Weeknight Bolognese Pizza

Have you ever made Ina Garten’s “Weeknight Bolognese?”  If you haven’t, I highly recommend it.  It’s easy enough for a weeknight meal, but delicious enough to make for company.  When you make it, save about a cup of the meat sauce to make this delectable pizza.  You won’t be sorry. Please note, the dough recipe…

A Spooky Family Movie Night

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  It runs a close second (neck in neck) to Christmas.  As such, I feel that it should be properly celebrated throughout the month of October.  Now that I have a preschooler, it’s even more fun participating in fall and Halloween themed activities such as local festivals, hitting up…

Ham & Cheese Smothered Chicken

    Chicken Cordon Bleu is delicious, but it requires a lot of steps, making it less than convenient for a weeknight meal.  My solution is to use similar ingredients, but rather than pounding the meat, rolling it with the ingredients, and cooking it in a skillet, I place it in a baking dish, drape…

Sweet & Spicy Roasted Acorn Squash

  One of my favorite things about fall and winter produce is the abundance of various squash, especially butternut and acorn.  Roasted squash is one of the simplest side dishes you can make.  The most difficult part of the preparation is cutting through the hard skin and flesh, but once you’ve gotten through that step,…

Barbecue Bacon Cheeseburger with Onion Rings

  If you’re looking for a healthy recipe, this isn’t it.  But then again, if you were in search of something low-calorie, you wouldn’t have clicked on this link…unless, of course, you’re a masochist.  Generally, I try to keep things healthy, but every once in a while, I like to indulge in an epically decadent…

Buffalo Wing Salad, Two Ways

  If I had to pick the most-used condiment in our household, it would be Buffalo wing sauce, specifically, Frank’s Original Hot Sauce.  We love the flavor and use it on wings, in dips, in hummus, drizzled over eggs, tossed with roast vegetables…I could go on.  One of our favorite lighter dinners happens to be…

Classic Chicken Noodle Soup

  My little family and I have spent the last few weekends traveling.  Being away from home and surviving the busy weekdays in between has taken its toll—I now find myself run-down and suffering from a cold.  As anyone can tell you, the best remedy when you find yourself under the weather is a nice…

Cheddar, Ham & Apple Panini

  I love butternut squash soup, but my husband is not a fan—he considers it to be too sweet.  However, when I make this sandwich, he is more than willing to consume it.  I like to use a rustic wheat bread, either made at home or purchased from a bakery, because it has a little…

Avocado Toast

Once upon a time, the thought of eating mashed up avocado on a piece of toasted bread was revolting to me.  Then, one fateful day, I had a ripe avocado which needed to be eaten.  So I thought, “What the hell?  Let’s see what all the fuss is about.”  I felt like Sleeping Beauty receiving…

Gut-Buster Nachos

Nachos are a great, informal way to feed a crowd.  I enjoy making them for a big game or for dinner on a family movie night.  When preparing the taco meat, I prefer to use the recipe for beef tacos from The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook—it’s fantastic and so flavorful that if you substituted ground…