New York Deli Style Macaroni Salad

New York deli style macaroni salad.  No eggs, no cheese, no carrots.  Just like you would find at your corner  deli.  Growing up on Long Island (or anywhere in NYC for that matter) you will find a deli about every 7 feet.  They are on literally every corner.  The best part is when you walk […]

Homemade Baked Beans (along with the faster and better way to soak beans)

Homemade Slow Cooker Baked Beans made from dried beans, not canned, with a perfect blend of spices and a quick soak technique resulting in the perfect textured bean. No soaking overnight !

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Easy Simple Classic Potato Salad

Potatoes, celery and onions tossed in a classic mayo dressing … simple ingredients make the best recipes! If you google or search up potato salad on the internet you will quickly discover that there are several ways this recipe can be made.  It all depends on who you ask and what part of the country […]

The Only Creamed Spinach Recipe You’ll Need

Creamed spinach wasn’t something I craved growing up.  Spinach was yucky to me. It was green, it was slimy. It. Was. Weird. But my taste buds, thank goodness, have matured and I not only love spinach but it is great for your skin, it has Beta carotene your eyes.  The folate in spinach relaxes the […]

How to Make Homemade Refried Beans

I have never been a huge fan of refried beans..  Maybe because I didn’t really know what they were.  Growing up German my mom didn’t cook a whole lot of Mexican foods and the thought of ‘re-frying’ beans was confusing to me because they were never fried in the first place! Then, what really sealed […]

Healthy Broccoli Cranberry Almond Salad

If you’ve ever had Whole Foods Broccoli salad you will love our lightened up version. It still has the crunchy broccoli, dried cranberries, slivered almonds, red onion and bacon, but the dressing is much lighter with no added sugar! With all the summer salads floating around at family and company picnics this summer, you probably think […]

Roasted Butternut Squash & Quinoa Salad

  I’ve been on a quinoa kick a lot lately.  I really try to eat it as often as I can.  It is light and fluffy.  It’s not too filling and it has 8 of the essential amino acids that our bodies need which makes it one of the only foods that are a complete […]

Hawaiian Pineapple Fried Rice

Yes I am still on my Hawaiian food kick … please forgive me.  It’s only been 3 days since we got back and I am missing it more as each day passes. So the only way to comfort my longing for bright blue skies and 85° is to keep making food that reminds me of […]

Classic Carrot Summer Salad

Yum Here is a great summer recipe that will tickle those taste buds!  I know carrot salad may not sound so appealing to the kids but you have to trust me on this one.  Once they taste the sweetness of the pineapple and raisins they will be hooked! Traditional Carrot Salad has just carrots, raisins […]

Summer Israeli Couscous with Tomatoes, Cranberries and Basil

A light, refreshing vegetarian side dish using round pearl shaped Israeli couscous.  This can be served cold or at room temperature making it a great potluck dish to share! Have you ever had Israeli couscous before?  It is also called Pearl Couscous.  It is a small, round pasta that is simmered in either water or broth for about 10 minutes […]

Rainbow Macaroni Salad

I grew up in New York and we New Yorkers love our delis, I mean REALLY love our delis.  So much so they are on almost every corner of every street.   You have Italian delis and Jewish delis.  Both have their specialties, it just depends on what you’re looking for. The Italian delis have the […]

Sauteed Garlic & Balsamic Bella Mushrooms

It’s GRILLING season!!!! Whenever I say things like that it reminds me of Bugs Bunny.  There is a classic cartoon where Bugs and Daffy go back and forth between “WABBIT SEASON”  “DUCK SEASON”  “WABBIT SEASON”  “DUCK…” Anyway, now that I just totally aged myself, let’s talk mushrooms….. Sometimes we  forget how versatile mushrooms really are.   […]

Creamy Dreamy Deviled Eggs

There are deviled eggs and then there are deviled eggs that make your guests go “mmmm….what makes these so good?” Do deviled eggs remind you of summer? I know summer is officially underway when the Deviled Eggs make their debut.  They are sooo not a winter food, nor are they a fall food.  Spring? ehh…they […]

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Orzo

If you are in the mood for something creamy (but not too creamy), soft, luscious and garlicy then this Creamy Garlic Parmesan Orzo recipe is going to tickle you silly. Orzo has fast become one of our favorite side dishes in our house.  It’s super cheap, super easy to make and is just about the […]

Tomato, Cucumber and Mozzarella Cheese Salad

A fresh crisp caprese salad with vine ripened tomatoes, cucumbers and fresh mozzarella cheese in a light vinaigrette served with fresh basil ~ an explosion of summer in a bowl! There really aren’t 2 flavors I love more together than tomatoes and basil.   Well, ok maybe 3 … when you add the mozzarella cheese! […]