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



Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan Crust
I first made this cheesecake in November of 1996 after seeing it in the Thanksgiving issue of Bon Appetit magazine.  Back then I was just looking for a way to keep my husband, who was yearning for his mom’s pumpkin pie, happy.  Not having grown up with pumpkin pie, I wanted to find something a little more creative.  This tasty dessert fit […]

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan Crust


Cuban Mojo Pulled Pork
Think of this as Latin pulled pork.  There are so many ways to use this incredibly tender, flavorful roasted pork.   Stuff it into a soft roll with ham, Swiss cheese,  yellow mustard and thinly sliced dill pickles and you’ve got yourself an authentic  Cuban sandwich.  Serve piled high alongside a heaping serving of rice and black beans or simply load it all onto corn […]

Cuban Mojo Pulled Pork


Apple Cider Muffins with Caramel Drizzle
Apples and caramel…such a great combination.   Back in the day, when Halloween treats often meant something homemade straight from a neighbors kitchen,  I would covet the occasional caramel apple in my Halloween bag.  I enjoyed every last bite of caramel along with whatever little bits of apple came along!  When I started making these muffins, I was looking for intense apple cider […]

Apple Cider Muffins with Caramel Drizzle