• 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,…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • 5 Ways To Reduce Holiday Stress: Marie Callender's Chicken Pot Pie!

    Simple Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PotPiePlease #CollectiveBias As we charge forward into the holiday season, I try to remind myself that holidays are supposed to be enjoyable — not stressful. Easier said than done, right? Well, sometimes. Little things like easy dinners (this post has one of my favorite 5-minute salad dressing recipes), knowing when to say No, and staying well-rested can have a big impact on your attitude. If you enter the season with a mindset of calm, and genuinely try to keep your head in the right place, then chances are you can have a stress-free, enjoyable…

  • Vegetarian Kale Salad

    Vegetarian Kale Salad

    Kale. It’s a leafy green whose preparation seems to stump so many people! And yet, it’s so freakin’ versatile. My sister uses kale regularly, and she offered to share her very favorite vegetarian kale salad with me. Yay! We’ve received kale in our last two small bag deliveries from Hometown Harvest, so I’m in need of some great go-to recipes myself. This one fits the bill. Before we get into recipe specifics, let’s take a look at some notes Josie sent me with the recipe: We make this salad at least once a week in our house. It’s the best because it’s good right after you make it and really…

  • This versatile summer couscous salad is perfect for picnics and BBQs or paired with chicken or grilled shrimp for a tasty main course meal.

    Summer Couscous Salad

    This versatile summer couscous salad is perfect for picnics and barbecues or paired with chicken or grilled shrimp for a tasty main course meal. I have few Food Network chefs I’d call my faves, my go-to recipe crafters. Of the bunch, those I keep coming back to have simple, easy-to-follow, flavor-rich recipes that aren’t fussy and overwhelming. They fit in with our family’s busy lifestyle, and typically don’t use off the wall ingredients that require an extra trip to the grocery store. These are the chefs that top my list: 1. Alton Brown His matter-of-fact way to talking about food and recipes are one big reason I have a passion…