Mississippi Beef Pot Roast

I need to get something off my chest – beef pot roasts and I have not always gotten along.  I have made them a handful of times and thet are always edible, but for me, there was always something missing when I attempted a roast.  I’ve tried a red wine roast where the beef was…

Big Mac Sloppy Joe’s

Sloppy Joe’s have always been a favorite meal dating back from childhood to present day. In our house, they are regular in the dinner rotation each month. There have been different variations over the years, from the packet with tomato paste to the Manwich brand, to my mom’s A&W copycat recipe that she started making…

Homemade Pizza Dough

There is something about the smell of dough…it is a kryptonite to me.  It does not matter if it is pizza dough or bread dough, there is an amazing magnetism to the smell of growing yeast when mixed with just enough sugar and warm water. I have played with different versions of pizza dough over…

Sriracha Lime Chopped Chicken Salad

There is something truly fun about living in the midwest – when the seasons start to change, the weather releases the last bit of over night frost and SUMMER has arrived! Grilling becomes second nature during these months. I’m often envious of those who have outdoor kitchens in warm climates who can grill and entertain…

Browned Butter Chicken

About six months ago, we were trying to figure out what was going to be for dinner, but I was feeling uninspired.  Maybe that isn’t something that I should admit on this blog, but it happens to the best of us.  Days can get long and balancing everything from work to home to cleaning to…

Sauteed Mushroom & Kielbasa with Ravioli

This perfect weeknight meal isn’t anything special by way of creating anything from scratch, but it IS a great way to elevate your standard pasta and sauce combo from the store.  For me, it is the best type of meal after a long day of work – slice a few things, boil a few things,…

Sesame Honey Soy Chicken Breast

There isn’t much to tell about this quick weeknight dinner.  Just four ingredients coming together to make your dinner an easy one.  I had made this with the Peanut Sauce and Soba noodles in the span of 30 minutes.  It is so rewarding to make a really satisfying meal in a short amount of time….

Chicken Pot Pie

I know that I have said it before, but there is a certain satisfaction that comes from making a really good recipe for your family.  Especially when that recipe is comfort food related and you haven’t made it before.    Most of the Chicken Pot Pies I have had in my life have come from…

Baked Cod with Artichokes

There are some days that the only thing that sounds good is a dish that is filling, but really light and refreshing.  That day for me was the day after Christmas.  After all of the wonderful rich food of the holidays, I was seriously craving something simple and healthy.   Although, I have cooked fish…

Honey Soy Porkchops with Light Salad

There is nothing better than cooking a great meal for family and everyone REALLY enjoying it.  Could’ve been that it was a great summer evening as well.   This meal was simple to put together and great to present.  It was one of the few times I was cooking with the other white meat (pork),…