Baked Polenta Pie

Baked Chicken Polenta Pie

  Comfort food at it's finest!  Bring on the Seattle rains...I'm good to go!  All I need is this casserole, a spoon,  a little grated parm  and an old movie.  Oh, and wine. Definitely some good red wine! Polenta makes the crust of this beauty and the filling is a thick ragu of ground chicken, tomatoes, mushroom and zucchini.  You can easily substitute ground beef or turkey.   I used ground chicken because I truly like the flavor.  You could even go veggie with eggplant, … [continue]

Pumpkin Cheese Cake Bars

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  It’s fall which means only one thing to me…Pumpkin in everrrryyyyttthhhinggggg!    First up is Pumpkin Cheese Cake Bars.  Cheesecake with frosting on it….how can you go wrong? I brought a few of them to work and my pal Dana went bonkers…no really, I thought she was going to choke sucking the bits of pumpkiny goodness […]


Spinach, Bacon, Feta and Mandarin Orange Salad

Spinach Salad

  My TBT recipe!   My daughter will be impressed that I even know what TBT stands for! (okay I had to ask her when I first started to see it on Facebook).  And to my Mom, who I know is reading this, it stands for “Throw Back Thursday”!  It’s where we go back and re-live the glory days!  In my […]


5 Favorite Things!


  I wanted to share a few of my favorite things – makes me feel like Oprah! Did I ever tell you I met her?  Well, not really met…but I shook her hand and she looked at me and it was like…wow! She has so much energy you can feel it when she touches you! Look […]


Fresh Raspberry Vinaigrette


  All pink and ready to party!  Fresh Raspberry Vinaigrette – comes together in a minute and will brighten up your same old, same old salad! I am not sure what took me so long to make this – (could have been the lack of raspberries in the fridge I suppose)….but never the less – once I tried it, […]


Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Skillet

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Summer food is fun but toward the end of the summer, I start craving winter food!  So the clouds rolled in for a couple days and all my nesting instincts kicked in.  I had some nice mushrooms on hand and a little bit of cream in the fridge. (A girl needs some cream now and then). […]


Lemony Coconut Snack Cake

Lemon Coconut Cake

  Did you know that you can bake most any muffin recipe in a 8 x 8  pan and turn it into a snack cake?  Yup, it’s true!  I mean aren’t muffins just portable cake anyway?  I love muffins but I hate cleaning the muffin tin…besides, I love me some cake! I found this recipe […]


Cold Poached Salmon

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“Your poached salmon is only as good as the broth you cook it in” – words of wisdom from my Mom.  My Mom and I can talk about food with the same passion a preacher preaches on Sunday morning.  We dissect, discuss and of course eat and savor every bite.  We share off each others […]


Summer Vegetable Tian

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  I recently bought a fitness tracker.   After reading reviews until I was practically blind, I decided on the UP 24 by Jawbone . This thing is amazing!  It tracks steps, calories and even your sleep!  I haven’t slept since 1982 so I suppose that feature is lost on me…but the other stuff is pretty cool! […]


Double Crunch Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potato Fries

Another recipe using pre-browned Panko Crumbs.  First there was Panko Crusted Salmon, followed by Crispy Oven Baked Fish and Chips and now…well now we have Double Crunch Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries!  The crème de la crème of oven baked fries…the top dog, big cheese, who wears the big hat daddy, most awesome oven baked fries you have ever […]


Light Peach Ice Cream

Peach Ice Cream

  Fresh and Light Peach Ice Cream – is there anything better than homemade ice cream on a hot summer day?  This recipe is from an old Cooking Light magazine I had hanging around.  It uses whole milk and half and half instead of heavy cream.  No precooking makes it a breeze! There is a […]


Cheddar and Chive Savory Scones

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  If you are looking for something new to add to your bread box – these little beauties are perfect! I cut the chives fresh from my own little herb garden.  Makes me feel like a farmer when I cut my own herbs.  Yup, just me chewing on a piece of straw with a red bandana tied around my neck, […]