Slow Cooker Meat Sauce


Yes, you can make sauce quickly or you can spend all day stirring and watching your pot of sauce. I chose to make it in the slow cooker and I am so glad I did! I didn’t have to touch the sauce all day (I cooked the ground beef, onion, and garlic early in the…

Herbed Roasted Shrimp with Homemade Cocktail Sauce


Looking for an appetizer that is simple yet can appear to be elegant? This can also be a simple entrée for a small group. Add some rice or quinoa salad and a green salad to create a super simple meal. Verdict: This was super easy to make and serve. The hardest part was getting everything…

Homemade Simple Enchilada Sauce


Today is the first day of fall here though you wouldn’t know it by the thermometer! It has been in the high 80s and low 90s the past few days. That is July weather not September weather. With heat index the weather people are predicting about 100 this weekend. Yeah! (Insert sarcastic voice). I know…

Drunken Noodles


I took this picture yesterday. Notice anything? Over the past week or so we have all been noticing that the trees and bushes are showing signs of early color. Ahhhh! It’s too early! It is just a reminder to enjoy these last days of summer before they are gone. I decided to make a simple…

Garlic Basil Chicken


I was reading an article in the Boston Globe from 2012 about a study about Life at Home in the 21st century (click for link to article). It was interesting because I wonder in the 5 years since this article was published have things changed? Have we decluttered as we move toward a more minimalistic…

Chicken St. George


We have been on vacation for the past two weeks and just arrived home last night.  It was a beautiful two weeks with only 1 1/2 days of rain and temperatures in my favorite area of 70 to 75 degrees just about every day.  Sunshine was plentiful and I felt amazing. This is what we…

Teriyaki Stir Fry with Chinese Noodles


I am still trying to get my family (and myself) to eat more vegetables.  I am serving larger salads with more ingredients than lettuce, tomato, spinach and onion.  I am putting them in just about every entrée I can and serving 1-2 vegetable sides per meal. The other night I decided to just stir fry…

Chicken Parmigiana with Sauce


It has been ages since I made Chicken Parmigiana.   Since my son has been gluten-free almost 5 years ago now I try to limit having to make two meals every night when I can.  I have learned to “adapt” our dinners for him so I usually divide everything without gluten into 1/3 for him and…

Chicken Francese – Rachel Ray


We had chicken thawing in the fridge and not very much else on the cupboard shelves.  I started searching for recipes and found in Every Day with Rachel Ray a recipe for Chicken or Fish Francese-wiches.  Well, I did not have bread, arugula, paprika, lemons or tomatoes but being adventurous as I am decided to…

French Fry Dip – Garlic


I needed something new to add to our dinner tonight and was running out of time to get a “new” dish on the table.   We were having hamburgers with french fries (not at all creative tonight). My kids love French Fries but they are not always my favorite.  I decided to see if I could…

Pepperoni Pizza Casserole


I needed a quick dinner so that I could get the family out the door and to the Science Fair for my son and middle school scheduling night for my daughter.  So, this was another to-go dinner.  As anyone who has read my posts in the past knows,  at least two nights a week my…

Baked Ziti


  Put cheese on any dish and my family will eat it.  They love baked ziti because of all the gooey cheese. I boil a 16 oz. box of ziti until it is softened but not too al dente.  I pour 1/2 a jar of homemade spaghetti sauce in the bottom of a 13×9 pan. …