Simple Chunky Marinara Sauce

    Marinara sauce is very simple to make. The awesome thing about it is that you can add almost anything to make it your own. Some people add carrots, onions, pine nuts, red wine and even chopped spinach. You can even be playful with your pasta. One of my favorites is orzo. I’ve gone … Continue reading

Thai Chicken Quinoa

How sweet it is. One of my favorite inspirational blogs. This recipe is light and delicate and tasty. Tasty meaning you can actually TASTE the food. Simply put, this recipe includes protein, whole grains, vegetables and a delicate taste of Thai.   Thai Chicken Quinoa for 4 4 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded 1 cup … Continue reading

Tacos, baby. Tacos.

Okay. I’ve been intimidated to cook taco meat from scratch. So I went into the field, fired a bullet, and no one shot back. It turned out great! I’ve always been the girl to use the prepared taco seasoning packets but tonight…oh, tonight…I went for it. My cousin introduced me to using fire roasted diced … Continue reading

Apple-Cream Cheese Mini Pies

My idea of puff pastry apple dumplings evolved into something I am quite proud of. I took one of my favorite ingredients, cream cheese, and combined it into a sopapilla, apple pie, ooey-gooey dessert. I get a lot of ideas that I want to see come to fruition but I’m just not sure how to … Continue reading

Boeuf Bourguignon

Most of you know that one of my favorite movies to watch is Julie & Julia. I have fantasized over making Julia’s Boeuf Bourguignon for months and months. The recipe really intimidated me. With the wine, the patting of the beef, the 3 1/2 hours of cooking and preparing! I finally broke down and gave … Continue reading

Mexican Millet Salad with Paprika Chicken

My very good friend Allison (check her out on Choices.Habits.Lifestyle) inspired this dish. She made a quinoa salad with vegetables a few weeks ago and we went off on a tangent about all the different varieties of salads we could try. I really enjoyed creating this dish. If you are someone that truly enjoys the textures and … Continue reading


Memorial Day was a time of sun and family time. I decided to cook for my family. You all know how crazy I am about Julie & Julia. I watched it…yes, again…the night before and was inspired to make bruschetta…yes, again…as part of my Memorial Day din din.               … Continue reading