Pan Roasted Chicken Thighs with Creamy Mushroom Tarragon Sauce

This easy dinner is cooked in one skillet, a wonderful addition to your weeknight meal rotation.  Pan Roasted Chicken Thighs with Creamy Mushroom Tarragon Sauce are ready in under 45 minutes from start to finish and are so amazing they're great enough to serve to guests.   I'm reluctant to believe that this time of year is any busier than any other time of the year.  In fact, I feel like when the summer ends and we school starts things are more predictable...more routine...and less … [Read more...]

Cheesy Taco Pasta Skillet

Creamy, cheesy pasta bursting with taco flavors and made in just one skillet. Cheesy Taco Pasta Skillet is the best weeknight dinner because everything cooks in one pot, even the pasta.  Loaded with taco flavors, this is a healthy and fun way to surprise your family on Taco Tuesday! Who's doing the happy dance because the kids are back in school?  Our area hasn't shipped out the big yellow buses yet but I've seen several of my southern friends posting their kids first day of school pics … [Read more...]

Spicy Singapore Noodles (Singapore Mei Fun)

A favorite take-out dish ready in minutes, Spicy Singapore Noodles are healthy and easy to make.  Bursting with spice, this recipe will be on the table in less than 30 minutes.   I just returned home from the most amazing experience.  I attended my first conference....the International Association of Culinary Professionals Conference in Washington, DC.  I never imagined I would be considered a "culinary professional."  To many people, I'm "just a blogger."  But to the IACP....I fit right … [Read more...]

Cheddar Broccoli and Chicken Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Baked potatoes play the leading role in this easy recipe.  Homemade cheddar sauce is made in minutes and then used as a sauce to top off crispy skinned stuffed potatoes.  Cheddar Broccoli and Chicken Stuffed Baked Potatoes are a great way to mix up your usual "meat and potatoes" dinner. I'm the queen of the fast food take out window.  If you know me in real also know my love for fast food french fries, cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets and milkshakes.  I'm totally aware of what … [Read more...]

20-Minute Skinny Beef Stroganoff

Hearty and satisfying, Skinny Beef Stroganoff takes just 20 minutes to make and won't add inches to your waistline.  This lightened up version uses no butter or sour cream and  is just as tasty as it's full fat version. I hit a wall....and have a little confession.  Last week, I couldn't button my pants.  I had to use an elastic band, a trick I learned during pregnancy, to close my pants.  I'm a little ashamed but let's face it I deserved it.  My pants slapped me in the face with the … [Read more...]

Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet

This easy, one-pot dinner is a copy of the popular Hamburger Helper version.  Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet uses "from scratch" ingredients to recreate this classic comfort dish in minutes.  Flavorful and kid-approved, this is clean eating at it's finest.  Cheesburger Macaroni....those two words were my favorite to hear when I would ask my mom "what's for dinner."  I absolutely LOVED Hamburger Helper's Cheeseburger Macaroni.  It was so simple and cheesy and filled with carbs.  And browned … [Read more...]

The Best Meatballs and Stove Top Marinara Ever

Super savory, tender meatballs and an easy stove top marinara both contain a secret ingredient that put them in a league of their own.  No other meatball can compare....these are not your mama's meatballs.  I read a lot of cooking publications....magazines, books, web articles.  Sooooo much information that I rarely remember everything....but sometimes I come across a zinger.  A game changer....a tip that can change everything.  At least in the kitchen.  And I go at it with reckless … [Read more...]

Skillet Tortellini with Sausage and Pesto

Cheese Tortellini tossed with Italian sausage, pesto and pine nuts make a flavorful and quick dinner.  One skillet cooking makes clean up a breeze. Carbs are the best!  Don't you agree?  They're even better when stuffed with cheese.  Because everything's better with cheese.  And bacon but I didn't use bacon today.  I stepped it up and threw in some sausage.  Sausage is my bacon.  I love it more than any other pork product out there.'s all so yum.  And … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala Stew

The most amazing slow cooker recipe, ever.  This hearty Chicken Marsala Stew will quickly become a family favorite and is ready to eat when you walk in the door after a busy day.  Lighter and more heart healthy than many stew recipes, you won't feel weighed down after eating a bowl.  Room for dessert! According to Facebook, school has started everywhere....but here.  It's still summer in my 'hood.  The kids are still riding their bikes through the neighbors landscaping and sucking every … [Read more...]

Spicy Corn Chowder with Bacon

Sweet corn and jalapeños give this summertime chowder an extra spicy kick.  Salty bacon and Cojita cheese take it over the top.  Pair with a side salad and dinner is ready in under 30 minutes.  There's nothing better than summer corn.  Like tomatoes and peaches, sweet corn is one of those things that I wait for all year.  Inevitably, I get impatient when I start seeing it in the store.....already shucked and wrapped in plastic.  All signs point to "Don't you dare put that in your cart" … [Read more...]