Bite of Peach Mustard Glazed Pork Chops

Jul 25, 2014

Peach Mustard Glazed Pork Chops

You gotta love it when a single recipe meets three different requirements.  Quick and easy.  Liked by picky kids.  Finishes food on hand. Check, check, check again.  My kids, never known for their tolerance of “ordinary” food, have been getting seriously tired of me cleaning out last winter’s pork via grilled pork chops or chops with sauerkraut.  So this week … Continue reading

Open faced sandwiches

Jun 15, 2014

Open Faced Sandwiches with Homemade Garlic Aioli for Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day!  To celebrate we are having Open Faced Sandwiches made with Homemade Garlic Aioli.  It is a dish that is both simple and elegant–perfect for a casual summer party or light supper–just add a salad.  Even easier than grilling! For those not familiar with garlic aioli, it is basically a zipped up homemade mayonnaise. According to Wikipedia, “aioli … Continue reading

Eating Southwest Chicken Burgers

Jun 4, 2014

5 Easy Ways to Dress Up a Chicken Burger

Don’t you love the summer grilling season?  Even if I am making burgers on the stove, I appreciate the casual atmosphere!  Yesterday, to make things even more fun, I experimented with some different ways to liven up a grilled chicken sandwich. This post was inspired by Gold ‘n Plump who just sent me samples of their new chicken patties.  In … Continue reading


May 16, 2014

Southwest Lasagna

Isn’t it fun to have friends who cook?  For me, this includes one of our “up north” neighbors–and we always are excited when we get a dinner invitation!  This recipe is based on one she served us, adapted some to use things I needed to use up, so thank you Lolly! My kids always feel that other people cook “normal” … Continue reading


May 13, 2014

How to Roast a Chicken (the Lazy Way)

Do you have days when you just want to make the easiest meal ever?  But something that still tastes  really, seriously, good.  Enter Lazy Roast Chicken. Yup, I almost feel guilty calling this a recipe. Now back when I made my very first roast chicken, I was actually scared.   I had always bought my chicken at the grocery store, … Continue reading

Flaming Steak Diane

Apr 30, 2014

Steak Diane in Mushroom Brandy Sauce

Every so often I go back and make an old classic recipe.  I believe that the classics are remembered for good reason–usually great flavor!  Luckily, at the end of my April “eat from the pantry” challenge, I had all the ingredients for Steak Diane, a steak entree with a flavorful mushroom brandy sauce, that is sometimes flamed tableside. I still … Continue reading


Apr 22, 2014

Earth Day: Sustainable Oceans and Miso Salmon Pasta

Be the change you wish to see in the world.  Gandhi Last week was spring break for one of my kids so we spent some time at Chicago museums.  It may seem funny to think that a museum trip leads to a new recipe for Creamy Miso Salmon Pasta but inspiration arrives in surprising ways! The bulk of our “museum … Continue reading

Thai Green Noodles with Tea

Apr 9, 2014

Thai Green Noodles (with Swiss Chard–shhh)

Green.  The color of spring… the color of kale… and Swiss Chard.  The spring part is easy, but the other greens, like Kale and Swiss Chard, can be a challenge to prepare in a household with kids. We get them in abundance from the CSAs, and no one, not even me (shhh), likes to eat them straight. But at long … Continue reading

Salmon Cake Closeup

Apr 2, 2014

Tasty Salmon Cakes with Canned Salmon

Last week I found a sale on wild-caught canned salmon–and I used my first can to make salmon cakes.  I bought the limit of 6 cans; we don’t get enough Omega-3!  I used to try to get my healthy oils by taking fish oil supplements–but now I am a pretty strong believer in getting your nutrients directly from foods.  Over … Continue reading

Chicken Marsala with asparagus and pasta

Mar 10, 2014

Natural Chicken Marsala

Recently our local grocer had “natural” (antibiotic free, vegetarian) boneless, skinless chicken breasts on a great sale.  With a tasty, healthy ingredient like this, what new dish could I make?  I immediately thought of Chicken Marsala, chicken breasts drenched in a mushroom, marsala wine sauce! I rarely buy meat in the grocery store, getting most of it right from the … Continue reading