Foolproof Braided Brioche Loaf

This brioche bread is soft, buttery and fluffy.   We braided it and then placed in a loaf pan, topped it an egg wash and sesame seeds for a perfect sandwich bread. There is something magical about making bread at home.  And Brioche bread has to be among my favorites, for 2 reasons: it’s super simple […]

Chicken Thighs in a Creamy Dijon Mustard Sauce

Chicken thighs are nestled in between onions and cooked until golden brown.  Then some white wine, crème fraiche and 2 types of mustard are added along with some honey to make a tangy creamy sauce.  I am on a Ina Garten kick right now and I already own about 6 of her cookbooks.  I decided […]

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus with Garlic & Herb Cheese

This low carb appetizer uses fresh asparagus that is paired with a garlic and herb cream cheese and wrapped in salty prosciutto and baked until tender.   Perfect as a side dish or finger food at your next cocktail party. If there is EVER a side dish that you want to make to impress your […]

Classic Bolognese Sauce with Tagliatelle (step by step)

A slow simmered, full bodied Italian meat sauce that can be enjoyed on top of tagliatelle pasta or as the main sauce in lasagna alla Bolognese.  This true Italian classic Bolognese sauce cannot be made quickly.  Allow yourself plenty of time for this outstanding sauce to mature. This recipe is quite possibly the longest one […]

Easy Homemade Russian Dressing

Creamy, tangy, sweet and perfectly balanced is what you will get when you make this homemade Russian dressing.  Perfect as a sandwich or salad topper. If you’ve followed our blog for a while, there is one thing I especially like to make from scratch and that is salad dressings.  Most store bought dressings contain subpar […]

Roasted Cauliflower Fritters with a Bloomin Onion Dipping Sauce

What sets these cauliflower fritters apart is the deep roasted caramelized flavor that comes from roasting the cauliflower beforehand.   Beyond delicious on their own … add the dipping sauce and it’s over the top! As an avid and self proclaimed veggie lover I have to confess that cauliflower has not been at the top […]

4 Ingredient Fluffy Banana Pancakes

4 ingredients and 5 minutes is all it takes to whip up a healthy breakfast that is not eggs! Who’s up for some banana pancakes? Who’s up for making them, eating them and cleaning up in a jiffy?   Well then we’ve got your covered because these banana filled fluffy pancakes take only 5 minutes […]

Mediterranean Bowtie Pasta Salad

Bright, colorful and healthy veggies are tossed with Farfalle pasta and a lemony vinaigrette for a Mediterranean Pasta Salad that can be served alongside burgers at your next BBQ or a light lunch. No one really needs a specific reason, season, time of year, or party to make a pasta salad.  In  my opinion they […]

Creamy Cheddar & Broccoli Orzo

Little orzo pasta is cooked in broth until tender and then married with a creamy cheesy sauce with tiny bits of broccoli for a healthy and super fast side dish. This cheesy broccoli orzo recipe would be our 3rd orzo recipe on this site.  I have more, seriously.  One that has sundried tomatoes in it, […]

Perfectly Roasted Steak Fries

Perfectly seasoned and roasted Yukon potatoes make the best thick and crispy steak fries.  They are an easy side dish for most any entrée – serve with ketchup or a dipping sauce on the side.  Steak fries are thick wedges of potatoes that have been roasted at a high temperature to a crispy perfection. Because […]

Creamy Potato Soup (without bacon)

Potatoes are simmered in chicken broth until tender and then added to a creamy broth with onions, garlic and cream and cream cheese, then pureed to your desired consistency.   Every Friday in our house I do a clean sweep of the fridge, freezer and pantry. It’s leftover day in our house and I use […]

Ham Tetrazzini (no canned soups)

A weeknight dinner where the sauce is ready before the spaghetti is … spaghetti is cooked until al dente and then coated in a luscious creamy cheese sauce with diced ham and peas for an easy 15 minute dinner! My mom made ham tetrazzini all the time when we were growing up, only her version […]