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


Thai Coconut Curry Soup with Shrimp
Silky smooth and slightly spicy…this stuff is GOOD!  Another super versatile recipe, too!  Add chicken instead of shrimp…simply add with liquids.  Change up the veggies…add bok choy, spinach or kale.  Or pour the soup over Asian noodles instead of rice.  Or don’t change a thing…you won’t be disappointed either way! With the flat side of a wide bladed knife, smash the lemon grass until […]

Thai Coconut Curry Soup with Shrimp


Pumpkin Raviolis with Sage Brown Butter and Crispy Pancetta
With the arrival of Fall I feel a certain obligation to cook with pumpkin…not that I don’t enjoy pumpkin.  I do…but I do not need another pumpkin pie recipe!  Fortunately, this year, after imploring the great pumpkin gods for inspiration, I was blessed with visions of these AWESOME, I mean TOTALLY AWESOME pumpkin raviolis. This recipe is an amazing combination of flavors that just don’t stop.  You […]

Pumpkin Raviolis with Sage Brown Butter and Crispy Pancetta



Overnight Pumpkin French Toast Bake
Ahh…Fall.  There are so many great things about Fall.  One of my favorite…pumpkin.  Fun to decorate with, but even more fun to eat!  Here’s one more way that you can add a little bit of pumpkin and a whole lot of smiles to your Fall.  Who doesn’t love French Toast?  Throw in a hint of pumpkin and you’ve got a reason to celebrate!  Enjoy! […]

Overnight Pumpkin French Toast Bake


Cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake Muffins
This week I am on breakfast duty for my son’s high school water polo team.  Being the cook that I am, I took this VERY seriously!  I wanted to make a muffin that could not only be made ahead but that would be a hit with the boys.  Having  had weeks of notice,  the family was subjected to numerous variations of coffee cake.  No […]

Cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake Muffins


Easy Classic Crepes 2
Don’t let the fancy French name scare you!   The word crepe is simply French for pancake.  They’re not only easier to make than you think, they are flat out easy to make!  It seriously only takes a few tries.  Once you have swirled and flipped your first five or so you will get the hang of it!  You will LOVE these, your family […]

Easy Classic Crepes