Blackberry Bacon Jalapeño Grilled Cheese


I’m drawing a lot of inspiration these days from my friend Bethany who has started to come into her own in the kitchen. First she shared with me the Thai Chicken Taco recipe, which I made and adored. A few days later she sent me a picture of a grilled cheese sandwich she recreated after…

Meatloaf Sandwich


I spend a considerable amount of time thinking about food, planning what I’m going to eat, researching recipes, and, of course, making food. I knew when I made this gigantic quantity of meatloaf earlier in the week that I wanted to try making a meatloaf sandwich but I had no idea what constitutes a proper…

Ground Turkey Meatloaf


Well, folks, it’s back to meatloaf at our house. We had a good run with dog food for about a month or so. At first Nathan would eat the dog food with renewed veracity, but that veracity died down as the weeks passed and now he has informed me that he’s off dog food and…

Fresh Salmon Tacos


I have this friend who is obsessed with tacos. OBSESSED. He can and does eat tacos for every meal. And he tells me about it all the time. I literally get daily updates telling me he ate tacos again for lunch. And then dinner. Or he might tell me that he was forced to eat…

Italian Green Salad


I was planning on making my cousin Stuffed Manicotti and my Mom’s Garlic Bread one night for dinner dreaming about what sort of gorgeous dessert I could serve us when she suggested we make a salad or some sort of vegetable dish with our dinner. Buzz kill! There went my thought of the perfect dessert…

Italian Sausage Meatloaf


There was a period of time where I was making meatloaf every weekend. It started because my dog went on an eating strike and happened to take a liking to the smell of the meatloaf I had made for myself. Once I realized he was digging the smell it wasn’t long before he had taken…

Thai Chicken Tacos


I had to drop everything I was doing tonight (AKA cleaning up the kitchen) to tell the whole wide world how amazing Thai Chicken Tacos are. I kind of thought they would be good. Even really good. But I had no idea they would be A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. I should have been clued in by the fact…

Greek Yogurt Coffee Cake


I hesitated to even share this recipe at first because it was a bit of a failure. In every sense of the word and at basically every turn. Apparently I used too small of a pan. The batter poofed up rapidly and then began to spill out the sides. I had to put a sheet…

Homemade Tortilla Chips


I don’t know that it ever occurred to me to make home made tortilla chips until yesterday when I realized I had this huge bowl of salsa I needed to eat and nothing to eat it with. OK so I did have some beef and pork and tortillas and other fixins’ to make tacos. But…

Blackberry Smoothie Oatmeal Bake


This baked oatmeal dish was inspired by a blackberry overnight oats recipe gone awry. I had blended blackberries, yogurt and almond milk together in a large smoothie blender intending to pour the mixture over oats (overnight, obviously). Well I did this one night and was not thrilled with the results the next morning. The mixture…

Paula Deen’s Old Fashioned Meatloaf


I was chatting with my coworker the other day about the fact that the only thing that my dog will eat is meatloaf. I was explaining the complexity of his taste buds and how after he eats something too much he gets sick of it and refuses to continue eating it. It’s been this way…

No-Bake Vanilla Bean Cheesecake


A few weeks ago my grandma fell and broke her hip. She had to have emergency hip replacement surgery. After she successfully finished physically therapy it was determined she couldn’t go home. She would need to be placed in an assisted living center. Eight years ago I started this blog. At the time I was…

Classic Meatloaf


When I was growing up I wasn’t much into meatloaf. The only meatloaf I ever tried was the every day meatloaf with ketchup spread across the top and I was never really a big fan of ketchup as a child. As an adult, I find myself on the opposite end of the meatloaf love-hate spectrum….

Baked Sheet Pan “Street Fries”


While my friend was visiting over my birthday weekend we stopped at a local Mexican restaurant for some tacos. We ended up getting the worst Brussels sprouts we had ever eaten (not cooked enough?!) and we each had a taco. Also on the appetizer menu were “street fries” that sounded suspiciously like fries covered in…

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake


I nearly didn’t make myself a birthday cake this year, the reason being I haven’t been eating sugar. Or anything else really yummy tasting either. But I have a friend in town and when I asked her if we should make a cake for my birthday the answer was a resounding yes. So the ambivalence…

No Sugar Added Vanilla Ice Cream {vegan, paleo}


This ice cream recipe is different from almost any ice cream recipe you will find around because it does not contain any added sugar of any kind, not even honey or maple syrup. No fake sugar (like stevia) here. This was by design. I wanted to try making a high fat, low sugar ice cream…

Fresh Ahi Tuna Salad {w/avocado}


Have I ever told you about my problem with impulse spending? It’s grocery store specific. (Mostly…) I see something in the grocery store that looks good and/or is on sale and I want to buy it. I have no thought in mind as to what I’m going to do with said ingredient. I just see…

Basil Strawberry Spinach Salad


I’m desperately trying to eat more “greens” in my life on a daily basis and the easiest way to do that for me is to make a salad. My problem is that simple side salads bore me. Like what’s more boring than a salad with cucumbers, tomato and dressing? Hardly anything. So to tempt my…

Creamy Asparagus Soup {paleo, vegan}


I had purchased over two pounds of asparagus to eat on Father’s day and the week after. Going on two weeks later, I had barely touched the stuff and knew I needed to find something to use up the remaining asparagus. Many, many years ago I made an amazing cream of asparagus soup. What really…

Brown Butter Bitttersweet Chocolate Chip Cookies {w/sea salt}


  I was browsing through my “drafts” folder and came across this recipe that I apparently tried in January 18, 2014 without including any photos in the draft. Here’s what I said back in January 2014: This past week I leaned heavily on one of my coworkers for a rather urgent issue and she totally came…