Cheesy Potato Bake

I grew up in a meat and potatoes household.  My mum would often make a potato casserole which consisted of thinly sliced potato rounds on a crunchy, buttery breadcrumb crust, topped with either Swiss or cheddar cheese.  It’s so simple, yet so incredibly delicious, and it is a great paired with any meat you choose…

Cheesy Beefy Enchilada Dip

THIS is football food.  Reminiscent of chili, but thicker.  It’s hearty enough to be a main dish and goes a long way as a dip, which is perfect if you’re feeding a crowd for a tailgate.  I like to serve it with Frito Scoops because they are a bit sturdier, but any corn chip will…

Bourbon-Pumpkin Spiced Doughnuts

I love pumpkin bread.  And I love bourbon.  So when I found a recipe for a bourbon pumpkin bread in Better Homes and Gardens 100 Best Pumpkin Recipes 2017 Special Edition magazine, I was over the moon.  It’s as good as it sounds: rich, moist, flavorful, and addictive.  I had only made this recipe in loaf…

Taco Stuffed Peppers

This is a great recipe for a busy weeknight dinner because it can be made in advance, then stuck in the oven just a little less than an hour before dinner time.  If you’re feeling health-conscious, you can swap ground turkey for the beef, quinoa for the white rice, and use a low-fat cheese to…

Baked Buffalo Chicken Taquitos

I often refer to the fall as eating season.  I mean, you have football tailgates (at the stadium or in your home), Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the various December holidays as the grand finale.  There are so many opportunities to get together with friends and family to eat, drink, and celebrate.  When you are hosting a…

Creamy Tomato & Tortellini Soup

This soup is soul satisfying.  It’s creamy, dreamy, carb-laden magic in a pot.  What more could you want on a cool fall day?  Or a sweltering hot fall day?  Or any fall day?  Or any day?  Okay, I’m done.   1 Tbsp olive oil 1 yellow onion, diced 1 medium-sized zucchini, quartered lengthwise and thinly…

Country Ham & Smoked Gruyere Pinwheels

This prissier version of ham and cheese sandwiches came to fruition when I was trying to use up all the perishable items in my refrigerator as Hurricane Dorian loomed.  As it turns out, my over-zealous preparations for the storm were unnecessary (all we received was a stiff breeze, a couple of downpours, and no power…

Honey-Mustard Flank Steak

This marinade is so flavorful, I like to use it with pork and chicken, too.  As for the beef, it’s great on its own or on top of a salad.  One thing I will say, it’s best cooked on a grill, not a stovetop grill pan—you can’t beat the smoky flavor.  Enjoy!   1-2 lbs…

Fried Pickled Zucchini

A few years ago, one of my sorority sisters got married in coastal South Carolina.  As bridesmaids, another close friend/sister and I arrived a few days early to help with wedding preparations.  The first night we were in town, we went out to eat at a local seafood restaurant with a few other members of…

Six-Cheese Pizza

While living in Baltimore, my husband discovered a small pizza joint which had a fantastic five-cheese pie.  Due to my PTSD from living there, Ive blocked the name of said joint from my memory, but I have not forgotten the pizza itself—it was that good.  Friday nights in our house we usually have pizza for…