• A summer BBQ isn't complete without these easy-to-make sweet and savory baked beans with bacon.

    Baked Beans With Bacon

    This post is sponsored by Green Giant®. All thoughts are my own. A summer BBQ isn’t complete without these easy-to-make sweet and savory baked beans with bacon. There’s a time and place for extravagance when it comes to hosting and entertaining. A summer BBQ isn’t one of those times. I mean, unless you’re summering in the Hamptons and can afford the luxury of having your event catered. But, even then you’re not the one cooking, right? No, summer BBQs call for easy breezy comfort food. Things you can pull together with simplicity and a little finesse so that your focus can be on enjoying the party, and not sweating over…

  • It's hard to argue with science-based methods for how to make mashed potatoes perfect every time!

    How To Make Perfect Mashed Potatoes

    It’s hard to argue with science-based methods for how to make mashed potatoes perfect every time! A group of my friends and I were having a conversation recently about the best way to make perfect mashed potatoes. As boring as that may sound to some, for us it was grand — talk of butter (so. much. butter.), cream, sour cream, cream cheese and other delicious and savory additions is enough to not only keep our attention, but also make us super hungry. I believe mashed potatoes were on our menu that night as a result. At any rate, one of my friends shared a link showcasing Sunset Magazine food editor Margo True…

  • This creamy green bean casserole, with a savory umami twist and crunchy panko topping, will have you reaching for seconds ... and thirds!

    Creamy Green Bean Casserole With a Savory Umami Twist

    This creamy green bean casserole, with a savory umami twist and crunchy panko topping, will have you reaching for seconds … and thirds! Green beans are one of my favorite veggies. I love them steamed fresh out of our garden (with a little butter and salt), as part of the “Asian buffet” at Wegmans when I’m working while my oldest is at dance, and even in the traditional green bean casserole we all have fond (or not-so-fond) memories of from Thanksgivings past. Most folks know green bean casserole as “the dish made with cream of mushroom condensed soup.” Like canned cranberry jelly, that sort of thing is nostalgic, even if it isn’t…

  • There's nothing better than having a fabulously simple and delicious appetizer in your back pocket. These savory and sweet brie and raspberry crescent roll bites are made with three ingredients, in under thirty minutes.

    Brie and Raspberry Crescent Roll Bites

    There’s nothing better than having a fabulously simple and delicious appetizer in your back pocket. These sweet and savory brie and raspberry crescent roll bites are made with three ingredients, in under thirty minutes. Cheers — it’s baking season! As we near the end of October, we enter one of my favorite times of the year: holiday season! Sure, there are plenty of other holidays that we celebrate throughout the year, but nothing quite as the zing of that period of time between Halloween and New Year’s Eve, with the big food-centric Thanksgiving crescendo in November. It can be an overwhelming time, cramming all the extras of holiday potlucks and…

  • This simple recipe is chock full of flavor with generous chunks of ripe avocado, and savory cubed roast chicken. Avocado chicken salad is great eaten on its own, or atop toasted crusty bread to make a hearty, delectable sandwich!

    Avocado Chicken Salad

    This simple recipe is chock full of flavor with generous chunks of ripe avocado and savory cubed roast chicken. Avocado chicken salad is great eaten on its own, or atop toasted crusty bread to make a hearty, delectable sandwich! The other day I roasted a chicken. It’s not an uncommon occurrence, since one whole roasted chicken can fill a myriad of needs, from chicken stock to lunch leftovers, to framing up a few different dinners through out the week (roast chicken, fajitas, chicken noodle casserole, etc.). Whole roaster chickens are also super inexpensive, with a four-pound bird averaging between six and ten dollars, depending on the brand, store, whether you…

  • These creamy and cheesy scalloped potatoes are ooey-gooey and oh so good!

    Creamy Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

    I’m not sure there’s a potato dish I’ve met that I haven’t loved. In fact, I believe I could eat potatoes everyday of my life and be completely happy—much to my family’s dismay. Especially these creamy, cheesy scalloped potatoes! They like it when I change things up from a sides perspective. And, I suppose I can’t argue with that. But, rest assured there will be potatoes on the weekly dinner menu at least once, with plenty of leftovers for me to indulge my potato obsession during lunch via leftovers. Mashed potatoes, baked potatoes and roasted potatoes are definite favorites because they’re easy to throw together on a weeknight with little to…

  • Italian Caprese Pasta Salad

    Italian Caprese Pasta Salad

    This caprese pasta salad is the perfect lunch for a busy work day, and you can make it the night before! Even though I love eating out, I’ve really grown to enjoy bringing my lunch to work (including leftovers — yum!). Some might say you know you’re getting older when “Leftovers for lunch!” is exciting and something to look forward to. Perhaps. Though, I’d argue those of you who refuse those lunch leftovers are sorely missing out (so long as you have a microwave). In addition to feasting on leftovers, I like to whip together stand-alone lunches, too. Meals that balance protein and flavor with all the goodness of salad.…

  • Gravy poured over beef roast with vegetables.

    Easy Homemade Gravy

    It’s easy to make delicious, savory, smooth homemade gravy in only fifteen minutes! Mashed potatoes and gravy can either be like heaven on a plate, or they can go horribly wrong — think college dining hall or hospital lunch plate, wrong. Generally speaking, if you’re able to find a simple recipe for either mashed potatoes or gravy, then your family will thank you profusely (in addition to licking their plates clean) for giving them those homemade gems. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links. Because, let’s be honest. Homemade, from-scratch mashed potatoes are ridiculously un-difficult to make. Boil and drain potatoes, add…