it turn out? It was simply the best turkey I had ever tasted. I mean, I don’t even like turkey and this way of making it has me craving it again this year. For us, hands down, there is only one […]