Stuffed Tilapia


You know I try to use up everything in my freezer and pantry. Throwing away food bothers me. Not only for the amount of money I am wasting but I feel guilty about the energy, animals and everything else that went into making or growing the food I bought. I was cleaning up the freezer…

Honey Garlic Shrimp and Broccoli


This blog talks about food and the game I play with my family in making different meals each weeknight, but it is really about my family. We are unique and we are ordinary. I have two children with very different personalities and needs just like many of you. I try not to dwell on their…

Grown-Up Tuna Casserole (No Canned Soups)


It’ been a strange weekend. On Friday my daughter Irish danced in Battle Creek. It was fun because we got to spend the entire day together just having fun. We went out to lunch at an AMAZING brewery, Acadia Brewing Company, and then later we stopped for dinner in Kalamazoo. The shooting over the weekend…

Seafood Salad


Let’s get this out-of-the-way first. I grew up with “imitation” crab meat. I don’t think I ever tasted real crab or lobster until I was well into my 20s. It was just what we had. Now, I know there is this thing about real crab versus imitation crab. I get it. Real crab is delicious….

Baked Pesto Salmon – Update on Those Resolutions


As I mentioned before I chose JOY as the word to guide my decisions and intentions this year rather than make regular New Year resolutions. I really have been trying to keep this word in front of me to help me at those moments I feel overwhelmed or uncertain. It doesn’t mean I walk around…

Flamingo Pizza


Did you know that there is an International Pizza Expo held in Las Vegas, March 8-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center? Neither did I until a few weeks ago. They have seminars and exhibitors in all things pizza and pizza related. I don’t know about your family but my family LOVES pizza! Think of…

Asian Salmon in Foil


Have you kept your resolutions so far? If you are like most of the world, no. I stopped making resolutions many years ago. But, I did like the idea of finding one word to guide your intentions in 2016. I immediately thought of three words (I always was an overachiever.) that I really liked but…

Hot Crab Dip


Okay, is it just my family or is everyone surviving the holiday season on eating out, appetizers and sweets? It seems to be a theme at our house right now. Between Christmas concerts, parties, meetings, classes and other things it is crazy busy. But, I keep adding more to our schedule because I don’t want…

Crispy Shrimp and Pasta


When I first started talking about making this dish the kids looked at me skeptically. They love shrimp but they usually have it cooked in garlic butter or maybe an alfredo sauce but when I said I was going to put a light coating on it before frying it I got, The Look. Neither one…

Shrimp Po-Boys


We have been eating quite a bit of shrimp and fish lately. Still trying to stick to the mostly vegetarian diet while still eating fish and seafood, and dairy. I noticed today our milk consumption is slowly dropping as I am sure our cheese consumption will slowly start to go down to as we slowly…

Beer Battered Fish and Chips


My kids love having food from different countries. When I first mentioned making Fish and Chips the first thing they asked me to do was to get Malt Vinegar for the chips (fries). To make this dish a bit healthier, and I mean just a little bit, I made oven fries rather than deep-frying them…

Blackened Tilapia and Roasted Vegetable Taco Bowls


We were supposed to go away to a Feis this past weekend but due to car issues and my daughter coming down with a cold we missed for the first time, in five years, a dance competition that we had signed up for. I think that is pretty good considering we attend 10-14 Feis each…