Broccoli & Cauliflower Parmesan Bake

    My hubby left for New York City this week. To send him off, I prepared a “comfort food” themed dinner: smothered mushroom pork chops, mashed potatoes and gravy and this wonderful veggie bake. Most weeks he’s traveling, so he eats out a lot. I, on the other hand, am either working from home or at the office during the day, munching on leftovers and vegetables. In the evening, I survive on quick and easy “kid-approved” meals. At the end of {Read More}

Roasted Balsamic Potatoes

  About a year ago, I had my first taste of balsamic vinegar. It was on bruschetta. Bruschetta has become a love of my life and so has balsamic vinegar. There’s just something about it that I can’t resist. Maybe it’s the zing, the tang, I’m really not sure, but there’s no going back now. These roasted baby red balsamic potatoes are wonderful, and I often make them alongside a juicy steak or grilled chicken breast. If you’re looking for {Read More}

Cheesy Hashbrown Potatoes

Whenever the weather starts getting colder and summer fades away, my neighbors always joke about me going into hibernation. I’ve lived in the Midwest all my life and while I do enjoy all of the seasons, our winter season is by far the longest and can grow old come February/March. Heck, it’s not unheard of to still have snow around on Easter. And what fun is that, right? Egg hunts in dirty slush? No thanks. My whole point here is, {Read More}

Taco Pasta & Chip Salad

      Tacos are one of our favorite meals. They’re an all-in-one meal. You can’t beat tacos. Or can you? This pasta salad gets just as many stars here at our house, and it’s great for potlucks because it goes a long way. When making it for a potluck, I’ll double the recipe, but be prepared – you’re going to need a BIG bowl and some big appetites. Both of which are easy to find in my house. You in? I {Read More}

Fall Celebration Salad

  This truly is a wonderful salad and one that will go over well at any celebration with family and friends. My friend, Terrie, brought a variation of this salad to our Labor Day party we hosted up at our lake cabin this year. Here are some pics from the lake and, of course, one of my dear friend, Terrie. Our cabin is seasonal so when Labor Day rolls around I start to get a bit sad. I know that {Read More}

Creamy Cucumber Salad

This past weekend my neighbor offered me some cucumbers out of her garden. Umm. . .yes please. I have already canned my pickles for the summer so I knew right away what I would use these for. My Mom’s yummy, creamy cucumber salad. Ever since I was little I can remember my Mom making this salad for every special occasion.   To this day when we have those special meals, I eat it as is, I spoon it over my {Read More}