Happy Tuesday, folks! I am really glad that Monday is over. It was a rainy, dreary one in my neck of the woods. And I was feeling pretty unmotivated at work. But, I got some stuff done anyway, and now I am ready to tackle Tuesday!
For my post today, since it is the last day of April, I am sneaking in one last National Grilled Cheese Month recipe. These Cheddar Pumpkin Grilled Cheese Sandwiches were a big hit in my house! (more…)
Cinco de Mayo is a great reason to throw a party. But, what are we celebrating? In all honesty, prior to this post, I thought that Cinco de Mayo was the Mexican equivalent of the USA’s 4th of July. As it turns out, that is not true! I probably learned about it in high school history, but that was a few years ago (right, just a few!) and it is just not one of those things that stayed near the front of the fractured filing cabinet in my head that is supposed to be my brain.
Battle of Puebla. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Professor Google is quite knowledgeable (haha!), so I decided to consult him and share what I found, in case you are in the same historically-challenged boat with me. (more…)
This Pizza Packet post (say THAT 10 times fast!) is unique for two reasons. The first is that this recipe was given to me by my friend, Danielle. Danielle has been cleaning my house for years (yes, I know it seems a bit extravagant to have someone come and help clean my house, but it saves my sanity on a continuous basis…I would give up cable TV before I would give that up!). I don’t even know how many years it has been now. She is one of the sweetest and nicest people you would ever want to meet. I trust her completely and I know I can depend on her for anything! She also LOVES our cats, and many times when we go away for more than a couple of days, we ask her to come and check on them. I recently told her that I started this blog, so she has been sending me some of her own recipes. I am going to try each and every one of them, they all sound so good! This first one is easy and fun to make, and a total kid-pleaser. Also, it is super-customizable. Just follow the basic directions and add whatever fillings you like. After much debate amongst the family members, we are calling it a pizza packet, because it is not quite a calzone and not really a stromboli either. (more…)
Cranberry chicken ROCKS. It may not be the prettiest looking dish, but it is SO good!
The recipe for this cranberry chicken started with a tip from one of my neighbors. (more…)
Today’s digest features miscellaneous thoughts on some things I love!
I love refreshing drinks. I know the weather has been erratic in many areas, but it warmed up enough here in South Jersey this past week that I am craving a preview of summertime! One of my fav cocktails for summer is really easy to make and so refreshing! Truth be told, I drink it even in the winter if I am hanging out with friends on the weekends, but there is something about the warmer weather that makes me want to fix one for myself on a weekday evening and just sit out on the back deck, relax and enjoy! All you need is ice, gin, a Diet Sierra Mist (or any lemon-lime soda) and a lime. I call it a Misty Gin. I don’t measure anything, I just splash a bit of gin into a glass full of ice and then fill it up with the Diet Sierra Mist. Perfect! (more…)
I like fun foods. And what could be more fun than a pasta that disguises itself to look like a grain of rice? (OK, maybe a few things might be more fun than that, but roll with me here…) Orzo is the cutest little pasta out there. And it is great to use in cooking. It can be used in soups, salads, casseroles, etc. Orzo is actually the Italian word for ‘barley’ (according to Wikipedia…I don’t really know Italian!), which is a nod to the grain it resembles in size and shape. It is really popular in Greece, and so you will see it in many Greek-style recipes, often appearing alongside feta cheese.
I stumbled upon this recipe when looking for a family-friendly dish that would use up some capers I had left over from another recipe. (more…)
I am excited about these Cheeseburger Tartlets, and I will tell you why. This is the first recipe that I have ever developed completely out of my own head! Before you get nervous, remember that it has already been tested on my own family, and not only did they survive the experiment, they asked for more!
Anyone who knows me well realizes that this is huge. Historically, while I have always been interested in eating, I was not really all that interested in cooking. I mucked through preparing dinner for many years, relying heavily on microwaveable convenience foods or super-simple dishes like spaghetti or grilled cheese. At the time, I just did not have the time or energy or tools to do more than that. While I don’t really have any more time or energy now than I used to, I have better tools to get myself organized and I have found a system that I can sustain (see my post about Cozi.com, the tool I use to do my meal and shopping plans!). (more…)
April is National Grilled Cheese month!
Have you been dying to know how the grilled cheese sandwich came to be? Of course you have! Apparently, cooked bread and cheese as a combination has been around as long as bread and cheese have been around…which is a long time! The grilled cheese sandwich in a form closer to what we know today came to be more popular in the 1920′s with the advent of sliced bread. It started out as an open-faced creation using grated cheese, but by the 1960′s the evolution of the grilled cheese sandwich took another step forward when stores started stocking individually wrapped American cheese slices. It was at that time that the addition of a top slice became popular. Today there are many different permutations of the modern grilled cheese sandwich, as illustrated below in some of the varieties I found while poking around the internet!
The first two might look a little familiar….they are from posts written by ME! (more…)
This Lemon Feta Chicken makes me happy. It makes me happy because my entire family loves it!
I have served it to guests as well and received many compliments. It is easy to prepare and doesn’t require a list of a gazillion ingredients! Happy happy!
You know what else makes me happy? (more…)
I couldn’t resist the alliteration for the title of this dish. Alliterations are absolutely awesome! (See what I did there? ) But whether or not you like alliterations, you and your family will like this dish! The soy sauce and brown sugar give the salmon a slightly sweet, slightly salty flavor while the ginger helps to kick in an Asian flair and the lime juice contributes to a nice tangy finish. This recipe is a quick and easy way to enjoy salmon on any night of the week, and you can feel good about giving your kids all those good omega-3 fatty acids. Wild-caught salmon, in particular, is surprisingly also one of the few good food sources of vitamin D! Most of us do not have sufficient levels of vitamin D in our systems, but it is important for adequate calcium absorption, and researchers believe that it also helps to prevent a host of potential health issues including diabetes, hypertension, and more.
There are some tips to keep in mind when shopping for salmon. Many people like to make sure to buy wild salmon to avoid potential contamination with pesticides and antibiotics from farmed salmon. (more…)