Beef Stew {Slow-cooker} Stew {Slow-cooker} I have been working on this recipe for a while.  I have finally come up with something that I am happy with and it is allergy friendly!  Yay!  A good warm, hearty meal for a cold day.  Serve with Cornbread (EF).  Enjoy! ...more

Make This Tonight: Tortilla Casserole

This recipe is a go-to for me because it's super easy and I usually have all the ingredients on hand. It's gluten free and vegetarian (but definitely not vegan!), although I'm sure you could modify it so it's neither gluten free or vegetarian (maybe use some veggie burger or ground beef to add some protein). ...more

One Pot Wonder Pasta Con Broccoli

My One Pot Wonder Chicken Lo Mein was such a huge hit that I thought I should come up more one pot wonder recipes. This recipe for One Pot Wonder Pasta Con Broccoli is a twist on classic pasta con broccoli from The Pasta House.  The original recipe had apparently been published in the St. Louis Post Dispatch some time ago.  I adapted the original recipe to reduce the saturated fat and utilize the simple one pot wonder technique....more

chocolate chunk caramel cookies

A few weeks ago, I started my surgery and anesthesia rotation for my internship. As much as I love emergency medicine, there’s just something about surgery and anesthesia that is equally as exciting to me. There’s actually a lot of similarities between the two – they both require constant diligent observation of your patient, you need to be on your toes at all times, and you have to be able to quickly adapt treatments to the status of your patient....more

Six Great Edible Hostess Gifts for the Holidays

Looking for some great edible hostess gift ideas for the upcoming holidays? These ideas are fantastic options, whether you're headed to someone's house for a Thanksgiving or winter holiday feast, or going to visit relatives and don't want to show up empty-handed. Each one of them would be a welcome treat for whoever's welcoming you into their home. ...more
Oh. The cranberries look so pretty!more

Thanksgiving Favorites: Fresh Pumpkin Pie

Few flavors epitomize the Fall season quite like pumpkin.  It's E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E right now: Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Pumpkin Bars, Pumpkin Rolls, Pumpkin Bread. This pie is a perfect addition to your Thanksgiving spread, topped with whipped cream.  Ditch that canned pumpkin, roll up your sleeves, and let's start baking! ...more

Even More Breakfasts on the Go: Pumpkin and Apple Muffins

  As I have mentioned several times we are a hurry up and go in the morning family. I also have a LOT of pumpkin puree in my freezer....more

Parmezan soufflé

If a soufflé was a person, I would describe him or her as overly sensitive, or even spoiled. They need to be treated ever so gently and with great care, or they will collapse. Not in a nervous breakdown kind of way, but they literally just fall down, right in front of you, just when you thought everything was fine. And this after you took such gentle care of them!...more

Muffins for the Rest of Us

Snow falls, and the craft bug bites.I have visions of linocut Christmas ornaments for everyone on my list, a runner for the table, pillows for the sofa. While I create, I'll turn on twinkling music and let the roasting squash fill the house with sweet warmth. I'll make a little den here under the snow, a cheery, snow-lit den....more
Karen Ballum Yes! Just don't start in the evening. It always ends badly.more