vegetarian Thanksgiving menu ideas

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

Traditional Thanksgiving dinners are great. I look forward to them every year as it gives me an excuse to make green bean casserole and stuffing. Every now and then I'll grab a honey-glazed ham and sometimes, if I have to, I'll make a turkey. But as my family and friends have evolved, so have their food preferences. Some of them are gluten-free, some follow the paleo diet, and even a few are vegetarians (no vegans yet). As a host, I think it's important to be sensitive to everyone's food … READ MORE>

antipasto platter

Easy Entertaining Ideas

You can make entertaining for friends and family really stressful, or you can make it really easy. Myself, I tend to go for easy. Whenever I host or attend group events, if my guests offer to bring something, I let them! I figure they're pretty sincere if they are asking to help out, and if they aren't, well, that will teach them! I'm also about sharing easy entertaining ideas so your guests (and you) will enjoy themselves. One of the easiest things you can do when entertaining guests is … READ MORE>

italian meatballs recipe 2

Italian Meatballs

When I was a kid, every Sunday my parents, brothers and me would load up in the car and go to my grandma's house for Sunday dinner. The majority of our extended family would be there (aunts, uncles, and cousins) and we'd hang out for hours, eating, talking and having fun. My grandma would make everyone's favorite dishes (mine was green beans) and if we were the lucky, we'd get to help her cook. Almost all of my memories of my grandma involve her in the kitchen (except that one bingo excursion we … READ MORE>

meat free protein

Meatless Chicken Fried Rice

One of my FAVORITE (yes, it deserves all caps) restaurants to eat at is Sumo. They have pretty good sushi and great grill items, but my number one favorite menu item of all time is their garlic fried rice. There is a reason butter and oil were invented and I believe it was so Sumo could make this delicous concoction of carbs and fats. As much as I love their rice, I have come to the conclusion that it's not in my best interested to eat an entire bowl of it, especially when the bowl contains … READ MORE>

guinea grinder sandwich recipe

Guinea Grinder

My parents were the type that always ordered the same type of food whenever we ate out. They'd have a small conference about what sounded good and make their decision. Mom would always order first so all my Dad would have to say was, "the same as her." At the time I always thought that was kind of silly but now that my Mom is gone, it seems kind of sweet. One of their favorite places to eat was a local restaurant called The Pizza House. This place had the absolute best pizza ever and served one … READ MORE>

strawberry almond rice pudding

Strawberry Almond Rice Pudding

School is officially in session at the East 9th Street household! Brecken's first day at a new school went off without a hitch. She even told me that tomorrow I don't have to walk her to her classroom, she's a big kid and can do it by herself. Now I'm not sure how I'm supposed to feel about that. Part of me is proud of my shy kid for wanting to this by herself, the other part of me is wondering if she's getting to the stage where she's embarassed by me! I promised her I wouldn't show up at her … READ MORE>

Plenti yogurt

Fight the Afternoon Slump with Plenti Greek Yogurt

Everyone has a sweet spot. You know, that time of day where you're really productive and can get things done! For me, that time starts around 9 pm and ends around midnight. Those three hours are golden. My to-do lists shrink, my stress level decreases and I go to bed feeling like I accomplished something, a lot of somethings. The downside to my golden hours are that I don't get as much sleep as I probably should. During the week, I average about 6 hours a night. That means around 3 o'clock in … READ MORE>

loaded nachos

Loaded Nachos with Beefless Ground

My family loves Mexican food. We've consumed our fair share of fajitas from El Agave and one more than a few occasions have used the kitchen island to set up a taco bar. We also love meat, especially red meat. But in my quest to be a positive role model for my daughter, I started making small changes to improve my overall health. I have restricted myself to one can of Diet Coke per day and increased my water intake. Instead of eating chips and dip for lunch (my absolute favorite snack), I … READ MORE>

pumpkin bread recipe

Mom’s Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Food can trigger some pretty awesome memories. Whenever I eat a caramel apple (which is rare), I think about the times my friends and I used to "run" the Pikes Peak Ascent (PPA). We felt we deserved, or better yet, were entitled to the richest, most fattening thing we could stomach and for whatever reason, we felt loaded caramel apples from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory were the bomb (yup, I said that). If you're not familiar with the Pikes Peak Ascent, it's a 13.32 mile race with about an … READ MORE>


Chicken and Noodles

Give me a pot of chicken and noodles and I'll be your friend forever. Seriously, forever. Last month B and I were in Iowa celebrating a late Christmas with my family. Instead of doing the traditional Christmas dinner, I made the executive decision to serve a couple of soups instead. My original plan was to make chili and potato soup but laziness got the best of me. The chili was simple enough but potato soup? My official potato peeler was back in Kansas and I wasn't in the mood to cover … READ MORE>