Ponzu Cucumber Salad

There is a fun dynamic on certain foods in my house.  There are some no-one likes (eggplant – I want to, but even I don’t.)  There are lots we all like (chicken, tacos, Eggs Benedict – this list could go on).  But then there are those that some like, some don’t like and some like,…

Three Bean Vinegrette Salad

Lunches during the workday can be a challenge for me…I don’t want to order in and I don’t want the same thing every day, but at 6:30 in the morning, if I haven’t planned ahead, it is going to be one of those two options. That is why I like this recipe. The salad is…

Accidental Leek Tart

There is a reason that this is called the ‘Accidental’ Leek Tart.  Let me tell you a story of our Easter holiday in Wisconsin this year.  It was to be an Easter / two birthday celebration.  The dinner included a fantastic meal and the whole weekend included much laughter. In planning the meal with my…

Cheesy Homemade Garlic Bread

Life moves really fast sometimes – where it becomes so easy for us to buy all of the pre-made frozen garlic bread and just cook that up whenever pasta is on the menu.  This recipe may take a few minutes longer than it’s frozen counterpart, but it is super easy and definitely a fresher option….

Caramelized Onions

Absolutely love the sweet flavor that develops from cooking onions low and slow with salt, sugar and butter.  The caramelization gives the best onion flavor that can be used with anything.  It goes great on toast, pizzas, with beef, burgers, soups, salads, or if you are a true onion fan, straight out the jar. Now…

Fool Proof Risotto

Are you looking for a staple side dish that can be adapted to go with your entrees?  Look no further, this fool proof Risotto is simple to make, creamy and good, not to mention kid tested and approved for meals on any night. The question is do you use Chicken Broth or Chicken Stock in…

Grilled Stuffed Brussel Sprouts

Hint here – this recipe is not going to be much different than the Stuffed Mushrooms recipe.  Making this the same night gave me the same base stuffing for the ingredients, with very few adaptations. One thing I have realized lately is that I would post a recipe almost every week on a Brussel Sprout…

Grilled Asparagus

Are you ever looking for a super simple side dish while the burgers or chicken are grilling?  Look no further with this four ingredients + tin foil  + grill = easy and delicious! My trick with the tin foil is to double layer both top and bottom portions creating a half inch lip around all…

Sauteed Brussel Sprouts

Growing up, my father had an amazing green thumb and we had what I believed to be the worlds largest home garden.  I’m sure it is not the largest personal garden in the world, but it was certainly admirable.  My dad grew the food, my mom canned and us kids just grabbed pea pods off…

Cilantro Lime Rice

Let me tell you a story…it’s about a person who loves to be great at everything.  So this person jumped head first in the deep end of a very large pool by taking a new job at the beginning of the year. There was so much to learn (and there still is) about the business…