Deseree Kazda

My name is Des. I’m a Mom to Kellan and Preston. Wife to Ryan. Dog mom to Pumpkin and lover of all things food. Whether it is cooking it, eating it, shopping for it or watching TV about it,  food is one of my favorite things. This passion for all things food, that I have had for as long as I can remember,  is the reason that I started my blog in October of 2008.

I like to cook simply and I like food that is comforting. I am a home cook with no formal training and the recipes I create are designed for cooks just like me with easy to follow instructions and ingredients that you are likely to have on hand. To me food doesn’t need to be over complicated or gourmet to be a meal you and your family will love.


My Blogs

We’re Home

Hi Friends! It has been a while but I thought it was time to give you all a little update. The last month has been long and trying but I’m happy to say that we’re all home now! ...more

Welcome to the World Preston

Hi friends! You may have noticed that I’ve been gone for a little while. Well, I’ve been absent for the last week because on May 25th, at 8 weeks early, our little man decided that he wanted to come into this world ....more

Seven Layer Dip Macaroni Salad

I knew that I wanted to get one more Memorial Day dish up before the weekend so that you had some time to add it to your menu. And I knew that I wanted it to be a pasta salad but it took me a while to figure out what kind of pasta salad I wanted to share. Then I started thinking ....more

Roasted Tomato and Herb White Bean Hummus

My boys and I spent the last week visiting family and friends while on a little vacation. I don’t know about you but after I go on vacation, I always feel that I didn’t eat like I should. And that I should eat a bit healthier when I get home ....more

Bourbon BBQ Sauce Cheeseburgers

Sometimes you just need a good ol’ fashioned messy, sauce dripping, 10 napkin required kind of cheeseburger. And that is what this one is. And, friends, it is glorious ....more

Asian Cabbage Salad with Ponzu Dressing

Things are heating up this week in Seattle. It’s actually supposed to be in the 80s! It is much welcomed after the super rainy April we had ....more

Garlic Fried Chicken

Winner. Winner. Chicken ....more

Ancient Grain Coconut Cups with Pineapple Salsa

This post is sponsored by Udi’s Gluten Free. I always love a good cooking challenge. I’m not talking about a challenge with strange ingredients that no one has ever heard of and you have to figure out what it is before you start cooking with it ....more

Roasted Jalapeno and Garlic Guacamole

Who is ready for Cinco de Mayo? Have you planned your menu yet? I couldn’t just let Cinco de Mayo pass without sharing a guacamole recipe ....more

Chicken Parmesan Meatball Sliders

This is a sponsored post for Ragú. I am a brand representative and have been compensated for my time. All opinions are my own ....more