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 […]

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

I am on a new kick now with rice …. WILD rice.  Have you had it yet? I just love how it tastes!  White rice is not only boring, but it’s void of anything good for you. I get a wild rice blend, which is a blend of brown, white, wild and red rices.  It contains […]

Shredded Chicken Enchiladas

Yum I haven’t made a Mexican dinner in a while, shocking I know, considering how much we love Mexican around here. But in all honesty I’ve been trying to avoid dairy and animal products since my cholesterol came back so high and also as a result of the research I’ve been doing on animal products. And […]

Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto

Oh me ~ oh my!  I’ve gone and done it again. There are very few foods that I enjoy THAT much that I can eat the ENTIRE thing myself, but this is one. The only other time I can really remember eating the whole thing by myself was when I made my ‘Not Your Mama’s Greenbeans’.   Now […]

Healthy Chicken Chili

I am always searching for ways to cut out red meat from our diet.  I’d love for my entire family to be as passionate about vegetables and a plant based diet as I seem to be, but that’s just not happening. So, I create things like this instead. Another driving force of mine is finding […]

Anne Burrell’s (Baked) Meatballs

Yum I think I am becoming a meatball snob. Even though I like my meatballs, I am still trying to get that WOW factor when I eat them.  And who better to turn to than the experts at Food Network, with Anne Burrell being one of my favorite all time chefs. The difference between my meatballs […]

Roasted Chicken in a Wine and Butter Sauce

  I have a love/hate relationship with my camera. This is one of those dinners that I wish the picture showed how good it really was.  But, as any food blogger knows, the kitchen is the WORST place for photography, especially since my overhead lights are half LED bright white and other others are old […]

Chicken Parmesan

Yum Why am I doing a post on basic Chicken Parmesan?  Well I guess it’s to share with you some of the issues I’ve had when making it and not being all that happy with the results time and time again. For starters: I used to quick fry the chicken in a cheap processed vegetable oil to give it […]

Oven Fried Chicken

I used to think there was only one way to get chicken crispy and that was by frying it. My friend Suzy invited us over for dinner one night and made the most delicious chicken cutlets.  She used panko breadcrumbs.  I really liked the texture it gave her chicken.  She fried in first in a […]

Deep Dish Pepperoni & Sauage Skillet Pizza (with Stuffed Crust!)

My world has forever changed!  I found this skillet pizza recipe at Brooklyn Ragazza and knew I was going to be all over it! There is nothing like Chicago’s Deep Dish pizza.  If you’ve ever been there you know what I’m talking about.   The pizza is so chewy and gooey in the middle but has […]

Skillet Roasted Rosemary Red Potatoes

Yum   Potatoes are the most versatile food I can think of.  I could eat potatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  And being that my Homemade Hash Brown and Shredded Hash Brown recipes are the most popular recipes on my blog, I have the feeling you all agree. The thing about the potato is it can be […]

Chicken Gnocchi Soup ~ Olive Garden copycat

If you’ve ever been to Olive Garden chances are you or someone you know has had their infamous Chicken & Gnocchi soup.  If there’s ever a soup to try and replicate it would be from The Olive Garden. They know soup for sure! Let’s start with a brief history of the Gnocchi, shall we? Gnocci are a […]

Shepherd’s Pie with Ground Beef

Yum I know it’s technically still summer, but with the first week of school under our belts there seems to be a crispness in the morning air that is pushing my inner chef towards fall like recipes. Let me introduce you to The Shepherds Pie. Shepherd’s Pie or Cottage Pie can be made with lamb, […]

Chicken Piccata

If you are looking for an easy weeknight meal this is one of my favorites.  There is something so wonderful about a meal with so few ingredients that bursts with flavor. I got this recipe from Giada on Food Network a few years ago.  I didn’t change a thing! Chicken piccata is simply chicken breast dredged […]

How to Master Oven Roasted Vegetables

Here’s the thing with vegetables …. it’s all in HOW you prepare them.  There is nothing worse than boiled broccoli.  Well wait I take that back.  OVERCOOKED boiled broccoli … yes that’s definitely worse. I am going to show you how to roast your vegetables so they are down right delicious!  Are you ready? All […]