Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Bacon, Almonds, and Pecorino

  I’ve eaten this salad three days in a row.  Here’s why. Unique texture, delicious taste, and high levels of vitamins and nutrients.  You know I love versatility in dish, especially in a salad. I am, indeed, a salad girl.  It’s easy to be when cheese and bacon are involved, right?   Well, it’s justContinue reading “Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Bacon, Almonds, and Pecorino”

Crock Pot Recipe Round-Up

Hello old friend, It’s really good to see you once again. In honor of the first day of Fall, I’m sharing with you a round-up of my favorite Crock Pot recipes.  Here’s easy escape from busy schedules and cold weather.  It’s crock pot time again. Crock Pot Apple Butter   Crock Pot Bolognese Sauce  Continue reading “Crock Pot Recipe Round-Up”

How to Freeze Homemade Basil Pesto

  Are you reluctantly saying goodbye to summer?  Here’s my perception. Whip up a large batch of homemade pesto.  Then freeze it.  IN ICE CUBE TRAYS!! (yes, that deserved the double exclamation point).  We all love the smell and taste of fresh basil pesto.  We need it during the non summer months.  That said, here’sContinue reading “How to Freeze Homemade Basil Pesto”

Classic Hummus

  Don’t buy it.  Make it yourself.  More fun and flavor are to be had! If you normally read something like the above in a food blog or publication and think to yourself,  “sure, I should do that,” … but then, upon further and deeper thought, you say to yourself (honestly) … “Even though thatContinue reading “Classic Hummus”

Stuffed Pepper Soup

  Is it weird to coin a phrase referring  to your style of cooking?  Is it weird to coin a phrase on your own blog?  Is it weird to coin a phrase using your own name?  Is it weird that, when I asked myself these questions, I found none of the above weird?  No toContinue reading “Stuffed Pepper Soup”

Zucchini Noodles and Spaghetti with Pesto, Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic and Shrimp

  I’m a pesto loving fool.  I’m also a tomato loving fool.  Thankfully, this dish has ’em both (plus super cool spiraled zucchini noodles).  I’m a fool in love, and in this particular instance I’m referring to my dinner. What do I love about this dish (other than the pesto and tomatoes?): The harmonious balanceContinue reading “Zucchini Noodles and Spaghetti with Pesto, Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic and Shrimp”

Maple Almond Granola

It’s made up of pantry staples.  It’s a whiz to throw together.  It’s the first request from my sisters when they come visit. It’s GRANOLA.  I can’t tell you how many requests I get to make granola.  When my sisters came to visit a few weeks ago, this version made an appearance.  A very shortContinue reading “Maple Almond Granola”

Garlic Herb Bread Twists with Parmesan Cheese and Easy Marinara Dipping Sauce

Grub-alicious dunk-alicious snack food here.  “Grub-alicious!” “Dunk-alicious!” Another sophisticated way to describe these bread twists is, “better than any bread stick I’ve ever had/will ever have again.”   Clearly, I’m passionate about my snack time. These beauties won’t disappoint.  Perfect for kids and grown-up kids alike.  All the little nooks and twists are coated inContinue reading “Garlic Herb Bread Twists with Parmesan Cheese and Easy Marinara Dipping Sauce”

Crock Pot Pulled Pork Sliders with Classic Buttermilk Coleslaw

  With August approaching and temperatures rising, I’m getting use out of my crock pot.  Sound like a strange concept? Allow me to explain. The galley kitchen in my apartment heats up quickly when I’m using the oven.  My solution to this issue is simple. Get porky perfection simmering away on the counter top!  ThisContinue reading “Crock Pot Pulled Pork Sliders with Classic Buttermilk Coleslaw”

Turkey Taco Zucchini Boats

  Aside from having a name that sounds like the title of an old Grateful Dead concert tour, these turkey taco zucchini (or “Zuk” if you love abbreviating like I do) boats are fun and oh so tasty. Weeknight summer dinners are all about simplicity, beauty, and the use of the freshest ingredients.  Zucchini isContinue reading “Turkey Taco Zucchini Boats”