Your Holiday & Seasonal Guide for Food & Lifestyle

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Mini Chorizo Mushroom Quiches made Crustless

Mini chorizo mushroom quiches pack a lot of flavor for such a small bite. Need to bring an appetizer for a night out?  Maybe even to a potluck dinner?  Making a dish that travels well is essential when you plan to bring a dish to share at a party or other event you’ve been invited […]

Kourabiedes Greek Sugar Walnut Cookies

Kourabiedes are a Greek baked cookie with a walnut and cinnamon filling that is completely covered in powdered sugar. It wouldn’t be a holiday without some traditional Greek pastries.  I always look forward to my family gatherings, for me it’s a time to consume lots of desserts.  One of my favorites Greek pastries is a cookie called a Kourabiedes.  It’s a […]

Creamy Rice Pudding with Cinnamon

Creamy rice pudding is a treat for any special occasion. Planning a special evening?  That’s always fun to do, but what to make?  Dinner is covered but you need a dessert.  Something different that will perfectly complement the great dinner you’re making.  Your criteria is simple, you want a dessert that’s unique and can be prepared in advanced.  And […]

Breaded Chicken Wings Baked in the Oven

Breaded chicken wings makes a great comfort food appetizer. If you love chicken wings then you might want to try something a little different.  My breaded chicken wings recipe is a crispy and delicious alternative to the Buffalo wings we love to eat.  You may be surprised to know that there are some key differences between […]

Cranberry Orange Pecan Cookies from Scratch

Cranberry orange pecan cookies are a perfect way to celebrate the season. And why not?  My recipe features some of the best flavors of fall merged into one mouth-watering cookie.  Cranberry orange pecan cookies have delicious dried cranberries, orange zest, and chopped pecans.  What’s not to love? What I love the most about these cookies […]

Thyme Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Thyme roasted sweet potatoes makes a great side Sometimes all it takes is the right side dish to complete a meal.  And if you love sweet potatoes then I have the perfect recipe for you.  My thyme roasted sweet potatoes is an easy side dish to whip up when you need a tasty starch.  It’s flavorful and healthy, and a nice change from […]

Mini Stuffed Peppers with Beef and Rice Filling

Mini stuffed peppers for your next cocktail party. Are you looking for something new and lively for an appetizer?  Well here’s a thought… why not try my mini stuffed peppers?  They are the perfect “bite-sized” version of the traditional Greek dish.  Packed with flavor and easy to eat, my mini stuffed peppers are a fun […]

Roasted Orange Cauliflower with Lemon and Parmesan Cheese

Roasted Orange Cauliflower is a colorful treat for fall Want to make fun and colorful dish for fall?  Try my roasted orange cauliflower as a side for your next meal.  Don’t let the color fool you, it’s cauliflower alright, and the orange hues make it perfect for all of your autumnal festivities.  When shopping for your […]

Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon

Back to school with homemade macaroni and cheese It’s back to school this week for Jayson and to celebrate we made macaroni and cheese with bacon.  This is not your traditional box version, our macaroni and cheese is all homemade… and it is certainly worth the effort!   Jayson assisted me in the kitchen as we created this comfort food classic.  […]

Pesto Rosso Sauce with Almonds, Tomatoes, and Parmesan

Create a classic pesto rosso sauce in minutes. A pesto rosso sauce is a classic Italian spread also known as red pesto sauce.  Its main ingredient being sundried tomatoes gives this sauce both its color and taste.  In comparison, green pesto sauce derives its color and flavor from basil.  Both sauces generally contain nuts; pesto rosso […]

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is a rich and tasty dessert. And that’s how a dessert should be… just the right amount of decadence for the perfect ending to a great meal.  Anyone who loves cake should always have a great carrot cake recipe on hand.  Especially when you’re looking for that little “something […]

Zucchini Coins with Sea Salt and Lemon

Zucchini coins are a tasty treat. Although you can’t purchase anything with these tasty coins, they certainly are worth their weight in gold!  You can’t go wrong when you invest the short amount of time it takes to make these golden treats.  All you need is one delicious organic zucchini or better yet, one you’ve […]

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies from Scratch

Homemade chocolate chip walnut cookies are a sweet treat. And why not indulge in something sweet once in a while?  Chocolate chip walnut cookies are easy to make… and with a glass of milk are a joy to eat!  This makes me feel like a kid again.  Every household should have a simple chocolate chip […]

Blueberry Muffins with Sour Cream

  Light and fluffy blueberry muffins for your next brunch. If you enjoy a great muffin then, why not indulge in an everyday favorite?  Everyone needs a basic blueberry muffin recipe, and this one is all you’ll ever need!  These blueberry muffins are light, fluffy, and delicious.  They’re just the right balance of blueberries and […]

Herbed Garlic Croutons that are Easy and Homemade

Herbed garlic croutons made with French baguette. Here is a simple way to spruce up your salads.  Try making homemade herbed garlic croutons.  It’s so easy to bake up a batch of these crunchy bites, you may never go back to store bought again.  Just combine extra virgin olive oil with oregano, garlic and salt; mix […]

Greek Salad with Stuffed Grape Leaves

Greek Salad with stuffed grape leaves is a traditional favorite. A Greek salad makes a delicious lunch or dinner side.  The basic ingredients include lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers.  What gives this salad a Mediterranean flair are the extras:  Kalamata olives, feta cheese, and stuffed grape leaves.  Combine all of these ingredients in a homemade salad dressing […]

Power Outage Tips for Keeping Perishable Food

Be prepared for the next power outage. No one likes a power outage.  The loss of electric power can be a huge disruption to our lives.  It can be so frustrating dealing with the inconvenience and cost that occurs with a long term power outage. A power outage is a loss of electric power to […]

Dash, Pinch, and Smidgen and other Unusual Measurements

A dash, pinch, and smidgen may be small amounts but they are still measurable cooking units A dash, pinch, and smidgen…. huh?  A bit confusing and a bit unusual.  Most recipes nowadays are pretty clear when giving measurements.  But sometimes you find a measurement that gives you pause; a measurement that’s not quantifiable, rather obscure and difficult […]

Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Garlic and Parmesan Cheese

Roasted spaghetti squash with garlic and Parmesan cheese is a comforting cold weather dish. Roasting is by far one of my favorite ways to cook food.  Vegetables benefit especially well from this method.  Roasting provides a depth of flavor to your vegetables that you can’t achieve by boiling or steaming them.  In fact, vegetables taste […]

Roasted Garlic Broccoli with Lemon

Roasted garlic broccoli is an easy side to accompany almost any meal. Spending time on your main dish… check.  Making an elaborate dessert… check.  Finding an easy, tasty side… priceless! Roasted garlic broccoli is the best solution when you need something simple.  And it tastes great too!  When you are spending so much time on a particular […]

Parmesan Garlic Bread Slices

Parmesan garlic bread adds an easy side to any pasta entry. If you’re like me, you love garlic bread!  And quite frankly, what’s not to love about it?  It always complements any pasta main dish being served and it’s easy to prepare, especially when you easily have all of these ingredients on hand.  You can make my […]

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