Avocado Egg Bake

  It felt like most breaks ups do… it was hard at first, but with time you begin to forget. It gets easier to push out all those little things that you loved, the things that brought you back for more, the cravings for more… Several years ago Tavis and I broke up with cereal, and other […]

Easy Chicken N Dumplin’s

I am a sucker for a good bowl/plate of dumplin’s, with chicken or without, they are a one of my favorites. If I could only find a way to keep them from from effecting my waist line they might appear on my menu with a little more frequency… The great thing about this recipe if it […]

Corn Chowder with Bacon

This has been one of my favorite chowder/soup recipes since my mother in law first made it when I was over at their house a few years back.
After spending the summer up in the mountains on Pennsylvania where the high temperature is regularly 65-70 degrees and the lows in the 40’s I have been craving warm soups and warm wintery things… After all these are colder temps that we normally have in the winter!!
Now that we are turning the corner into Fall temperatures in most of the country I figured it would be a great time to share this new favorite of mine.

Ham and Cheese Egg Cups. Make ahead for a quick breakfast on the go!

Just this week we got word that Tavis’s job will be taking him (and Aiden and I will be tagging along) to Washington, DC for 4 months, and we leave in 4 days!!! More on that craziness soon… We will be taking the Airstream up to DC so we don’t have to live in a […]

Cuban Style Pork Roast

This is easily one of my favorite weeknight dinners. This was the recipe that my Cuban friend’s mom used to make her pork roast.  Her mother, my friend’s grandmother, was born and grew up in Cuba.  She fled to Florida soon after she was married, and brought with her a wealth of delicious recipes.  I […]

REAL Authentic Cuban Sandwich

Soooo… it all started today when Tavis and I were talking about cutting out refined carbs for a week or two to reset our eating habits. We are not “no-carb” people but we find it useful to drop a few pounds if we spend a week or two getting all our carbs from fresh veggies […]

Chicken with Mushroom Lemon Cream Sauce

I was in desperate need of a new recipe the other day.  You know those days… the ones when you have a full fridge and pantry but nothing really sounds good…? Or is that just me? In any case I found myself perusing through a few recipe sites looking for inspiration and I stumbled upon […]

Hearty Ham and Bean Soup

Lately I have been craving heavy filling soups. Soups that feel like a hug when you take a bite. I have always loved soups but I think part of this new found obsession comes from the lack of seasons where we live, Puerto Rico. I have been craving a trip “north” to Florida so that […]

5 Minute Mini Pizzas

This last summer I saw these delicious little pizza muffins all over Pinterest and just HAD to give them a try!! So I grabbed the ingredients next time I saw them at the store and tried my hand at them. They were really wonderful!! We loved them… except for one little thing. If you bake them long enough to cook the dough, the pizza sauce got so hot and it was hard to cool the center down before the outside go cold… The crust and dough made the prefect little insulator that, shy of eating them completely cold, you were alway biting into a molten pit of lava sauce each time. Ok, maybe that was a little dramatic but it was hot!! Although it is trendy to make thinks in cute little muffin tins, I started to think outside the box… What if, rather than making pizza in muffin tins, we laid them flat!!!! I know, it is kinda revolutionary thinking but just stick with me here. If you lay them flat, there is no little pool of molten sauce to attack you with every bit!!! The pizza and sauce cool off in about 5 minutes after removing them from the oven.

Knife and Fork Chili Burgers

We left Puerto Rico two weeks ago and have been on the road since then. I spent four days in Washington, DC visiting with my sister and her family while Tavis was up there for business then we headed south to Florida and spent a week at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground with my other sister […]

Best Ever Game Day Chili

When I am in the mood for Chili, the last thing I want is a bland bowl of tomato and ground beef that someone decided to call Chili. I want slow simmered, layers of flavor, keeps you on your toes guessing what is in it until the last. delicious. bite. THAT is Chili! I have a recipe for you today that will set you well on your way to perfecting chili to exactly how you think it should be. This recipe has several “less-used” chili ingredients. They are not unheard-of but the are not usually commonplace in your grandmas chili recipe.

Parmesan Crusted Oven Baked Chicken aka “Frickin’ Chicken”

Soooo, if you were to ask anyone in my family if they like Parmesan Crusted Oven Baked Chicken you probably wouldn’t get a big reaction… that is not because they dislike this dish. On the contrary this is a family favorite in our house! The issue that you will run into is that everyone knows it by a different name. But, for the sake of this blog I figured that I would change the name to be a little more “user friendly”.
As a kid growing up, we would always come up with odd names for things, the more that my mom protested, the more my dad and us kids would use it! So at some point when I was about 10 years old, this dish got the name “Frickin Chicken”. My mom was not pleased but the more she frowned the more the name was cemented in and 25 years later everyone is still calling it that.

Hearty Steakhouse Stew

I am a lover of heavy, filling soups. Ones that are easily a filling meal by themselves. I got on this kick back in college when I ordered a cup of steak stew rather than a salad at a steakhouse one time and was instantly in love.

There are two versions of this stew that I make, with and without chicken. With the rising cost of food, and everything in general being more expensive down here in Puerto Rico, I have been using only the scraps and bones from the steak for flavor, and then using a precooked rotisserie chicken for the main protein. This is another one of those meals that you can make with a $5 chicken and really stretch it to get your moneys worth.

Easy Chicken Enchiladas

This is the first post in a series where I am going to share easy recipes that you can make with a rotisserie chicken, found at your local grocery store. Here in Puerto Rico I can get a pre-cooked, hot-off-the-spit-chicken from Sam’s club for just under $5. I can’t even get a frozen chicken for that price! I have been trying to get creative with how I serve it, so that we do not get burned out on this great money saving dinner staple.
Here is what you will need to make the enchiladas.

Sausage Scramble Breakfast Bake

I love a big breakfast, but I don’t love cooking it every morning…. (I’m not much of a morning person by nature) This breakfast bake is really easy and perfect  to make at the beginning of the week and reheat for a quick breakfast that is filling and doesn’t leave you hungry in a few […]