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 […]

Weeknight 20 Minute Mongolian Beef

Boy do I have a delicious, deep savory beef flavored dish for you tonite.  And it only takes 20 mintues to make! Mongolian Beef is a delicious, classic Chinese(ish) recipe that is so super simple to make you can make it on a weeknight! I say Chinese(ish) because Mongolian Beef really became popular at PF Changs.  It’s […]

Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata

This chicken piccata is a great weeknight go to recipe! Perfectly cooked chicken in a creamy lemon sauce that is on the table in 30 minutes! Serve with your favorite pasta, noodles or rice, a veggie and salad. It’s week 6 of me working full time now and I think this past weekend was the […]

Chicken Marsala

Are you in need of another under 30 minute weeknight dinner?  I’ve got you covered my friends. Now I know there are either mushroom LOVERS or mushroom HATERS in the world.  But don’t let that deter you from making this Chicken Marsala recipe.  You can omit the mushrooms and still get all that great flavor.  […]

Paleo Beer Battered Fish

Well I have managed to make it through 2 weeks of my new job.  Things sure have changed in the working world since I left in 2008!  But I am enjoying my new life and the family is still in adjustment mode. I really don’t have a routine yet when it comes to dinner, although one […]

White Bean Chicken Chili

I’m not sure if this white bean chicken chili deserves the title ‘chili’.  Does substituting chicken for ground beef still count as a chili? Well, you can look at this yummy dish as a chili or a very hearty soup.  Either way it’s loaded with goodness. Cannellini beans, if you aren’t familiar with them, are large white […]

Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Avocado & Chicken with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

It’s been quite a while since I’ve been THIS excited about a recipe!   This spinach salad is truly THE BOMB!! Certain foods just belong together like peanut butter and jelly, and that would be spinach and strawberries.   Add to that the combination of cranberry and orange and I’m telling you THIS is one amazing salad! […]

Buttery Garlic Shrimp

Garlic and butter.  I ask you, is there anything better? This dish is so summery and light and comes together in under 20 minutes. There are several variations to this.  A traditional shrimp scampi recipe will have butter along with white wine and can be either baked in the oven or done on the stove. […]

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 […]

Blackened Chicken

 Yum Blackened chicken is NOT the result of burning your chicken … or cooking it too long…. or from it sticking to the pan. The ‘blackened’ part of the chicken is the result of a medley of spices, usually Cajun, that when put to high heat, gives the chicken an outer char. A nice blend of paprika […]

Homemade Hamburger Helper ~ Beef Stroganoff

All you busy moms out there are going to love me after today’s post. There aren’t many things I can promise, but one thing I can …. this beef stroganoff dinner is on the table in 20 minutes!  This is a one pan, easy peasy, weeknight dinner that we all need in our menu rotation! Now […]

Maple & Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon

I had memories growing up of when my Mom would make salmon and all I could smell was this stinky fish permeating throughout the house.  I wouldn’t go near it.  If it tasted anything like it smelled I was running in the other direction. All this changed one day last summer when my friend Nancy convinced […]

Bobby Flay’s Salmon with Brown Sugar and Mustard Glaze

I am a big Bobby Flay fan.  I think his culinary intuition is amazing.  He knows how to perfectly balance flavors in a dish.  So I decided to give his Salmon with Brown Sugar and Mustard Glaze a try. Being a foodie myself and a food blogger I know how important each ingredient is when […]

Tomato Basil Chicken

The name, Tomato Basil Chicken, probably gives away that this recipe is best made in the summer months, so I won’t point out the obvious.  But there really is nothing better than picking your own tomatoes fresh from the garden and using them that night in your dinner.  If you pick them when ripe, they are just […]

Ground Beef Stroganoff

If you’re looking for an easy peasy weeknight dinner, than bookmark this one.  This Ground Beef Stroganoff is done in under 30 min ~ add a veggie and a salad and dinner is served!  And it is really really good. I got this recipe from www.melskitchencafe.com and made it last night.  My kids liked it […]