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Parsnip Soup with apples, Irish cheddar, smoked almonds, and fresh herbs

Print RecipeParsnip Soup with Apples, Irish Ingredients2 tbsp olive oil + 2 tbsp. butter 1 medium yellow onion – rough chop 5 large parsnips (about 1 ½ pounds) – cut into ½” pieces 2 medium leeks – white and light green parts rough chopped 2 medium to large apples – Golden delicious, Fuji, or Gala, peeled and cut in similar size pieces to the parsnips. 1 very small yukon potato* – peeled and.. Read More

Lemony Chia Breakfast Bread

Who doesn’t love to wake up to a citrusy, lemon breakfast bread on a bright and sunny morning? My first experience with this delicious recipe was when my mother-in-law brought it to our house as her contribution to a family celebration. She posted the original recipe on her blog as a French Lemon Yogurt Cake. I couldn’t get enough of it! However, as I typically do, I started to experiment with the original version.. Read More

Easy Vegetarian Chili & Cheesy Chile Cornbread

Few things can warm you up on a blustery Winter day like good, old fashioned chili and cornbread. I remember eating my  mom’s chili growing up, which I would classify as more of a “Cincinnati-style” chili. It was a rich and spicy tomato-based chili with ground beef, kidney beans, and short spaghetti noodles. The noodles were my favorite part. I didn’t care much for the beans, so I would ask my mom to.. Read More

Savory Sweet Potato Recipe: Corn and Sweet Potato Hash with fresh Tomatoes, Peppers and Basil

This savory sweet potato recipe is one of those brilliant, yet rare, moments when you unearth a hodge podge of random produce without a plan and improvise those things into a tasty hash. The ingredients, part roasted and part raw, are comforting and fresh, smoky and sweet, earthy and vibrant. The first time this hash was made, it was served as a side to grilled chicken. The 2nd time, I incorporated it into a.. Read More

Easy Rotisserie Chicken Enchiladas

We are one taco-lovin’, chips-&-salsa-eatin’, quesadilla-crazy family, but every once in a while I need to change up the format of our favorite mexican flavors. This easy rotisserie chicken enchilada recipe did not disappoint. On Sunday, our local grocery store sells rotisserie chickens for $4.99 so the recipe is as affordable as it is tasty.  You can enjoy the chicken as-is, or you can use it as a starting point for something far more.. Read More

Baked Pasta Recipe: Baked Alfredo Florentine

This dish was inspired by a baked pasta recipe on Cooking Light that was promoted as one of it’s best or most popular dishes. After reading the reviews, I thought the “idea” sounded more promising than the recipe itself. Too many reviewers said the recipe lacked flavor and I agreed that it seemed to be missing something. Confident that, with a few tweaks here and there, this baked pasta recipe could be really amazing.  And.. Read More

Crock pot Chicken Recipes: Verde Chicken Tacos

I’m almost embarrassed to post this as a recipe. Why you ask? Because it’s so insanely simple and easy.  I’ve made it dozens of times.  We share this dinner with friends quite often and the recipe is one of my “most requested”. I do feel like the it’s more of a dirty little secret, though. Hopefully, you’ll agree it’s the best kind of secret to share!  I hope you add it to your repertoire.. Read More

Homemade Mac n Cheese Recipe

A good deal of getting our kiddos to eat what we eat involves compromise.  If I’m going to introduce something new during dinner, I try to make sure it’s accompanied by something familiar, something I know my kids will enjoy.  Mac n cheese is one of our “go to” side dishes.  If my daughter could choose just one thing to eat for the rest of her life, macaroni and cheese would be it.  It’s a.. Read More

Summer Vegetable Recipe: Simple Veggie Salad

During the hot summer months, the last thing I want to do is make my house even hotter by turning on the stove and oven.  When there’s a chance to serve a dish that involves no cooking at all, I jump on it! Thank God the Summer season is so bountiful with fresh produce, or these opportunities would be few and far between.  Lucky for us, no cook side dishes frequent our weekly dinner menus.. Read More

How to make the BEST Grilled Cheese Sandwich

It’s no secret that my family enjoys cheese.  I’m not talking about the ooey gooey cheese that you find on restaurant nachos or pizza, although, those aren’t half bad.  I’m talking about hard cheese, soft cheese, fresh cheese, stinky cheese, aged cheese, never-pre-grated cheese.  You see, we’re kind of cheese snobs.  Even our kids can sniff out the difference between processed cheese and the real deal cheeses (proud mama moment). What makes these.. Read More