Amazing Three Bean Salad


We have tons of beans in our pantry. When kidney beans and green beans were $.39 a can I stocked up on several cases each. Now that we are trying to save some money and I needed an easy dish for a picnic I was really happy to have these beans on hand! The nice…

Frito Corn Salad


I am always looking for different side dishes. This is called Frito Corn “Salad” but I don’t know if I would call it a real salad. It has corn, red pepper, red onion, and celery but is that enough to make it a salad? My son was eating it as a dip before I added…

Chicken Milanese


This is a favorite go-to meal of ours because it is so simple! Those days when you don’t know what you want for dinner or put off cooking hoping that they will all go get a bowl of cereal or pick at leftovers from the refrigerator, this meal could get you through those times. This…

5 Summer Salads


It is the season of picnics, fireworks, and parties. I have picked out a few of our favorite salads for today and the few weeks ahead. We love Balsamic vinegar and one of our favorite potato salads is this Balsamic Roasted Red Potato Salad (click for link to recipe). It can be served warm or…

Southern-Style Potato Salad


Summer picnics will be in full swing soon and this is one of our favorite potato salads. Southern-style potato salad tends to be creamier, smoother, sweeter than regular potato salad. Did you ever notice everything that is described as Southern-style is usually described using those words? Creamy, smooth, and sweet. Macaroni and cheese, pimento cheese,…

Southwest Pasta Salad with Chicken


Slowly, slowly, slowly, the weather is turning. It has been almost Spring like the last couple days so my mind is turning to picnics, parties, and fun days at the beach. As we were driving home yesterday I remembered the chicken I had taken out for dinner and I really didn’t want to make what…

Esquites (Mexican Corn Salad)


So, you may read this recipe and think I have completely lost my mind. Mayonaisse and jalepenos in a corn salad? Yes, this was delicious. My kids gave me the cross-eyed look when I served it to them but once they tried it they were shocked at how much they really liked it. It also…

BLT Pasta Salad


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 (click for link to blog post) and pretending it is getting warmer rather than colder. This salad is a blend of a…

Mexican Coleslaw


Some days the side dishes are the star of the show. I am always looking for something new. When I first mentioned this both of my kids groaned when I said coleslaw. They both don’t care for the mayonnaise based sauce. But, I told them this had more sour cream than mayonnaise they were interested….

Blackberry Spinach and Feta Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette


Blackberries, blueberries and cherries are ready to pick here in Michigan. We have 10 pounds of blueberries already in our freezer. We prefer the blackberries fresh so when we received two pints in our CSA share we were excited. I let the kids eat one pint right away and saved the other for our dinner…