American cuisine

Zucchini Fries

That moment in the day when you've realized you haven't taken anything out for dinner, it's too late to un-thaw what? Luckily I have a large zucchini from my mom's garden on the counter, because I don't know what I'm going to make with it, but THAT is dinner tonight!

Peach-Whiskey Barbecue Chicken

So basically, here’s what happens: you stick your fork anywhere remotely close to the chicken and pieces of gorgeous meat just fall all over the place. So delicious and tender. But then when you take a bite of your smashed potatoes, you get some of that whiskey-and-peach-laden flavor, too.

Sweet and Sour Spinach Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

This recipe for stuffed portobellos is a great side dish to serve with grilled steak or roast chicken. The filling is reminiscent of creamed spinach, but with a hint of smokiness from the bacon and a mild sweet and sour flavor that complements it nicely. We chose Muenster cheese for the topping because it melts so nicely and has a mild, creamy flavor.

Chipolte Ranch Sauce

Chipotle, Chipotle, do I have your attention? Ok, good! chipotle is my new favorite ingredient along with garlic. I try to add it to anything I can without my kids getting too angry. Here is my recipe...

15 minute carmalized onions

Fast and easy way to make carmalized onions!

Chicken & Gnocchi Soup

Yummy for a winter night.

Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

It tangy from the apple cider vinegar, it’s sweet from the sugar, and by golly it’s savory/salty from the bacon!!!

The perfecta trifecta. It’s a thing… trust me.

Normally spinach salads are considered a “girly” salad (ala spinach, strawberry, and brie salads with light vinaigrettes)…

Let me give you a little tip: Boys don’t like fruit on their salad (yes, I’m sure there are exceptions out there, but as a general rule, it’s truth)

Best Ever Jalapeno Poppers

This is a recipe I made by taking the best of three or four popper recipes and combining them to make something that tastes wonderful. A frequent request at my house, and at others. I usually make 100 and put them in the fridge. They don't last long. Adjust the amount of bacon bits and type of shredded cheese to taste. Increase the recipe as necessary! Lots of tests helps to best figure out the way you like it. Be sure to wear rubber gloves while seeding the jalapenos -- they will burn."

Pumpkin Bars

I created this recipe to be a thicker bar than my banana bars because I received several comments of people saying they'd like a thicker bar. These are basically the same thickness of cake, so you can call it pumpkin cake if you'd like. I chose to make this a bit lower fat than your average pumpkin bar by using half butter and half applesauce (rather than all butter or  oil). You would never know it is halfway healthy =). I love when I can turn a Superfood into a dessert (if you top them with walnuts you can get two Superfoods between the pumpkin and walnuts). Try these bars and they are likely to become one of your new favorite fall desserts!

Banana Pudding Cookies

The Banana Cream Pudding gave the cookies the perfect banana flavor. You can’t have banana pudding with out vanilla wafers, so I added chopped up vanilla wafers into the cookie dough too! They added a nice little crunch and brought the banana pudding flavor to life. I stirred in white chocolate chips for the sweet whipped cream flavor.

If you are a banana pudding fan, you HAVE to make these Banana Pudding Cookies. Get your banana pudding fix in cookie form!

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