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Breakfast Sausage Meatballs and Rotini and Cookbook Giveaway

This month’s Pass the CookBook Club book is Breakfast for Dinner by Lindsay Landis and Taylor Hackbarth of Love & Olive Oil.  As an added bonus this month, we are also able to giveaway three copies of this wonderful cookbook!  As always, three recipes were chosen for us to pick from, each of us made one.  You can see the dishes in the linky at the bottom of the post.Breakfast Meatballs and Rotini
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Meatball Quesadillas: an edible spaghetti western

Meatball Quesadillas: a real Spaghetti Western snackThis Spaghetti Western is true convenience food.  And yet, you can make it all with real food, too.  Homemade tortillas, homemade spaghetti sauce, homemade meatballs; this dish can take you hours to make, or you can whip it up in mere minutes.  It all depends on your food philosophy or your schedule.  You could even adapt it to be gluten free. Continue reading

Chicken and Sweet Potato Hash

Chicken and Sweet Potato Hash: a one pan skillet dinnerNow that the weather is warmer, I have started walking my daughter to and from school.  Actually, she mostly rides her bike with her friends in the morning and in the afternoons, I walk down to the school to make sure she safely gets through the mass of big kids on bikes on the way home.  She loves the freedom.  I like that I can still keep an eye on her as she starts to spread the wings of freedom. Continue reading

Chicken Orzo Soup

Chicken Orzo SoupDo you add dill to your chicken soup?  I first saw it done when I was researching Chicken Noodle Soup as a Jewish grandmother’s cure for illness.  So many of those recipes had dill that I had to try it.  Now, it’s a required ingredient in my kitchen.  Boy! Does it ever ramp up the flavor of what might be considered a “ho-hum” soup. Continue reading

Chicken Alfredo French Bread Pizza

Chicken Alfredo French Bread PizzaYears ago, I wrote my first sponsored post.  The gig was to come up with nine, yes NINE recipes for a well known company.  It was back in the day when my photos were still marginally awful bordering on grotesque.   In the last year, I have been culling those photos and even some of the posts.  This is a rewrite of one of those nine recipes.  Basically everything has changed, including the ingredients (except the chicken and French bread).  This version is MUCH better and surprisingly, there is a gluten free option. Continue reading

Sausage, Mushroom and Spinach Crustless Quiche

Sausage, Mushroom and Spinach Crustless QuicheWhere did the last month go?  It’s Improv Challenge time again and this time we are cooking up Sausage and Mushrooms.  This was an extra fun theme for me because I have a few mushroom haters in my family, so I got to make something just for the grown-ups!  In a big family, it’s a treat not having to share. Continue reading

#FreshFromFlorida Ratatouille and Pulled Pork over Cheese Grits

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fresh From Florida for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Ratatouille and Pulled Pork over Cheese Grits using #FreshFromFlorida vegetables

I have become a huge locivore since moving to Florida.  The fresh produce that we enjoy all year long is amazing.  While the rest of the country is still fighting snow and ice, we are enjoying fresh summer squash and tomatoes!  It always puts a smile on my face when I see the Fresh From Florida signs in the grocery store next to vegetables that, in other parts of the country, won’t be in season for another five or six months! Continue reading

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

Chicken and Sausage JambalayaIt’s time for Pass the Cookbook Club founded by Kita from Pass the Sushi.  It’s an opportunity for us to use those cookbooks that are gathering dust on our shelves.  Each month, a member of the group chooses a three recipes from a cookbook they own and shares them with the group.  We then make one, photograph it and post about it, either on a blog or on the Facebook group to which we all belong.  This month’s cookbook was Cooking Up a Storm. Continue reading

Herbed Roast Chicken

Herbed Roast ChickenI used to use the seasonings in this recipe for Cornish hens.  A long time ago and in a land far, far away (Seattle), my husband and I lived in a different economic style.  We didn’t worry about money and things didn’t seem that expensive.  I’d buy a couple of little birds, just because they were fun, without thinking about the price per pound.  These days, I am all about the bottom dollar and a big chicken has more cost savings. Continue reading

Pasta and Cheese with Squash

Pasta and Cheese with SquashThis is a tale of a culinary coup.  I pulled one over on my entire family with complete success.  My kids, who turn up their noses in disdain when I even remotely suggest that they eat winter squash, gobbled up this pasta and cheese casserole like there was no tomorrow.   Even my husband didn’t notice that slight note of squash with the cheese.  Score one for the vitamins! Continue reading

Egg and Red Pepper Breakfast Skillet

Egg Roasted Pepper Breakfast SkilletDo you eat breakfast for dinner?  In my house, it’s one of the most popular dinners I can make.  Considering that “breakfast” is an umbrella term that encompasses a plethora of dishes, that means I can make anything from waffles to fritattas or from quiche to pancakes. Continue reading

Spicy Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Spicy Grilled Cheese that makes use of flavored cheese and turkey from the deliTaking decent pictures of grilled cheese sandwiches is a lot harder than it looks.  My proverbial hat is off to the bloggers and food stylists who make it look so easy.  There is only one photo for this post because I just could not figure it out.  But I really want you to know this sandwich.  You need it in your life. Continue reading