Tuscan Beef Stew


Ok, I realize I’m pushing it a bit here. The calendar says March 30th. It says SPRING. But we’ve yet to really feel that around here. So I hope you all don’t mind me sneaking in just one more cold-weather dish. Believe me, I am more than ready to switch seasons in my kitchen!

Fun Recipes for April Fool’s Day

Our oldest daughter Isabelle loves April Fool’s Day. Every year she plans something fun for her sisters and brother. Last year, she and I worked together on this awesome “breakfast” that she served up to them. Fakin’ & Eggs The bacon was made with tootsie rolls and caramels softened slightly in the microwave and the … Read more

Stretching Whole Chicken Breasts


I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t fully prepared for how much our food consumption would increase as the kids got older. Obviously I knew they’d eat more, but I guess I just never really comprehended the full extent of that. It still blows me away when we finish off an entire loaf … Read more

Baked Chicken with Creamy Mushroom & Caper Sauce


Our Sunday nights have definitely become the time to have a dinner that’s a little different and a little bit more special than other nights. I know Sunday nights are the traditional time to have a meal like that, but for a long time, our schedule kept that from being possible. So it’s exciting to … Read more

Trying Something New at Panera

Full Dislosure: I received compensation from Panera for time in sharing these posts to spread the word on Panera. However, all thoughts, feelings and appreciations of great taste are, as always, my own. I’ll admit that I tend to be a stuck-in-a-rut type eater when eating out. Typically this is because we don’t eat out … Read more

Irish Potato Casserole


I love St. Patrick’s Day. When I was a kid, I relished the sliced corned beef, potato pancakes and rye bread that my mom would pick up from a special deli/butcher. I still love all those foods. And even though I now make a corned beef brisket twice a year (once for Eric’s birthday and … Read more

Italian Sausage Risotto


I fell in love with risotto when I made it a few months ago. We’ve had that one particular side dish several times since then. But each time I made it, I kept thinking that I really wanted to make it into a main dish. I toyed with several different ideas until I settled on … Read more

Butternut Squash Soup


I was recently contacted by the culinary school at Baltimore International College asking me to make one of their recipes. I read through the list and there were several things that appealed to me. I finally settled on Puree of Squash Soup for several reasons. Upping my experience with different squash recipes is still a … Read more