Scalloped Sweet Potatoes and Fontina Cheese {with Thyme}


When I stumbled upon this recipe on Better Homes and Gardens I knew I wanted it to grace my table on Thanksgiving. I love sweet potatoes. And I love fontina cheese. And I love the idea of a more savory flavored sweet potato because I tend to gravitate toward recipes that mitigate the natural sweetness…

Creamy Stove Top Mac and Cheese


There’s this debate raging about Mac and Cheese and whether it is considered a must-have Thanksgiving dish. I’m here to settle that debate. The answer is a resounding YES. At least in my house. Nearly every year that I’m hosting Thanksgiving dinner I serve Mac and Cheese. I normally serve it at Christmas too. In…

Roasted Garlic and Brie Pull-Apart Bread


A few weeks ago I bought some Brie cheese to re-make a pie I made a few years ago. For some random reason, I bought two triangles of cheese and only needed one for the pie. So when my Thanksgiving day meal planning was in its dawn, I contemplated what type of appetizer I could…

Four Cheese Strata {with bacon}


Part of what’s great about the holidays is kicking the day off with an indulgent breakfast you wouldn’t normally make any other time of the year. Sometimes I make something sweet, like these lemon sticky rolls I made one Christmas, but normally I gravitate toward some sort of cheesy-eggy dish (gouda corn pudding; sausage, bacon and…

Spinach and Rice Casserole {lower carb}


After the success I had a few weeks ago with making a broccoli rice cheese casserole substituting most of the rice for cauliflower rice, I decided to find additional casserole recipes to make “healthier” by adding cauliflower rice. There are probably not surprisingly a ton of options out there. I decided to try to go…

Pizza-Style Meatloaf


I have been obsessed with meatloaf recently. I don’t know why. I never ate it as a child. I never liked it. I don’t like ketchup in general and my generation grew up eating meatloaf with ketchup slathered on top. But I didn’t. I rejected anything that had ketchup on it. To this day, I…

{lower carb} Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole


I guess you could say I’m a little bit obsessed with cauliflower rice recently. I keep thinking of ways I can sneak it into dishes as a substitute for regular rice. So I got to thinking about the traditional broccoli cheese rice casserole dish my mom makes and the millions of variations of the dish…

Sous Vide Egg Bites {starbucks copycat}


Anyone who knows me even slightly knows I’m obsessed with the Egg Bites you can buy at Starbucks. I think both flavors are delicious, but I’m particularly in love with the bacon and gruyere version. My habit/addiction is costly, however. At over $4 for two of these gems, I could spend over $20 a week…

{low-fat} Lasagna


I’ve become one of those people that I hate. One of those people I said I would never become. I’ve become someone who cooks low-fat meals (instead of full-fat). Sigh. What’s happened to me? Well, let’s make a list: age, weight gain, stress, high cholesterol and wrinkles. Yep. I have wrinkles around my eyes that…

{low-fat} Cheesy Tuna Casserole


Folks, I never thought I would be doing this. Honestly. When I started this blog I pledged (in the back of my mind) to only make good-tasting and (for the most part) completely unhealthy recipes. There was a time when I would take healthy recipes and make them unhealthy. (Recipe calls for low-fat milk? I’ll…

Bacon Cheeseburger {low carb} Meatloaf


A few weeks ago I made the most amazing low-carb meatloaf. It had bits of fresh Mozzarella, mushrooms and Italian Seasoning. I honestly didn’t think it would be that amazing and didn’t think I would want to blog it so regrettably did not take pictures during the process. It took me about two weeks to…

Mom’s Hot Taco Dip


I grew up in the Midwest where summers were long, hot and humid. Barbecues and outdoor parties were frequent. People (legally) set off their own fireworks. The huge Fourth of July fireworks celebration occurred over the lake front on the night of July 3rd at a massive outdoor music festival and everyone was hung over…

Southwest Chicken Pizza Rolls {low -carb}


I used to be a bit judgmental about people who ate low-carb. I thought they were weird. Sad. Obsessive. Crazy. Crazy because who doesn’t want to stuff themselves full of carbs??? But now that I eat mostly low carb I get it. You lose weight when you turn to a low-carb lifestyle. Your stomach feels…

Fat Head Pepperoni Pizza


I have been wanting to try the recipe for Fathead Pizza for a long time. Basically since I realized you can lose weight eating a high fat diet. I mean who doesn’t want to be able to eat pizza while on a “diet”? While I messed up considerably on the crust by putting too much cream cheese…

Cheesy Garlic “Bread” Sticks {made w/almond flour}


I had an argument with my coworker the other day about low-carb pizza. He oftentimes eats the low-carb lifestyle but doesn’t believe you should bother trying to make pizza low-carb. He’s a pizza purist. I have been intrigued by the recipes and the pictures I’ve seen on the internet. Also I’m more along the lines…

Cheesy Creamed Brussels Sprouts


Whenever I decide to start eating more vegetables I go overboard in my buying. Which usually means I usually end up wasting too much. I randomly purchased a one-pound package of brussels sprouts last week with no real concept of how to cook them. Since I had bacon and heavy cream in my refrigerator that…

Creamy Cheesy {Italian} Asparagus


Did you know there’s such thing as “Creamed Asparagus on Toast”? Really. There is. Google it. There are tons of recipes. I discovered the recipe (which seems like an odd combination if you ask me) when I was searching for a recipe for creamed asparagus. In fact even recipes that I thought might actually be…

The Perfect Grilled Cheese


I’ve had a lot of time to contemplate and practice making grilled cheese sandwiches this week. I stayed home sick from work all week and mainly ate toast and grilled cheese. I had no taste so I didn’t want to waste my food/meals/calories on something new or super tasty. Plus I had zero energy to…

Buffalo Chicken Tacos


The other day I bought the cutest little tortillas at Von’s. They are called Mission “Street Tacos.” They are tiny, flour tortillas – something you would see sold on the street. I love tortillas of any kind. Flour. Corn. Homemade. Low-carb. Even whole wheat. The only tortillas I don’t really care for are hard shell tacos….

Tex-Mex Chicken Enchiladas


Originally posted on Le Food Snob:
My mom sent me this recipe and though it’s far from traditional enchiladas, these really are amazing: rich and heavy with sauce and cheese, one enchilada will sustain you for hours. I decided we would make these for dinner tonight because Kiki saw the picture in my gallery and…