Spicy Zucchini and Squash

Spicy Zucchini and Squash Spears

We haven’t had zucchini or squash much lately so I decided to do a quick and easy sauté of zucchini and squash spears with crushed red pepper flakes. They took minutes to cook, tasted delicious, and paired nicely with...

Quick Refrigerator Spicy Dill Green Beans

Quick Refrigerator Spicy Dill Green Beans

We all loved the Quick Refrigerator Dill Pickles so much I decided to make a batch of refrigerator spicy dill green beans. I used the same brine as I did for the pickles but added more fresh dill to give...

Nectarine and Rainier Cherry Galette

Nectarine and Rainier Cherry Galette

I surprised my kids and husband with this homemade galette for dessert this week. I had just a few Rainier cherries left and a couple ripe nectarines that needed to be used up along with one leftover pie crust....

Heirloom Tomato Greek Salad

Heirloom Tomato Greek Salad

I had quite a few smaller heirloom tomatoes so I decided to make a salad by adding some cucumber, onion, feta, and kalamata olives to the tomatoes then tossed them with some of my leftover Fran’s Vinaigrette. I let...

Brie and Mango Pepper Jelly Crostini

Brie and Mango Pepper Jelly Crostini

Since it has been so hot here recently we have been having a lot of smorgasbords for dinner. Usually a rotisserie chicken or deli meats with veggies, fruits, cheese, olives, pickles, etc. Last night I decided to switch it...

Pasta Carbonara with Bacon and Peas

Pasta Carbonara with Bacon and Peas

When I think of simple comfort food, I think of this dish. There’s something so comforting about this pasta with the salty bacon, creamy Parmesan cheese, and sweet pop of the peas. It takes less than 15 minutes to...

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Heirloom Caprese Salad

I recently picked up some beautiful heirloom tomatoes and decided to keep it simple and make a caprese salad with them. I drizzled the tomatoes and mozzarella cheese with good olive oil then seasoned with sea salt and freshly...

Coconut Cream Pie

Coconut Cream Pie

Our good friend had a birthday on Tuesday and he requested homemade coconut cream pie for dessert. I cheated a bit by using a premade pie crust but the rest was homemade. I adapted a recipe I found on...

Roasted Green Beans with Shiitake Mushrooms and Garlic

Roasted Green Beans with Shiitake Mushrooms and Garlic

I have been loving shiitake mushrooms lately and had a serious craving earlier this week. I decided to roast some green beans with shiitake mushrooms and garlic for a simple yet tasty side dish that paired beautifully with the Shrimp...

Shrimp Stir Fry with Asparagus and Grape Tomatoes

Shrimp Stir Fry with Asparagus and Grape Tomatoes

I had my son in mind when I made this dish. He loves seafood and he loves anything with soy sauce. I picked up some fresh shrimp from our grocery store along with asparagus and tomatoes and I decided...