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”

Scalloped Carrots

Everyone loves carrots.  My family has a recipe for scalloped carrots that we have used for years and enjoyed.  This is a homey recipe with lots of sliced carrots, thyme, pepper, milk and cheese sprinkled over the top.  When baked, it is a warm, welcoming treat!  I serve it with baked chicken or fish, but it is tasty alone as a vegetarian dish.

Scalloped Carrots


  • 6 large carrots - rainbow carrots can be used and are delicious!
  • 1 finely diced onion
  • 1 cup milk
  • butter
  • salt, pepper
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • 1 tsp. garlic
  • 1/c cup cheddar, finely shredded
  • 1/2 cup parmesan, finely shredded
  • 1 tablespoon flour


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Grease glass baking dish (I use a standard pie dish)
  3. Slice carrots, thinly and put in bottom or dish
  4. Pour milk over the top of the carrots
  5. Stir in flour
  6. Add a couple of pats of butter to milk and carrots
  7. Add salt, pepper, garlic, thyme
  8. Cover the top of the carrots with shredded cheeses
  9. Sprinkle a little more thyme on top
  10. Bake for 20-30 minutes until cheeses are bubbling and carrots are tender
  11. Enjoy!

Carrot Butter and Shiitake Mushroom Escargot

I am sure most of you have heard of ComicCon. A convention where adults (and children) dress up in costume and do whatever they do there. I have never been to a ComicCon  and have no desire to go get my “Geek on” there but, a couple weeks ago I went on a “Mommy Vacation” without my family to get my “Geek on” at CookieCon in Salt Lake City. No, we didn’t dress up as our favorite Keebler elf or as an Oreo but we learned different techniques with decorating sugar cookies. 450 of us from 44 states and 16 Countries across the globe came to the CookieCon. We were all hopped up on sugar from royal icing! Continue reading “Carrot Butter and Shiitake Mushroom Escargot”

No Soup For You!

I have been wanting to eat Brussels Sprouts in a soup and I wanted to find a way to have them in without it being the main attention getter. You may not believe me this when I tell you but…Brussels Sprouts have a bad rap. I get it; they are tiny cabbage looking things and they smell funny while you cook them with an equally strong taste! But I have found that once I got past the obvious reasons for thinking I shouldn’t like them and gave them a shot I fell in love with the tiny cabbage looking thing with a funny smell! Continue reading “No Soup For You!”

Irish Shepherd’s Pie

There is nothing more comforting than Irish Shepherd’s Pie.  This traditional Irish recipe has been handed down for generations in our family.  We make this dish year round but it is a great recipe for St. Patrick’s Day instead of corned beef and cabbage.   It is commonly made with ground lamb but you can use ground turkey or beef instead.  It is a wonderful way to add some vegetables to your dinner.  You can top it off with leftover mashed potatoes or Colcannon.  True comfort food with warmth, heartiness, and love! Continue reading “Irish Shepherd’s Pie”

California Blend Packs for the Freezer

Cali Blend Freezer Packs

All I can say is that I am totally in love with the new California Blend pack that BBFC has been offering. If you haven’t seen one of these packs yet, you will be shocked and amazed and the size of the veggies in them! Holy Carrots Bugs Bunny, that cauliflower is as big as my head! Seriously, these packs are amazing and super easy to process to make into your own healthy blend packs for the freezer. I was blessed with a Food Saver this last Christmas but you don’t need one to make and freeze your own packs. Continue reading “California Blend Packs for the Freezer”

Basket Fried Rice

So…. about a year ago the big joke in my office (ok, one of them) was that we should all stock up on Spam for the zombie apocalypse.  Spam…. hmmm…. isn’t that from a Hawaiian pig?  You guessed it.  I’ve NEVER had Spam before.  My next shopping trip I made a point of adding Spam to my list…. and joy of joys when I found not only Spam, but Hot & Spicy Spam and Jalapeno Spam! Continue reading “Basket Fried Rice”

Sausage, Kale, and White Bean Pasta

Sausage, Kale and White Bean Pasta

Kale, the trendy “superfood” pops up in my basket quite a bit. I don’t love it, but it gives me an opportunity to get creative in the kitchen. This dish is inspired by sausage, kale, and white bean soup and will take you halfway across the world to a trattoria in the Tuscan Countryside. Continue reading “Sausage, Kale, and White Bean Pasta”

Veggie scramble

I really need a protein rich breakfast to get my day started. One of the easiest and healthiest protein breakfasts is for me to scramble up some eggs. This is a great recipe to use up a variety of vegetables and it is fast so it is perfect for weekday mornings. I will pretty much use whatever I have on hand but some of my favorites are tomatoes, spinach, kale, onion, broccoli, carrots, summer squash, zucchini, herbs, leeks, and potatoes. Continue reading “Veggie scramble”