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Celebrate Pi Day with breakfast Asparagus Pie!

Saturday, March 14th, 2015


I love to celebrate pi day by eating pie for breakfast!  In previous years, I’ve had banana cream pie, chocolate pie, or apple pie.  I decided to go a little more adult route this year and celebrate the asparagus that is abundant in my fridge right now.  When my daughter saw breakfast she was disappointed that it wasn’t “real pie” but then inhaled it and asked for seconds.

Okay so this is probably technically a quiche but I’m not going to be so serious about such things.  Once you try it, I think we can agree that it is delicious cheesy asparagus goodness. (more…)

Refreshing Cucumber Salad

Monday, March 9th, 2015


This is my daughter’s favorite salad, she literally licks the plate clean when I make it.  I love it because it is crisp and refreshing and comes together easily.  The combination of flavors is really nice – the sweetness from the sugar, tartness from vinegar, a little salt and a hint of spice. (more…)

Wonton Taco Rolls

Sunday, March 8th, 2015


I have been really geeking out on making plans for my Asian pack.  So many yummy options, so little time.  I finally executed some of those ideas tonight.  This was a great week night dinner because it came together quickly and the result was delicious.  It was so good that my five year old was angry that she got two and her dad put SEVEN (yes, seven) on his plate.  She quickly snatched two from his plate for herself.

In addition to being easy and scrumptious, this recipe is really adaptable.  A lot of times I feel like I don’t make “recipes”, I just have concepts that I use to fit whatever ingredients I have on hand.  This is one of those “recipes”.  I am just laying the framework but it is super flexible.  I used ground turkey because I had it in the fridge but any ground or shredded meat would be splendid and I used bell pepper because I needed to use them up but any number of vegetables would be fantastic (carrots, celery, peas, etc). (more…)

Its Time for Migas Y’all

Thursday, February 26th, 2015


I’m taking y’all on a trip down to sunny Austin, TX for a traditional Tex Mex breakfast. You can step into nearly any self-respecting breakfast establishment in Austin and order Migas. This is the way that I make Migas but it can be made in a variety of ways.  The key is to scramble eggs with corn tortillas and some veggies. The result is always flavorful, comforting and a great way to start the day. (more…)

Jalapeno Popper Pizza

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015


I’m OBSESSED with the pizza rounds.  I maxed out on my first contribution because I knew that they would make easy lunches for my daughter but I find myself using them all the time for dinners instead.  Anytime I don’t feel like cooking, I pull out the pizza rounds and top them with some ingredients out of the fridge.  This pizza was a little more planned than my typical.  As soon as I saw those beautiful jalapeños in the basket, I wanted to make a pizza inspired by one of my favorite appetizers – jalapeño poppers.

One of my favorite things about the pizza rounds is that everyone in the family can have a pizza tweaked to their preference.  I didn’t put jalapeños on my daughters because she doesn’t care for the heat but I really loaded up hubby’s pizza with the jalapeños.  I was somewhere in between. (more…)

Stuffed Eggplant

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

My biggest child (i.e. the grown man child) is always my pickiest eater.  There are so many things that he doesn’t like, thinks he doesn’t like or thinks it sounds like something he might not like.  He has become better over the years but there are many things that he still isn’t willing to eat.  I am always conjuring ideas to use everything in my basket – even the things we don’t like.  We have been contributing to Bountiful Baskets since 2011 so there have been a lot of experiments, some failures and a lot of successes. (more…)

Busy Day Sausage Veggie Soup

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

In my house, Tuesdays are our really busy day.  My daughter has dance and is absolutely famished when she gets home so I’m always looking for ideas to get dinner on the table as quickly as possible.  The crockpot makes an appearance regularly on Tuesdays.  I cut up the veggies and put this soup together this morning and cooked it on low all day.  This recipe is loaded with veggies and sausage so it is a great meal in a bowl. (more…)

Undemanding Chowder

Friday, November 14th, 2014

 

We have enough demands in life, don’t you think?  Everyone that I know is running high on “to do” and short on time (and maybe patience).  Sometimes we have to start making demands of the things in our life.  Today, I demanded that dinner be quick, easy and comforting.  It is darn cold around here and I can’t tolerate for one of these demands not to be met.

Luckily, dinner met all of my specifications.  I chopped up everything and put it in the crockpot this morning.  I had red corn in the freezer from a case that I processed and froze over the summer.  I also put in a jalapeño to add a little bit of spice.  If you like more spice, you can add more jalapeño than this (or leave the seeds in).  If you don’t like it you can leave it out.  When we got home from my daughter’s dance class, I added the butter and cream. (more…)

Creamy One Pot Pumpkin Pasta

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

One pot pasta ideas have been super popular for quite awhile now.  The idea was pretty revolutionary for me – you put basic ingredients in a pot for 20-25 minutes and end up with pasta in a delightful sauce.  I had nothing planned for dinner so it was a perfect night for this miracle dish.  Of course, it is still pumpkin palooza so I shook it up with some pumpkin pizzaz. This pasta was wonderful!  It was easy, creamy and delicious. (more…)

Savory Persimmon Sauce

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

I was gifted several persimmons at pickup last week and I knew that I wouldn’t get them all eaten or baked before they went bad so I had to really think outside of my box for other uses.  I came up with this delectable persimmon sauce to serve over leftover turkey breast.  My big kid (hubby) isn’t a very adventurous eater and would definitely give a side eye to fruit on his meat (welcome to my life) so I just didn’t tell him what the sauce was.  After he happily ate up his serving, I (smugly) confessed that it was a persimmon sauce and he still got seconds.  My daughter loved it too.  We’ll definitely be doing this again while persimmons are in season.  It would also be yummy on chicken or pork. (more…)