Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction


When my daughter was deciding what she wanted for her birthday dinner she was considering antipasti, green garden, and then she hit upon a Caprese salad and knew that was what she wanted. She is my vinegar girl. The more vinegar the better something is for her. Verdict: This complete dish was gone by the…

Chicken and Rice (no canned soups)


Winding down the school year with class celebrations, tests, and concerts means dinner needs to be easy and something everyone will eat! This recipe is so simple you can set the chicken to marinate any time 30 minutes or more before you make the dish. Have a few extra moments in the morning? Throw the…

Loaded Chili Baked Potatoes


Making a simple chili can be a delicious dinner and the leftovers? A loaded Chili Baked Potato for a second dinner! Yes, I love the cook once and eat twice meals. They make life easier for getting dinner on the table. Verdict: My family loved the baked potatoes for dinner and they are so easy…

Classic Hellman’s Macaroni Salad


For Mother’s Day I asked my family to spend a day cleaning – without complaining and a picnic dinner. I got both. They did a nice job doing the beginning deep cleaning for Spring. I still need to have them do the windows and baseboards but we are closer to getting it done. The dinner…

Buffalo Chicken Pizza


‘Tis the season for pizza and salad for dinner.  It is super simple to make and I can make endless variations of pizzas. It was a busy night with meetings and  a rehearsal so we used packaged pizza dough. You can easily make your own dough. I have used my bread machine to make dough…

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole


It seems like days are passing faster and faster lately. I read an article about how to slow down time by not only being more mindful about what you are doing, try not to multitask everything (I am guilty of this), and to learn something new or go somewhere new. It forces your brain to…

Honey Soy Baked Chicken


I love boneless, skinless chicken thighs! They are so full of flavor and tend not to dry out as quickly as chicken breasts can. They are a bit more expensive to buy this way but sometimes ease of cooking is worth the cost. But, you can substitute chicken breast or chicken thighs with bones in…

Asian Chicken and Broccoli


It has been a super busy time in our house. It always seems the beginning and the end of the school year are always packed with extra homework, concerts, competitions, group parties…. on and on. We have been to Wisconsin for a double Irish Feis (rhymes with mesh). My daughter did well and came home…

Creamy Holiday Macaroni and Cheese


I call this our Holiday Macaroni and Cheese because as I talk to friends and see the pictures of all their family holiday dinners I notice that is seems just about everyone has macaroni and cheese on the menu. I noticed it in almost every picture that wasn’t a brunch picture on Easter Sunday. Almost…

Simple Taco Fries


It snowed this weekend. Yes, snowed. This calls for serious comfort food. It was 50 one day then snow. So, we are making all kinds of comfort food to get ourselves through the giant snowflakes were falling. I asked my daughter to go down to the freezer and bring up ground beef and french fries….

Favorite Recipes Revisited: BLT Pasta Salad


This recipe from 2018 is one of our favorites for Spring. It has the taste that summer is just around the corner! We have been snowbound lately and I have been dreaming of warmer temperatures. So, my mind is turning to summer picnics and salads. To battle the winter doldrums we had an Indoor picnic…

Christmas Treats: Rolo Pretzels


My daughter received an Easter treat from a family friend of pretzels topped with Hershey Kisses and M&Ms. She loved them! Then she remembered that she had heard of them being made with Rolos too. Adding caramel she knew would give that sweet & salty taste an extra boost. These are so simple to make…