Pot Roast with Butternut Squash and Dried Plums

Slow roasted Pot Roast with Butternut Squash and Dried Plums is the best comfort food around. A wonderful choice for Sunday supper, easy to make and leftovers are even better the next day.  Methods for oven roasting and slow cooker are shared for this recipe. It's been raining for days now....I'm feeling soggy.  And tired.  There's something about rainy days that make me incredibly sleepy.  And wine, that makes me sleepy too.  Last night I had too much wine and today it's rainy so I just … [Read more...]

Everything Bagel Spice Blend

Salt and spice and everything nice, that's what this blend is made of.  Everything Bagel Spice Blend is a mixture of everything you find topping an Everything bagel.  It's easy to make and tastes great on just about....everything.  I'm not a big bagel fan...all the dough and carbs is usually a turn off for me, however, if I get a whiff of an Everything Bagel within sniffing distance...all bets are off.  And, let me warn you, I'll try to share to shave off some of the regret later but I … [Read more...]

The Very Best Vanilla Pudding

Rich, creamy and sweet, Vanilla Pudding is the epitome of comfort food. So simple to make you’ll never reach for the instant stuff again. Fantastic for an every day treat but elegant enough for entertaining. One of the first things I ever learned to make was vanilla pudding. It was so simple, especially when you bought a package of instant pudding….you, literally, had dessert in a matter of minutes. I always preferred the stovetop instant pudding over the “mix and stir” variety, there was … [Read more...]

No Bake Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

Oats, peanut butter, pumpkin and spices are combined masterfully to create these No Bake Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites.  The perfect pre or post workout snack...or just to curb a craving for something a little sweet.   How was everyone's weekend?  The weather was beautiful so I got all fall and bought a bunch of mums to replace the dried and depressing flowers that were still in my flower pots.  None of the buds are quite open yet since it's still early so everything just looks like a green … [Read more...]

Green Beans with Goat Cheese, Shallots and Walnuts

A simple side dish made stellar, creamy goat cheese, sweet shallots and crunchy walnuts add a wonderful contrast to green beans that have been blanched and sautéed in a bit of butter. Green Beans with Goat Cheese, Shallots and Walnuts make a beautiful accompaniment to a variety of main dishes and can be served hot or at room temperature. How was everyone's Labor Day weekend?  Did you all enjoy the last few "unofficial" days of summer?  I had planned to spend the weekend at the beach with … [Read more...]

The Very Best Creamy Cucumber Salad

This post is sponsored by Hebrew National. Light, refreshing and crisp, the Very Best Creamy Cucumber Salad is a lightened rendition of a family favorite.  Fresh cucumbers are tossed with a tangy dressing made with Greek yogurt and combined with peppery red onions.  Simple and satisfying. I never thought I was a picky eater as a child…but raising a picky eater has made me look back to my childhood and analyze the foods I loved while growing up.  The list was short….surprisingly short … [Read more...]

Easy Seafood Cioppino

Loaded with fresh seafood and swimming in a mildly spicy tomato broth, Easy Seafood Cioppino is healthy meal that's easy to prepare.  A perfect alternative to a calorie laden chowder and ready in under 30 minutes. How's everyone's summer so far?  Hopefully it's as fun as mine and everyone has their toes in the sand pretty regularly.  I've been hopping back and forth between the suburbs and the shore for most of the season with frequent visits to all the farm stands in between.  It's my … [Read more...]

Fajita Seasoning Mix

Skip the seasoning packets at the store loaded with preservatives and other unknown ingredients and make this simple Fajita Seasoning Mix at home.  Just a few flicks of a whisk and you're ready to season everything from chicken to veggies. I feel guilty posting this "recipe" that's not really a recipe.  I mean, it's only a few ingredients thrown into a bowl and whisk together to combine.  And that's all.  There's no cooking, no waiting, no eggs.  It's just a seasoning mix.  But what's … [Read more...]

Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers with Sun-Dried Tomato Tzatziki Sauce

Mediterranean flavors abound in these Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers with Sun-Dried Tomato Tzatziki Sauce.  Quick and easy to make, burger night can now be every night! I can't believe it's July.  Already.  I feel like the summer is flying by and I still have so many things I want to pack in.  I know it's just the beginning and summer only started about two weeks ago but time definitely goes by so quickly I can hardly keep up.  Last week was just a whirlwind packed with deadlines and my … [Read more...]

Grilled Artichokes with Garlic Asiago Dipping Sauce

Simple grilled artichokes are surprisingly decadent when served with a savory Garlic Asiago Dipping Sauce.  Easy to make and healthy, this summer side dish can be served right off the grill or at room temperature making it a great make ahead dish for parties. So, summer is off to a roaring start.  I hope you're all enjoying it so far!  I just returned from a week at the beach while my house was being painted and boy, was that relaxing.  A little chilly at the beginning of the week but … [Read more...]