Brown Butter and Pecan Basmati Rice

Brown Butter and Pecan Basmati Rice

I was inspired by a Cooking Light recipe when making this dish. I cooked basmati rice in chicken broth then browned some butter in a pot before adding pecan pieces, the cooked rice, and fresh parsley. I mixed them...

Warm Balsamic Kale, Mushroom, and Pepper Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts

Warm Balsamic Kale, Mushroom, and Pepper Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts

This salad that I found on Pinch of Yum is the perfect Autumn salad. Healthy, warm, comforting, and delicious. I sautéed some onion, mushrooms, and bell peppers until tender then added garlic, kale, and balsamic vinegar. I topped the...

Shrimp Skewers with Garlicky Parmesan Orzo

Shrimp Skewers with Garlicky Parmesan Orzo

I saw this recipe online at Lisa’s Dinnertime Dish that looked super easy to make and something my entire family would love. I was right. The shrimp were simply seasoned with olive oil, minced garlic, sea salt, and freshly cracked...

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta and Balsamic Vinegar

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta and Balsamic Vinegar

I can’t believe I did it. I finally made brussel sprouts and actually loved them. I have NEVER liked them. My Mom would boil them when I was a kid and they weren’t my favorite – sorry Mom. My...

Green Beans Gremolata

Green Beans Gremolata

This is another recipe I found in the Barefoot Contessa Foolproof cookbook. I served these tasty green beans with the Lemon and Mustard Chicken Thighs and the Lemony Spinach with Feta and Pine Nuts. They tasted fresh and delicious. I loved the...

Lemon and Mustard Chicken Thighs

Lemon and Mustard Chicken Thighs

I had thighs to use up so I went in search of a recipe. I found one that looked amazing at Inspired Taste and I couldn’t wait to make it. I adapted it a bit to use what I...

Lemony Spinach with Feta and Pine Nuts

Lemony Spinach with Feta and Pine Nuts

I am love checking out cookbooks from the library because I really enjoy reading cookbooks and getting inspiration from them.  I recently brought home Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa Foolproof and I loved it! I have so many recipes bookmarked...

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

I found a zip lock bag full of frozen bananas while cleaning out my freezer yesterday so I decided to surprise my kids and make them some banana bread. I found a Tyler Florence recipe that looked perfect and...

Sesame Shrimp

Sesame Shrimp

I wanted to make something quick and easy using ingredients I had on hand for dinner. I found a recipe at Taste of Home that sounded perfect. I adapted the recipe a little bit by adding less sesame oil and...

Panko Topped Roasted Grape Tomatoes

Panko Topped Roasted Grape Tomatoes

This may be my new favorite side dish. It couldn’t be easier to make and they smelled terrific while they roasted. We all loved the crunchy panko with the sweetened roasted tomatoes. The fresh basil on top added a...