As with many recipes I come up with, it’s all in the need to use up fresh ingredients before they expire. And who doesn’t love Italian… I think either Italian or Mexican dishes are the easiest to adapt to the foods we stock in my household. But I must say…
At some point during the busyness of the holidays you’ll want nothing more than to relax and spend time with family. Turn off the mobile devices, stay home, and just enjoy the sounds, comfort and joy of the season with your family.
What do you make when you have some leftover spaghetti sauce and cottage cheese? You can always try these lasagna roll ups!
I love breakfast burritos – hubby does not. And at one time I thought the perfect burrito consisted of only scrambled egg and a processed cheese slice rolled up in a flour tortilla, heated and served with salsa. And I have to inject that I really like Taco Bell hot sauce! *cringe* I know…processed cheese, plain burrito, hot sauce from Taco Bell? What about real ingredients, fresh ingredients and adding something a little more hardy to the mix? Actually this is one dish where I think…
With hubby’s days off usually falling during the weekday, it’s nice that we can get away to more touristy areas with fewer tourists. Last week we decided to head on over to Thornton’s Winery for a red flight…
If you want to fix something a little extra special with your significant other, this dish just might do the trick. The pork is stuffed with a bread and fruit stuffing and then topped with a spicy orange sauce with just enough heat to give it a kick. Serve with rice pilaf, fresh green beans and dinner rolls.
As I was eating breakfast this morning, I was reminded of a breakfast my mom would fix us from time to time when I was a kid. Milk toast…
Happy Valentines! Most people are celebrating Valentines today in one way or another. For us, it was a Sunday brunch on the patio. While we haven’t vacationed in about 6 or 7 years and are not given to dining out very often, or spend lots of money on clothes etc, the one luxury we enjoy is cooking together and enjoying a meal outdoors, weather permitting. So what better time then Valentines!
Grilled cheese sandwiches are just one of those great comfort foods. From time to time we fix grilled cheese for dinner – pairs beautifully with tomato soup. With other ingredients on hand and a desire to step up this American favorite…
Adding cream cheese and chopped green chilies turns this sandwich into a bit more with a bit of bite and more gooey cheese flavor!
Grilled Cheese & Chili Sandwich
- Sourdough bread
- Butter for grilling
- Cream cheese
- Sharp cheddar cheese, grated
- Chopped green chilies
- Spread one side of bread with mayo. Then spread softened cream cheese on the other side. Top with grated cheddar and chilies. The amounts depend on what you like, need, want! In my case I like lots of cheese and peppers for sure!
- Melt butter on grill. Add sandwiches and grill on one side until they’re toasted and browned; turn and cook on the other side until the cheese is melted and the sandwich is browned.
- Serve with tomato soup.
I usually choose between feta and blue cheese on our Costco runs. The last time I picked up crumbled Feta that has lasted quite awhile and it does seem to have a longer shelf life than blue cheese. But this last Costco run, I decided to grab some blue cheese. It was a blocked cheese rather than crumbled but a two-packer. Store one in the fridge and hope the other freezes well….
Using ingredients we had on hand, I fixed this cheese quiche the other evening when I couldn’t find my go-to recipe. So I winged it and was pleasantly surprised to have a fluffy, light quiche that was pretty tasty. Great for a light evening meal or for breakfast respectively paired with a garden salad or fresh fruit.
Cook up this Mediterranean style stuffed chicken for dinner tonight or for date night! I created this recipe using food from our fridge – leftover artichoke hearts, crumbed feta cheese, olive and so forth. Paired with risotto and roasted asparagus, you have a dinner the family will enjoy!
What in tarnation!
What have we here! Hats off to Belle Tracy for the photo and fun idea using a doily! Who would have thought to create designs on their cookies…
- The Doily: Diamond Points Crochet-a-Long Doily (free pattern)
- The recipe: Rainbow Funfetti Cutout Cookie
- The Process: Press the doily onto the cookie shapes before baking and then bake as usual.
Another fun idea is to use your doily designs for sifting powdered sugar over the top. Cool huh?
We took advantage of a small window of sunshine and a pretty morning to fix a nice breakfast. The night before we fixed Jambalaya for dinner – believe it or not, the first time we tried it at home. With leftover hot sausage, it was a good time to fix a frittata. It was spicy and good – just how we like it. If you don’t like your food too hot you may want to tone it down, use a milder sausage and substitute chopped green chilies for the adobo pepper and a milder hot sauce for the adobo sauce.
This is a super easy salmon recipe I hope you will enjoy. I just love the bite of Dijon mellowed out with a sweet citrus jam, or in this case, orange marmalade. It wasn’t long ago we bought some oils and vinegars from the Temecula Olive Oil Co. One vinegar is a white balsamic with honey. It was the perfect choice to add to this topping to bake on the salmon. Beware – it’s like buying fine wine. But so worth it!
While we enjoy cooking, recipes around my house are often born of a need to use up ingredients before they go bad. When my dad visited, we bought some shaved ham and turkey from the deli with cheeses for lunches. Now with a bit of lunch meat and cheese leftover, it was fun creating a different approach to an old classic. Not to mention, use up the last of the bacon too!