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,…

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…

Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup

We have had peaks of a little warmth over the last month, but mother nature is surely telling us right now that it is still winter.  What was needed was something that would warm from within and this soup was it! I am excited when I get to use my immersion blender – it made…

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…

Grilled Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

I don’t know how many times I will say this throughout the life of this blog, but I LOVE GRILLING SEASON!!!   It seems like every year I get really excited to grill and share – as evidenced by the Lamb Burgers, Vietnamese Shrimp Pops, Grilled Romaine Salad, Pineapple Salsa, Grilled Mozzarella Bread …and so many…

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…

Spicy Raspberry Steak Salad

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the temperatures are slowly but surely on the rise.  What does this mean???   It means that salad season is upon us and it’s time to fully bust out that grill.  This recipe allows for both grilling and enjoying the freshness of summer vegetables.  I can’t wait to…

White Bean Leek Soup

One day while looking through the history of this blog, I noticed that I may need to diversify a bit on what I make.  I really do like making new things, but I’ve been noticing a lot of those new things involve the same old things…mainly chicken. There is a good reason for that and…

Hasselback Potatoes

My opinion on Hasselback Potatoes is that they are simply baked potatoes made fancy.  In the theme of making every meal special one dish at a time, this is a great way to change things up.  Your family will experience the baked potatoes that they love in a whole new way. I started this dish…