Archive for the ‘Recipes’ Category

Preserving your Green Chiles

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

We’ve all been there. Its 4:45, you’re trying to get supper together and in the oven, and you need a can of green chiles…but there are none in the pantry! So, stock up on roasted green chiles in the freezer when you can! I love using them fresh, but sometimes I spend a day putting them up for later when they are offered by the case. (more…)

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…)

Asian Inspired Stuffed Peppers–In the crockpot

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Asian Stuffed Peppers

I can use one or two peppers in a week, but 6, that’s a little more tricky. When BB gives me an abundance of bell peppers, stuffed peppers are really the only option. So it was, slated for tonight’s dinner on the ol’ meal plan. We had already had several tomato-based dinners this week (chili–which we ate twice, spaghetti squash spaghetti, and pizza), so I thought I’d give my husband’s heartburn a break and make stuffed peppers flavored with soy sauce, brown sugar, and ginger instead of tomato paste, borrowing flavors from my favorite halloween meal, dinner in a pumpkin. It was actually pretty tasty and healthy too! (more…)

Mandarin Kuchen

Friday, February 27th, 2015


I was fortunate to live with my grandmother for 4 years during college. In the span of these years we spent much of our time talking about or making some family favorite foods! One of my FAVORITE desserts she would prepare was Kuchen.

It would never fail, she would bake two or 3 Kuchen’s on the one weekend I worked or was out of town! Now, I’m not complaining as I definetly reaped the benefits of her labor. However, she passed in 2013. We have scoured her recipe cards and many cook books and none of them indicated a recipe she used! For the past few year I have been trying out a few variations and finally have a Kuchen Recipe that is comparable to hers!

I hope you enjoy this little slice of Heavenly Kuchen with a twist- Mandarin Oranges!! (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…)

Tangelo Fruit Popsicles

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

I am always looking for new ways to bring fresh ingredients to our table!

These fresh bright orange Tangelo popsicles were a huge hit with my toddlers- and husband! (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…)