Perfect Grilled Salmon Recipe

Perfect Grilled Salmon Recipe

To me, salmon is one of those foods that is best when prepared simply. Most foods are. A bit of salt, olive oil, and charcoal smoke are the perfect compliment to this rich, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth fish. So, after quite a bit of trial and error I’ve settled on a simple char-grilled method, cooked to medium. Of course, always begin with the best salmon you can purchase.

Easy Chocolate Biscotti Recipe

Easy Double Chocolate Biscotti Recipe

Anyway, these guys make a great pair for sure, and you will find that this Chocolate Biscotti dunked in a great cup of coffee is no exception. No bland biscotti here. No siree bobtail. It is quite the perfect biscotti. It is rich, and chocolatey, of course with the satisfying crunch that biscotti delivers. It just begs for a good cup of Joe. You’ll see.

Shrimp Pasta with Cilantro Pesto Recipe

Shrimp Pasta with Cilantro Pesto

Pasta is one of my weeknight go-to meals. It’s always quick and pasta is so versatile. Along with that pesto is a great sidekick for pasta. I enjoy making a variety of pesto combinations. It’s so packed with flavor and pretty healthy ingredients too, and it can be made ahead, which is always a winner in my kitchen. This recipe for Shrimp Pasta with Cilantro Pesto Recipe is easy enough for a weeknight meal, but impressive enough for a weekend dinner with friends.

Chess Pie

Chess Pie

I find some of the best recipes are the more simple ones, and this Chess Pie is no exception. While it may start with humble ingredients the results are far from it. A sweet custard pie with a hint of nutmeg that needs no other adornment or extra toppings.

Angel Hair Pasta with Italian Sausage, Mushrooms & Herbs

Angel Hair Pasta with Italian Sausage, Mushrooms and Herbs

Angel Hair Pasta with Italian Sausage, Mushrooms and Herbs is a dish to try for a quick weeknight meal.

Easy Chicken and Black Bean Burritos


Filled with chicken, beans, salsa, and spices they took no time to put together, and disappeared just as quickly. The ingredients are basic and easy to keep stocked for the perfect last minute go-to meal.

Ice Cream Sandwiches


Last week after making Peanut Butter Butterfinger Ice Cream, I made a few fun ice cream sandwiches for my kids. They’re teenagers, so not technically kids, I suppose, but they sure did grab them up like a bunch of happy-go-lucky kids. For the slightest moment, the angst filled teenager disappeared as they delighted in the ice cream sandwiches. And who wouldn’t? Kids of all ages will go for these.

Coconut Chocolate Chip Ice Cream


When Randy requested homemade ice cream late on the evening before his birthday last week, I quickly whipped up this custard-less vanilla graham cracker base, then added his favorite, coconut, plus some chocolate chips for good measure, to create this Coconut Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.

How to Make Pulled Pork

How to Make Pulled Pork

Today my husband, Randy, our resident grill master, is sharing his process for How to Make Pulled Pork (or chopped). I’ve been wanting him to write this for a while, but sometimes explaining something in writing isn’t as easy as it sounds, and can make it look harder than it seems. That certainly goes for this… 

Read More »

Mexican Black Bean Pizza


Mexican food is a favorite in our household, but much of it isn’t so much on the healthy side. With these Mexican Black Bean Pizzas, you can create your own crunchy and cheesy, but healthy version in less time that it would take to drive to your local Mexican restaurant.

4 Special Occasion Weeknight Dinner Ideas


These are some of our favorites which double as comfort food and special occasion meals. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary, Valentine’s Day, or another special event, any of these would be great options to serve along with a big salad, and a tempting dessert.

4 Valentine’s Desserts


Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or not, here are four sweet treats that would make anyone swoon. All of these can be prepared a day or two ahead to help you focus your attention on your loved one’s on the big day instead of being stuck in the kitchen.

Garlic Lemon Green Beans


These Garlic Lemon Green Beans are the perfect side dish for any main entree, or alone as a snack. In fact, what triggered me to make these this week was a visit to our local steakhouse. They offer a similar green bean side to substitute instead of a baked potato.