Take-out Tuesday, Stuffed Zucchini, 4 Ways!

Zucchini can be your best friend when you are trying to eat less carbs and lighter foods It’s available fresh year round and can be used in an endless variety of ways The other night my resident chef, HHjr, made zucchini boats stuffed with sausage, black beans and corn A very tasty dinner that’s easy … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Pancake Pillows

Have you ever heard of Japanese pancakes? They are also known as pancake souffles WOW, right?? This beautiful breakfast was presented to me last weekend! 2 thick, fluffy pancake pillows, stacked and topped with crispy bacon, a sprinkle of powdered sugar, and a generous drizzle of maple syrup I can’t take a minute of credit … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Artichoke, Mushroom & Asparagus Pizza

This pizza was created by my family’s love of artichokes The last time we had artichokes, HHjr said, “We should make a pizza using the hearts and sauce the crust with your lemon aioli” “That is a GREAT idea!” We decided to cook artichokes on Friday night to go with our steaks and save the … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Asian Salad with Peanut Dressing

I use my monthly bucket list to help me make meal choices quickly, I pin and save recipe ideas all the time and then once a month, I choose 3-4 recipes for each category The flavor/theme of the month for January is International When I was looking at the list the other day, I was … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Gnocchi Florentine with Mushrooms & Pancetta

This recipe is a pleasant change from typical pasta bakes, it calls for gnocchi, which literally translates to “dough dumplings” Gnocchi can be made from a variety of sources, with one of the most common being potatoes This is a simple dish of potato gnocchi, with fresh mushrooms, spinach, pancetta and 2 kinds of cheese … Continue reading

Party Panache, Peppermint Snow Topped Chocolate Cake

I celebrated my birthday Friday evening by the patio fireplace, with my family and a couple of very dear friends who also have December birthdays, we were safely distanced … HHjr cooked some incredible pizzas in the pizza oven, Sausage and Mushroom with Parmesan balsamic glaze, Pear, Spinach and Gorgonzola, and a Hawaiian pizza with … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Peppermint White Hot Chocolate and White Chocolate Peppermint Treats

The featured flavor on the December Paint Bucket {my monthly bucket list of recipe inspirations} is White Chocolate Peppermint, perfect for dreaming of sugar plum fairies, Santa Claus, sparkly trees and a snowy white Christmas! Let’s start with a steaming mug of hot chocolate, topped with whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup… Or … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Rainbow Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Cranberries and Pecans

This dish sounds fancy, and it is a company and holiday worthy side dish, but it is easy enough to make any night of the week, and it also can be eaten as a main dish meal! Trim and halve the Brussels sprouts, cut the sweet potato into cubes {peeled or unpeeled} and lay them … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Roasted Cauliflower & Asparagus Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

This is a healthy salad {well, healthy-ish} with just a enough bacon decadence to lure you to the table! It has my 3 requirements for Take-out Tuesday, it’s easy to make, A lot of it can be prepared ahead of time and it is a one dish meal! Of course it makes a fabulous side … Continue reading

Caramel Drizzled Pecan Bread Pudding

Let me just mention that this bread pudding is so most and flavorful it doesn’t even need a caramel drizzle… But hey, if you’re going to splurge and have bread pudding, a little drizzle of caramel or even better, salted caramel, is going to take it over the top! Here’s the good news, this bread … Continue reading