Southwest Tortilla Bake 1

This Southwest Tortilla Bake is one of our family’s standby recipes. Everyone loves it and it’s super simple to put together after a long day. Rich tomato sauce, flavorful, mild Southwest seasoning and hearty burger “meat” blend together for a hearty meal. With a severe case of writers block I […]

Winter Potato Salad

Celebrate Florida winter produce any time of year with this creamy, tender winter potato salad. Growing up in the Northeast was tough.  Especially since my dad kept the heat just high enough to keep the pipes from freezing. At night I slept with five blankets-when I first got in bed it was like diving […]

Winter Potato Salad

Carrot, Pepper, Raisin and Pumpkin Seed Goddess Salad

What’s the first thing you think of when you make a salad? Lettuce, right? Have you ever tried to bring a salad to work and forgotten the dressing? Boooring. Or thought, I’ll just put a little on and discovered a mushy mess at lunch? Well here is a great solution-pack […]

Black Eyed Peas

My 3-year old and I made up a song about our trip to the farm last weekend since my description of the trip was turning out REALLY boring.  So here goes.   You have heard the story of Old McDonald, right?  This is the story of Old McFrancisco and his […]

Pumpkin Chili Mole

Pumpkin Chili Mole 6

Rich layers of flavor and a thick, hearty texture – this Pumpkin Chili Mole is the perfect belly filling comfort food for the season.   When you ask most folks what they put in their chili you typically hear beans, beef, tomatoes etc.  But how do you make a meatless chili that […]

Asian Peanut and Cabbage Salad and 7 Facts Award 17

Thanks to Cooking in College for awarding me the 7-Facts Award.  I am so flattered! 1. I go through almost two tubs of plain Greek yogurt each week.  My favorite brand is Chobani. 2. I have gone tenting in the Arizona desert for two weeks at a time, three times. […]

White Bean Panzanella 5

  I had nothing planned for dinner last night and on the way home I was starving and Stacy’s Pita Chips popped into my head.  I had been thinking of them since the day before when I had my favorite Fattoush salad from my favorite restaurant, Mandaloun Mediterranean.  It has all […]

Best Veggie Pasta Salad 6

Tender pasta and marinated veggies smothered in a tangy lemon, mustard vinaigrette in this Best Veggie Pasta Salad. My new thing on Sunday (starting as of last week) is to make a different big salad for lunches instead of soup as the weather is warming up a bit.  This was my first try […]