Jenny’s M&M Cookies

So if you see Jenny and Cookie in the title, then mark this as a must try. Jenny does many things well and one of those things is baking. This is her most recent recipe find from the blog House of Nash Eats. My niece was requesting M&M cookies and they gave this recipe a […]

Lemon Yogurt Cake

This is in my top five of favorite desserts. It is a mix between a sweet bread and a cake. I have served it for brunches and after dinner dessert because of it’s versatility and crowd pleasing reviews. Lemon yogurt cake is sweet, moist and simple to make. This is a must try! Ok, back […]

Dark Cherry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Calling all boring salads. This is a  dressing that is a flavor booster to a weeknight salad. I made it tonight for dinner with a salad I threw together with ingredients in my fridge and pantry. I made salad dressings every week and keep extra dressing in the fridge to use throughout the week. It […]

Five Easy Homemade Salad Dressings!

We eat salad every night at dinner. I make homemade salad dressings to keep in the refrigerator for the week. Dressings are a cinch to make and turn a boring salad into something interesting and inviting. Here are my 5 simple go to dressings that I make over ands over. Need some inspiration to spice up your salads? […]

Maya’s Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

I have been off the grid this week in Templeton, California where Isaac and I have been celebrating one year from my stroke and Valentine’s Day all in one. Right before we left town, we made an authentic Nicaraguan dinner to celebrate Maya’s homecoming. The meal consisted of the national drink of Nicaragua, skirt steak […]

“Be Mine” Valentines Fudgy Brownies

Valentine’s Day is next Saturday! Last year on Valentine’s Day I had a stoke when I was eight months pregnant. That categorizes 2014 as the worst Valentine’s Day ever. This week when I was cleaning out the guest room closet I found an empty card I was supposed to give my husband last year. Sad! […]

Potatoes Kids Love (And Adults Too!)

I’ve been meaning to post this recipe for a while because it is always a crowd pleaser among kids and adults alike. My mom made this at our Christmas dinner to serve along steak and pomegranate salad. Using frozen hash browns makes this an easy side dish to pair with chicken or steak. I rarely […]

Easy Tomato Sauce

Tomorrow I am making Mario Batalli’s Bucatini all’Amatricana which is a flavorful and simple pasta dish made with pancetta, garlic, red onions, and a homemade tomato sauce. The bucatini, which is pasta that looks like spaghetti with a hole in the middle, is mixed with a simple sauce and topped with fresh Italian flat leaf […]

Shrimp Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta

I enjoy cooking italian food because my kitchen smells amazing as I cook. What smells better than garlic and shallots sautéing in a skillet with olive oil and butter? Not much except maybe my sister’s cookies coming out of the oven. I don’t know which smell is better actually. Shrimp is an excellent week night […]

Penne alla Vodka

My favorite Italian sauce is vodka sauce served over penne pasta. It’s simple yet has rich flavor and is the ultimate comfort food for me. I love cooking Italian food at home because the smell of onions and garlic sautéing is the best smell in the world! There are differing opinions of where vodka sauce […]

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie

My sister is the baker of the family and I am the cook. When we have family dinners, I like to plan the dinner menu and leave the dessert to her. Maybe it’s because baking is too precise for me or maybe its because whenever I use flour, it gets all over my kitchen counter […]

Chocoholic Fixes

If you’re a chocoholic like me, you know what the craving sensation is like. The five o’clock post work need for chocolate before you take the dog for a walk and start dinner, the after lunch “little something” needed to cleanse your pallet, the post dinner munchies that come while watching Modern Family (or The […]