• Chicken noodle casserole

    Make-Ahead Casserole Recipes

    There’s nothing better than having dinner ready to go on a busy night. Who doesn’t love a warm, gooey casserole? Especially casserole recipes that can either be tossed in the fridge till dinner the next day, or frozen for weeks (or months)! To me, casseroles are one of the best comfort foods out there, and make-ahead casserole recipes are the best. THE BEST! A friend who’s due any day with her second baby recently asked me if I’d help her prep a few freezer meals to tuck away until after the baby’s born. (For the record, I was not that smart with my food prep. For either child.) Those of you who’ve raised…

  • BLT salad with heirloom tomatoes, bleu cheese, bacon, romaine lettuce and crispy chicken and balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

    BLT Salad With the Crispiest Chicken Ever

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CrispyCreations #CollectiveBias #FriedChicken You’ll love this BLT salad with the crispiest chicken ever! All the classic flavors of a chicken BLT sandwich, but deconstructed with a layer of chopped crunchy romaine lettuce that’s topped with mouth-watering bites of bacon, creamy bleu cheese, heirloom tomatoes fresh from the farmers’ market, and pan-fried crispy chicken. A classic BLT sandwich has always been one of my favorites. There’s something about the savory saltiness of the bacon mixed with the fresh sweetness of a tomato that’s unbeatable. Over the years I’ve played around with my BLT combos,…

  • 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…

  • No one ever said the holidays had to be full of difficult and time-consuming recipes. The best celebrations are had over simple holiday recipes that taste great and are easy to prep and make. Cheers!

    Simple Holiday Recipes

    No one ever said the holidays had to be full of difficult and time-consuming recipes. The best celebrations are had over simple holiday recipes that taste great and are easy to prep and make. Cheers! Some folks have their holiday menu planned out weeks, even months, in advance. Others use the same tried-and-true menu year after year. And then there’s the rest of us. I have a recipe or two that I make each year, but otherwise my recipe choices vary depending on what the plans are—am I responsible for the main dish and most of the sides, or am I just complementing the main dish with a few of…

  • 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 Sahale Snacks® Honey Almonds Glazed Mix. A simple homemade honey mustard dressing drizzled on top adds a final sweet and savory note! This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #changesnackingforgood #CollectiveBias 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…

  • These simple and mouthwatering French farmhouse potatoes are a Jacques Pépin classic.

    French Farmhouse Potatoes

    These simple and mouthwatering French farmhouse potatoes are a classic, but I give Rachel Ray the credit for bringing this recipe to my attention during one of her holiday specials. The true credit, however, for the recipe goes to famous French chef Jacques Pépin, who originally made this potato side a favorite on many family tables years ago. Rumor has it, this particular recipe was made by his French grandmother on a daily basis, served with dinner and loved by all. There are only a few simple ingredients needed for what ends up becoming soft, rich and creamy potato goodness. And while the process for making them isn’t difficult, it does…

  • Fresh summer corn on the cob is sooooo yummy. Learn a simple way to cook and freeze your kernels so you can enjoy local corn year-round!

    How To Cook And Freeze Corn On The Cob

    Fresh summer corn on the cob is sooooo yummy. Learn how to cook and freeze corn on the cob so you can enjoy local corn year-round! This time of year I so look forward to fresh, local corn on the cob. There’s something magical about corn that’s in season and procured at the farmers’ market up the street. Boiling that sweet, juicy corn on the cob a soggy, sloppy mess isn’t the way to treat it. (Not even grocery store corn, for that matter.) No, if you’re looking to enjoy corn on the cob cooked via stove top, then steaming is the best way to get there—kind of like how…

  • This simple field green salad, dressed with a Dijon balsamic and loaded with creamy Gorgonzola, tart cranberries and crunchy sliced almonds, makes for a perfect side salad or main course meal!

    Gorgonzola, Almond and Cranberry Field Green Salad

    This simple field green salad, dressed with a dijon balsamic and loaded with creamy gorgonzola bleu cheese, tart cranberries and crunchy sliced almonds, makes for a perfect side salad or main course meal! A few years ago we went to Dewey Beach in Delaware for vacation. One night we had dinner at Claws Seafood House along the boardwalk. Soft shell crabs, stuffed flounder, surf-and-turf … it was all good, but not excellent. Worth the visit, nevertheless. (We East Coasters are picky about our seafood.) That said, before any of the entrees were served, at the very last minute when the server was just finishing up taking our order, my husband…