On the Side: Protect yourself with McAfee

This is not food related, but I consider this a bit of a public service message.  After the huge data breach at Target, and possibly other retailers, over the holiday season I’ve been feeling extremely vulnerable, dare I say paranoid, anytime I’m online.  Which is a whole lot of the time.  I do everything from […]

Slow Cooker Game Day Chili

Football Chili 2

My husband loves chili.  Specifically he loves my chili.  It’s one of our favorite comfort foods all winter long.  So when I told him I was going to try something new he quickly asked why I wanted to mess perfection.  But when I told him that I was working on a steak chili he relaxed […]

Make a Natural Difference *Giveaway*

Fort Collage

Make a Natural Difference with Smuckers Smucker’s, Laura Scudder’s, and Adam’s Natural Peanut Butters have teamed up with the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) for their “Make a Natural Difference” campaign.  The mission of the NPCA is to protect and enhance America’s national parks for present and future generations.  I’m proud to be an ambassador […]

Oven Roasted Beef Brisket


Each year for our Christmas dinner I make a standing rib roast.  It’s been a family tradition for nine years running.  Everyone looks forward to my standing rib roast because it’s easily the most indulgent meal of the year.  My entire family counts on this meal, literally not eating a thing just to make sure […]

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Bake

Pasta Red Pepper Sauce

A big dish of pasta loaded with cheese?  Sign me up for some of that.  You too?  Then you will fall head over heels in love with this Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Bake.  Everyone in our family is infatuated with this recipe, so much that they voted to have it two weeks in a row.  […]

Gluten Free Crunchy Baked Tacos

Crunchy Baked Tacos

Tacos, tacos, tacos – everyone loves taco night.  It’s our favorite night of the week around here.  Taco night brings a bit of fun to the table.  We just seem to be more relaxed and smile more when we have a big old taco in our hands.  And best of all, no one complains about […]

Creamy Butternut Apple Soup (gluten free & dairy free)

Butternut Squash Soup

With all the indulgences of the winter holidays I am especially thankful this year for one of the smallest, most unassuming comforts.  A warm bowl of velvety Butternut Apple Soup is one of the very best kinds of comfort food – the guilt-free kind.  It’s full of real food ingredients that are easy on your […]

Quinoa with Roasted Butternut Squash and Cranberries

Quinoa Cranberries Butternut Squash

Fall vegetables are so darn good, aren’t they?  Eating seasonal vegetables means that you get the most flavorful produce packed with the most nutrition possible.  Every year I look forward to the big beautiful butternut squash at the market.  I find every excuse I can to eat them while they’re in season. I make this […]