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. […]

Easy Slow Cooker Pork Tacos

Slow Cooker Pork Tacos - These easy, slow cooker pork tacos allow you to escape the kitchen and come home to a delicious meal all ready to go.

These easy, slow cooker pork tacos allow you to escape the kitchen and come home to a delicious meal all ready to go. This is such an easy recipe, I pretty much don’t need to post it. You could make this in your sleep. Your five year old could make this in his sleep.¬†It contain […]

Making Burger Patties for the Freezer

Making Burger Patties for the Freezer - Want some easy freezer meals without heating up your summertime kitchen? Well, burger up, folks!

Want some easy freezer meals without heating up your summertime kitchen? Well, burger up, folks! Today I took the kids down to Balboa Park for a free museum visit. San Diego County residents get free admission to select¬†Balboa Park museums on Tuesdays. We’ve lived here for 5 1/2 years and NEVER done it. I’ve always […]

Pesto and Tomato French Bread Pizza

Pesto and Tomato French Bread Pizza - Make delicious homemade pizza in minutes! It

Make delicious homemade pizza in minutes! It’s easy and fun and makes for a great appetizer, too. You know those chubby loaves of French bread that the grocery sells? They are usually sold in baskets near the checkstands. They cost about a buck fifty? Well, while they may not be the cat’s meow when it […]

Broiled Bruschetta

Broiled Bruschetta - Bruschetta made with prime summer tomatoes is absolutely out of this world. Put your feet up and enjoy this easy appetizer that can be made in advance and quickly prepped under the broiler.

Bruschetta made with prime summer tomatoes is absolutely out of this world. Put your feet up and enjoy this easy appetizer that can be made in advance and quickly prepped under the broiler. This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way […]

Drunken Brats and Caramelized Onions

Drunken Brats and Caramelize Onions - Add an extra layer of flavor to your bratwurst by simmering them in beer or ale and then finishing them on the grill.

Add an extra layer of flavor to your bratwurst by simmering them in beer or ale and then finishing them on the grill. I don’t recall my parents every serving bratwurst. We were a hot dog family. Hot dogs that my dad burned beyond recognition on the grill. That’s one of the many things that […]

Turkey & Black Bean Tacos

Turkey and Black Bean Tacos - Taco Night is the highlight of the week. Make this week

I’ve been on a ground turkey kick. Part of it is an effort to reduce our red meat. It’s probably not that good for us to eat it as often as we were, plus it’s getting more expensive. I just can’t swing it when the kids could easily eat two to three pounds in one sitting. We’re enjoying it twice a week, which is good.

I didn’t used to like ground turkey, but since I tried Trader Joe’s, I’m hooked. (Sorry to all you people who don’t have TJ’s or don’t like it. I fell out of love with Trader Joe’s a few years ago, but I’m finding ways to make their products and prices work for me, and it’s working really well.)

Anyway, this dish is the antithesis of what I would have made five years ago when I was a sworn beefeater.

What to Do with That Leftover Ham

What to Do with Leftover Ham - Got ham? Transform your ham leftovers into something extra delicious.

My boys love ham. Love it. My husband can go either way on it, but now that the boys have a larger voice in culinary choices, we make ham about twice a year. I cook up a large honey-baked ham, sometimes in the crockpot, a pan full of the best scalloped potatoes on the planet, and a few vegetable sides.

In the days following we transform the leftovers into something new and different, but still delicious. The potatoes rarely last past one meal, anyway.

If we don’t feel like having ham several days in a row, we package it for the freezer. Actually, FishBoy16 does this. He is my resident “I-need-meat-for-it-to-be-a-meal” diner. Which isn’t totally true, because he does great with vegetarian meals, provided they have hearty, healthy fats like avocado or nuts included. So, whatever. Let’s just say he’s a big ham fan.

Crockpot Chili Bean Soup

Crockpot Chili Bean Soup - Spend ten minutes prepping tonight

Spend ten minutes prepping tonight’s dinner. This crockpot chili bean soup is a crowd-pleaser. Things are starting to heat up now that April is well under way. I got a bit of a sunburn at Legoland earlier this week. Summer approaches! Warm weather aside, I still have been firing up the crockpot, particularly for those […]

Spicy Turkey Egg Bake

Spicy Turkey Egg Bake - Turkey spiced with spices and chiles is enrobed in a creamy egg mixture. This egg bake is perfect for holiday brunches.

Turkey spiced with spices and chiles is enrobed in a creamy egg mixture. This egg bake is perfect for holiday brunches. I was never a huge fan of ground turkey as a kid. My mom started buying it The Year We Stopped Eating Red Meat. For a whole year our family ate nothing but turkey […]