Weeknight Italian Sausage Pasta Sauce

Weeknights are busy, busy, busy. As my kids get older, the more intense their schedules get and the title of chauffeur has been permanently added to my resume. I secretly imagine them being able to hire an Uber or Lyft car to pick them up and drive them around....not that we will ever have that option out here in the country...but still, wouldn't that be awesome?...more

Chocolate Guinness Doughnuts with Bourbon Cream Glaze and Bacon

Adults need treats too and this deliciously, complex doughnut will take you to dessert nirvana.With St. Patrick's Day coming up, it has reminded me to cook with Guinness. In fact, we should be cooking or baking with it all year long ....more

Mini Cauliflower-Boursin Souffles

I have really been into cauliflower lately, mostly because it's so versatile and often satisfies my ridiculous cravings for potatoes. I saw this recipe in a recent issue of Food and Wine...more

Molten Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

Probably my two most favorite ingredients together...chocolate and peanut butter...what a combo. I was that kid obsessed with the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. I would trade every last piece of my Halloween candy for everyone else's peanut butter cups ....more

My Secret to the Fluffiest Pancakes

It's Pancake Day...Shrove Tuesday...Mardi Gras....whatever you call it, I hope you are at least enjoying it in a delicious way. I am making my favorite Creole Shrimp Soup for dinner and you guessed it, we had pancakes for lunch....more

Slow Cooker Creole Style Brisket

I grew up celebrating Mardi Gras as early as the Thursday before Fat Tuesday. And ironically we called it "Fat Thursday", which always included indulging in Polish Paczki (incredible fried doughnuts). I miss those ....more

5 Quick & Easy Valentine Desserts

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I hope your day is filled with heart-warming goodness and love from those you love. We don't exchange Valentine's Day gifts at my house ( I wrote about that here), but we do make fabulous meals, exchange cards and just enjoy the day together ....more

Kielbasa-Bagel Breakfast Casserole

What is it about the breakfast casserole that is just so appealing? Is it the ease and freedom it gives us in the morning because we've put it together the night before? Or is it the idea of waking up to a warm, comforting and cheesy breakfast that propels us to make these up on Saturday night?I suspect it's a little of both ....more

Kit Kat Stuffed Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies

We are Kit Kat-nuts over here. When it comes to texture and the perfect crunch, I think Kit Kat has the market on it....more

(Giveaway) Pork Crunch Salad with Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing

I think I've constructed a million salads in my lifetime. I feel like I've made every version possible, until I come up with a new one. This is especially true when the new one is over-the-top incredible!In my household, if I want to serve salad as a meal, it must include meat ....more