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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 […]

Red Wine Braised Chicken Thighs with Mushroom Gravy

  Red wine braised chicken thighs is a hearty dish for the weekend. It’s time to come home, relax… and forget about work.  It’s time to rejuvenate and recharge.  And good food is always a big part of that.  Red wine braised chicken thighs may be braised and slow cooked, but chicken usually cooks faster […]

Spaghetti Sauce and Meatballs Recipe

Homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs is a great Sunday afternoon dinner. Yum!  Nothing like a spaghetti sauce with pasta.  Homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs is the comfort food we crave.   Making a tomato sauce is easy, all you need is time for the sauce to slowly cook.  This concentrates your sauce as water evaporates out leaving […]

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 […]

Blue Velvet Crinkle Cookies are the Perfect Winter Treat

Celebrate winter with blue velvet crinkle cookies. Is the cold weather keeping you indoors?  Then why not turn on the oven and let a batch of my blue velvet crinkle cookies warm you both inside and out.  I know, the cool, blue color may remind you of this season’s snowflakes and snowmen.  But don’t let it fool […]

Red Wine Braised Beef Shanks with Rosemary

Red wine braised beef shanks are melt in your mouth delicious. I love to braise, and I’ll say it again, it’s one of my favorite ways to cook a piece of beef.  Braising doesn’t work well using just any cut of beef, but rather those tougher cuts that require a slow cooking process to tenderize.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

Homemade Hamburger Helper from Scratch

Kid friendly homemade hamburger helper. Easy and kid friendly what more can you ask for?  Well… how about healthy? My homemade hamburger helper answers both of these questions.  And the best part is that my recipe is free of processed ingredients.  This is definitely a concern of mine when I cook for my family.  Now […]

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 […]

Shoulder Lamb Chops with Tomato Orzo

Shoulder lamb chops with orzo in a tomato sauce makes a terrific one pot meal. I love lamb and I’m always looking for different ways to cook it.  One of my favorite ways to prepare lamb comes my childhood.  In fact, this recipe brings so many of my childhood memories to mind, that it’s almost like […]

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 […]

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