Au Gratin Potatoes with Fresh Fennel

I always get excited when we get fennel in our baskets!  But then again I LOVE black licorice, and raw fennel has a definite licorice flavor and aroma.  Sadly my husband is not a licorice fan, so raw fennel is not an option for him.  However, cooked fennel has a different flavor, it’s not as pungent and aromatic when its roasted or baked in a casserole.  A friend shared a recipe with au gratin potatoes and bacon which sounded good, but i didn’t have a pound of bacon handy.  After digging in my deep freeze (come on we all do it, looking for that one item you know you stuck in there and just like your purse, everything immediately goes to the abyss in the bottom) I found a pound of Italian sausage.  What is in Italian sausage for spice…Fennel seed. Hmm, I am thinking this could be a winning choice.


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Garlic Pesto Chicken


Have you ever tried pesto? I saw it for the first time about a year ago….Standing there in the noodle aisle, doing what I always do; trying to get some inspiration from the food in front of me. I saw this little jar that struck my fancy. Skip forward, the pesto is still here. The stores version. Not so much.
So anytime I try something new, I immediately start thinking of ways I can make it different; make it my own. I love cooking. I love making food taste gooooooood! I LOVE seeing the smiles on peoples faces when they are trying a new food and the moment it hits their system, when the flavors come together and it all reaches their brain…THAT moment, is the moment that I cook for.
Pesto, it has many purposes, each one good in their own right. It can be an appetizer dip, spread on a bread or used with noodles; the possibilities are endless! And lucky for us, it’s easy to make. Continue reading “Garlic Pesto Chicken”

Spicy Coconut Kissed Egg Rolls with Dipping Sauce Trio

One of my favorite add-ons is the Asian Pack!  It always gives me the excuse to make up a big batch of stir fry.  Today I wanted to do something different. Why not egg rolls! Simple enough, as all I needed were the wrappers. These egg rolls receive their heat from the dried Chiles de árbol in the pack.  The coconut kiss, is a result of the rolls being fried in Bountiful Baskets scented organic Coconut Oil. Trust me, my house smelled amazing all day! Continue reading “Spicy Coconut Kissed Egg Rolls with Dipping Sauce Trio”

Italian Pack Pasta


I wanted to use my Italian pack items and my beefsteak tomatoes but I also needed a quick, easy dinner while life is so busy! I felt like challenging myself today cause lets face it…Life has been busy and I have let my kitchen inspirations fall to the waste side lately. I was hoping my instincts hadn’t left me when I started this meal out. We can let you be the judge of it 😉 Continue reading “Italian Pack Pasta”

Mozzarella Stick Stackers

Mozzarella Stick Stackers

As a little kid (and a college kid, and a newly married kid) one of my favorite junk food treats was a crispy, fried mozzarella stick.  There is just nothing better than biting into a crunchy layer of browned bread crumbs followed by the oooey- goooey- goodness of cheese.  Well, maybe even better is giving that a dip into some spicy marinara sauce.  But after my second baby I started to feel my metabolism slowing down and by baby number four it was quite apparent that an indulgent mozzarella stick would hang around (in the form of hips and tummy) for far longer than I wanted.  It was clear I had to avoid one of my favorite guilty pleasures.  Until now! Continue reading “Mozzarella Stick Stackers”