Dirty Rice + Cajun Corn Maque Choux

Does anyone else like Zatarains Dirty Rice mix? My husband and I ate it all the time in college when on a budget, and we haven’t had it in years. I decided to make some because it is delicious. If you haven’t had dirty rice before it is simply ground beef, rice and seasonings allContinue reading “Dirty Rice + Cajun Corn Maque Choux”

Carrot and Couscous Salad

I decided to make soup for dinner tonight and wanted a vegetable side dish to serve with it. When I made Thai red curry tofu the other day, I cooked the carrots before adding them to the curry by pan frying them in a tiny amount of oil until they were slightly tender. We reallyContinue reading “Carrot and Couscous Salad”

Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Before I get to the roasted cauliflower soup, if you haven’t checked out my eCookbook page, I have created a pdf mini cookbook with five fantastic fall cookie recipes available for purchase. It includes 5 recipes with color photos and instructions in an easily printable format. Check it out here. This is a really easyContinue reading “Roasted Cauliflower Soup”

Roasted Mushroom Sandwich with Arugula, Fontina, and Garlic Mayo

While we were on vacation this summer, my son, daughter and I ate lunch at a cute little coffee shop in the mountains. They had some really fantastic sandwiches and my son asked if I could recreate this one we both loved so I decided to give it a try. We were not 100% sureContinue reading “Roasted Mushroom Sandwich with Arugula, Fontina, and Garlic Mayo”

Honey Mustard Salmon + Avocado Basil Sauce + Blistered Tomatoes

My local Sam’s Club has been carrying some really great quality Salmon for the last 6 months or so. I love salmon and am always looking for interesting ways to prepare it. I saw this Honey Mustard Salmon with Avocado Basil Sauce on Half Baked Harvest and immediately wanted to try it. Check out myContinue reading “Honey Mustard Salmon + Avocado Basil Sauce + Blistered Tomatoes”

Flavorful Beef Rouladen

My family loves German food. We always get super excited when traveling if we find a German restaurant. I want to expand my knowledge of German cooking, but is hard not to make our favorites. My kids most frequently ask for sauerbraten, but these beef rouladen are a close 2nd. I am not going toContinue reading “Flavorful Beef Rouladen”

Quick Vietnamese Cucumber and Roasted Peanut Salad

Does anyone else struggle with getting enough fruit and veggies into their family’s diet? My kids love fruit, and I love vegetables, but it still feels like are never eating as many as you are supposed to. In the interest of time I often fall back on basics like steamed broccoli or green beans. NoContinue reading “Quick Vietnamese Cucumber and Roasted Peanut Salad”

Hot Buttered Pretzels + Creamy Cucumber Salad

My kids are addicted to these hot buttered pretzels from King Arthur Flour. They are soft and buttery, and kind of roll like. The pretzels are not dipped in lye like the soft pretzels you get at theme parks or the movies (although I do want to try that soon). They are quick and easyContinue reading “Hot Buttered Pretzels + Creamy Cucumber Salad”

Sauerbraten, Spätzle and Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

This is one of our all time favorite meals. It doesn’t really get more perfect than the combo of tender, meaty beef and flavorful gravy, creamy spätzle, and the hit of sweet and sour from the cabbage. This is a dish that has variations by region and person, and I have never tried another version,Continue reading “Sauerbraten, Spätzle and Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage”

Leek Orzo with Fried Eggs and Beet and Carrot Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

We have quite a few chickens. They make cute pets, which was a surprise to me when we started keeping them. If you raise them from chicks, they know your voice and they will come if called, just like a dog or cat. It is so cute! Plus they lay tasty eggs. I’m always lookingContinue reading “Leek Orzo with Fried Eggs and Beet and Carrot Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing”