Black Bean Burgers with Garlic & Cracked Black Pepper Aioli


Isn’t that a beautiful sight? I drove down by the beach while I was out running errands and the winter snow fencing is down. Here that is a sure sign summer is coming! Already the nights are getting longer – because we live so close to the Central Time Zone but are still in the…

Easy Slow Cooker Chili


The weather is finally turning colder in the Midwest. Over the previous week it was in the 60s but now we are getting freezing rain and it has dropped into the high 20s. It is amazing how quickly the weather can change. What I love though is that we feel ready for those warming comfort…

Slow Cooker Quinoa Southwest Casserole


My kids are fairly fearless tasters of new foods. People often think I have some miracle cure because my son is Autistic and many people with Autism have food aversions or a small list of foods that they will eat. I am not talking about the children and adults with Severe Food Aversions which affects…

Vegetable and Shrimp Enchilada Verde


We have some new followers to a bit about us. I am trying to make a different meal each week night for my family. I have been on this quest for about 2 years. My son decided last month that he was going to be a vegetarian so I am trying to now balance his…

Southwest Sauce over Spaghetti


It is tax season in our house. Well, the last of two tax seasons actually. I prepare personal income taxes from February through April and then my partner works in a State Tax Department so her busy season is mid-August through early December. What that basically means is she gets up and arrives at work…

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili over Baked Potatoes


The other day my son and I went out to lunch downtown at The Food District as a special treat. He chose Macaroni and Cheese with Crab and Lobster and I chose the OB Glad Foccacia Pizza. My pizza was bacon, sausage, pepperoni, onion and tomatoes on foccacia bread. Both dishes were amazing! I was…

One Skillet Mexican Quinoa Dinner


I am truly trying to support my son in his desire to become a vegetarian. Yet, I am trying to balance the rest of the family wanting to eat meat with his desire not to. He is being very good about understanding that other members in the family are making different choices. He has offered…

Aunt Amy & Uncle Mike’s Texas Caviar


When I am entertaining friends and family I like to have things that I can make ahead and then pull out at the last-minute before guests arrive.  I don’t want to be in the kitchen all night serving and baking.  That’s why I love having a variety of dips on hand so that I only…

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken


This recipe turned out much differently than I thought it would.  I let it cook for quite awhile as we had things to do and it ended up cooking about an hour or two past the time it was done.  It was still very tasty but most of the liquid had been absorbed so it…