Zuppa Toscana Soup

When my family visits, they always like to visit Olive Garden for dinner; I am fine with their meals, but what I really love is their Zuppa Toscana soup. An internet search produced the original recipe, but it made nearly FIVE gallons at a time – just a bit more than my family eats at […]

Butternut Squash Soup & Sopapillas

We have beautiful butternut squash from our garden this summer, so here are two recipes to warm you up and satisfy your taste buds. Butternut Squash Soup & Sopapillas are the perfect companions. The first, Butternut Squash Soup, is the perfect meal on a cool fall evening – thick, creamy and warm – and sopapillas are great for […]

Grilled Garlic Baby Red Potatoes

I lived in Idaho for a brief period of time as a child, and the one thing I remember is that we truly did eat potatoes often. Our favorites were the baby red potatoes, and they are still a favorite today. Red Potatoes have a more tender and thin peel than the traditional russet potatoes […]

Country Chicken Noodle Soup

Country Chicken Noodle Soup is one of my husband’s comfort foods. His mom made it when he was growing up, so eating it means that “all is right in the world.” If you aren’t a fan of de-boning chicken (my husband does that for me), you can substitute boneless chicken breasts as mentioned in the recipe. If […]

Mock Cabbage Lasagna

In college, one of my roommate’s favorite meals was Mock Cabbage Lasagna.The first time she mentioned it, I thought she was insane. “Who even eats cabbage?” I thought. “And why would you ruin a good lasagna with it?” (My limited experience with cabbage consisted of boiled cabbage mush.) Obviously, I had much to learn because I was […]

Pear Gorgonzola Salad

I am a reformed picky eater. As a child, I was very sensitive to textures and my stomach was easily upset. As a result, I was very hesitant to try new foods.The rule at our house was that we had to try at least one bite of everything in order to be polite, and I […]

Sofrito Sauce

If you haven’t heard of Sofrito, you aren’t alone! My husband proudly brought home a jar of it one day for a meal he had planned. I had no idea what it was. Much to my surprise (after looking at the ingredients), I really liked it, so I looked up what it was and found […]

Snappy Sun-Maid Salsa

Recently I discovered this recipe for Snappy Sun-Maid Salsa in a cookbook I have had for years. We happened to have all the ingredients on hand, so I mixed up a batch. Really, there isn’t too much better than fresh salsa on a warm day. We ate this with chips just like traditional salsa, but the recipe […]

Grilled Zucchini & Yellow Squash

In the summer time, the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven and make your house even hotter. So what’s a girl (or guy) to do? Break out the grill, of course! Grilled Zucchini is one of our summer favorites. As an added bonus, you get to use of a few […]