Anyone else caught off guard with how quickly the holidays popped up this year? Anyone? Just me? I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year, which I love to do, but at three days out, I’m still a little mystified that I’m going to be cooking up a turkey on Thursday. I wrote out my game plan and grocery list over the weekend, laying out exactly what I need to make, so I guess it’s slowly sinking in, but I really need to get a move-on. Read more...(660 words, 8 images, estimated 2:38 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)
It’s berry season! Berries are officially my favorite dessert fruit, so when early summer rolls around and bright, beautiful, fresh berries are abundant, I stock up and start cooking. I ran across this super simple Raspberry Cream Tart from Midwest Living magazine, and I knew this was the perfect time to give it a try.
The dessert looks perfectly summery and elegant, but putting it together is a breeze, and it gets a little (delicious) help from a convenient grocery store staple…
Refrigerated Sugar Cookie Dough.
No crust muss and fuss, just a minute or so of pressing cookie dough into a tart pan, and you’re on your way. Read more...(644 words, 10 images, estimated 2:35 mins reading time)
Back when my husband and I were first married, I remember buying a cookbook that boasted “Four Ingredient Meals”. I made a few things out of it, and then, somehow, the book disappeared. I either threw it away out of frustration or sold it in a garage sale. I honestly can’t remember. What I do remember is the recipes I made from that cookbook were all so horrible, it was almost comical.
THIS four ingredient entrée, however, is worth keeping. It’s so simple, coming together in minutes, and was really, really tasty. Read more...(578 words, 9 images, estimated 2:19 mins reading time)
I think it’s here, folks. For real this time. I think we can (finally) safely say that Spring has arrived and won’t take off again. I know it’s a risky statement, given the crazy weather we’ve had, but I feel good about saying that this time. I really do.
A couple of days ago, I met my beautiful sister-in-law, Karin, for lunch at one of my favorite local spots. The restaurant changes their menu monthly based on what’s seasonally available. It’s very much farm-to-table, homegrown, and delicious. They were featuring a spring pea and mint soup that day, and as the sun was shining (finally!) and the birds chirping, I figured I had to give it a try. Read more...(864 words, 10 images, estimated 3:27 mins reading time)
I’m pretty sure that when people come into my kitchen, they might look in one corner of it and think I have a problem with hoarding. You see, in one corner of my kitchen, there’s a stack of cooking magazines. It’s a pretty large stack, if I’m being completely honest. Magazines I can’t quite bear to part with yet, but that I also haven’t had the time to dig through. So they sit, in the corner, next to my cookbook cabinet (that hopefully makes my cookbook addiction look less hoarder-esque.) Read more...(824 words, 9 images, estimated 3:18 mins reading time)
This is my new favorite comfort food meal for 2016.
It combines one of my favorite cozy Italian dishes, creamy Carbonara pasta, with my favorite winter veggie. It comes together quickly, and simply, and just a few fresh, honest ingredients pack a whole lot of flavor. In fact, the first time I made it, Avery (my youngest, and not my most adventurous eater…but she’s trying) commented that “Wow, the noodles give the brussels sprouts such great flavor!” Ha! Well, no, probably the other way around, but whatever works in her little head to get her to eat her veggies is fine by me. That’s something she wouldn’t have done last winter. My family enjoyed it so much that I’ve made it twice in the past few weeks, and we can’t get enough of it! Read more...(987 words, 9 images, estimated 3:57 mins reading time)
If you’re looking for a little something simple and sweet for your loves this Valentine’s Day, these little gems are the perfect thing. They are deceptively simple and, in all honesty, pretty darn cute. My girls were more than a little excited when they came home to find these waiting for them after school. Ah, the life of a food blogger…celebrating life’s holidays a little bit early, every time.
I started by gathering my ingredients, all of which I happened to have on hand already, which is always nice. Read more...(778 words, 9 images, estimated 3:07 mins reading time)
What do we do when we buy a bunch of raspberries because they’re on sale? We make pie! I’ve had this recipe in my back pocket for a while now, and have been meaning to make it, but grabbing some beautiful berries at a beautiful price sealed the deal. And, the fact that this pie is so easy to throw together made it taste even sweeter.
I started by making an Oreo cookie crust. I know, right? Not a bad way to start things off.
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When I was young, my mother had this wonderful little garden on the side of our house. I used to love watching the garden grow each summer, and daily trips out to pick fresh tomatoes, snap peas and zucchini were a highlight. I remember spending my summer days outside, playing with friends, and we’d snack on sugar snap peas, fresh from the garden, as we played. The zucchini always fascinated me, though, because there were some years when nothing would grow, and others when we’d end up with zucchini as long as our arms, that seemed to weigh as much as a small child. My mom would make zucchini bread after zucchini bread after zucchini bread, and we’d laugh at the size of our ginormous zucchini. They were like veggie snacks for giants. Read more...(923 words, 10 images, estimated 3:42 mins reading time)