Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pretzel Stacks


I just realized that this is the second chocolate-peanut butter combination I’ve made this week. I promise next week will be all about vegetables and fruits and healthy things…maybe. This is a super simple, no-brainer kind of recipe. I wanted to make a quick snack for the kids and I was craving those chow mein … Read more

Ground Beef “Wellington”


I love this meal! It might sound a bit labor-intensive, but it really is extremely easy to put together. The presentation is spectacular and so is the taste. My inspiration for this dish is the old-school Beef Wellington. I left out the pate or prosciutto that you’d find in the traditional. Then I added some … Read more

Creamy Peanut Butter Pie w/ Chocolate Chip Cookie Crust


There was a half batch of chocolate chip cookie dough calling to me from the freezer on Sunday. I wanted to make something good for dessert; something that really constituted as Dessert with a capital D and not just cookies. So I started wondering if I could use the cookie dough as a pie crust. … Read more

Bacon & Cheese Breakfast Bread


I call this breakfast bread, but really it can be eaten at any time of day. Personally, I think it makes a great late night snack.     That being said, we do love to have this bread for breakfast. It’s delicious toasted or just warmed in the microwave. Add some butter on top and … Read more

Cornmeal Dusted Tilapia with Tomato Basil Sauce


Fish is not something I prepare very often and I’ve really been working to change that. Now that summer is just around the corner (hopefully), I’ve been starting to think of ways to incorporate fish on at least a weekly basis. This dish will be perfect for that, especially since it uses two fantastic summertime … Read more

Oven Roasted Green Beans


This super simple side dish just screams Spring. (And it’s alliterative too.) I love fresh green beans and I always make sure we get our fill throughout spring and summer. When prepared this way, they make as tasty a snack as they do a side dish. I should know; I snack on them a lot! … Read more

Sloppy Joes & Mashed Potato Cups


I am appaerantly obsessed with my muffin tins. I keep thinking of new ways to use them and every idea always sounds so perfect. I think the thing I most appreciate about these meals-made-in-muffin-tins is that they are just the right size to freeze and divide out into individual portions. This recipe is meal evolution … Read more

Versatile Baked Brown Rice Balls


These rice balls are not very traditional. From what I’ve seen, there are two traditional styles of rice balls – Italian ones made with risotto then deep fried and Japanese ones made with sushi rice. Both sometimes have fillings as well. While I love the idea of both, I really prefer more versatile side dishes, … Read more

Cherry Almond Bread


I have still been working on tackling a big bag of dried cherries we were gifted with from a neighbor. Between the chocolate cherry muffins I made a few weeks ago and this bread, I’ve used 3/4 of the bag already. I’m actually surprised and a little sad I’ve used so many already. I think … Read more

“Purple” Potatoes


I love cooking with red cabbage. The color is amazing and it makes everything look good. I’ve found that even my non-cabbage eating kids will gobble this up. And the color is definitely the reason. When you have girls who love the color purple, I guess that should go without saying. (By the way, I … Read more