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)
Sorry, guys. I know I’ve been a little lax lately in sharing new recipes with you. Summer is TOUGH, though! I’d love to say our summer schedule is nothing but laziness, pool days, and endless time, but anyone with kids knows that it just isn’t. We’re having a great summer so far, but it’s keeping me on my toes, and unfortunately, not in the kitchen (or at the computer) as often as the obsessive-compulsive blogger part of me would like. I know you’re busy too, so I’m sure you understand. Don’t give up on me. I’m still here! Just making my way through the season. Read more...(791 words, 8 images, estimated 3:10 mins reading time)
Before I get into the heart of this recipe, let me just state that this tomato-onion-garlic-basil concoction is delicious on pork chops. It would be delicious over chicken, or delicious over fish. It would be delicious served over sliced baguette as an appetizer, spread on a pizza, or delicious simply eaten out of the pan with a spoon (I’m guilty). If you haven’t guessed yet, it’s really good stuff.
And it is so simple and fresh, and perfect for a busy back to school weeknight. Read more...(637 words, 9 images, estimated 2:33 mins reading time)
Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail, and what does he find? Someone who can’t believe that Easter is right around the corner. Unbelievable!
If you need a festive, Spring side dish to share on Easter Sunday, I’ve got your back. These carrots are delicious, beautifully springy, and they can be made ahead of time and reheated before serving, which is a standard qualification to reach Treasured Holiday Recipe Status in my book.
To begin, you’ll need to quickly fry up a handful of sage leaves in a few tablespoons of olive oil. The crispy sage serves as wonderful contrast to the savory, tender carrots in the finished product, but it serves double duty here. Read more...(576 words, 9 images, estimated 2:18 mins reading time)
With Saint Patrick’s Day right around the corner, it seemed like as good a time as any to pull out this recipe that I found awhile back. I’ve needed an excuse to make this, and pretending that I’m Irish for a day seemed like the perfect excuse. Have you ever tried Colcannon? If you haven’t, you’ve missed out a warm, cozy, traditional Irish dish of mashed potatoes and cabbage, or kale. Seasoned with scallions or leeks, butter, salt and pepper, it’s a simple, soul-warming, comfort food, you-eat-it-at-your-mother’s-table type dish. Read more...(1021 words, 11 images, estimated 4:05 mins reading time)
Eating healthy in the New Year doesn’t mean you have to skimp on flavor. I’m right there with the masses trying to get my slightly-larger-than-I’d-like behind into gear now that the most fattening time of the year is over. I’m a firm believer in eating well as you’re eating less, though. I’m much more likely to stick to a healthy eating plan if the food I’m eating along the way tastes good. Feed me nothing but celery, and I’m likely to give up after a day or so…not to mention, I’ll be extremely grumpy, and nobody wants that. Read more...(735 words, 8 images, estimated 2:56 mins reading time)
I was so excited when my friends at Tuttorosso got in touch with me about their holiday promotion this year. In the spirit of the season, they are “Celebrating the Sauce”, with amazing Sunday-dinner-type special recipes, as well as the most important ingredient needed for dinner…YOU!
Tuttorosso has recently launched a beautiful new website, full of ideas and recipes to inspire all of us year round, not just during the holiday season. As a special gift to their Facebook fans, they are hosting a month-long Facebook promotion called “Celebrate the Sauce”. Everyone who enters will have a chance to win one of 1,000 Tuttorosso aprons, heirloom wooden spoons and one fabulous grand prize, a Martha Stewart Cookware set! Just head over to Tuttorosso’s contest page to check out the details. Read more...(796 words, 9 images, estimated 3:11 mins reading time)
I know it’s just under the wire, but I wanted to sneak this post in before the month, and the contest, were up! If you’ve been following my Facebook feed, you may have noticed a contest I spoke about called Cook For Health September. It’s the brainchild of Alex and Sonja Overhiser, over at the amazing A Couple Cooks. They’ve partnered up with Green BEAN Delivery, my favorite organic produce delivery group, to help promote healthy eating and meals made with healthy, seasonal, unprocessed foods…especially in their home state, and my home state, of Indiana.
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Football season has started! Football parties mean munchies, and this one is super quick and easy to throw together whether you’re attending a big viewing party, or just hanging out on your own couch with the family. It’s salty, and cheesy, and creamy, and bacony, and crunchy, and just plain good.
I’m not sure why it’s called Neiman Marcus Dip. My guess is that they served it in their cafes at some point. It’s one of those recipes that popped up in my Pinterest feed ages ago, and I finally got around to trying it. There are a gazillion different recipes for it online, so it makes sense to add another one, right? Oh well…I thought it was worth sharing, so hopefully you’ll see my recipe as something new and exciting, and give it a try. Read more...(501 words, 7 images, estimated 2:00 mins reading time)
If my kids ask what’s for dinner, and I say “Chicken and pasta”, I’m usually safe from the “Uuuuuuugh! Noooooo! WHAT? Eeeeeew!” that would have accompanied scarier responses for them like “We’re having fish” or “I’ve decided to experiment with tofu today”. I can mix other things in with the chicken and pasta, things that they don’t usually like, and they won’t complain a whole lot because they just focus on the chicken and pasta. Those are their comfort foods…their no complaint foods. So, I’m always looking for new ways to jazz up the ordinary and introduce them to new and exciting flavors and variations on their favorites. Read more...(1264 words, 11 images, estimated 5:03 mins reading time)