Chicken Quinoa Bowl with Roasted Italian Red Pepper Sauce


So even though I am trying to keep meals simple I am still trying to get vegetables and good foods into my family. The great part is that you can make the sauce for this bowl a day or so ahead of time when you have free time AND it will taste even better because…

Cauliflower Crust Pizza


Today’s blog post is from Ben  who writes about food and drink for lazy chefs at The Online Grill. (click for link to blog). Make sure to go over and check out his delicious dishes and GORGEOUS pictures! I also love his tag line – “Lazy cooking for lazy people.” One of the biggest things that…

Stuffed Shells with 25 Minute Weekday Sauce


Now, I am going to say this is not your grandmother’s sauce that simmers all day on Sunday for family dinner. This is a simple sauce that you can make during the week if you have a bit of extra time. You can let it simmer longer if you like because the flavors will meld…

Barbecue Hawaiian Pizza


The ham is going away. I have used three meals from it – ham and baked potatoes, ham and cheese hashbrown casserole, and now barbecue Hawaiian pizza. My family isn’t tired of it because each dish has highlighted a different flavor and is something completely different. But, before they do tire of the ham I…

Million Dollar Spaghetti


This recipe has been all over Pinterest and Facebook for years. I have always resisted trying it or making a twist on it because it is so popular. I am an old-fashioned, easy, home cook. I am not about the popular. Although, I have wanted an Insta Pot to try but we are not quite…

Italian Sandwich Sliders (on Hawaiian Rolls)


I am going to be posting lots of foods you can use for football parties or for a hearty appetizer dinner. As I have said before my family loves these little Hawaiian rolls sandwiches, if you don’t like the sweetness of the rolls you can always substitute a nice package of heat and serve dinner…

Cauliflower Pizza


I see cauliflower pizza crust recipes all over the place. I have been fairly curious about them, I am always up to try something new. But, I hate the thought of making something and wasting all the ingredients. We were at the grocery store and I saw these crusts on sale and thought I would…

Shrimp Scampi Lasagna


Can you believe Christmas is just a week away? Where did all the time go? Even my daughter said that this Christmas season flew by. We had plans for so many wonderful things that we just haven’t gotten to. But, we did get to do lots of great things like see one of my daughter’s…

Top 3 Recipes from November 2017


I realized as I looked over the top 5 recipes from this month that many of you seemed to feel like I did. That you needed simple meals and were just trying to get dinner on the table in as little time as possible. The Cacio e Pepe (click for link to recipe), pictured above…

Cacio e Pepe


Need a super simple meal with just a few ingredients? This may be the meal you are looking for! This is a horrible picture but it is like grown-up macaroni and cheese with black pepper. There is a whole bunch of controversy around this dish and how it “should” be made. I am NOT saying…

Italian Sausage Bolognese


This was NOT one of the healthy dishes I made for my mother but rather the first dish when I got home from North Carolina the other night. My family had taken out bulk Italian sausage (a 1/2 sweet and 1/2 hot mixture) so I needed an easy way to cook it. The difference between…

Roasted Vegetable, Pesto and Chicken Pizza


Pizza is a great simple dinner when I don’t have a lot of time to get dinner on the table. I love the variety of topping you can put on it too. Our CSA share has been full of zucchini, summer squash, egg-plant, tomatoes, and large red peppers. I hate having anything go to waste…