Turkey Blackberry Monte Cristo Bake


The holidays are over and I found myself with a profound amount of random leftover food and ingredients I wanted to use up. I bought a gigantic loaf of ciabatta bread at La Brea Bakery in Los Angeles intending to use it as an accompaniment to artichoke dip. I did use it for artichoke dip…

Mom’s Pizza Pot Pies


So it’s January and most people I know are working on a healthier eating plan. Take for example, my sister. She’s starting a three-day juice cleanse tomorrow. Then there’s me. I’m at about the worst health in my life and yeah I’m working on figuring out what type of healthy eating plan works best for…

Pecan Pie Milkshakes


Well before Pinterest and Instagram became a thing, bartenders at a local Wisconsin restaurant chain invented pie milkshakes. This was in the early 2000s. I know because I was one of them. Behind the bar we had a Kitchenaid mixer that we used to make a dessert, The Peanut Butter Cup (PBC). We had Reese’s…

Mashed Potato Corn Cakes


Mashed potatoes usually aren’t something that last long in my house after the holidays. But what if you find yourself needing a recipe to use up a massive amount of spuds that  failed? Or you don’t have anyone to help you eat your leftovers and you don’t want to eat mashed potatoes for days? Enter…

Easy Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread


A few weeks ago I bought crescent rolls at Costco intending to use one tube to make Brie En Croute. I didn’t realize there were four other tubes of crescent rolls in the box and had no clear plan with what to do with them. They sat in the fridge for awhile. Luckily today as…

Easy Gluten Free Pizza Crust {GF, keto, paleo}


I found out from 23andme that I have increased risk of developing celiac disease and that this was inherited from one of my parents. My dad gets his results in a few days so we will see who the culprit is, but my money is on him. His mom went through a period of time…

{keto} Shepherds Pie


While I was in Wisconsin a few weeks back, I got sick (for the second year in a row) and my mom cooked up a storm. One night she had family over and made Stuffed Manicotti, which she refers to as String Cheese Lasagna, Spinach and Chicken Alfredo Lasagna and her famous Garlic Bread. I asked…

Bacon and Egg Cups


If you’re all carbed out after Thanksgiving or have had enough of eating leftovers or even just live the Keto or low-carb lifestyle, this breakfast is for you. This breakfast has 0 carbs and only 450 calories but will keep you full for hours. Bonus: it’s super simple to make, especially if you have cooked…

Peanut Butter and Jelly Trail Mix


A few years ago I asked my mom to buy me a dehydrator so I could make homemade beef jerky. Sadly the dehydrator sat on a shelf for too long before I began tackling the long process of dehydrating foods. But once I started using it I became a bit obsessed with it, specifically obsessed…

Simple Roasted Almonds


I have had this mega large package of raw almonds sitting on my kitchen table forever. Real time: 3 or 4 months. I don’t usually buy raw nuts because typically I like nuts roasted or dry roasted or oiled and salted. (Who’s with me on this?) But clearly I bought these in a rare moment…

Red Wine Brownies


I have a confession to make. I am not fond of red wine. I realize I’m one of about 5 adults on this earth who do not like red wine and I hate to admit it because whenever I say it people look at me like I just said I like to eat small children…

Pumpkin Granola


Tis the season for everything pumpkin. I’m not complaining. Just stating a fact. Pumpkin Spice Lattes appeared this year on August 28, which always signals the start of fall and all things pumpkin. I am a fan of most things pumpkin except pumpkin pie. Weird, huh? I almost never make pumpkin pie for thanksgiving and…

Prize-Winning Quaker Oats {turkey} Meatloaf


You may or may not be stunned to know there are a ton of meatloaf recipes floating around the internet. This is good news for me because I am constantly searching for new meatloaf recipes to keep my old pup Nathan happy. When you’ve made a variety of meatloaf recipes, you come to realize there…

Flourless Zucchini Breakfast Cookies


We are going through some ups and downs with my diabetic dog. “We” is me and him and my dad when my dad’s in town. He has become an increasingly picky eater over time, which could be due to kidney failure or gum disease or both or neither. It could be some other reason. It…

Spicy Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas {vegetarian}


I admire the people who eat vegan or vegetarian, in part, because it’s something I could never do. I love meat and dairy too much to give up either even though I don’t actually eat a ton of meat or dairy. (Which you wouldn’t know from reading my blog.) Which is why when I find…

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…