• The very best sweet potato casserole EVER. And not a marshmallow in sight!

    Sweet Potato Casserole

    The very best sweet potato casserole EVER. And not a marshmallow in sight! My paternal grandmother passed away many years ago and, even today, Thanksgiving isn’t complete without her tried and true — and terribly addicting! — sweet potato casserole. This isn’t your typical sweet potato casserole that’s served on Thanksgiving. There isn’t a marshmallow in sight. Not a one.     Instead, it’s a fluffy, creamy, crunchy, gooey, can’t-believe-it’s-a-side-not-a-dessert accompaniment to an already spectacular spread. And it’s better without the marshmallows. It. Just. Is.     My aunt traditionally made this sweet potato casserole during our large family gatherings every Thanksgiving since my grandmother’s passing. For one, it’s super…

  • This chicken and lentil soup is a hearty meal that'll warm you to the bone!

    Chicken and Lentil Soup in the Instant Pot

    This simple chicken and lentil soup made right in your Instant Pot (or any pressure cooker) is a hearty meal that’ll warm you to the bone! Ever since getting an Instant Pot back in 2017, I’ve wondered how I managed without a pressure cooker for so long. Don’t get me wrong, a pressure cooker’s no substitute for a slow cooker… It’s just, I’ve found many of the same recipes can be whipped up in a fraction of the time — which can be helpful if you’ve not planned a meal hours in advance. It’s been fun to play around with ingredients I’ve had in the fridge and pantry, particularly when…

  • Sauteed chicken sausage, apples and peppers in a pan.

    Chicken Sausage and Apple Rigatoni

    Chicken sausage and apple rigatoni takes about thirty minutes from start to finish, which means it’s a snap to pull together on a busy weeknight! And, with fall right around the corner, busy weeknights are about to be status quo. Ahhhh, fall. Apple “everything” is about to be in the air: apple scented candles, apple cider, homemade slow cooker applesauce, apple pie, etc. Pretty soon the leaves will turn brilliant sunset shades and evenings will start getting crisp and cool, even though the sun still warms the day. It’s a phenomenal time of year; one of my absolute favorites!   Though many of the recipes I make with apples are…

  • Old Fashioned Creamy Potato Salad

    This old fashioned creamy potato salad is a huge favorite of ours, and a perfect side dish to burgers and dogs on the grill!     Don’t like potato salad? I hear that a lot. That is … until people try this potato salad. No, seriously. My husband won’t typically eat potato salad unless it’s this potato salad. And, he’ll eat leftovers, which is worth noting because he’s not typically a “leftovers” kind of guy, unless it’s steak or his mother’s enchiladas. Starting in spring, this particular potato salad is requested at every family gathering. Yes: Every. Single. One. Friends who’ve tried it? Same request. You might be wondering what it is…

  • Ricotta and chicken sausage with ricotta sauce on a white plate.

    Creamy Penne With Spinach, Mushrooms, and Seared Chicken Sausage

    This easy weeknight pasta dinner uses ricotta to make the delicious creamy penne sauce. A little out of the box, yes, but I like to make a game out of leftover or partially used ingredients in my fridge and pantry. Like, how can half a lemon, six ounces of chicken stock, and sour cream be repurposed into some sort of delectable savory sauce to brush over a lightly salted grilled chicken breast? Hmmm… Or, maybe a handful of berries, a bruised pear, and a mostly used carton of half-n-half can be whipped into one of the best cobblers on the planet. Not only is that “game” fun, it’s also practical. Like…

  • Homemade Snack Bars Recipe: It's like Larabars meets Clif Bars!

    Homemade Snack Bars Recipe

    After hearing my sister rave about these homemade snack bars for a few weeks in a row, I asked if she’d mind sharing the recipe here — and, lucky for us, she accepted the challenge. Enjoy these easy-to-make, vegan, gluten free, tasty treats! I always need a snack at work sometime between breakfast and lunch. Always. I usually carry a piece of fruit, but that doesn’t always fill me up. So, a month or two ago, I decided to try making snack bars. Obviously I need it to be tasty, but I also need it to be a recipe that is easy enough for me to want to make it…

  • chocolate lime zucchini bread, zucchini bread recipes, how to make zucchini bread, zucchini bread with chocolate

    Chocolate Lime Zucchini Bread

    This chocolate lime zucchini bread turns a breakfast snack into a yummy dessert, and with zucchini still in abundance here, we need all the zucchini recipes we can get. I mean, will those plants ever stop producing? Seems like the answer should be “no,” but we all know that in a few short weeks we’ll be reminiscing about the fresh veggies from mid- to late-summer. When I get my hands on a ton of zucchini, whether it’s from the garden or from the farmers’ market or grocery store, I decided to save it by freezing it, rather than using it right away. That process is really simple, too — no blanching…

  • Roast chicken

    Perfect Everyday Juicy Roast Chicken

    I have a few favorite comfort foods, but none can compare with a juicy roast chicken, skin seasoned and baked to crispy goodness. Served with mashed potatoes and gravy … yum! How can you compete with that? As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links. It’s been over a decade since I first discovered how easy it is to make roast chicken. For whatever reason, and I know I’m not alone, cooking a whole entire animal feels daunting when you’ve never done it before. Even something as simple and “everyday” as a chicken. Turns out with a little practice and some helpful tools,…