Peanut Butter Chocolate Kiss Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Kiss Cookies

We were heading over to our good friend’s house for dinner and I was asked to bring a dessert. My friend, Currié, loves the combination of peanut butter and chocolate so my son and I decided to make these...

Spinach and Avocado Salad

Spinach and Avocado Salad

I had a bag of baby spinach to use up and two ripe avocados so I decided to make a tossed salad with a few of my favorite ingredients. I tossed this salad with my favorite dressing – Fran’s...

Penne with Mixed Vegetables, Parmesan Cheese, and Pine Nuts

Penne with Mixed Vegetables, Parmesan Cheese, and Pine Nuts

I adapted this recipe from one I found in a Sunset Fast and Freshmagazine. I threw in whatever veggie I had on hand, shitake mushrooms, bell peppers, onion, zucchini, and tomatoes. This pasta was light, hearty, and so delicious....

Banana, Raspberry, and White Chocolate Chip Bread

Banana, Raspberry, and White Chocolate Chip Bread

My son and I were in the mood to bake an after school snack. I had a couple of bananas to use up as well as some fresh raspberries so we decided to make bread. The raspberries were a...

Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Sautéed Apples

Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Sautéed Apples

I am always on the lookout for new recipes using pork tenderloin so I was excited to see this recipe in Cooking Light – October 2010. I loved how easy this dish was to make and how delicious it...

Chicken and Rice with Veggies

Chicken and Rice with Veggies

I saw this recipe in my Cooking Light magazine and decided to make it immediately. It was a quick and simple recipe and had very little clean up. The chicken turned out really moist and tender while the rice was...

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

My son and I decided to bake oatmeal raisin cookies this afternoon. I found this recipe on Smitten Kitten and knew it would be amazing. I wanted to add walnuts or pecans but my son opted for plain oatmeal...

Southwestern Chicken Soup with Black Beans and Corn

Southwestern Chicken Soup with Black Beans and Corn

It was cool and cloudy outside which is the perfect weather for making soup. I had some leftover roasted chicken to use up so I decided to make a Southwestern flavored chicken soup. I threw in some black beans,...

Gemelli with Chanterelles, Pine Nuts, and Parmesan

Gemelli with Chanterelles, Pine Nuts, and Parmesan

My amazing friend Currié gave me more fresh chanterelles this week and I couldn’t wait to make another recipe with them. I wanted their flavor to shine in the dish so I simply sautéed them in butter and garlic...

Mexican Tomato Rice and Bean Quesadilla with Sharp Cheddar and Sour Cream

Mexican Tomato Rice and Bean Quesadilla with Sharp Cheddar and Sour Cream

I needed a quick and easy dinner because I had a yoga class to get to so I decided to make quesadillas by using up the leftover Mexican Tomato Rice and Beans I had made for the Stuffed Anaheim...