Caprese Garlic Bread with Balsamic Reduction


Tomatoes are coming into season here and in our Community Supported Agriculture(CSA) box we got about 5 lbs of red tomatoes, 3 lbs or orange and green tomatoes. My family loves tomatoes, thankfully.  Plus, there is something totally different about tomatoes fresh off the vine versus the grocery store tubes. They cannot even be compared…

Grilled Pizza Margherita with Balsamic Reduction Drizzle


I have some awesome news. If you get the Community Table in your Sunday newspaper one of my recipes should be in it either this week or next. I just got word that the pictures and layout are done and ready to print! It is a simple Pierogi and Chicken Sausage casserole (click for link to…

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…

Tortellini Pizza Skillet (One Pan Meal!)


Once again we are coasting towards the end of the month. With the extra expense this month of Thanksgiving and then Christmas, right around the corner, we are trying to use up the food in our freezer and only buying small amounts of groceries this month. The food for Thanksgiving that we eat – appetizers…

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…

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…

One Pan Cheesy Rice and Smoked Sausage


As I watch other families post pictures about the first day of school I am so happy we still have 34 days of summer vacation left! I love fall and back to school time but I also love having my kids around all summer. We still have cello camp, dance camp, a Feis in Milwaukee,…

Chili Casserole – Remembering how Grandma and Mom Cooked


Do you remember being little and sitting in the kitchen watching your Mom or Grandma cook? I remember my mother standing at the stove stirring, adding spices and stirring some more. My mother made two to four separate dinners every night because we would all rarely want to eat the same meal. What I don’t…

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce


Someone was mentioning to me the other day that they were looking at recipes but most of the recipes they looked at didn’t have ingredients they had on hand, especially spices.  Having a basic spice cupboard is a good idea if you are looking to cook more at home.  No, you do not need to…

Vegetable Soup with Ground Beef


I think it is now heading into winter here in Southwest Michigan.  I woke up the other morning to 36 degree temperatures.  Yes, 36 degrees.  I am not ready for this.  Our summer was short on beach time because of cooler weather and now my fall is getting cut to start winter already?  No. But,…

Roasted Mediterranean Balsamic Chicken with Vegetables


As we were discussing some of our favorite meals that I have made over the last few year everyone agreed that their favorites were the Asian, Middle Eastern or Mediterranean dishes.  We all really like the savory flavors of the dishes. If I open my cupboard right now I know I would find no less…