Perfect Rice Pilaf with Orzo and Slivered Almonds

Very few ingredients are needed to make an outstanding rice pilaf dish.  We chose to add some pan toasted orzo, turmeric, basil and thyme.  Topped off with some fresh parsley and slivered toasted almonds, this pilaf is anything but boring. Rice pilaf is, by definition, rice that has been cooked in chicken stock or another […]

Sweet Potato Stackers w/ Gruyere, Parmesan Cheese & Thyme

Thinly sliced sweet potatoes are stacked and baked in a muffin tin along with caramelized onions, gruyere & parmesan cheeses and fresh thyme. Last summer I made these little potato stackers when I was having a dinner party, only I used white Russet potatoes.  They were such a huge hit that I decided to try […]

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 […]

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 […]

Baked Wings w an Epic Dry Rub and Sweet & Spicy Sauce

Crispy wings that start with an epic dry rub, are baked NOT fried and end up slathered in a sweet and spicy hot sauce that is killer! I’m thinking that by now you all have a pretty good sense that I LOVE wings.   And with the biggest football game of the year in less […]

Five Star New England Clam Chowder

This not-too-thick, not-too-thin, creamy, New England Clam Chowder is full of chopped clams, potatoes, a hint of thyme, broth and cream … and will absolutely win you over. If you come from the east coast like I do then you know how critically important finding a stellar New England Clam Chowder can be.  You can’t […]

Turkey Tetrazzini with Egg Noodles & Broccoli

Need a comforting, creamy and baked reason to hoard some of that leftover Turkey this Thanksgiving?  One that doesn’t use canned soups?  Instead uses real ingredients like cream, broth and spices.   Here you go! Well Thanksgiving has come and gone and once again you are left with a mountain of turkey, if you’re lucky […]

Classic Alfredo Sauce

An Italian pasta favorite with a traditional creamy white sauce that blends butter, Parmesan cheese and cream. The story goes that a classic Alfredo sauce back in the 1500s was simply melted butter with parmesan cheese.  As time evolved, cream was added to this sauce to make it more decadent and creamy. While this dish […]

The Easiest and Best Cranberry Sauce You’ll Ever Have

Why serve the ones you love canberry sauce when you can make real cranberry sauce that’s been lightly sweetened and has a hint of orange juice and cinnamon? Cranberry sauce is a staple on every table at Thanksgiving.  Ask me why and I couldn’t tell you. It wasn’t until recently that my mom starting making […]

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole

No Thanksgiving is complete without sweet potatoes on the table.  Only, these are much lower in sugar so you can enjoy them as a side dish and not a dessert.  Thanksgiving is coming!  Aren’t you so excited??  It’s the start of the holiday season.  It’s where all the recipes from your grandmother get pulled out […]

Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet (Hamburger Helper)

A homemade, healthier version of the famous boxed dinner.  Seasoned ground beef and onions simmer alongside pasta in tomato sauce and beef broth and is then topped with cheese for a one skillet 30 minute dinner.  One of the main reasons I started this website way back in 2012 was to show others who had […]