Cowboy Caviar

Whatever you do this summer, you simply MUST make this salsa!!! HOW in the world it got the name ‘Cowboy Caviar’ is beyond me.  It’s kind of mix between a salsa, a side dish and a dip. But whatever you want to call it, it has fast become one of the most VERSATILE salsas I’ve […]

Restaurant Style Homemade Salsa

Boy what a ding-a-ling I am.  I have bought jarred salsa since the inception of time and it took me under 10 minutes to do it at home. And I didn’t even have to go out and buy anything. Salsa is one of those recipes where fresh ingredients are apparent.  You just can’t taste fresh […]

HANDS DOWN The BEST Spinach Artichoke Dip EVER!

Yum My friend makes this Spinach Artichoke dip quite often when we go over their house.  He has made it so often that he doesn’t have a recipe, it’s just in his head. I’ve never considered myself a Spinach and Artichoke dip ‘fan’, per se, specifically the artichoke portion of it … but as I […]

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

Yum I thought long and hard about what to call these peppers.  I thought as I ate, I ate as I thought. What do you call something that has no meat, well meatless, I guess.  But it’s more than that.   These peppers are packed with brown and black rice (wild rice), homemade tomato sauce […]

Mushroom Risotto (even a Novice can make!)

Yum I don’t usually tell stories in my recipes posts, but I had to take the time to write this one as … well, as it involved risotto. My husband I took the kids to Vermont last year to go skiing.  As we were driving back home through Canada, we hit a very nasty snow […]

Penne ala Vodka

Pasta cooked al dente topped with a cream based tomato and vodka sauce … pure comfort food Guess what we’re making today friends?  Penne a la Vodka! um…. hello?  Did you hear me? PENNE ALA VODKA!! I remember the very first time I had Penne ala Vodka.  I was working at one of my first […]

Wild Rice with Caramelized Sweet Potatoes, Shallots and Mushrooms

I was looking for something to make for lunch yesterday and I’ve been doing pretty good at steering away from breads.  But for some reason I have a harder time at lunch.  Maybe because I was brought up with the traditional sandwich and chips or soup for lunch each day. So as I was deciding […]

Mexican Rice

  While we enjoy this Mexican Rice recipe with our Burritos or Tacos, I had a bunch of leftover brown rice the other day from when I had baked it. If you’ve never tried this method, you have no idea what you’re missing and how easy it is!  I swear I will NEVER boil rice again. […]

Classic Caesar Dressing

Yum There simply are NO words to describe this Caesar dressing.  Well, ok, maybe a few. Like: creamy bold cheesy delicious addictive With summer in full swing now, salads are a big part of our diet and Caesar salad happens to be a one of my all time favorites! As much as I adore leafy […]

Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Avocado & Chicken with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

It’s been quite a while since I’ve been THIS excited about a recipe!   This spinach salad is truly THE BOMB!! Certain foods just belong together like peanut butter and jelly, and that would be spinach and strawberries.   Add to that the combination of cranberry and orange and I’m telling you THIS is one amazing salad! […]

Vegan Spinach, Mushroom & Caramelized Onion Quesadillas

Boy that title’s a mouthful, isn’t it?  Just wait … it gets longer because I ADDED something after I made this and took pictures! I was searching for a vegan type taco or quesadilla recipe the other day and kept finding ones with vegetables, like butternut squash and black beans.  And while that sounds good […]

Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto

Oh me ~ oh my!  I’ve gone and done it again. There are very few foods that I enjoy THAT much that I can eat the ENTIRE thing myself, but this is one. The only other time I can really remember eating the whole thing by myself was when I made my ‘Not Your Mama’s Greenbeans’.   Now […]