Bloomin’ Olive Bread


Olives.  Most people either love 'em or hate 'em, and in my family there is definitely nothing but LOVE for the round little green and black treats.  My kids literally cannot get enough of them! During a visit a few months ago, my friend Edie introduced us to the joys of olive bread, something I had never [...]

Best-Ever No-Fuss Mashed Potatoes


At the risk of tooting my own horn, I have to tell you that every single person who has tried these potatoes has declared them the best they've ever had.  I can only assume that the main reason for this is that they are pretty much a heart attack in a bowl.  Seriously, potatoes don't get any unhealthier than [...]

Grandma’s Sloppy Joes


Does your family have any famous recipes that have been passed down through the years?  These oh-so-easy Sloppy Joes were my grandmother's specialty, and although she has been gone for ten years, I still can't make this recipe without thinking of her and our Sunday afternoon family gatherings.  I love that they have now become a favorite [...]

Summer Cheese Ball with Mixed Berries


When it comes to entertaining, I try to keep things as stress-free as possible.  I discovered long ago that few appetizers beat the simplicity, versatility, and sheer deliciousness of a simple cheese ball paired with Triscuits.  Thus, when the folks over at Martha Stewart asked if I'd be interested in entering a little summer recipe challenge they were [...]

Best Ever Homemade Potato Salad


 Everyone needs a go-to potato salad recipe, and this one is mine!  The dressing is the perfect combination of tangy vinegar and creamy mayonnaise, with the zip of coarse ground Dijon mustard thrown in for good measure.  The peas add great flavor and color, and the red potatoes have a great firm texture with no [...]

Easy Asian Chop Salad


  I don't know about you, but when the weather starts heating up I would do almost anything to avoid having to actually cook!  I want foods that are fresh and easy and can come together in less than ten minutes.  This yummy asian chop salad is the perfect solution to my lazy summer cooking [...]

Quick and Easy Taco Soup


It is always good to have a few recipes that you can whip up out of the pantry staples you already have on hand.  It's even better if those recipes also happen to be freezer friendly so that you can simply throw the ingredients together in a bag and freeze them for a later, busier [...]

Skinny Shepherd’s Pie


Shepherd's Pie has never been one of those recipes I've just been dying to make.  To be perfectly honest, it just doesn't have a whole lot of appeal.  It's certainly not much to look at, and quite frankly just the name invokes thoughts of tasteless English mush.  In fact, I probably would have gone my [...]

Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts


I'm sure we all have our own holiday must-haves, but for me it is just doesn't feel like Thanksgiving without Brussels Sprouts! I love them boiled or baked or sautéed, but my absolute favorite way to prepare these cute little buggers is roasting them with a little olive oil, salt & pepper, & parmesan cheese. [...]

Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower


Friends, it is time to face the cold hard facts:  November & December are not kind when it comes to counting calories. One Thanksgiving dinner alone can provide the caloric requirements for a small country, and that's not even counting the pie.  (Mmmmmmmm......pie.....) I hate watching my weight, I really do.  I especially hate that [...]

Skinny Pumpkin Bread


There is just something about fall. Come September I am ready for boots and sweaters and a whole lot of coziness.  I crave maple syrup and hot apple cider and soup of all kinds. And pumpkin.  Oh, how I crave pumpkin! This year, since I am still *trying* to be good, I thought I would [...]

Best Ever Homemade Mac & Cheese

Image there any comfort food quite as, well, comforting, as homemade mac & cheese?  Sure it's a little more effort than, say, that stuff in the blue, but oh man is it worth the extra time!  The best part about this recipe is that it will either feed a crowd or make enough to freeze [...]

Butternut Squash Lasagna {Recipe}


This super simple butternut squash lasagna has been one of my go-to recipes for years and years now--so long I can't even remember where I first found it.  It is one of those dishes that always pleases vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.  Even better, even though it seems like a lot of work, it is deceptively [...]

Deep Fried Cauliflower {with Buffalo Dipping Sauce}


When my husband first introduced me to these little gems, a long-time Soukup family recipe, I have to admit, I was a little skeptical.    The flour, the egg, the breadcrumbs, the Crisco....they just seemed like SO much work and such a mess for so little payout.  I mean cauliflower?  Really? Until, of course, I [...]

Dairy-Free Chocolate Ice Cream with Toasted Coconut {Recipe}

Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream with Toasted Coconut. YUM! This amazing homemade ice cream uses Silk almond milk, coconut milk, & coconut oil to create the creamiest non-dairy ice cream you will ever try! You won’t believe it’s dairy free!

There are many, many reasons I love my stand mixer, but when husband surprised me a few years ago with an ice cream maker attachment, it brought that love to a whole new level.  Homemade ice-cream?  I could eat it all day long! good..... When it comes to flavor, we are a family [...]