Spicy Chicken Nachos


For those that have known me only since I moved to Portland two years ago, few know this dirty little secret about my past: I used to be a server and bartender at the Cheesecake Factory – first and for three years in Wauwatosa, Wis., and next and for a little over three months in…

Browned Butter Fettucine Pesto Alfredo


I’m getting to the point where I’m getting all pesto-ed out. Despite the fact that I’ve already made Chicken Pesto Quesadillas and a Chicken Pesto Pizza this week, I still have a cup of pesto left. Dang! I decided to experiment a bit with a browned butter alfredo sauce (which I’ve never made) in order to…

Chicken Pesto Pizza on a Flaky Crust


Be forewarned: this pizza is not for the faint of heart (or stomach!). Nor is it for someone who counts calories or watches what she eats. Instead, this pizza is for the true fatty or the fatty at heart (like me), who would rather eat something that tastes good no matter what the calorie count….

Chicken Pesto Quesadilla


I’d never heard of a pesto quesadilla before until I ate at the Iron Horse Restaurant just down the road from where I live in Sellwood. When one of the bosses at work found out I live in Sellwood she raved and raved about Iron Horse and their pesto quesadilla. Subsequently I sped to Iron…

Cilantro-Basil Cashew Pesto


I never crave vegan cooking or eating. I can’t help it. I grew up in Wisconsin for crying out loud. But sometimes vegan recipes sneak onto my stove and when they do, I usually find that they’re not all that bad. And I rarely find myself missing dairy. ingredients. 1 c. packed fresh basil leaves…

Tyler Pie


I made this pie once before a long time ago (before I started blogging) and decided to make it again for a few reasons: a) to blog about it this time b) because I needed to bring a dessert to my friends’ house and c) because it’s fabulous. According to the pie recipe book I…

Baked French Onion Soup


This recipe is based upon my mom’s recipe for baked French onion soup, which is really quite famous in our family. I’ve never found a French onion better than my mom’s. The secret is tomato puree. The puree makes the soup a bit thicker than a traditional French onion and the tomato gives the soup a…

Ground Beef Tacos


It’s been a long time since I’ve made tacos for dinner. The other day I bought a pound of ground hamburger at Trader Joe’s with no real purpose for it. With a large amount of tortillas lying around the house I decided it would be a good time to try making tacos with a Homemade…

Homemade Taco Seasoning


When I was growing up one of my favorite dinners was ground beef tacos. Made with store-bought taco seasoning. I cringe when I think about this. No longer being a huge fan of store-bought anything (when you can make something homemade), I decided to give homemade taco seasoning a whirl. I loved it! This recipe…