Artichoke and Lima Bean Stew with Chicken

The inspiration for this dish came from a fava bean and chicken stew I saw in one of my Mediterranean cookbooks. I really wanted to make the stew, but didn't have any so I substituted lima beans. I thought it needed some more veggies, so I added in a few marinated artichoke hearts and a can of diced tomatoes, both things I just happened to have on hand. The stew came out really well and it has now become one of my favorite, easy, go-to meals when I want something hearty with as little prep as possible. ...more

Roast Beef and Goat Cheese Sandwich with Pesto

These sandwiches came almost out of necessity. I offered to bring sandwiches for our ski day, and asked my dad and brother what they liked. I couldn't get a straight answer out of them, so I fudged with whatever sounded good. As I was wandering around the store, I spotted some sliced roast beef with slices of Havarti next to each other in the deli case. I quickly picked some up, then made my way to the lettuce section to pick out some greens. A container of red pepper pesto caught my eye and stealthily made its way into my shopping basket. Same thing happened with a round of goat cheese....more

Pot Stickers with My Favorite Dipping Sauce

I love pot stickers. They are one of my favorite comfort foods and I love spending time making them on a weekend. I remember during my teens, me and my mom would be in the kitchen for hours making a ton of pot stickers to freeze and reheat for a snack or meal. ...more

Steak with Cilantro Lime Sauce

I have been craving steak for a while. A nice, thick juicy steak. And so I had one. The problem was, I wanted a new sauce. Ok, I love my Vidalia Onion and Fig Sauce from Stonewall Kitchen, but I eat it every single time with steak. I wanted something new. (Someone asked what is new? And what did you tell them? I told them I would ask!... Sorry, Ratatouille moment!) ...more

Scallop, Bacon and Corn Relish on Toasted Baguette Slices

Who doesn't love bacon wrapped scallops? I sure do. The creaminess of the scallop pairs so well with the slightly crispy bacon wrapped around it. Is there any way that you can improve this classic appetizer?...more

Popcorn: 4 Ways

I love popcorn. And so does my dog. She's a popcorn fanatic. Anytime she hears popcorn popping, she's there, waiting for some to spill so she can gobble it up.Anyways, back to the popcorn. I used to be a big microwave popcorn gal. I didn't know there was any other way until I came across this post here. Michelle has a great post on how to make popcorn in a large stockpot and that is how I make it now. ...more

Orange Beef Stir Fry

Stir fries are one of my favorite things to make for dinner. I'm sure I've said that over and over, but really, they are so easy! I like coming up with new flavor combinations. Sometimes they are out of this world (like this recipe!), other times they fall flat, but are still tasty. ...more

Tuna and White Bean Salad

Ever since going egg and dairy free, one thing I have missed is a tuna salad sandwich. My grandma used to make us kids tuna salad sandwiches by combining canned tuna, mayo, mustard and relish. I loved adding more pickles to mine, along with eating lots of cucumber chips. I couldn't get enough!...more

Egg and Dairy Free Pancakes

I was reading an article about flaxseed and it's wonderful health properties. I was convinced, so I decided to pick some up at the store to add to smoothies. As I was wandering the aisles, I found a bag of ground flaxseed made by Bob's Red Mill. I read the package and lucky me, there was a tip on using flaxseed as a substitute for eggs in most baked goods. I decided to buy some and give it a try....more