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 […]

Wholly Guacamole (5 ingredients – 5 minutes)

A TRUE Mexican classic !!! Ripe avocados with the perfect balance of onion, lime juice and salt! How can you celebrate Cinco de Mayo without Guacamole?  Simply put … you can’t. Guacamole is a staple in Mexican cuisine.  It is super easy to make and must be on your table if you are celebrating Cinco […]

Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce

A homemade bbq sauce that combines the sweetness of honey with the smokiness of  Chipotle adobe peppers – a perfect match! Let’s face it there is something about firing up that grill in the summer and getting a huge steak, chicken or ribs grilled to perfection isn’t there? But see here’s the thing.  It just […]

Juiciest Burger You’ll Ever Eat

This recipe has been in my family for over 10 years. They are simply hands down the juiciest most flavorful burgers I’ve ever had.   In almost 7 years running this food blog I’ve never once posted a recipe for burgers. How is this possible? Well you don’t have to worry because I’m here to […]

Roasted Garlic Shrimp Cocktail

I am a seafood lover, as most of you know, with shrimp cocktail ranking in the Top 3 of my all time favorite foods. I have ALWAYS boiled my shrimp when making shrimp cocktail until one day The Universe told me to turn on the TV and there was Ina Garten from the Food Network […]

Caprese Steak Salad with Mozzarella, Tomatoes in a Reduced Balsamic Vinaigrette

Grilled Steak Caprese Salad with the most delicious savory reduced balsamic vinaigrette, you won’t want to miss a drop! I’m pretty sure there is no such thing as STEAK Caprese Salad.  I’m not sure, I’ve never googled it to be honest, but that’s really what this is when you dissect it. All I knew was […]

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 […]

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 […]

Huli Huli Chicken

  Huli Huli Chicken is something I never heard of before until my family and I went on vacation in Hawaii. Just saying it is fun! Huli Huli …. This chicken has to be the most flavorful and amazing chicken I have EVER had.  It is 5 stars as the day is long! I have been […]

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 […]

Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Kebobs

Yum Definition of Kebob:  small pieces of meat or seafood seasoned or marinated and grilled, often with tomatoes, green peppers, onions, or other vegetables, usually on a skewer which = FUN !!! Kebobs are such a fun way to change things up.  They always look so festive and well thought out.  I’m thinking kebobs are going to […]

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 […]

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 […]