cajun chicken pasta recipe

Cajun Chicken Pasta

I think you learn a lot about a person by the types of foods they eat or more importantly, the foods they won't eat. I've been dating this guy (more on that later) who has some particular food rules. The thought of anything cheesy and gooey makes him kind of sick and don't get me started on his lack of appreciate for some raw fish. To give him some credit, I have seen his eating habits evolve since we met and he's open to trying new things. He's added more vegetables to his diet and even, with … READ MORE>

loaded pierogies recipe

Loaded Pierogies

I remember the first dinner party I ever threw. I had just returned from a week in Napa and Sonoma where I attended my first cooking class. The food we prepared was so tasty that I wanted to share it with all of my friends. In typical over doing it fashion, I decided I would recreate all the dishes we were taught at the cooking class. Quickly, I realized that I had too much on my plate (pun totally intended). Now, if I'm entertaining I make one signature dish and then supplement it with quick … READ MORE>

Kale Waldorf Salad recipe

Kale Waldorf Salad

Disclosure: This article about creating holiday traditions is sponsored by West Elm. I fell in love with their Scape Serveware and it was the perfect serving piece for this Kale Waldorf Salad. Every person needs a signature dish. For my friend Staci at 7 on a Shoestring, she makes pea salad and my friend Kerri at The Maven of Social Media, she rocks the creamy artichoke and spinach dip. Me? I really like variety so I tend to bring different things all the time. I used to get requests for … READ MORE>

shrimp scampi #shop

Easy Dinner Ideas: Shrimp Scampi with Tomatoes

In four days, the movers will be at my doorstep. I'm not sure that I've made the formal public announcement on either blog, but for those of you who aren't in the loop, my daughter and I are moving to Kansas. Home of sunflowers, Jayhawk basketball and of course, The Wizard of Oz. I'm not new to this moving gig. I've done it quite a bit. Since this is our last week, I'm using up everything in the pantry and going to my short list of easy dinner ideas. We always seem to have pasta on hand. … READ MORE>

halloween bark with plain and peanut m&ms #shop

Halloween Bark with M&Ms

Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday of the year. I like the colors, the flavors and definitely the costumes! This year there will be no dressing up for me as the day after Halloween we're embarking on a new adventure and moving across the country. Again (more on that later). But just because I'm not dressing up doesn't mean that I'm still not going to enjoy myself. I'm planning a small get-together with some of my friends and we've got sweets on the mind. That means I'm whipping up some … READ MORE>

Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker

Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker GIVEAWAY

A couple of weeks ago I told you about the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker and how easy it is to make breakfast sandwiches from the comfort of your own home. No more getting in the car and driving to my closest fast food restaurant for food. Instead you plug in your sandwich maker and in less than 10 minutes, you have a sandwich. Now you can win your own breakfast sandwich maker. Just enter on the Rafflecopter form below. The sweepstakes is open to US residents only and you must … READ MORE>

Snickers and bacon cookie bars #shop

Snickers and Bacon Cookie Bars

College football is a big deal in my house. When I wake up on Saturday morning, the first thing I do is turn the television to ESPN. I love listening to the banter between the hosts and it's always a treat to see which mascot head Lee Corso pulls from behind his studio chair. Some days I'll watch the games while I work and others, I just want to sit down with a table full of food and graze all day long. I find that I'm always reaching for a combination of salty and sweet snacks so when I was … READ MORE>

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10 Breakfast Sandwich Ideas

Disclosure: I am a Hamilton Beach Ambassador and received their breakfast sandwich maker to review. Regardless, opinions and statements are 100% mine and yours may differ. There was a point in my life that I ate an Egg McMuffin an average of 4 times per week. I would roll through the drive thru on the way to work and not even blink an eye. I didn't mind shelling out the bucks for a breakfast sandwich, after all, everyone kept telling me breakfast was the most important meal of the day. Fast … READ MORE>

#ad asian meatloaf with Tyson ground chicken #cbias

Asian Meatloaf with Ground Chicken

Growing up, my mom didn't cook a lot. She worked crazy hours and that meant my dad either fixed us dinner (think meals that come from a box) or we ate out. When she did cook, it was a special treat and one thing she routinely made was meatloaf, mashed potatoes and corn. I remember mixing my corn with my mashed potatoes (does anyone else do that?) and eating it with a bite of meatloaf. Unlike my cousin who wouldn't let his food touch, I liked to mix it all together! I still like meatloaf but I … READ MORE>

corn-dip

Mexi Corn Dip

There are certain foods that remind of specific people who are a part of my life.  Whenever I make this Mexi Corn Dip, I think of the guys I lived with in the "PA" house.  There were four of us who technically lived there (meaning we were on the lease) but since they were all in physician assistant school and doing their clinical rotations, it was rare for more than two of us to be there at the same time.  I used to make this corn dip on a regular basis because it was easy and I really couldn't … READ MORE>