How To: Roasting Beets

I’ve always loved beets. My first experience with them was in the old style, restaurant salads back in the 70′s (the olden days). I’m talking iceburg lettuce, lots of thousand island dressing and topped off with a couple of sliced beets. There might have also been a shred of carrot and a garbanzo bean if you were really lucky. My 12 year old palette was in love. Times have changed and so have our salads, but one thing remains. Beets are more popular than ever. For me, one of the great joys of life is a fresh roasted beet salad… [Read the full post]

Cheesy Baked Bean and Rice Burritos

Last week I shared my make at home version of Restaurant Style Mexican Rice. Today I’m going to show you one of my favorite ways to make use of the leftovers. I’m not letting any of that delicious rice go to waste. No sir. I’m using the same no oil, oven “fry” method for these cute little burritos that I use for my Baked Chicken Taquitos. It results in a toasty, crisped tortilla – all the satisfaction, less guilt. This simpler bean and rice version is an excellent choice to serve to the football watching crowd or to have on hand in… [Read the full post]

Tortellini Broccoli Salad

Maybe I should have held off sharing this one till we were closer to the warm weather months but I couldn’t hold back. This bright and cheerful little salad is the perfect side dish for your summer BBQ but I love it any time of year. As a matter of fact, I  served it the day the boys came over for our annual Christmas photo shoot and decided it was high time it made an appearance here on the blog. Plus, I’ve been fighting a cold and summery happy food makes me feel better. So here it is, my first… [Read the full post]

Crock-Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches

On a Saturday afternoon just a couple of weeks before Christmas I somehow managed to get all four boys over to the house at the same time so I could take the annual Christmas photos. This is not an easy task to accomplish these days. They all have busy lives, college, work, etc., but I wisely promised them lunch if they came and – jackpot! They all arrived, on time, nicely dressed, with smiles on their faces. This, my friends, is the power of food. These Italian Beef Sandwiches were just the ticket on a day like this. They’re warm,… [Read the full post]

Cheesy Artichoke Dip

As soon as the first football game hits our TV screen, I start thinking about making this dip. There’s just something about artichoke dip that makes it the perfect football food. So I caved and this past weekend I popped this baby in our oven while the 49ers did their thing. Of course, I had to get some photos of the warm, lucsiousness as soon as it came out of the oven so I could share it with all of you. Boy #1 was hovering and I’m just gonna say it, he was a bit impatient. You’d think a man… [Read the full post]

Homemade Frozen Lasagna

I’m sharing my solution for feeding a pack of hungry boys within an hour of arrival on our annual family summer vacation. After years of traveling with a big family I quickly learned that heading to a small town in the mountains without a plan for dinner is not a good idea. It is so worth the effort to put this lasagna together in advance and have a warm, wholesome, comforting meal for your tired family after a long road trip. Or, just to have a meal on hand for a night when no one feels like cooking. It is… [Read the full post]

Orzo, Grape, Feta Salad

When I’m in need of a salad recipe, there are several bloggers that come to mind. There’s Georgia of The Comfort of Cooking, Aggie over at Aggie’s Kitchen, and then there is Val. No, not this Val, I’m talking about Val SoCal. Her blog and her recipes are just like her – light, breezy, and beautiful. And true to that SoCal vibe, her site feels like summer all year round. This wonderful pasta salad is adapted from her version and is at the very top of my list of fabulous salads. I’ve made it a bunch of times and it’s… [Read the full post]

Nutella Stuffed French Toast Sticks

Very soon it will be time to think about what to feed the gremlins before they head off to school in the morning. I will be gremlin-less for the first time this year since Boy #4 will be waking up in his college dorm room and fending for himself in the mornings. But, he doesn’t leave until the end of September so I’ll ply him with Nutella Stuffed French Toast Sticks until then. They freeze very well so they can be made ahead. This makes them a great busy morning option for people of all ages, but especially the young ones…. [Read the full post]

Molten Chocolate Cakes with Sugared Raspberries

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This magical chocolate dessert is one of the most elegant recipes in my collection. It is also happens to be one of the easiest. Molten chocolate cakes are on almost every restaurant menu these days so I’m sure most of you are familiar with these gooey little delights. This bake at home version rivals those fancy schmancy restaurant versions any day of the week. My boys request these little cakes all the time, and when they do I’m thrilled because they are incredibly simple to prepare. Everyone who is lucky enough to eat them will think you have gone to great lengths… [Read the full post]

Butter Brickle Frozen Dessert

Butter Brickle Frozen Dessert

Food can evoke certain feelings in us and this lovely dessert does that for me in a big way. It’s a rush of memories from summers past. School is out, running through the sprinklers, BBQ’s, old fashioned 4th of July celebrations, summer vacations, and sleepovers in the tent my Dad set up in our front yard. It’s so pretty I wanted to include about 100 pictures of it from different angles but managed to pick out just a few. It was hard. It’s basically a very simple no-bake cheesecake or “freezer cheesecake”  that is layered with a toasted oat/pecan mixture and… [Read the full post]

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