Sweet Potato Hashbrowns with Ketchup & Chive Aioli

sweet potato plate

I’m not sure if I have ever mentioned this before, but there are a few things that I simply have no will power against……Pizza, rotel dip, sausage cheese balls, red wine, and the Southern fave hash brown casserole!!! And you know what goes with hash brown casserole like peanut  butter goes with jelly?!?!? KETCHUP!!!!!!! Traditional […]


BMC – Shrimp Pasta with Leeks & Fennel

shrimp pasta2

So, it’s been a minute since I have posted an official “Busy Mom Challenge” meal.  Not only can you make this pasta dish in less than 30 minutes, it is also light and healthy. PrintShrimp Pasta with Leeks & Fennel Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 15 minutesTotal Time: 25 minutes Yield: 4 servings Ingredients1 fennel […]


Zesty Kale Salad

kale salad

  I recently read one of those hot or not lists on fads that should stay or go from 2012.  While she called kale a food fad, she did give props to the nutritional powerhouse.  Now I agree that some food fads need to walk calmly and safely to the designated exits. I’m talking to […]


Pan-Roasted Salmon with Sauteed Haricot Vert

salmon with hericot vert

  I am obsessed with my most recent Bon Appetit issue.  It is “The Cooking School Issue” and  before I could even get beyond the “Pan Roasting” section of  this awesome tutorial of a magazine, I was in the kitchen cooking!!!  Now, I am sure the BA would be none too thrilled that I used frozen fish […]


“Cider House Melt” Sandwich

cider house melt sandwich2

    So, now that the holidays are officially over, it is time to do a little damage control.  Fortunately I made it a point to stick to my regular workout routine (see below), but I definitely overindulged in the Christmas spirit in every way, so January MUST be a month of reeling it back […]


Dutch Oven Slow Cooked Pulled Pork Loin

Pulled Pork Loin

Stuffed pig! That is pretty much what the holidays make me feel like.  Self will, be gone and Stretchy Pants, get ready for action.  My Christmas countdown also contains a bit of excitement for the countdown until the holiday excuse for overindulgence ends and I can get back on track with my normal daily food […]


Butternut Squash Gratin with Sage and Goat Cheese

butternut squash gratin

We are getting dangerously close to TURKEY TIME!!! and that means LOADS upon LOADS of extra caloric intake.  I, for one, know that since we will be hanging in East Texas at my in-laws ranch there will be a slight bit more butter in those dishes, and I along with every daughter-in-law in the WORLD will not […]


It’s Lunch Time!!!! – Easiest Chicken Salad Melt

chicken salad melt

Fast and easy is not always something that we associate with gourmet and this easy chicken salad melt may just be more resourceful than anything else, but when I am in a hurry in the mornings it is always great to keep things on hand that are easy to make for lunch.  I can’t remember where I saw it first, possibly Hungry […]