Sometimes I get on food kicks. Some people call them cravings but I call them food kicks. However, usually I get a craving, and then it turns into a food kick and I have to make it several times in a short amount of time. My latest food kick is Buffalo Chicken. For some reason the spicy, creamy, full of flavor chicken just keeps calling my name. I was so thrilled when I made this for dinner during the Superbowl and now I'm craving it again.
The beauty of this Buffalo Chicken Dip Read more [...]
I don't really know why I decided to start calling this "Mexi Quinoa." I think I just got really lazy and didn't want to say Mexican Style Quinoa Salad. So Mexi Quinoa it is. This salad is packed full of protein, vitamins, nutrients, fresh vegetables, and flavor. It can be served hot or cold, over lettuce or chips, as a side dish or entree. Clearly, this is a very versatile dish and it can be customized to your liking!
I prefer to serve the quinoa mixture over a bed of chopped romaine Read more [...]
When I was a kid, I always knew that cold weather was around the corner when my mom made this soup. It wasn't an immediate favorite as a kid, weird, I know, but then we started dipping in tortilla chips instead of saltine crackers and it quickly became one of my favorite's. I'm pretty sure my palate has matured as I have grown older. Perhaps by the time I'm 72 I might actually appreciate caviar.
....Never mind. I've never tasted caviar.
The flavors in this soup epitomize the essence Read more [...]
This is my all time favorite soup.
As a kid it was my favorite soup.
As an adult, it is still my favorite soup.
Earlier this week, I asked my husband what I should call this soup since we've referred to it as both "stew" and "soup." Our conversation became a discussion of attempting to define stews, soups, and chili. We both agreed that stew implies some sort of thickish base and big hunks of potatoes, carrots, and steak. Soup has more of a thin, brothy, base, and can be chunk-free, Read more [...]
Cranberry Marshmallow Salad. Chock full of fresh cranberries, fresh apples, pineapple, marshmallows, and heavy whipping cream. Oh yeah, and some extra sugar, because there isn't enough "naturally occurring." This was my most favorite side dish at Thanksgiving when I was a kid. I probably aet half the bowl by myself. Then I grew up and realized my true favorite dish is sweet potatoes.
Nevertheless, this salad is amazing. Really, it should be a dessert. But it's Thanksgiving, so side dishes Read more [...]
Pulled Pork Chalupa goes back as far as I can remember in my Mom's family. It's one of those staple recipes that we always have when aunts, uncles, and cousins get together. It's served at every family reunion and family get together. I can remember countless evenings driving out to my Aunt's house in the country, walking in the door, and smelling the most delicious smell known to a kid.
It was definitely Chalupa night.
Complete with all the toppings chopped, diced, sliced, shredded, Read more [...]
Smokey Black Bean & Sweet Potato Chili with fresh limes. It really does taste as delicious as it sounds. When one of my dear friends had surgery a few weeks ago, I offered to bring her dinner. She was a little hesitant since her family is mostly vegetarian and gluten free. Of course I didn't let that stop me, and I came up with this incredible chili. Yes, I can be a little prideful, and this chili is certainly something I am very proud of!
It's completely gluten free and vegetarian, Read more [...]
This is one of the easiest, most simple, and most delicious popcorn recipes I've ever made. My Mom started making this years ago for Christmas treats and neighbor gift bags. Though more often than not, it never made it to our neighbors and friends because we ate it all too quickly! Everyone I know that has tried this popcorn has raved about it. The process is really simple and easy, but it isn't ridiculously fast. Though considering the amount of popcorn you have when you're done in relation Read more [...]