I don’t care much for mayo-based potato salads. While I like a creamy dressing, the mayo feels a bit too heavy to me. So usually I opt for a salad more along the lines of a German potato salad made with an herb vinaigrette. Think of this as a healthified potato salad–but one that doesn’t […]

When I was a kid there were more than a few meals my mom made that I absolutely hated. One that I absolutely loved was her enchilada pie. So, I’m going old school and bringing back Mom’s Enchilada Pie.  Only this time I’m changing it up a bit. Instead of ground beef, I’m being resourceful […]

Ham and Cheese Puff Pancake

by Lindsey on January 16, 2013

We have breakfast for dinner about once a week, sometimes more if my husband or I have a lot going on. It’s easy and the kids always enjoy it. This recipe for Ham and Cheese Puff Pancake is something that rolls dinner and breakfast into one. If you don’t have ham, you could definitely use […]

Easy Eggnog Ice Cream Floats

by Lindsey on December 20, 2012

A few years ago I was spending time with my husband’s uncle and aunt.  My husband’s uncle loves eggnog, as do I.  He asked me if I’d ever had it mixed with soda.  (I hadn’t, but I was intrigued.)  He likes to mix his with lemon-lime soda or cola.  Both are great.  And it got […]

Sign me up for anything with pumpkin baked into it, especially if there’s maple syrup involved. My kids were going crazy over these biscuits. I’ve seen similar recipes, but I decided to use my favorite buttermilk biscuit recipe and tweak it a little. A little less milk and a good dose of pumpkin puree, a […]

I use my slow-cooker several times a week. I’m always cooking up a double batch of beans or making chicken. I haven’t made many casserole-type recipes in my slow-cooker, but I was intrigued when I saw a recipe for slow-cooker lasagna in a favorite catalog. I was totally willing to give it a try with […]

Jam-Filled Pie Crust Cookies

by Lindsey on September 19, 2012

We’ve been baking a lot of pies lately. My youngest daughter came up behind me when I was rolling out pie crust and asked if she could get out the cookie cutters. I remembered being a little girl and loving the pie dough scraps that my mother and grandmother would lay in a pan and […]

We’re heading into baking season.  Are you excited?  Over the weekend I had to stop myself from pulling out a can of pumpkin puree to turn into muffins.  It’s still 90 degrees outside after all. :) My kids are showing more interest than ever in helping me cook and bake. You might remember my list […]

I scored a fantastic deal on some dried blueberries a few months ago.  I bought a bunch to eat on cereal and salads. But what I really wanted to make with them was cookies.  There’s a cake we like that combines blueberries, lemon and white chocolate together in a magical way. These are the cookie […]

Two of my neighbors have gorgeous apricot trees that have been completely overloaded with these gorgeous, blushing fruits. I like to use apricots raw in smoothies and salads. But it’s when apricots are cooked that their flavor is at its best and more glorious. Roasting the apricots deepens that luscious flavor. I love apricots with […]

I love fruit.  I love fruit salad.  I LOVE when I go to a potluck or a BBQ and there’s a giant bowl of fruit salad calling to me. But it can get kind of boring, right?  Melon, grapes and strawberries.  Maybe some chunks of pineapple.  Let me help you be the Queen of the […]

It’s too hot to turn on the stove or oven.  So we’ve been eating a lot of salad this summer.  This one is one that my husband and oldest daughter really love–Antipasto Salad. We’ve enjoyed antipasto platters at various restaurants.  Every corner pizza parlor or deli in our neighborhood in New York had their own version of […]

Our family really likes homemade baked fries.  We used to make them really plain with just salt.  Then we moved to salt and black pepper.  And now we’ve been enjoying flavored salt.  Rosemary and lemon are a perfect combination for homemade fries. That tiny bowl holds the flavorful salt. We’ve been experimenting with making our […]

Yes….summer is practically here.  I’ve had picnics on my mind.  We had one picnic during Spring Break and it was super fun.  I’m thinking of  fun things we could take along besides the usual peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. This cold salad would be the perfect addition to any picnic or BBQ.  It’s flavorful and […]

I get a little too excited about kitchen tools.  I’m kind of a geek that way.  I’m also a practical kind of gal, so instead of perfume and flowers for Mother’s Day, I prefer small appliances or gadgets to add to my collection. I get asked a lot about my must-have kitchen items, so here […]

I was digging around in my cupboard and happened upon a big container of wheat berries I’d forgotten all about.  We used to eat wheat berries on a regular basis before I became gluten-free.  I love those kinds of surprises–almost as good as finding $20 in your winter coat pocket. (Almost.) I yelled to my […]

For months now, I have been craving stuffed peppers. This is strange because I have only ever eaten them a few times in my life that I can remember, and only one of those times was it good. I wanted to trade in the ground beef for vegetables and fried fruit in the stuffing.  And […]

St. Patrick’s Day is Saturday. We usually make Corned Beef and Cabbage in the slow cooker, but inevitably my husband is the only one who eats it and it goes to waste. This year I told him we are not making corned beef. Instead we’ll be making something green and healthy and we’ll attempt to […]

I woke up yesterday morning not feeling very well.  My kids have had colds this past week and I wondered if I might not be coming down with something too.  I wanted something warm and comforting.  Polenta is my go-to comfort food.  Whether it’s cold or warm outside, it doesn’t matter–I almost always want polenta. […]

The Super Bowl is this Sunday.  (You probably already knew that, but I had to Google it.  We’re more likely to be watching Downton Abbey instead.) But if you need a tasty little appetizer/snack for your Super Bowl (or Downton Abbey) Party, might I suggest these rice rolls filled with a spicy, crunchy, refreshing Radicchio […]

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