There’s something innately comforting in a French Dip sandwich for me. If it’s cold and dreary, this is the sandwich I want. And as the days are going to start kicking into “cold and dreary” mode pretty darn soon, I’m really happy that I managed to stumble across this recipe! These Ultimate Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches are perfect winter weather food, football party food, comforting “My toes are cold” food. Or, most importantly, “I need something simple to throw together for dinner” food.
I started by sprinkling a beef chuck roast with salt and pepper and browning it on the stove top. Read more...(791 words, 12 images, estimated 3:10 mins reading time)
I’m all for elaborate holiday recipes, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes life gets in the way and you want to have something special for, oh let’s say, Halloween, but you’re short on time and energy. That’s when adding a simple touch to a familiar favorite can make all the difference. Fun? Check. Sanity in place after not having to deal with five dozen meticulously decorated Candy Corn cookies? Check. Read more...(849 words, 10 images, estimated 3:24 mins reading time)
I love lasagna, but it’s not something I make often. It can be time consuming, depending on the recipe, and unless I have a large chunk of time to play around with in the kitchen (which doesn’t happen often), it’s just not on my recipe radar.
This version, however, changed all of that.
This Skillet Lasagna is so good that two days later, I’m still thinking about how good it was. The more I ate, the more I enjoyed it, and I can safely say that THIS lasagna will be making multiple appearances at our dinner table. It’s simple, perfect, delicious comfort food, and just the right thing as the air starts to crisp up and the leaves begin to turn. Read more...(955 words, 12 images, estimated 3:49 mins reading time)
Is anyone else out there having a rough time getting into fall this year? Fall is my favorite season, and I’m just not feeling it yet. I’m usually one of those stereotypical Pumpkin Spice loving, boot wearing, sweater snugly people, and I’m just having the toughest time getting in the fall mood. It could be that it’s still pretty warm and the trees haven’t really started changing yet. I don’t know. I just know I’m not feeling it, and my not feeling it is annoying me.
It isn’t often around here that we have the same thing for dinner two weeks in a row. But, after I made these awesome little Chicken Florentine Bundles one night, and watched my family devour them in a matter of minutes, I knew I was onto something. So, on another crazy night the following week, I made them again. And they devoured them again. And nobody complained. Children smiled, angels sang, and all was right with the world.
OK, maybe it wasn’t that dramatic, but you know what I mean. It’s good stuff all around. Read more...(701 words, 9 images, estimated 2:48 mins reading time)
Plainly and simply, Dorie Greenspan is my baking guru.
Her Baking: From My Home to Yours book is my baking bible. The pages are dog-eared, floured, crinkly, and splattered with recipe shrapnel, which is always a sign of good things. Her beautiful, delicious desserts are now our birthday traditions and family favorites around here, and I’ve even featured quite a few recipes of hers right here on this blog. So, when my friends at OXO got in touch with me and asked if I’d like to have the opportunity to try out one of Dorie’s newest recipes, from her highly anticipated new book Dorie’s Cookies(Coming in October!), I couldn’t pass it up. Read more...(1888 words, 14 images, estimated 7:33 mins reading time)
I know what you’re thinking. Shrimp and Grits in a rice cooker? I thought exactly the same thing. But, when my friends at Hamilton Beach offered me their spectacular, multi-functioning 4-20 Cup Rice and Hot Cereal Cooker to try, and then suggested this recipe for Rice Cooker Cajun Shrimp and Grits, I thought, why not! After all, this rice cooker isn’t your average rice cooker. Sure, it cooks rice. Every size and variety. But it also cooks oatmeal, quinoa, cream of wheat, Farro, and other whole grains and dried beans. It has a simmer function for pastas and soups! And it has a steamer basket that loads in the top, so you can cook veggies, meats and fish right along with your rice and grains. It’s a one stop meal maker! Read more...(977 words, 10 images, estimated 3:54 mins reading time)
Ok, I got that out there. I was trying to think about what I could say about this dish to draw you guys in, and that’s what I came up with. (It’s one of those days…)
This simple, healthy mash-up of chicken, veggies, and quinoa was the perfect weeknight dinner for us the other night. We all enjoyed it, and it will definitely be thrown into the regular dinner rotation around here. I couldn’t ask for more from a dinner, really. It’s simple, fresh, healthy, filling, and my kids gobbled it up. Mom – 1, Picky People – 0. Read more...(717 words, 11 images, estimated 2:52 mins reading time)
Back to school, back to crazy, back to my assignment as a personal Uber for my kids. Everything has kicked back into gear here and we are officially back in the swing. During the craziest nights, I rely heavily on my slow cooker. I have a ton of slow cooker recipes on this blog, with good reason. I use it a lot. I remember a time when I rarely used my slow cooker at all, and it sat collecting dust in my pantry. No more! I break it out at least once a week. And you should too! It makes dinner time a whole lot easier. Read more...(721 words, 11 images, estimated 2:53 mins reading time)
I love gazpacho in the summertime. And every year, I don’t make it nearly often enough. This year, I somehow made it all the way to August before diving in to a big bowl of it, and I’m already kicking myself.
I ran across this recipe online. In fact, it popped up in my Facebook feed, screaming “Make me!”. Never one to argue with a recipe, I figured I better get on it quickly. It’s different from a traditional, chunky gazpacho, but I loved its creaminess and delicious fresh flavor. It’s creamy without a drop of cream, and so refreshing. I will say that the recipe serves four exactly. So, if you’re hankering for leftovers, or a second bowl, and you’re serving your family, you might want to double up on things. That’s not hard, though, because it’s, by far, the simplest gazpacho I’ve ever made. Read more...(788 words, 10 images, estimated 3:09 mins reading time)