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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Ok I called this Dad’s tortilla soup, because he originally made this for us.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...

Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Omelet

smoked salmon and asparagus omelet

When you see “smoked salmon and asparagus omelet,” many of you might have glazed over thinking it’s too gourmet to make quickly in the morning.  Welp, that isn’t true.  I wouldn’t do that to you!  And I don’t have the patience or time to make something overly involved. Let’s prep ingredients.  Once you’re cooking it goes really fast, so you need to have everything ready.  You’ll need a small non-stick pan, rubber spatula, 2 beaten eggs with a teaspoon of...

Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats

peanut butter and banana overnight oats

We’re heading back to school and we all know what our kids need most to start the day off right.  A filling, protein-rich breakfast.  But, the tricky part is finding the time to do that. Well, I’ve got one here served up on a platter (or a jar) for you. The great thing about peanut butter and banana overnight oats is that of course it can be made the night before.  So, during the hustle and bustle of getting out...

Paleo Chocolate Truffles with Golden Milk

paleo chocolate truffles with golden milk

If you haven’t heard of adaptogens, you will soon. They are the miracle herbs that not only relieve stress, but also increase energy and vitality as well as bring balance to our stress-ridden lives.  (Read my upcoming article that delves into adaptogens in more detail). Ashwagandha is one of the most powerful of the adaptogens.  Also known as “Indian ginseng” it’s in the tomato family.  It’s been used as a healing remedy for years, namely for stress, fatigue and the...

Nutty Chicken Salad with Grapes

People laugh at me because I find that stopping what I’m doing to eat lunch annoying.  While the kids are at school, I’m usually running errands, working out and of course blogging!  So, I definitely don’t want a time-consuming lunch to make. That’s why a quick meal like chicken salad is perfect.  Just scoop it onto a plate, add some crackers and you’re done.  It doesn’t interrupt your day. Chicken or tuna salad has been a family lunch since I...

Tangy Garlic Potato Wedges

tangy garlic potato wedges

If you make these tangy garlic potato wedges, you’d better have the recipe handy, because people will be asking for it.  It goes great with just about any grilled meat and of course easy to make. Potato wedges of any kind have been a popular starch around here lately, because they’re so easy to make.  We went through a brown rice phase that lasted way too long so we needed a change. With the balance of sweet and savory along...