Category Archives: recipes

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

#Cookbook Review: The Healthy Slow Cooker

The Healthy Slow Cooker by Judith FinlaysonAnother cookbook review for you!  This time it’s all about easy and healthy meals made in the slow cooker.   Whether the temperature is cold or hot outside, your slow cooker can be your best friend, saving you time in the kitchen.  With the help of The Healthy Slow Cooker: 135 Gluten-Free Recipes for Health and Wellness, it can also help you produce delicious, healthy, gluten free meals, too. Continue reading

#Cookbook Review: A Taste of Pesach

Cookbook review: A taste of Pesach. A fabulous resourse for delicious gluten free and Passover foodI am excited to review this beautiful new book from the publisher of the Kosher by Design series. A Taste of Pesach: Trusted Favorites, Simple Preparation, Magnificent Results is not only filled with tried and true Passover recipes, it’s 95% gluten free.  So, as a non-Jew-but-gluten-free-eater, I am excited to spread the word about this untapped resource for us. Never let the fact that a book is written for one group of people stop you from exploring the possibilities! 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

Thin Mint Baked Oatmeal

Thin Mint Baked OatmealA little while ago, my friend, Dionne from Try Anything Once blog, made and shared my baked oatmeal recipe.  Her pictures were so tempting that I knew I needed to make up a batch.  However, a craving for chocolate overtook me right about that same time, so I did a little tweaking.  The result was this Thin Mint Baked Oatmeal that I may or may not have hovered over like a rabid dog when anyone attempted to take it from me. 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

Kale and Spinach with Caramelized Kumquats and Pecans

Spinach and Kale with Caramelized Kumquats and PecansI am all about trying new things, but like I said in my last post, sometimes it takes baby steps for me or my kids to like things.  Kale straight up is one of those things that the kids balk at.  They like Kale Chips,  I think because of the crunch and salt.  A dish that starts with the word Kale, though, sends up red flags in their brains. Continue reading

Mashed Potatoes and Turnip with Chives

Mashed Potatoes and Turnip with ChivesI am not usually a turnip fan.  My mother used to serve them plain, mashed with butter.  I hated their strong flavor.   Now that I am a grown up, thought, I can appreciate that turnips have redeeming value.  They are full of vitamins, dietary fiber, even calcium.  So I am trying to like them, through baby steps.   Continue reading

Chocolate Raisin “N’Oatmeal” Grain-Free Cookies and @BobsRedMill Nut Flour Giveaway

Chocolate Raisin "N'oatmeal" Cookies made with almond flour (gluten free)I really need the weather to warm up.   My pants are getting tighter with every cold front that moves through the state.  Seriously, it is totally Mother Nature’s fault that I keep baking (and eating) delicious chocolate treats.  That is my story and I am sticking to it. 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

Peanut Butter Blondies

Peanut Butter Blondies with chocolate chipsThis is another of my grandmother’s recipes.  Some of you might remember that she was the head baker for a school district in the 1970s.  She got up early every school day and baked treats for all of the schools in town.  Boy! Those were the days!  There is nothing this yummy on any of my kids’ lunch menus.  It’s no wonder my daughter prefers to take her lunch! Continue reading