• I could eat it all on it’s own

    It is probably no surprise but I am a fan of garlic.  I use it in almost all my savory dishes…not almost really in all my savory dishes.  I love it in all forms, but Roasted is my MOST favorite!! It all started at a pizza joint Years a go, I mean like many years ago (17 or 18 probably) I went to a super fun pizza place with a dear friend.  I was a little late and when I arrived there was the most interesting appetizer on the table.  It was 2 bulbs of garlic that looked almost burnt and some soft cheese and crostini’s.  I was immediately intrigued, but…

  • some quinoa dinner fun

    OK…now I know that not everyone is a fan of quinoa.  The Hubby is not a fan at all, but it is healthy so therefore I keep trying. Quinoa? Why? There are so many reasons why but just a few are (according to this article)….  Quinoa is one of the best protein rich foods we can eat…I mean that protein rich foods are always a good idea. Quinoa has a ton of fiber…like almost twice as much as other grains.  Who doesn’t need fiber?  Everyone needs fiber…so quinoa is a great option. Quinoa contains iron…iron is always a positive thing to consume. There are so many other reasons as well…it…

  • bacon makes this party dip ROCK!

    One week from today is the SUPER BOW!!  What do you have planned?  Are you starting home with just the family? Planning on having a big party? Maybe going to a party? Well, whatever your plans this dip would be a great treat that everyone is sure to love. A classic…updated So why this dip…well every party we have we always have the Ranch Party Dip.  The little dip packet you find in the salad dressing aisle.  And we love it, just as it is. As much as I love it I know I could take it to the next level and what better to do that than to add bacon.  In my family bacon…

  • A last minute must make

    New Years Eve is here!  I cannot believe 2017 starts tomorrow.  2016 has been a crazy year and I want to make sure to finish it off with a bang, and these Sausage Balls are a perfect way to do that. Bring on the balls These have been a must have at all of our holiday parties since I was a little girl.  They were always a favorite of mine, but especially of my brothers. To this day the minute December 1 hits my brother calls me and asks for this recipe because it is sausage ball season. Simple and so good The funny thing is my mom made this recipe…

  • Mom Dibert’s Corn Casserole

    The sis-in-Law’s mom, Cathleen is an amazing cook.  Everything I have had from her has been so, so good.   She is very well known for her pies, but she is also known for this corn casserole. Bring on the corn When Cathleen said she wanted to bring this casserole to our Early Thanksgiving Pot Luck Dinner I was so excited.  I personally LOVE corn casserole, and my brother had told me how good her was so I couldn’t wait to try it.   A few days before though she told me she wasn’t sure if she could make it as they were having new floors installed and she didn’t…

  • no cans here….

    This is the second of several recipes from our recent Early Pot Luck Thanksgiving Dinner.  Don’t forget to keep to checking back often for more new recipes that will help make your Thanksgiving something to remember. Still coming…. Let’s talk about the Cranberry Sauce Are you a fan of cranberry sauce?  I feel like you either are or your not.  There doesn’t seem to be too many people out there that are in the middle of the cranberry debate.  Well, I was not a fan either until I started making my own cranberry sauce from FRESH cranberries…thats right there are no cans in this recipe. It is all about the FRESH…

  • The more spicy… the more better

    Are you a sauce person?  I am a HUGE sauce person.    I like sauces on everything from pasta to  dessert, but with fries is a must. Sauce, why? Ok, I understand that not everyone is a fan of sauce with their fries, but I urge you to just try it. There is just something so yummy about a creamy sauce paired with a crispy fry (like these grilled ones).  It just that makes the experience so much better. Spicing things up For fries I like a spicy sauce.  You could use jalapeño peppers, green chilies or black pepper but for this time around I used sriracha.  Lately I have become…

  • Sweet & Spicy = AMAZNG BBQ Sauce

    I have a secret dream.  One that I have never told anyone…EVER!  I dream of winning a BBQ sauce competition. Really? Yes, for reals.  I have a recurring dream (or maybe its a nightmare) that I win a BBQ sauce competition at the Houston Rodeo.  After having that dream for so long, I now have a desire to make BBQ sauce.  I know it sounds weird…and let’s be honest I am a little different, but any chance I get to make my own BBQ sauce I jump on it. Fancy or Simple? Well I have done both.   A simple BBQ Sauce and a Peach BBQ sauce (that would be the…

  • cheesy bread goodness

    For me, one of the best parts of eating Italian food out is the bread.  My favorite is the crusty bread, slathered in butter with mealy cheese everywhere.   There is one small local Italian restaurant that inspired this bread that makes everything homemade.  Their pasta is homemade, their sauce is homemade, their desserts are homemade and their bread is homemade. It’s all about the butter… Butter is what makes this bread so, so good.  I use real unsalted butter (I typically only have unsalted butter in my refrigerator), not the fake stuff but real butter.  To make it easy to spread I melt the butter.  The melted butter seeps…

  • Bacon + Jam = AMAZING

    Bacon & Jam together at last…yes you read that right today is all about Bacon Jam.  For those of you who have not had the distinct pleasure of enjoying this wonderful jam then you are going to be in for the treat of your life (ok at least this week, ok maybe today) but is really is so yummy!! I first came across bacon turned into jam at a local hamburger place.  They were putting it on their burgers instead of slices of bacon.  Now I was a little nervous when I ordered by first bacon jam burger…but all that went away after my first delicious bite.  The jam brings…