• Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

    As you all know I am a BIG, BIG fan of Brussels Sprouts.  I love them roasted, with a hint of lemon, love them crispy, I even love them raw and in salads.  This version though is a new FAVORITE and I have already made them 2 times since I first made them….they are that good. A little tangy surprise I am all about a little tang.  I love how it awakens my taste buds and gets me excited for the next bite.  One of my favorite ways to bring a little tang into a dish is with balsamic vinegar…it is just so good. I use a balsamic reduction (much like…

  • Roasted Veggie Couscous

    Spring veggies are just about ready in my part of the country. The farmers markets are starting to get loaded up with beautiful produce and this couscous dish is one of my favorite ways to highlight so many of those veggies. It starts with the veggies With so many beautiful veggies popping at my farmers markets and in my grocery store it was hard to choose which veggies to use for this delicious salad.  First I knew I wanted to use peppers, red, yellow and orange.  I love how sweet early spring peppers are and these were just perfect.  Next I threw in an onion.  I used a white onion,…

  • THE Instant Pot Mac-n-Cheese

    I love mac-n-cheese anytime, anyway, anywhere.  I have made my fair share over the years but I have to say this is definately one of my favorites yet. Cheesy Goodness In my opinion any good mac n cheese has a couple of cheese varieties in it.  Some favorites are gouda and cheddar, goat and mascarpone and classic cheddar blend.  For this mac-n-chesse I combined my dads version (stovetop velveeta) with mine to create a delicious mac-n-cheese. To make it extra creamy I used a little velveeta, some white cheddar (you could use yellow) and then a mexican blend.  The combo of all the cheeses create a super creamy, cheesy blend…

  • Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes – A New Favorite

    I am so OBSESSED with my Instant Pot.  I cannot get enough of it.  You literally can cook anything in it…even Cheesecake.  I mean really you cook almost ANYTHING!  As much as I loved the cheesecake the mashed potatoes I made in the IP (instant pot) were even better!! I could live on these Mashed Potatoes are a passion for me.  My MeeMaw was the mashed potato Queen and I learned all my best tips and tricks from her.  I am not going to lie I was a little nervous taking a favorite and trying to recreate it in the instant pot…especially for my mashed potato loving family. Thankfully they…

  • a dressing like no other

    Are you a stuffing or dressing person?  Are you a cornbread or bread dressing person?   We are cornbread people here.  Well I am here to tell you I have another option for all my die hard cornbread dressing friends.  Trust me it is AMAZING! An apple a day… The old saying goes “an apple a day will keep the Dr away”.  This delicious side may not keep the Dr away but it will make you feel VERY good.  If you would have asked me a month ago if I would put apple in my dressing I would have said NO WAY, but it has changed. Our sweet friend Andrea said she wanted…

  • I could eat these everyday

    I think if I could only eat one thing for the rest if my life it might just be mashed potatoes.  I LOVE THEM that much, especially this new mashed potato recipe.  Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes.  They are loaded with tons a flavor, they are rich and creamy. It’s a family thing My MeeMaw LOVED mashed potatoes.  I mean she LOVED, LOVED them.  She loved them so much she always said she wanted to be buried in them.  She was not buried in them, but she did really love them.  Her mashed potatoes were very classic with a little sour cream added in for a little extra something, and now I have taken…

  • Roasting it makes it so much better

    I am so excited the weekend is here.  Fall is starting to filter in, baseball playoffs are getting exciting and football is what the weekends are all about.  To make this weekend something to remember you have to try this Roasted Salsa Verde.   Green is better (in my opinion) My favorite salsa has always been a green salsa.  I love the hint of tang the tomatillos bring with a little heat and freshness of lime in each bite.   I judge Mexican food restaurants by their green sauce.  If I want to pour it all over anything and everything then it is a good restaurant.   Roasting is the…

  • what happens when a skillet and spinach meet…

    The Sis-in-Law is queen of good and easy sides and she did not disappoint with her latest creation.  They came over not too long ago for dinner and she offered to make the side.  I was thrilled as I was busy with the rib roast and twice baked potatoes, and I knew it would be super yummy and I was right. Super simple but so good When she came walking in she had a bag of spinach and that was it.   All sorts of options ran though my head.  We were going to steam it, microwave eat, eat it raw, but never did I think about a quick sauté.…

  • Summer is not over…yet

    I know, I know summer is coming to an end.  If you go to any store you are already seeing fall and pumpkins starting to invade all the aisles.  (Although I kinda love everything pumpkin so I am ok with that part).  But in my part of the world it is still in the 90’s, feeling like to 100’s, and I am still craving light but super flavorful dishes.  This Jalapeño Lime Sauce is all that and SO MUCH MORE! Just a little heat (unless you want more) I know Jalapeño is in the name, but don’t worry it is not super spicy.   The trick to this sauce is…

  • a perfect late summer quinoa

    Quinoa is for sure one of my favorite sides.  I love it on its own, with chicken or fish, or mixed into a salad.  One of my latest creations is this Cilantro Lime Quinoa and I am OBSESSED with it!! A side for ANYTHING & ANYTIME!  I love sides that can be used for multiple meals.  For this quinoa I love it it beside some grilled chicken, but the next day I eat it cold for lunch with come chopped avocado & pico de gallo in it.   Yes you read that right, I eat it cold. One of my favorite ways to have quinoa is cold or in a…