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  • This creamy simple egg salad makes a tasty sandwich or is the perfect addition to a plate of baby spinach!

    Simple Egg Salad

    This creamy simple egg salad makes a tasty sandwich or is the perfect addition to a plate of baby spinach! GO STRAIGHT TO THE RECIPE It’s true that as we age we can develop little quirks. I’m not sure this counts as a quirk, or if I’d consider it really resourceful, but I have a confession. When I go to Panera, I always choose the baguette side even though I never actually eat the baguette side with my meal. I mean, it’s a lot of food, particularly if you’ve ordered a sandwich, to then also add a hunky piece of baguette on top. So … I bring the crusty piece…

  • I could enjoy soup any day of the week—it's such a comfort food, and there are so many different varieties and recipes from which to pick ... and devour. One of my favorites will always be potato soup, which is why I was excited to try Idahoan Steakhouse Soups!

    This Soup Makes Life Easier in Winter

    Thank you Idahoan® Steakhouse® Soups for sponsoring this post. Grab yourself a bowl and celebrate National Soup Month with me! I could enjoy soup any day of the week—it’s such a comfort food, and there are so many different varieties and recipes from which to pick … and devour. One of my favorites will always be potato soup, which is why I was excited to try Idahoan® Steakhouse® Soups during National Soup Month! We’re just coming out of a really cold snap this winter, and it’s just barely halfway over. And, when I say “really cold” I’m probably not doing the frigid air justice, as the high for weeks was…

  • Go ahead and make a double batch of this homemade guacamole; it's so yummy, it won't last long!

    Homemade Guacamole

    Go ahead and make a double batch of this homemade guacamole; it’s so yummy, it won’t last long! I’m a big avocado fan. Like, I-could-eat-one-with-every-meal-and-be-perfectly-content, avocado fan. Even though the weather was gorgeous and the scenery was breath-taking along the coast, one of my favorite parts of visiting San Diego a couple years ago was, wait for it, avocados on top of, served with, or as an add-on for every meal on a menu. It doesn’t take much to make me happy. Haha! I’ve been lucky to find relatively inexpensive avocados here at ALDI, where a bag of four non-organic avocados goes for about three dollars, and an organic bag…

  • This kale salad is topped with Sahale Snacks Honey Almonds Glazed Mix, full of dried cranberries, sliced red pears, crispy bacon, honey goat cheese and a hint of lime juice. A simple homemade honey mustard dressing drizzled on top adds a final sweet and savory note. Yum!

    Kale Salad With Honey Mustard Dressing

    This kale salad is full of dried cranberries, sliced red pears, crispy bacon, honey goat cheese and a hint of lime juice, and then topped with glazed honey almonds. A simple homemade honey mustard dressing drizzled on top adds a final sweet and savory note! As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links. Fall is without a doubt my favorite season. The weather’s cooler, but snow is still a month or two away (hopefully), which means I’m able to don layers and scarves, build roaring fires in the fireplace, and spend plenty of time curled up with a blanket reading or writing. Ahhh……

  • There's hardly anything better than Italian meatballs on the table in a half hour, and having dinner taken care of for later in the week, too!

    Quick Instant Pot Italian Meatballs and Sauce

    There’s hardly anything better than Italian meatballs on the table in a half hour, and having dinner taken care of for later in the week, too! This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carando®. All opinions are entirely my own. I’ve really grown to love my Instant Pot®, and it finds its way into the cooking rotation at least once a week. Sometimes more frequently, if I’m making stock or something similar. When it comes to weeknight comfort food, pasta is nearly always a go-to and spaghetti with meatballs is a favorite. Though, I’ll admit, making homemade meatballs during the week feels like a daunting task.…

  • This crumbled Italian sausage soup is easy to make, thanks to the Instant Pot, and so satisfying!

    Instant Pot Crumbled Italian Sausage Soup

    This crumbled Italian sausage soup is easy to make, thanks to the Instant Pot, and so satisfying — especially when you have a crazy week with a busy schedule! It was one of “those” days last week. The kind that feels a bit like a whirlwind, unseasonably chilly (not to mention drizzly) and also requires a quick turnaround for dinner. It was also very close to grocery shopping day, which means the options in fridge and pantry were limited. This is when I go into Chopped mode. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links. Ground Italian sausage in the freezer. A third…

  • This savory crustless quiche for two is perfect for brunch (or dinner)! It's simply made, with Nellie's® Free Range Eggs, two kinds of cheddar from the Cabot® Creamery co-op of Vermont farm families, bacon, parsley and an assortment of veggies—including organic mushrooms, green onions and ripe heirloom tomatoes from the garden (or from your local farmers' market).

    Crustless Quiche for Two

    This savory crustless quiche for two is perfect for brunch (or dinner)! It’s simply made, with Nellie’s Free Range Eggs, two kinds of cheddar from the Cabot Creamery co-op of Vermont farm families, bacon, parsley and an assortment of veggies — including organic mushrooms, green onions and ripe heirloom tomatoes from the garden (or from your local farmers’ market). This post has been sponsored by Nellie’s Free Range Eggs with Cabot. All thoughts are mine. In the world of brunch, and especially dinner, it’s great to have a go-to recipe that takes less than a half hour to make. Spaghetti Carbonara is one of my pasta favorites, and eggs (or…

  • These seared turmeric chicken thighs are ready in 15 minutes and full of deep and savory flavor!

    Seared Turmeric Chicken Thighs

    These seared turmeric chicken thighs are ready in fifteen minutes and full of deep and savory flavor! My favorite dinners are the ones that have tons of flavor, and take minimal time to prep and cook. Chicken thighs are a staple in our house, both the bone-in/skin-on and the skinless/boneless. Whether I’m making oven-fried chicken thighs, fajitas or this seared turmeric chicken, they’re my go-to cut because they’re tasty and versatile. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I bought chicken breasts! They really seem to have far less flavor than their thigh counterparts, as well as a tendency to dry out—never mind the weird texture if you try…