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Garlic Roasted Chicken

It was a very cold and rainy day today so I decided to roast a chicken for dinner. There is just something so comforting to me about roasting a chicken on cold days. I rubbed garlic butter under the...

S'mores Cookies

S’mores Cookies

We were headed out of town for the weekend to camp at the Oregon coast in our motor home with friends.  The weather was going to be rainy and stormy the whole time which meant we wouldn’t be building...

Baked Spaghetti with Ricotta

Baked Spaghetti with Ricotta

I found this recipe on Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice  and had to make it immediately   I loved the idea of baking spaghetti with a layer of ricotta then topped with mozzarella, olives, and tomato slices.  It was fun to make and...

Smashed Potatoes with Sour Cream and Chives

Smashed Potatoes with Sour Cream and Chives

My kids are big fans of mashed potatoes and they are always very happy when I serve them with dinner. I decided to change it up and bit and make smashed potatoes with butter, sour cream, and chives. I used...

Sautéed Kale with Grape Tomatoes, Garlic, and Parmesan

Sautéed Kale with Grape Tomatoes, Garlic, and Parmesan

I served this side dish with the Italian Meatloaf and they paired nicely together.  I have only used kale in soups so I was excited to give it a try as a main vegetable for our meal.  I loved...

Italian Meatloaf

Italian Meatloaf

I was craving meatloaf so I decided to try a new recipe from Michael Chiarello instead of my usual meatloaf recipe.  I found this recipe for an Italian meatloaf that looked and sounded terrific.  It was very easy to...

German Roasted Potato Salad

German Roasted Potato Salad

We had friends over for an Oktoberfest celebration and I decided to make a German potato salad.  I found this recipe on Use Real Butter that looked simple yet tasty.  I liked the idea of roasting the potatoes and...

White Bean Soup with Kale and Turkey Italian Sausage

White Bean Soup with Kale and Turkey Italian Sausage

We are finally having cooler weather here in Portland and since it was in the 60’s and very windy, I decided to make a pot of soup. After looking through my cupboards and refrigerator I found homemade chicken broth,...

Breakfast Tostada with Guacamole, Black Beans, and Poached Egg

Breakfast Tostada with Guacamole, Black Beans, and Poached Egg

All of my favorite ingredients in one dish!  I had leftover taco fixings in the refrigerator so I decided to use them to make a tostada for breakfast.  I topped a crispy corn tortilla shell with homemade guacamole, black beans, tomatoes, cotija cheese, poached egg,...

Whole Wheat Baguette

Whole Wheat Baguette

If you read my blog then you know I am intimidated by yeast.  There, I’ve said it, baking bread scares me.  It has been awhile since I last made bread and I had a craving for a baguette and...