Main Dish


The secret of a good ratatouille is to cook the vegetables separately so each will taste truly of itself.” —Joël Robuchon, The Complete Robuchon The Italian pack add-on has many vegetables and herbs that can be used to make a wonderful ratatouille. When you open the herb package that is […]

Mexican Lasagna

My family loves lasagna.  They love Mexican (or TexMex, or whatever it is usually called these days!).  What they don’t tend to love is corn tortillas, unless we do something special with them.  Sometimes I turn corn tortillas into chips.  Other times I want something more real.

Chile Relleno Tacos

The Chile Relleno invokes images of deep fried, battered chiles, heavy beans, and a lot of gooey sauce. YUMM!! I needed a way to make this dish a bit quicker… And, yes, I will make the chile casserole version, soon. So, to be healthier and to make this a quick […]

Beef Stew {it’s good for the soul}

As fall creeps around the corner, so does the craving for hearty soups and stews. At least it does at my house. It’s almost like our stomachs know that the season is changing far before our minds do (or far before our minds want to admit it!). Nothing screams comfort […]

Sticking to Stew- Adventures in Pressure Canning

I often try to get creative with the BB veggie packs- you know, use the juice pack for anything BUT juice, the lunch box pack ALL for desserts. Apparently, I’m just a BB rebel. So all week long I was anticipating my beautiful stew pack and thinking of (i.e. pinning) […]

Savory Galettes

In planning a menu for a Games Night the idea of tapas came to mind. This reminded me of a recipe in the August 2013 Better Homes and Gardens August for Lemony Ricotta Summer Squash Galette. Not only was it easy, it used ingredients already on hand! I also knew […]

Hiding Cauliflower… In Mac and Cheese?

The idea of cauliflower to me just sounds awful. I didn’t grow up with cauliflower. It was just not a vegetable my very Filipino family used. And every time we get cauliflower in the basket, I sigh. But no more! I challenged myself to use an entire head of cauliflower […]

Eggplant Lasagna

“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance that principle is contempt prior to investigation.” ~Herbert Spencer This recipe was my introduction to eggplant. Eggplant was one of those things […]

Very Veggie Pasta Sauce

My husband grew up eating spaghetti every week as a kid because it was very economical for a large family.  I, on the other hand, can eat pasta every day and never grow tired of it.  This made it difficult for me to enjoy pasta without my husband complaining.  As […]

Margarita-Marguerita Pasta

As my husband has learned over the years, what I say we are having for dinner is not always what we end up with.  I always have a rough idea of what I am going to make, but most of the time it evolves as I actually begin to cook. […]