Best Ever Quiche - Master Recipe
  Who doesn’t love quiche?  This quintessential brunch dish can take your meal from good  to “I’ve got to have the recipe!”  great.  You’re going to love  how easy it is to put together and create this spectacular fool proof dish.  In this master recipe, you get exactly what you need to make the dish your own…being able to add and delete ingredients based on […]

Best Ever Quiche-Master Recipe


Loaded Game Time Nachos 2
It’s game time!   With the final weeks of NFL play upon us,  it’s time for some serious  game food.  Sunday Night Football  has become “Nacho Night” at our house.  It’s a little different every Sunday depending on what is left over in the fridge…pulled pork, short ribs, rotisserie chicken.  Truly a beautiful thing.  These are so versatile…you can make the exact recipe, or use it as a […]

Loaded Game Time Nachos


When the split pea soup gets made,  it is officially Winter at our house.  I’ve been making this soup for  twenty-five years and it’s been in the family for over forty.   Loaded with ham, this hearty soup is one you will enjoy for years to come.   I hope that you will enjoy our family tradition as much as we do! […]

Split Pea Soup



Nutella Cream Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
These cookies are simply a little slice of heaven!  I’ve made two batches in the last week…I can’t bake them as quickly as they are being eaten!  The combination of hazelnut spread and peanut butter is unbeatable!  Keeping them small is the key when making these cookies.  They look small when you spoon the dough onto the pan, but once […]

Nutella Cream Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies


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For years I have been making smoothies for my kids as afterschool snacks…trying to create one that they would actually ask for again.  Wouldn’t think it would be that difficult. Finally I have succeeded!  This recipe makes a great afterschool pick me up and gets them set for whatever comes their way before dinner.  It will easily make two servings, so there is always a little left for me!  […]

Chocolate Banana Power Smoothie


Hard to believe it’s football season already!  Every year it seems to  come  a little faster!  Football Sundays kick off the season of appetizers and party food in our house.  It doesn’t take much to make a regular Sunday afternoon something special that the whole family will look forward to for more than just football.  It’s all about family time…and good food makes every family gathering […]

Poblano Queso Fundido



Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake
  Kids are back in school…what are we going to do with ourselves???  🙂  I’m happy and sad all at the same time.  The one thing I know for sure is that a little slice of Lemon Blueberry Bundt cake makes me feel better every time!   I absolutely love this combination, and if you are a lemon fan, you will be in heaven!  Moist […]

Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake


Devon's Pulled Pork and Slaw Waffles
Just  a couple of weeks ago the family headed down to So Cal for the Water Polo Junior Olympics…during our travels we always make a point of trying fun and different food.  On this trip we were introduced to our new favorite chain restaurant…Bruxie.  Imagine your favorite breakfast or lunch fixin’s  sandwiched between the most amazingly light and crispy waffle you […]

Devon’s Pulled Pork and Slaw Waffles


Pineapple Coconut Bundt Cake
I’ve had bundt cake many times…never really been impressed before.   But everything changed the day I tried THIS bundt cake.  The recipe came from my son’s school counselor. In fact, it first caught my eye as I was walking through the faculty room of  the middle school.  I can usually resist… but this time NOT.  It was fantastic!   I have since  tweaked the recipe into multiple variations.  My family has enjoyed being guinea pigs for the many […]

Pineapple Coconut Bundt Cake



This all purpose meat sauce goes especially well with Easy Ricotta Gnocchi.  It is a super simple,  lighter sauce as Italian spaghetti sauces go (which is a good thing this time of year).  You can easily double it  if you want your pasta to be a little more substantial.  Enjoy!   Print Italian Meat Sauce Author: Monica Recipe type: Sauce Cuisine: Italian Prep time:  15 […]

Italian Meat Sauce


Steakhouse Blue Cheese Dressing
I am the first to admit that I haven’t always been a fan of blue cheese dressing.   That was, until one special dinner out,  when in all its glory, it was served  atop a cold, crisp wedge of iceberg lettuce, sprinkled with little crunchy bits of bacon heaven and placed before my husband.  I had never before seen something so thick,  yet so creamy…and […]

Steakhouse Blue Cheese Dressing


Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies
  I can think of no better way to celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (May 15) than to whip up a big batch of my favorite chocolate chip cookies EVER!  They  have great texture from the ground oatmeal, a fantastic toasty nut crunch from the walnuts, gooey chocolate chips and chock full of oatmeal, flaxseed meal and walnuts they are actually good […]

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies



ULtimate Nutella Cookies
This recipe was definitely inspired by my boys and their love for Nutella.  Seeing my youngest devour Nutella on toast, I knew there was something amazing going on here.  Who knew you could create something so awesome with something so simple.  And, of course, how could we not start by adding it to our already favorite  family cookie recipe?  We had to make a […]

Ultimate Nutella Cookies


The family was craving Asian Braised Short Ribs  and I decided to put a little different spin on them.  This recipe really lends itself well to variations.  For this version, I replaced the creamy mashed potatoes with Basmati rice.  I really wanted to add bok choy and struggled to come up with a flavor that wouldn’t fight with the  ribs.  The answer was right in front […]

Asian Braised Short Ribs with Bok Choy


Cinnamon Apple Dutch Baby
They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and if your man loves pancakes, this will be the dish that tips the scale!   So easy to make…just throw the ingredients into the blender, pour into a hot pan, pop into the oven and watch the magic happen. Your kids will get a huge kick out of […]

Cinnamon Apple Dutch Baby



Chuckwagon Chili
Whether you are tailgating or just hanging around the tv watching your favorite sport, chili is always the perfect game day dish. I like my chili with enough kick that I can feel the heat without needing to chug  my cold beer to cool it down…not that there’s anything wrong with that!  The great thing about chili is that it is infinitely […]

Chuckwagon Chili


Who doesn’t love wontons?  Even more, I love the idea of being able to make my own.   These little bites of goodness are so easy to make, too.   I love being able to add my own fresh ingredients and creating a meal my family would have otherwise gone out for, or picked up in the freezer section.  Don’t be afraid to make […]

Pork & Shrimp Wonton Bliss


I absolutely love Asian flavors, especially sesame oil.  It transports your taste buds to a whole new world.   And what’s not to love about fried rice?  You get everything you need… veggies, carbs and protein in one tasty perfect bowlful.  Once you have the basics, it is so easy to swap ingredients to make it even more versatile.  Instead of pork […]

BBQ Pork Fried Rice



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  Some of my fondest childhood memories involve carving pumpkins at Halloween.  Back then, carving pumpkins was as close as I ever got to eating them, unless of course you were talking seeds.  It wasn’t actually until my son raved about the amazing pumpkin bread he had eaten at preschool one day (many years ago) that the thought of adding pumpkin to anything […]

Pumpkin Buttermilk Waffles with Maple Butter


  Appropriately named…there are no  words that can better describe how I feel about this bread.  Enjoy! Print Best Pumpkin Bread Ever Author: Monica   Ingredients 3 cups sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 4 eggs, lightly beaten 15 ounces canned pumpkin 3½ cups flour 2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon allspice 1 teaspoon […]

Best Pumpkin Bread Ever


Avocado toast…SO trendy because it is SO tasty!  Throw in SO simple to make and you’ve got a winner!  The crazy thing is how many different ways you can top it and get a completely different taste experience.  That alone should make it worth a try!  Here are just a few options beyond this recipe.  Of course, always start with the […]

Avocado Toast with Cherry Tomatoes   Recently updated !



For years I’ve admired pictures of plump  juicy Mexican street corn all smothered in Mexican spices, cilantro and cheese and served fresh off the grill.  YUM!  The problem…there is no way  my family could eat that without making a complete and utter mess!   But why deny them this tasty goodness if I don’t have to?  The solution:   Mexican Street Corn Salad…ALL the flavor, […]

Mexican Street Corn Salad   Recently updated !


Rib Rub
Fire up the grill!  When it’s time to do some serious grilling, we bring out the big guns!  Ribs, ribs and more ribs!  The best advice I can offer when it comes to making the most amazing ribs ever is cook it LOW, SLOW and smother it in DRY RUB.  The end result, super flavorful fall off the bone to […]

Best Baby Back Rib Dry Rub   Recently updated !


Garlic Knots
Butter, Garlic and Parmesan…Oh my!  Here’s a fun and creative way to serve up a side order of garlicky goodness with your favorite Italian meal OR BBQ.  They can be super easy…using premade pizza dough from a can OR you can whip up my favorite Easy Pizza Dough and instead of forming rounds, stretch it into a rectangle, slather it with my magical garlic butter […]

Garlic Knots



Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Your first thought might be, they couldn’t possibly be as good as the lettuce wraps at PF Chang’s?  The answer is NO, they’re not…THEY ARE SO MUCH BETTER!!  And so easy to make!  It is all in the sauce, baby.   To make them is to love them.  So go ahead…this quick and easy dinner is calling your name!  Print Chicken Lettuce Wraps Author: Monica […]

Chicken Lettuce Wraps


Pasta Salad with Creamy Basil Dressing
  I’ve always been a distant fan of pasta salads.  In theory they’ve sounded good, yet without fail, have fallen short for me in the flavor department.  And so my quest began!  Fresh basil, being  one of my favorite herbs to cook with, seemed like a great place to start my search for a better pasta salad.  It’s flavor is subtle yet distinct,  offering a […]

Pasta Salad with Creamy Basil Dressing


  About now  you’re asking yourself “what is this crazy sounding concoction you call chilaquiles?”  Aside from completely awesome, it’s a traditional Mexican dish most often eaten at breakfast or brunch.  Some even say it works wonders on a  hangover!  Corn tortillas are cut into quarters or squares and lightly fried creating the base for the dish.  Green or red salsa  is poured over the crisp tortillas and they […]

Green Chilaquiles with Eggs



Asparagus Tart
Have you ever had anything made with puff pastry that wasn’t good?  Me neither!  And I promise you this tasty tart is no exception.  This is the side dish that is going to rock your Easter brunch,  Mother’s Day brunch or any other brunch you’re planning!  Plus as always, I love to give options.  Try different cheeses…aged cheddar, gruyere, Comte or even […]

Asparagus Tart


Arugula Pesto
My dirty little secret it out!  I LOVE condiments!  I just can’t help myself…they very simply make ordinary dishes extraordinary!  Arugula pesto, the not so distant cousin to the garden variety, basil pesto, has a great peppery bite to it.  When you combine it with the acid from fresh lemon juice, it’s an awesome accompaniment to a variety of dishes.  Let me […]

Arugula Pesto


  I love exposing my kids to the different flavors of the world.  The great thing is it doesn’t have to be complicated.  These potatoes are a classic Greek dish.  Simple to make with mouthwatering results.  Crispy on the outside with a tangy, creamy interior. Yum!  They are lemony and garlicky and oh so good.   The perfect accompaniment to any roasted meats (especially lamb) […]

Greek Roasted Potatoes



Mardi Gras is a great time to eat jambalaya (and ya, I know it’s already over.  I’ve got kids, remember, so sometimes I’m a little behind)  But that was no excuse not to share this amazing recipe with you, because I could seriously eat jambalaya every single day.  It is the most awesome combination of ingredients, that when all put together create this […]

Creole Jambalaya


Easy Pizza Dough
Ah pizza…no matter how many other foods I expose my family to, they  keep coming back to pizza!  I’m actually alright with that, because when I make my own crust, I can top it with anything I want.  Most recently, I topped it with Rock Your World lemon marinated shrimp, feta cheese, mozzarella, red bell peppers, spinach, shallots and Alfredo sauce.  We’re talking GOOD STUFF!  Throw it […]

Easy Pizza Dough


Chimichurri just may be the most versatile sauce ever created!  Not familiar with chimichurri?  Well let me help!  Chimichurri loosely translated means a mixture of several things in no particular order.  Let’s just say you have to taste it to believe it.  The possiblilities are endless when you add a little chimichurri  to your favorite dishes. It is spectacular topping off garlic […]

Chimichurri Sauce



Easy Cheesy Enchilada Dip
Getting ready for the Super Bowl?  You don’t want to pass up on this warm and cheesy bowl of goodness.  The best part is, when the bowl is empty you’ve got another one waiting warm and ready in the wings. This dip is the perfect warm appetizer because you can prepare it ahead.  The day of simply  heat, serve and enjoy!    Add onions and saute until softened […]

Easy Cheesy Enchilada Dip


Baked Pizza Rolls
Ahh, pizza rolls…perfect little bite size pockets of everything that is good in the world. Never met anyone who doesn’t love them, especially on game day. The store bought ones though convenient, have never really done it for me.  So over the last two weeks, making a better yet simple pizza roll became my personal mission. I want them baked, not fried.  Though I love fried […]

Baked Pizza Rolls