Pepita Cookie Bars

Pepita Cookie Bars - Pepitas, also known as pumpkin seeds can be used as a nut substitute in a number of recipes, including these delicious, caramel-scented cookie bars. Bake some today!

Pepitas, also known as pumpkin seeds can be used as a nut substitute in a number of recipes, including these delicious, caramel-scented cookie bars. Years ago I borrowed my mom’s recipe box and transcribed all the recipes from her collection into a small family cookbook. I made photocopies and bound the pages to give as […]

Tomato Bruschetta with Herbes de Provence

Tomato Bruschetta with Herbes de Provence - This simple tomato bruschetta comes together quickly and easily. It

This simple tomato bruschetta comes together quickly and easily. It’s economical and delicious, the perfect combination for your next company meal. So, bruschetta is probably one of my favorite appetizers to make. It’s like the Italian cousin of Mexico’s salsa. Only it’s cheaper to make and just as tasty. Plus, it goes nicely with red wine. […]

Salted Caramel Mocha Icebox Cake

Salted Caramel Mocha Icebox Cake - This icebox cake mimics the flavors of the Salted Caramel Mocha Frap, making it a must-do for the holiday season. It

This icebox cake mimics the flavors of the Salted Caramel Mocha Frap, making it a must-do for the holiday season. It’s super easy to prepare, so there’s no reason not to. Last summer I fell in love with the icebox cake. I can’t remember how many different versions we made over the summer, but we […]

Enchilada Sauce for the Freezer

Enchilada Sauce for the Freezer - Make enchiladas healthier and convenient by mixing up a big batch of enchilada sauce for the freezer.

Make enchiladas healthier and convenient by mixing up a big batch of enchilada sauce for the freezer. Enchiladas rank high on my list of favorite foods. Whether at a restaurant or at home, I am drawn to corn tortillas wrapped around cheesy fillings and stopped with spicy sauce and more cheese. At least one of my children […]

Homemade Mocha Chocolate Syrup Recipe

Homemade Mocha Chocolate Syrup Recipe

This decadent mocha chocolate syrup adds a touch of elegance to simple desserts like sundaes, affogatos, pound cakes, and more. We are big fans of mocha flavor in these here parts. Chocolate mixed with coffee?! Yum-O. We’ve spent a small fortune on cafe mochas over the years which is pretty silly when you consider how […]

Homemade Herbes de Provence Recipe

Homemade Herbes de Provence Recipe - Save money and season your dishes well with this homemade Herbes de Provence recipe.

Save money and season your dishes well with this homemade Herbes de Provence recipe. While we were in France last month, I did a fair amount of meal prep. Certainly not as much as I do at home, but I did cook and prepare meals during our vacation in order to save money and also […]

Pork Medallions with Sherried Shallot Sauce

Pork Medallions with Sherried Shallot Sauce - You

You’ll feel like a rockstar chef when you serve up this amazing meal: slices of pork tenderloin bathed in a sherry and shallot sauce atop mashed potatoes. It tastes like a million bucks, but it won’t cost you more than ten. This meal has been on our dinner table a lot over the past year. As […]

Chicken Chili with White Beans

Chicken Chili with White Beans - This chili redolent with spices and bursting with chicken and white beans comes together quickly in 30 minutes or less.

This chili redolent with spices and bursting with chicken and white beans comes together quickly in 30 minutes or less. I graduated from high school in 1990. That means that I gained a lot of my culinary education (starving college student, food service worker, waitress, newlywed) in the 90s, the era of the Chicken Caesar […]

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas - Enchiladas are a perfect meal. Don

Enchiladas are a perfect meal. Don’t buy frozen and don’t go out. Make these at home and enjoy the savings and the amazing flavor. I think one of my favorite meals of all time is enchiladas. It doesn’t really matter what kind, I like them all. Except the ones made with flour tortillas. Kinda mushy […]

Homemade Greek Spice Blend

Homemade Greek Spice Mix Recipe - Save money on fancy spice blends by making your own. Try this Greek-inspired blend for easy meals packed with flavor.

Save money on fancy spice blends by making your own. Try this Greek-inspired blend for easy meals packed with flavor. Admittedly, I’ve never been to Greece, but it’s on my list! I love the flavors associated with the Mediterranean islands. Once we tackle the whole France experience, we hope to plan an Ancient World trip for […]