Fennel, Tomato and Sausage Soup

I love to share my fennel recipes because fennel is one of those things that gets a lot of confused looks at pickup.  I think that fennel is especially yummy in Italian recipes so I whipped up this soup on a recently fall evening.  As soon as weather gets cooler AT ALL, I fully embrace it.  Considering I live in Central Texas, these “fall days” are sparse but glorious.  This came together really quickly, so it worked well at my house on a week night.


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Bacon and Hatch Chile’s, Enough Said!

You know what I love about Bountiful Baskets? What I REALLY love? Beyond the healthy food on my dinner plate; beyond the rewards I get when I volunteer and do my part to ensure the success of our co-op, which is helping countless people; even beyond money I am saving by participating in Bountiful Baskets….

What I REALLY love about Bountiful Baskets is that because of Baskets, I have found joy in food! Clean, healthy, amazing food that I had walked past in grocery aisles for years. Not noticing them, not knowing how to use them and especially not knowing how much I loved them! Continue reading “Bacon and Hatch Chile’s, Enough Said!”

Guacamole Citrus Twist

I love guacamole!  Guacamole is a dip made traditionally from avocados, with additions of tomato, onion, lime juice, and seasonings. It ranges in texture from a thick sauce to a chunky dip. Health tip–Avocados are packed with more than twenty vitamins, contain “good fats” that reduce cholesterol, can help fight cancer, and can be used as a substitute for butter or shortening in baking! Continue reading “Guacamole Citrus Twist”

Vegetable Tikka Masala

One of the things that happens the night before Basket Day is using up the remnants of whatever is left in the veggie drawer in the fridge. One of the easiest things to do (and currently one of our favorites) is to go Indian – with a veggie tikka masala.
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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”

Squash Quesadilla

The challenge was on.  What can you do with an acorn squash that is different and tasty?  At our house, we love quesadillas!   A quesadilla is a flour tortilla filled with a savory mixture containing cheese, vegetables, chicken, beef, or even, tofu.  It is a basic tortilla “grilled cheese sandwich” but with a spicy kick!  I cooked the acorn squash in the oven until tender and mashed it.  I added lots of jalapeno chiles and onions to the squash.  I made the quesadilla by layering the squash mixture in the tortilla with cheese and heating it.  It was a great new way to use acorn squash! Continue reading “Squash Quesadilla”

Corn and Tomato Tart (gluten free-but they will never know)

Corn and Tomato Tart
Corn and Tomato Tart

I have been loving my heirloom tomatoes from Bountiful Baskets- and so has everyone else in my family.  We have all enjoyed discovering the different flavors that come with each different color and pointing out the best ways to use all the colors to create “the perfect bite”.  The best quote of the night came from my 13 year old while enjoying the little dish I’m about to share with you.  She said “You know what’s great about these tomatoes?  They taste like tomatoes.  A lot of the time tomatoes don’t really taste like anything.  But these are full of tomatoey goodness”.  Yes my dear, yes they are.  And since these little gems have the guts to actually have a flavor, I thought they deserved a dish that showcased it. Continue reading “Corn and Tomato Tart (gluten free-but they will never know)”

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”

Wheat Berry Risotto

I have been exploring uses for my bag of wheat berries that is living in my pantry. I had a major risotto craving so I thought I would try to sub the wheat berries in for the rice. This recipe turned out really comforting and rich like traditional risotto.  I really liked how the wheat berries made it a little chewy. Continue reading “Wheat Berry Risotto”