Now, It’s Time for Pumpkin! 5 Favorite Desserts

Pumpkin time is officially here! Check out these delicious pumpkin recipes to bake someone happy this fall. I held off on the pumpkin post for as long as I could. I think I saw the first ad for pumpkin pie sometime in mid-August. While I absolutely love pumpkin pie, I just wasn’t ready for it. […]

Creamy Coleslaw That Won’t Go Soggy

Creamy Coleslaw - Forget that stop at the deli salad counter! Mix up this easy and delicious slaw from good cheap ingredients.

Forget that stop at the deli salad counter! Mix up this easy and delicious slaw from good cheap ingredients. Salads and sandwiches make up┬ásome of my favorite foods on the planet. It used to be I would make my mom take me to the deli to pick up all the fixings — back in the […]

Spiced Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Spiced Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting - Bake yourself happy with this spiced zucchini cake topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting.

Bake yourself happy with this spiced zucchini cake topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting. When it rains zucchini, it pours. At least in my neck of the woods. And when it does, I have two lines of defense: Ratatouille (to appease FishChick7) and baked goods (for the rest of the family). We have some […]

Avocado Salsa Sandwich

Avocado Salsa Sandwich - Layer buttery avocado with salsa ingredients on toasted bread for a sandwich that

Layer buttery avocado with salsa ingredients on toasted bread for a sandwich that’s light, yet packed with flavor. It’s perfect for Meatless Monday. Years ago in France I had lunch at my friends Julie and Jean-Phillipe’s home. Julie served a halved avocado filled with vinaigrette for the first course. Yum! I thought, but I felt […]

Saving Cilantro

Don’t let fresh cilantro go to waste due to improper storage. Here’s how to save it. When you’ve got a serious salsa craving, there’s nothing worse than reaching into the fridge for the cilantro and finding a brown, gummy mass of something that once bore the name of that wonderful culinary herb. Cilantro, an ingredient […]

Quick & Easy Side Dishes (or Meatless Main Dishes)

Quick and Easy Side Dishes - Want to pair some tasty side dishes with your main? Check out these quick and easy side dishes that fit the budget and please the palate.

Want to pair some tasty side dishes with your main? Check out these quick and easy side dishes that fit the budget and please the palate. One of the most frequent questions I receive revolves around side dishes. Folks are often confused about what to pair with their main dishes or find themselves in a […]

Oven Roasted Ratatouille

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Enjoy the flavors of summer eggplant and squash in this easy oven-roasted ratatouille.   I’m a lifelong francophile. I’ve loved French culture since I was about five years old. I studied French literature in college, just because really, since there are few “practical” reasons for majoring in French literature. I had the amazing opportunity — […]

Orange-Chocolate Chip Cookies

Orange-Chocolate Chip Cookies - Bake someone happy with these delicious chocolate chip cookies scented with orange zest.

Bake someone happy with these delicious chocolate chip cookies scented with orange zest. Years ago I dove head-first into the world of couponing. We were deep in debt. Coupon deals were just starting to become more prevalent. The recession was strong. And I became a coupon junky. Our grocery budget was $400/month to feed 7 […]

Vegetable, Beef, and Barley Soup

Vegetable Beef and Barley Soup - Prepare for fall and a busy school year by mixing up a pot of this delicious homemade soup, chocked full of vegetables, beef, and barley. It

Prepare for fall and a busy school year by mixing up a pot of this delicious homemade soup, chocked full of vegetables, beef, and barley. It’ll do your body good. Disclosure: This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising […]

Lemon Blueberry Icebox Cake

Lemon Blueberry Icebox Cake - Who would have thought that these five ingredients could make heaven on a plate? Make a Lemon Blueberry Icebox Cake and you

Who would have thought that these five ingredients could make heaven on a plate? Make a Lemon Blueberry Icebox Cake and you’ll see what I mean. I first heard about an Icebox Cake from my husband’s mother. Ruthie had told me years ago about a concoction made with applesauce, graham crackers, and whipped topping. It […]