No Fail Simple Wild Rice Pilaf

Happy March everyone !!!   This has been one wildly non existent winter in the Midwest.  We got into the 50s, 60s and 70s in February, so who knows what March will bring. But what I’m bringing you today is a Wild Rice Pilaf recipe that is a no fail.  Guys, this really is as simple as cooking […]

Lemon Quinoa

Happy January!  We have hit a deep freeze here in the Midwest.  The tree is down but the outside lights are still up.  I think they might be there until June. But I love January.  You know why?  Because 3/4 of the planet is trying to lose weight and eat better, which is great for […]

Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes

I don’t think I’ve come across a potato recipe that I haven’t fallen in love with.  Let’s face it, it’s very hard to destroy a potato.  But the addition of a warm cheesy sauce and then baking until it’s bubbly and hot is just magical!  That my friends is the definition of Potatoes Au Gratin. […]

Roasted Red Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese

Don’t you just love those little red potatoes you get at a wedding?  ME TOO!  And they NEVER serve enough, do they? Well this recipe is nothing like that.  I just thought I’d ask if you loved them as much as I do. I’m just kidding, because I actually like these oven roasted red potatoes […]

Healthy Broccoli Cranberry Almond Salad

With all the summer salads floating around at family and company picnics this summer, you probably think you’re making the healthier choice by picking up the broccoli salad instead of the macaroni salad, right? But unless you are careful most broccoli salads are drowning in a sweet creamy based dressing and have about a pound (or […]

Coleslaw with Apples, Cranberries and Almonds

It’s June … it’s summer (maybe not officially but) …. I have 4 more days until school is out! For me that means, easy peasy meals.  Usually no oven and light side dishes. The BBQ has been officially broken in and is my main way of cooking already.  If I don’t have to turn the oven […]

Cowboy Caviar

Yum Whatever you do this summer, you simply MUST make this salsa!!! HOW in the world it got the name ‘Cowboy Caviar’ is beyond me.  It’s kind of mix between a salsa, a side dish and a dip. But whatever you want to call it, it has fast become one of the most VERSATILE salsas […]

Crispy Baked Garlic & Parmesan Steak Fries

The grill has been fired up friends!  It is officially grilling season in the Midwest.  The temps are in the 60s and 70s and that’s good enough for me! I find that the side dishes to any bbq are as equally important to the entrée.   And what’s a big juicy grilled burger without big hearty […]

Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

I have never had Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice, but my friends swear by it. “Best rice on the planet” some of them say. And since I don’t have a Chipotle close to me I was intrigued enough by all the accolades this rice was getting, I decided to make it myself at home.  So I […]

Wild Rice with Caramelized Sweet Potatoes, Shallots and Mushrooms

I was looking for something to make for lunch yesterday and I’ve been doing pretty good at steering away from breads.  But for some reason I have a harder time at lunch.  Maybe because I was brought up with the traditional sandwich and chips or soup for lunch each day. So as I was deciding […]

Red Beans and Brown Rice

Happy November everyone!  I’m so sorry I haven’t been posting for a while.  There’s been a lot of family stuff going on and I haven’t been experimenting in the kitchen like I usually do. I know my big comeback recipe should be something a little more award winning than rice and beans but I have […]

Perfectly Mashed Potatoes ~ Everytime!

Everybody seems to have their own favorite mashed potato recipe.  Some boil them with the skin on, some boil them peeled but whole, some peel, cut and boil. But the biggest question I find is not HOW they are cooked but what TYPE of potato to use. I have found the plain old russet potato […]

Mexican Rice

  While we enjoy this Mexican Rice recipe with our Burritos or Tacos, I had a bunch of leftover brown rice the other day from when I had baked it. If you’ve never tried this method, you have no idea what you’re missing and how easy it is!  I swear I will NEVER boil rice again. […]

World’s Perfectly Cooked Brown Rice (Every time!)

I know this recipe won’t make the Top 10 list anytime soon.  It is brown rice after all. I get that. But if you’ve discovered that making brown rice is a little different than white rice, then you’re not alone. Brown rice, unlike white rice, has a high-fiber bran coating. It’s this extra coating that makes […]

Parmesan Garlic Noodles

Yum  Hi everyone!  Sorry I haven’t published a recipe in a while.  Things have gotten a little crazy in our neck of the woods, but they are hopefully starting to settle back down so I can refocus my energy on what I love to do most  ~ create recipes! Today I have an easy side […]

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