• These easy enchiladas, covered in cheese, are perfect to make for a weeknight.

    Easy Enchiladas

    These easy enchiladas are quick to make and can feed a crowd. There are some dishes I’ll claim to be authentic with, and others where I’ll admit that I’ve taken liberties. Last night’s dinner? I call them “enchiladas” but anyone from Mexico, where enchiladas originated, would probably laugh at my attempts. One day I’ll come up with a better name, but for now I simply call them: easy enchiladas. Prep is simple. Just brown ground beef with onions, garlic and seasoning (packet or homemade taco seasoning), and then roll it up into tortillas.  A good slathering of enchilada sauce and cheese, then the oven does the rest of the work…

  • Homemade vegetarian spring rolls with crispy wonton wrappers and a savory vegetable filling with dipping sauce.

    Vegetarian Spring Rolls

    Crispy wonton wrappers and savory, melt-in-your-mouth filling make these vegetarian spring rolls highly addictive! Pair them with a simple chili dipping sauce—just vinegar, sugar and minced chilies. This is a guest post. My husband Shawn and I love to cook. We’re always looking for fun new recipes to try out and tweak to our liking. We often receive cookbooks for Christmas and they’re one of our favorite things to open! Thumbing through all the beautiful pictures and imagining what we will try next, it never gets old. A few years ago, Liza got us a vegetarian cookbook simply titled Vegetarian. It has remained our favorite cook book for all this…

  • Musings: Feel Better Food

    Are you sick and tired of me talking about being sick and tired? ME TOO. There’s really nothing good about being sequestered to a couch for days on end, except: Reading Movies Soup And, speaking of soup, when I wasn’t able to make my mom’s party last weekend, she sent home a container of homemade turkey soup for me. Not just any turkey soup, mind you. Soup made from leftover organic Thanksgiving turkey from Sattva Place (the best meat EVER), and vegetables from Truffula Seed Produce (a well known favorite of mine). I realize I could post her recipe, but some how “a little of this with a bit of that…

  • Cast iron roast beef with gravy is best when you make sure to get a good sear on all sides to keep it nice and juicy!

    Cast Iron Roast Beef and Caramelized Onions with Gravy

    Cast iron roast beef with gravy is best when you make sure to get a good sear on all sides to keep it nice and juicy! I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. This post may contain affiliate links. I found a deal on an eye of round roast at the grocery store this weekend. Nearly three pounds and less than nine dollars! Eye of round is an interesting cut, meant for roasting in the oven and served in slices—similar to a beef tenderloin—but very,…

  • Lemon Garlic Chicken — what a great weeknight meal!

    Lemon Garlic Chicken

    Lemon Garlic Chicken is a tried and true favorite with my kids and my husband, gobbled up quickly every time, with several requests for seconds. I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. This post may contain affiliate links. One of the struggles we face every week is how to eat dinner together, the four of us as a family. It seems simple enough, until you factor in commutes, toddlers who go to bed before 7 p.m., and evening work commitments. But in 2011, we’re working on…

  • This beef mac-n-cheese casserole is like the comfort food you never knew you needed!

    Beef Mac-N-Cheese Casserole

    This beef mac-n-cheese casserole is like the comfort food you never knew you needed! I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. This post may contain affiliate links. For some reason dubbing oneself a “foodie” means everyone assumes you don’t like “normal” food. Like processed, slow cooker, fatty, pre-packaged food. My view of a foodie? You can appreciate ALL kinds of food—even the non-organic, boxed, out of season varieties like this beef mac-n-cheese casserole! It’s oddly satisfying, super easy to make, and oh sooooo good.

  • Acini di Pepe Pomegranate Salad

    Now for dish two from my POM Wonderful dinner party: Acini di Pepe Vegetarian Pomegranate Salad. I’ve made a similar salad many, many times, and knew instantly it could be easily adapted for the pomegranate challenge. Pomegranates kind of have a tart cranberry-esque taste to them, like a cross between a tiny grape and a cranberry, so to me they were a natural substitute! I found the original recipe a couple years ago from chef Giada De Laurentiis (love her simple, flavorful recipes), and made it vegetarian by using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. My sister and her boyfriend are vegetarians, and this was something different, hearty but not…

  • POM Wonderful Dinner Party Recap!

    A couple of weeks ago I mentioned how cool it was that I got selected to be one of 100 people across the country to host a POM Dinner Party. Two crates and 40 pomegranates later, my dinner party was a wild success, and the guests are still talking about the menu – and the crazy apron POM sent for me to wear. Let’s get started on the party recap, which includes….drum roll please…..a how-to pictorial on opening a pomegranate, and lots and lots of photos of our seemingly endless stream of pomegranate inspired platters! Dinner Guests Abby, Theresa, Me, Amy, Linda   Dinner Guests Abby, Theresa, Me, Amy, Josie…