Oy! Only ten more days until Christmas and I am SO not ready. I have so much shopping still to do. Luckily, I think I can get it done at two or three stores. With life so busy, I am glad that there are quick dinners that can be made up in less than 30 minutes. I refuse to get caught in the fast food trap. Continue reading
I need quick fixes. Time gets away from me ALL of the Time. I’ll be on the computer or spending time with my kids and then WHAM it’s dinner time. That’s why I love this Homemade Gravy Mix. AND it’s gluten-free. Continue reading
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Grilling and tailgating is still alive and well in late October. This Pulled Chicken BBQ Dip proves my point! Continue reading
This post is sponsored by Foster Farms chicken locally grown in the Pacific Northwest, but all opinions are my own.Those of you who are long-time readers of this blog know that I love cooking with locally grown and produced foods. I also tend to adopt the flavors indigenous to the place I live. When I lived in Arizona, we ate Mexican food. When I lived in Florida, we ate Southern food and seafood. Now that I am in the Northwest, we are enjoying Asian flavors along with the plethora of fresh produce grown here. Washington by far produces more fruits and vegetables than any of the other states I’ve lived. I am in cooking heaven here! Local food tastes so much better than the stuff that has been on trucks, planes or boats for a week! Continue reading
Easy Cassoulet: a streamlined version of the classic French peasant stew.
If you are familiar with traditional cassoulet, you know that it doesn’t necessarily look like the dish I have posted above. Yes, I know it is usually made with big pieces of duck and whole sausages. Yes, I know that it is usually packed with beans. Yes, I know that it takes a whole day or longer to make. Yes, yes, yes, I know. This is the “one hour” version and it is still delicious and I am sticking with it. Continue reading
I had the most interesting conversation with a Canadian friend the other day. I said something about her celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving this week and she told me it wasn’t until next week. I “hmmm’d” to myself and went home to Google it. It appears she will be eating her feast a week after the rest of Canada… Any-hoo, I thought I’d get a jump on the U.S. Thanksgiving by posting a roast turkey on our northern neighbor’s holiday. Continue reading
Time is rushing on toward summer. It seems like we were complaining so much that winter wouldn’t leave and now there are only two weeks left until summer vacation starts! With time spinning crazily out of control, I turn to simple dinner recipes. I found a cookbook on clearance called Southern Living Rotisserie Chicken Cookbook (brought to you by Winn Dixie) a while ago. It is full of convenient recipes like this King’s Ranch Pasta and Cheese.
This “burrito” recipe is more of a modern interpretation of Mexican food. I am not sure it would pass any authentication tests, but it sure is delicious. If you are looking for something light and different, this is just the thing.
- corn tortillas
- 2 cups cooked chicken, cut into small cubes
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 15 oz can beans, rinsed and drained (use black, pinto, white, or whatever you like)
- 1 tsp oregano
- ½ tsp cayenne
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
- ½ cup cojito crumbles
- 1 large sweet potato, peeled, cooked and cubed
- Cook the onion in the oil until browned,softened or caramelized (or just the way you like it)
- Add the chicken, beans, sweet potato and herbs.
- Heat through, stirring little, so as not to mash the sweet potato.
- Heat the corn tortillas on a griddle or pan so they are softened.
- Spoon some chicken/bean mixture onto the tortillas and sprinkle with cheese.
- Fold over the tortillas or serve open-faced.
Necessity is the mother of so many of my recipes. Seriously, if I didn’t have leftover roast or chicken or bones or whatever staring at me from the refrigerator, how many dinners would simply be spaghetti and meatballs? Continue reading
Now 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
Do 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
Years 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
It’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
I 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
Do 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
Welcome to Day #6 of Appetizer Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. Whether you are a Broncos fan or a Seahawks fan , we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your game day spread. Each day we will be dishing up a different set of appetizers. We hope you enjoy this fabulous group of recipes. Tune in each day starting with Monday, January 20 and ending on Saturday, January 25. Today is our final day of #AppetizerWeek. We hope you have enjoyed it as much as we have! Should we make it an annual event? I think so! Continue reading
Welcome to Day #4 of Appetizer Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. With the big football game coming up, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your game day spread. Each day we will be dishing up a different set of appetizers. We hope you enjoy this fabulous group of recipes. Tune in each day starting with Monday, January 20 and ending on Saturday, January 25. Lots of great prizes will be up for grabs so you do not want to miss one single day. Follow #AppetizerWeek on Twitter to keep up to date with all our amazing recipes and giveaways!
Have you ever taken a moment to look at the Latin food section of your grocery store? There are so many fun things to find there. Goya Foods is a Latin food brand that, as far as I can tell in all of my moves around the country, is a national brand found everywhere. Their product line is very extensive. Some of their foods are even in the freezer section!
Before it gets too sweet this Halloween week, I thought I’d share a few savory dishes. I have the hardest time on trick or treat night getting my children to calm down enough to eat a real meal. What do you usually serve those anxious goblins whose minds are fixated on their impending sugar booty? Continue reading