All Natural Hot Cocoa

all natural hot cocoa

Chilly weather, cozy pants and that old sweatshirt.  The only thing better would be a warm rich cup of cocoa to curl up with at the end of the day, right?  If it’s all natural hot cocoa that happens to be so much more delicious than Swiss Miss…all the better. Cacao is your new friend.  It has all the flavor of chocolate minus the stuff that’s bad for you. Rich in magnesium, iron and antioxidants it’s a win-win.  If you’re...

Stuff the turkey… not yourself over the holidays | tips to keep from gaining weight

tips to keep from gaining weight over the holidays

Oh the holidays.  Part of the joy is the food.  You should be able to partake without suffering from it later.  So, let’s chat about tips to keep from gaining weight over the next few weeks. Thanksgiving Thanksgiving is about food, family and gratefulness.  Don’t skip the food part.  Enjoy it!   Even if you’re trying to lose weight.  Give yourself this day and don’t feel bad about it.  It’s. Just. One. Day. Don’t: Drink too much champagne before eating....

Kick Ass Sea Bass

kick ass sea bass

Between the time change and a kitchen remodel getting a decent picture of my food is a challenge (my “photography studio”, or garage, is covered over in boxes).  I’m still able to use my oven right now though so here you go.   So, if I can do it you can get a kick ass sea bass cooked for the family easy peasy. The first time I tried miso glazed sea bass was at Cafe Lurcat in Minneapolis and I’ve...

One Pan Chicken and Figs

one pan chicken and figs

New York Times is my go-to for tons of stuff.  News, food, healthy living.  They can make any story interesting.  And when it comes to the food part, they don’t post just anything. So, when I stumbled across this recipe with figs and chicken it was a no-brainer. Figs aren’t always easy to find, but when I see them at the store I grab them, take them home and find something to do with them.  I put them on a...

Easy Miso Soup

easy miso soup

Lately, we’ve been hearing so much about having a healthy gut.  I kind of ignored all of these articles until I started to have problems of my own.  As a result, I’ve been on a quest to feel better.  I’m getting there! At this moment, I honestly have no tummy bloat, regurge, acid reflux and fatigue since I’ve been doing what I’m doing.  I’ll have a more in-depth article coming soon about my journey to a healthy tummy. 😉 Meanwhile,...

Best Ever Goulash

best ever goulash

Sometimes we find recipes in the funniest places.  This one was found in a doctor’s office magazine.  Pre-Pinterest if you found a recipe, you wrote it down, or ripped it out of a waiting room magazine.  I love goulash and grabbed this up immediately.  And it was so worth it! It does call for plenty of ingredients, but all you need is a good pot and a can opener. Besides browning the meat and chopping your onions and garlic, there’s...

Dad’s Tortilla Soup

dad's tortilla soup

Ok I called this Dad’s tortilla soup, because he originally made this for us.  Who knows where he got the recipe.  He had his favorites and they were his favs for a reason!  From his homemade orange bread to the Mexican caldo, we loved all of his concoctions.  This was no exception.  And we’ve been making it around here for years. You should see my recipe book I refer to when I make this.  It’s a binder I started when...

Braised Brisket and Shallots

braised brisket and shallots

It’s fall!  My favorite season for so many reasons.  The smells, football, cooler weather and of course the food!  It’s so nice to have a cozy sweater on while cooking a nice comfort meal.  One of the first meals I usually cook in the fall is braised brisket and shallots. The first time I made this meal, my family was flipping over it.  The first time I made this for guests, they were flipping over it.  So, I’ve got some...

Cooked Carrots with Thyme

cooked carrots with thyme

For years I boiled carrots as a side dish.  Ick.  I might as well have taken a can of mushy carrots and plopped them onto a plate and called it a day.  Then, I learned a method of how to cook them perfectly every time!  Having this recipe for cooked carrots with thyme has our family eating this side dish like crazy. Carrots make an awesome side that many people forget about. They have a reputation for being boring.  But,...

Crockpot Texas Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich

crockpot texas pulled pork bbq sandwich

School is in full swing and if your kids have after school activities there’s a strong chance you’re playing taxi driver for the next 9 months.  Usually, the last thing you have time for is to cook dinner.  I’ve found myself cooking half of it early in the day and finishing it off when the kids get in.  Well, that’s one way.  The best way is to get out the crockpot. A lot of people think they have to have...

   
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