Pasta Recipes, Salads

Greek Tortellini Pasta Salad with Chicken

  Some of the best memories are made in flip flops ... while eating this dish. Summer's back.  Time to make Greek tortellini pasta salad.  Here's my update on the classic Greek salad. I mixed it up by adding cheese tortellini, shredded chicken, and a couple other tid bits.  I've always got cheese tortellini on… Continue reading Greek Tortellini Pasta Salad with Chicken

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Breakfast Recipes

Sausage and Veggie Breakfast Strata

  What's my key to hosting brunch, you ask? Everything's made and prepped in advance. With this in mind, here's my go-to brunch recipe - Sausage and Veggie Breakfast Strata.  This dish inherently abides by my "made in advance" rule.  You're literally SUPPOSED to make and prepare it the night before.  For those unfamiliar with… Continue reading Sausage and Veggie Breakfast Strata

Appetizers, Sandwiches

Smoked Trout Salad

  It's been said before. It's awfully true ... Food is memories. When I was growing up, many a Friday in the winter meant one thing to me.  Roooooad trip!  We'd get out of school at 2:30 pm.  By 3:00 pm, the car was packed and we were heading north.  Skis and snowboards on the… Continue reading Smoked Trout Salad

Crock Pot Recipes, Side Dish Recipes

Crock Pot Skinny Mashed Potatoes

  I realize it's been been some time since my last post.  I apologize for all the grief and anxiety that you've no doubt been suffering from due to this absence.  So, accept my apology, dry your tears, and let's get goin' again.  Game on! I'm reminded of a wise passage I once read on… Continue reading Crock Pot Skinny Mashed Potatoes

Appetizers

Tequila Lime “Margarita” Chicken Wings and Southwest Ranch Dipping Sauce

  Wasted away again in Margarita-wing-ville ...   I know, a Jimmy Buffet reference. Gimmie a break, though.  It's Sunday afternoon, I've got a bit of writers block going on, and I just made wings that literally taste like a top shelf margarita. (And I just got a manicure ... see those pretty nails?)  … Continue reading Tequila Lime “Margarita” Chicken Wings and Southwest Ranch Dipping Sauce

Sandwiches, Seafood Recipes

Salmon Sliders with Dill and Caper Yogurt Sauce

  Most of us are currently in the doldrums of winter.  It's cold.  Perma-gray clouds are lingering.  We're tediously wiping the pup's paws after every walk.  ("tedious" is the best euphemism I could think of ... it's a family blog, after all.)  With all that said, I have to admit my inspiration for this fantastic… Continue reading Salmon Sliders with Dill and Caper Yogurt Sauce

Appetizers, Snacks

Andouille Pigs in a Blanket with Chutney Mustard Dipping Sauce

  You know the "This Little Piggy" nursery rhyme, don't you?  Of course you do.  You're saying it to yourself right now ... Well, these little piggies waited to mature into sophisticated, tasty pigs before they went to the market.  That said, they still love the simple pleasure of cuddling into a blanket. (Now that… Continue reading Andouille Pigs in a Blanket with Chutney Mustard Dipping Sauce