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 — […]

White Bean Salad

White Bean Salad - Enjoy this filling, yet easy and refreshing bean salad this summer.

Enjoy this filling, yet easy and refreshing bean salad this summer. Bean salads are a perfect addition to summer suppers. Not only are they typically served chilled or at room temperature helping you avoid a hot kitchen, but they are super filling so that you know folks won’t be hungry ten minutes after supper’s concluded. […]

Egg Plus Salad Sandwiches

Egg Plus Salad Sandwiches - Go beyond the egg salad sandwich with this egg + salad sandwich. Hard cooked eggs, vinaigrette, and abundant veggies make a delicious and economical meal for Sandwich Night.

Go beyond the egg salad sandwich with this egg + salad sandwich. Hard cooked eggs, vinaigrette, and abundant veggies make a delicious and economical meal for Sandwich Night. In this season of my life, that is this hockey season of my life, we’ve condensed some big activity into just a few days. I’m so thankful […]

Velvety Vegetable Soup

Velvety Vegetable Soup - Homemade blended soups can be a delicious and economical way to get enough vegetables in your diet. They are also a great way to use up leftover vegetables.

Homemade blended soups can be a delicious and economical way to get enough vegetables in your diet. They are also a great way to use up leftover vegetables. 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 fees. Your price […]

Jessika’s Roasted Vegetables

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Looking for a way to liven up the veg at your house? This would be it. Over the last six weeks since our trip to Santa Barbara, I’ve made this dish at least a handful of times. It’s simple, tasty, and cheap to make. What’s not to love? Bonus points: you can make it with […]

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu with Mushrooms and Peppers

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu with Mushrooms and Peppers - Wow your guests with this simple slow cooker ragu made of chuck steak, peppers, mushrooms, and rich tomato sauce.

Wow your dinner guests with this simple yet filling ragu. It’s quick and easy which allows you to pull out the stops for presentation and side dishes. I’m sometimes so amazingly stunned by the beauty of the slow cooker. It seems illogical that you can dump a bunch of things in a pot and come […]

Mixed Grilled Vegetables

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Mixed Grilled Vegetables take on a smoky, earthiness when cooked over an open flame. They are an easy and delicious accompaniment to grilled meats. I love to cook food out on the grill. Not only does it (usually) require that my husband do the cooking and not me, but the act of cooking the food over […]

Chicken and Chile Enchiladas for a Crowd

Chicken Enchiladas for a Crowd

Hosting a crowd? Serve two big pans of homemade chicken enchiladas. No crowd? Stash one pan in the freezer for later. I posted this picture on instagram on Sunday right before I slid the enchiladas into the oven. Many of my people had requested them; so many of my people were quite pleased with Sunday […]

Fajita Omelet

Fajita Omelet

Omelets can be a filling meal any time of day. Try this one filled with fajita vegetables. Since our pediatrician gave us the green light on eggs for my youngest, it’s opened new worlds for us. Foods that I previously avoided are now okay to try out on the family, like crepes and omelets. I’ve […]

Roast Veggies for Rich Flavor & Freeze for Later

Roast vegetables in bulk and then freeze them in meal-sized packaging to use later. They’ll give rich flavor without a lot of fuss. Roasted vegetables add rich flavor to any number of dishes. These tasty tidbits would include roasted garlic, roasted peppers and chiles, and roasted tomatoes. The trick is that roasting often takes awhile. […]