Cheddar Broccoli and Butternut Soup

Better than traditional broccoli cheddar soup.  A healthy and hearty helping of vegetables in addition to the wonderfully creamy and cheesy taste you love.  cheddar and butternut squash are a match made in heaven! If it weren’t for the broccoli, you would never guess vegetables were used to thicken the soup instead of roux Print…

Caramel Apple Pie

A delicious pie filled with caramelized apples and cinnamon. The perfect pie crust brushed with pie filling and baked, making the crust as irresistible as its filling. This recipe has evolved with each pie i’ve made, making it a tried and true recipe, and the only apple pie you will ever want to make in…

Chicken Paprikas

A simple but tasty chicken base soup, with onions, hearty dumplings and tender chunks of chicken. Seasoned with sweet Hungarian paprika and crushed black pepper.  Don’t forget to add a touch of sour cream! I was introduced to this dish and instantly fell in love.  I adore how simple it is to make, and the…

How To Create A Charcuterie Board

  A charcuterie board is a step up from a traditional cheese board.  It’s an array of cured meats, cheeses, pates, preserves and crackers with a dash of fresh fruits, berries and nuts.  When creating your board, be mindful of your choices.  Choose fruits that won’t turn in color when exposed to the air.  Fruits…

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

A fun way to color eggs and use up kitchen scraps, all the same time.  Experiment with what scraps you have and see what comes of it.  It’s all part of the fun.  I will give you an example of four colors you can create to get you started. Growing up, our family tradition included…

Stove Buying Guide: What To Look For

Time for a new Oven?  Let me make your search a little easier, by sharing what I learned in the process.  The intent is to save you some time, money, and stress, so you can feel confident in your final decision.  Ultimately my husband and I decided on a 48 inch dual fuel oven/range with…

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

Packed with chocolate, a hint of pumpkin flavor, and all the warm and cozy feelings that come with a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie. I have a chocolate chip cookie recipe I always use, and made them the other day. There was leftover dough in the fridge that I had yet to use and got…

Butternut Queso Fundido

Flavorful nacho cheese sauce, so tasty you would never guess it was healthy. Creamy butternut purée combined with cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes and jalapeño. We do not do processed cheese at our house, but at times I miss the creamy texture of velveeta cheese. Most cheese sauces have a cream/roux base and are too heavy…

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Traditional flavor of pumpkin pie atop a creamy vanilla bean cheesecake with a homemade graham cracker crust. Dont forget the whipped cream! I have pumpkin coming out of my ears! Our pumpkin plant was out of control. I planted pumpkins this year, because I wanted my son to be activly involved in my gardening. The…

Pork Schnitzel

Tender and juicy pork loin coated in a crispy breading.  Pairs perfectly with mash potatoes, pork gravy and a sweet yet tangy purple sauerkraut. This is a fan favorite meal at my house.  Pork top loin steaks are on sale this week at my local safeway, so naturally we made 14 schnitzels for the freezer. …

Ham Pot Pie

Large chunks of ham, carrots, onions and celery in a flavorful condensed cream of chicken gravy.  Enveloped by a flakey buttery crust and baked to a golden brown perfection. Fall has come to Portland!  My Instagram feed is filling up with pictures of apples, soups and pumpkin spice everything! The colder weather has me curled…

Oh So Sweet Potato Pie

Flaky crust , thick and creamy sweet potato filling topped with a fluffy marshmallow cream.  The crust really adds great balance to the sweet potato and sugary topping.  Here is a new take on your yam bake! A cross between sweet potato pie and baked yams topped with marshmallows. We are about to head into…

Mini Yogurt Tart

A granola crust with crushed walnuts.  Filled with honey sweetened whole greek yogurt, and topped with fresh berries. Mom came to visit this week! And breakfast was ready for when she arrived.  It worked out perfect.  Filled us up and fueled our day full of chasing kids and shopping until we dropped.  I had never…

Roasted Garlic Gnocchi

Soft pillows of potato gnocchi, lightly seared and tossed in apple cider vinegar and honey with caramelized onions and cabbage. My first experience with gnocchi taught me that there are no rules with what you can add to this dish.  I had gnocchi for the first time at a friend’s restaurant in northern Italy and…

Preserves Pull-Apart Loaf

I am sure you have heard, seen or even tried monkey bread.  Bits of left over dough, tossed in cinnamon sugar and thrown into a bowl to be baked to an gooey pull apart perfection. This recipe is a similar idea but uses fruit preserves and a loaf pan.  It makes for a minimally messy…