• This mouth-watering ooey-gooey baked brie with RO*TEL is a fun and festive appetizer that's perfect for holidays and entertaining!

    Baked Brie With RO*TEL

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RotelHoliday #CollectiveBias This mouth-watering ooey-gooey baked brie with RO*TEL® is a fun and festive appetizer that’s perfect for holidays and entertaining! I’m always on the hunt for simple, yummy appetizers and finger foods when I’m hosting a get-together or having friends and family over for the holidays. Things that take both a minimal amount of time and effort and also yield flavors and tastes that still make your mouth water. Cheese is high on that list. Mmm… Melty, ooey-gooey cheese is even higher on that list. Marry that with a flaky crescent roll crust…

  • Make and store homemade tomato sauce a different, simpler and quicker way with your Instant Pot!

    Homemade Instant Pot Tomato Sauce

    Make and store homemade tomato sauce a different, simpler and quicker way with your Instant Pot! The 2018 tomato harvest proved to be a great one. As of September, I hadn’t seen an end in sight with either the tomatoes growing in my parents’ high tunnel or the plants I had growing in my container gardens.   The year before, the bounty lasted until October and I remember wondering if the last few would ripen before the first frost. (They did.) As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links. You can only eat so many tomatoes on salads and sandwiches, or chopped up and…

  • This simple, versatile tomato basil fettuccine is ready in fifteen minutes!

    Tomato Basil Fettuccine

    This simple, versatile tomato basil fettuccine is ready in fifteen minutes! Cooking dinner shouldn’t be a drag. I’ll say this though, it can be hard to embrace a chef knife and a skillet after a 10-hour work day, followed by being a kid shuttle service, and knowing there’s a looming pile of laundry in a mound on the bathroom floor the hamper. I get it. I do. I’m also one to look at the glass half full. To make lemons out of lemonade. I don’t have to cook dinner. I get to cook dinner. See how that works? But that doesn’t mean that every night I’m pulling off a five course meal. (Okay, let’s be real—that actually never happens, unless the…

  • Enjoy a vegan fettuccine alfredo, full of savory sautéed mushrooms, that's just as creamy and comforting as a classic recipe.

    Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo With Mushrooms

    Enjoy a vegan fettuccine alfredo, full of savory sautéed mushrooms, that’s just as creamy and comforting as a classic recipe. Pasta is one of my go-to crowd-pleasing meals because it’s just as easy to prepare a meal for an intimate dinner for two as it is to feed a party with ten. I also like that pasta’s versatile. If I have guests who are trying to stay away from gluten, then the grains are swapped for gluten-free alternatives. Those who don’t eat meat? No problem. Plenty of delicious vegetarian pasta options, and if I do have folks with a meat craving, then a simple alternative is to serve seared chicken…

  • With crispy tofu glazed in a thick hoisin sauce, loads of veggies and noodles, and rich, creamy broth, this simple vegan ramen recipe from Chloe Flavor will be sure to have you wanting seconds!

    Vegan Ramen Bowl with Crispy Tofu

    With crispy tofu glazed in a thick hoisin sauce, loads of veggies and noodles, and rich, creamy broth, this simple vegan ramen recipe from Chloe Flavor will be sure to have you wanting seconds! This post has been sponsored by Nasoya®. Last month I received a copy of Chloe Flavor, the latest cookbook from Chef Chloe Coscarelli, in collaboration with Nasoya (all the tofu recipes in her new cook book use Nasoya tofu). As you well know, I’m not a vegetarian, but I have friends and family who are and we enjoy meatless recipes here from time-to-time, too. When the cook book arrived, it came with a challenge: choose a…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Three delicious ways to enjoy tacos without meat!

    Vegetarian Tacos 3 Ways

    Three delicious and simple ways to enjoy vegetarian tacos. Yes—without meat! My sister became a vegetarian nearly a decade ago and ever since the switch she’s still craved random and delicious foods from her previous life as an omnivore. Things like the crispy skin on fried chicken. Or steamed Maryland blue crabs. Or an ooey-gooey cheeseburger. Mmm…crabs. While there are decent ways of cobbling together a meatless version of fried chicken (battered and fried…something) or cheeseburgers (veggie patties have improved in recent years!) those are never really the same as the real deal. And crabs? Well, Old Bay on other things helps soothe the craving…but…nope. Not the same. Tacos, on the other hand,…