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
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

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

  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

Green Chilaquiles with Eggs
  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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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  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

Guacamole Salsa
Sounds strange, but it’s oh so good!  It’s like making your favorite salsa even better by adding the creamy goodness of avocado to it.  You’ll just have to trust me on this one.  We devour this stuff.  The added bonus, it’s amazingly good for you!  Tomatillos contain 20 percent of your daily recommended value in vitamin C, loads of vitamin K, and a healthy amount of […]

Guaca Salsa

Easy White Chicken Chili
It’s chilly outside and there’s nothing like a good bowl of chili to warm you up!  Though I’m a huge fan of traditional red chili (see my favorite Chuckwagon Chili), I absolutely love white chili.  When you’re short on time, this chili comes  together quickly and is always  a hit.  When I do have some extra time on my hands, it is totally […]

Easy White Chicken Chili

Mini Cheese Ball Bites
These little cheese balls aren’t just easy to make, they’re fun to eat!  What’s better than an appetizer with a built in edible toothpick?   They are such a perfect bite size treat, I had to stop myself from eating them all!   🙂  Because they are two totally different taste experiences, your guests will want to try them both…so make twice as many as you think you […]

Mini Cheese Ball Bites

Chocolatey Espresso Snowballs
Get ready to knock the socks off of the gals at the cookie exchange!  Festive,  full of awesomely fantastic flavors and not super sweet, these cookies are the perfect sophisticated combination of chocolate and espresso.  Make them full size or better yet, bite size.  They are easy to make and perfect either way!   Pour dry ingredients along with chopped pecans and […]

Chocolatey Espresso Snowball Cookies

Easy Sweet and Spicy Candied Nuts
  I hate these darn nuts…absolutely hate them!  They are SO addictive.  I had to make two batches, the first batch was gone before I could even get my camera out!  You will LOVE them!  They are not too sweet, not too spicy…but if you want more of either it’s as easy as adding a little more sugar or spice.   I […]

Easy Sweet and Spicy Candied Nuts

Vanilla Kipferl Christmas Cookies 2
The holidays  bring out the best pastries and cookies from every country.   Having  grown up in a very German household with parents who owned a European delicatessen, I am particularly fond of German holiday cookies.  All of my favorites can be found in specialty stores that carry European products  this time of year.  But, as always, nothing beats homemade.  And if I have the time to make homemade, especially […]

Vanilla Kipferl Holiday Cookies