Mushroom Swiss Burger Casserole

It is far harder reinventing myself than I ever thought it would be. I thought once the kids left for college it would be simple. I would have all the time in the world to do all I needed or wanted to do. Not necessarily. My son has needed far more coaching and hands on…

Ham and Swiss Quiche

I have been gone for quite awhile. It has been a tough year and a half but I am hoping that this time it will stick and I can keep up with my writing. So much has happened. My son came from from college for a year to recover from depression and adjust to life…

Garlic Penne Pasta with Chicken: Revisited

This past year hit me quite a bit harder than I ever thought is would. There were great things like my partner and I growing closer when it was just the two of us. We could remember what we really liked about being together and just have fun together. And there were not so good…

Hot Crab Rangoon Dip

The other week I took a shot at making Simple Crab Rangoons (click for link to recipe) because I love crab rangoons from the local Chinese restaurant and I thought I could easily make these. They were good but I also wondered what would happen if I made this into a dip for our football…

Mediterranean Stuffed Cod

We are trying to eat more fish and seafood and I am always looking for delicious simple ways to get more into our diet. This dish seemed perfect for us. I love cheese and need some of the rich flavors to make me crave fish. Verdict: The salty cheesy stuffing of this fish was delicious!…

Creamy Sausage Pasta

My daughter asked for comfort food. One of our favorites is pasta with a creamy sauce. We had some Italian sausage to use up and a creamy spaghetti sauce was the perfect bowl of comfort food. Verdict: This made my daughter so happy. Her college food has been awful and she has really struggled at…

Simple Crab Rangoons

With one of our two kids back to college we are going back to our routine of simple dinners and appetizers. I love appetizers for dinner. Serve them with a nice green salad and I almost feel okay about have a delicious bite or two instead of a whole meal. These are also great for…

Slow Cooker Taco Soup

I had everything ready to go for the new year but there is a saying by Michael Chabon, “Man makes plans… and God laughs.” I ended up going to North Carolina rather quickly to see my parents. My father was not doing well and he ended up in the Emergency Room. We thought for sure…

Happy New Year!

I have to honestly say New Years is my least favorite holiday. I have never cared for it. The passage of time hits me very hard each year. I tend to look back with sadness and forward with trepidation. This year seems especially difficult with ailing parents, the Omicron outbreak, and the state of the…

Air Fryer Ravioli

Happy first day of Winter! My favorite day of the year. Each day from now until June the days will get slowly longer. Ah…. I have hope. Now that both kids are home our eating and cooking has changed. I don’t think my grocery budget doubles but rather triples when every one is home. We…

Onion Garlic Chicken

I love caramelized onions. To me the best smell is a huge pan of onions caramelizing in butter. Seriously, I think onions go with just about any dinner. This is one of my favorites with garlic and onions. Verdict: This is a perfect simple dinner that packs a punch of flavor. The onions and garlic…

Crispy Parmesan Potatoes with Dip

More potatoes? Yes! I love potatoes. They are so versatile that they pair well with with just about any main dish you are serving. Ham, beef, fish, doesn’t seem to matter I can find a potato that goes with just about any dish. Verdict: These potatoes are so easy to make and add some fun…