Coconut Lime Frozen Margaritas

The weather has turned awesome here in the Pacific Northwest. This means the garden is growing, the hills are greener than usual and refreshing drinks on the deck are about to start happening. Spring here in Oregon is beyond beautiful and reminds me every passing year why we put up with the rain....more

30-Minute Banana, Almond, Chocolate Chip Oats

Finally, finally I am taking the time to tell you all about one of my favorite, favorite everyday breakfasts. I haven't been holding out on you, but sometimes I forget to share things I eat on a regular basis, almost as if they aren't really a recipe.However, I can assure you this was worth the wait. As I've said before, I love oatmeal....like love it ....more

Hawaiian Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich

I am a sucker for Hawaiian pizza. I love it. I would order it every...single...time, if I could ....more

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