For the Love of Cooking

My name is Pam and I am a stay at home mom with two children who inspire me to be a better cook. I love using fresh ingredients, organic when possible, and I like to experiment with different tastes and textures. I try to keep my recipes lower in fat but still tasting great. My favorite hobbies are cooking, photography, and blogging so I decided to combine them and create a recipe blog. It has been a wonderful way to organize my recipes and share them at the same time. 

Happy Halloween!

I am so happy my kids still like me to make them spooky & silly Halloween treats. Here is a collection of some of their favorites. I hope you all have a SPOOKTACULAR Halloween! ...more

Pumpkin Butter Pop Tarts

My kids have been loving pumpkin butter lately and I thought that they would really love it in a homemade pop tart. I grabbed some premade pie crusts and let the kids cut out fun Halloween pictures & words on their little pop tarts that they rolled out. We slathered them with pumpkin butter then sprinkled the tops with a bit of course sugar and baked them ....more

Baked Honey Garlic Chicken

I was in the mood for chinese food last night so I went in search of something to make. I found this chicken recipe on Damn Delicious and I couldn’t resist it. I loved the idea of baking the panko crusted chicken bites then tossing them with the sweet sauce and serving over rice ....more

Sesame-Soy Green Bean Sauté

I wanted a light and healthy side dish to pair with the Asian style chicken I was making for dinner. I grabbed some green beans and simply sautéed them in sesame oil, crushed red pepper flakes, and black pepper. Once they were crisp-tender, I tossed in some minced garlic and soy sauce ....more

Garlicky Kale, Onion, Tomato Baked Frittata with Bacon and Parmesan

I made these baked frittatas for breakfast this morning. They used up leftover ingredients I had in my refrigerator and made these terrific egg dishes. I loved the garlicky flavor of the kale and onion sauté, the sweetness of the tomatoes, and the saltiness from the bacon ....more

Homemade Cheese Crackers

My kids love cheesy crackers so I decided to try making them at home with my son, who had the day off due to parent teacher conferences. We found a great looking recipe on Cooking Light that looked easy and delicious. My boy grated all the cheddar then gathered the remaining ingredients and together we got the cracker dough ready ....more

Baked Mozzarella Sticks

I have been seeing these around at several food blogs recently and I wanted to give them a try. Sadly, I have bad luck with cooking mozzarella sticks. While at my sister’s house, I have ruined two batches of store bought sticks by overcooking them and all the cheese oozes out ....more

Beef and Bean Chipotle Chili

I found this recipe in my cooking bible… Cook’s Illustrated ~ The New Best Recipe Revised Edition. It was a cool day and we were having friends over for dinner so I went in search of a good chili recipe. I adapted their recipe just a bit by adding less chili powder (my family doesn’t care for it too much) and adding chipotle peppers & adobo sauce ....more

Simply Baked Sweet Potatoes

I had a craving for a baked sweet potato so I decided to pair it with the...more