Homemade Garlic Lime Hummus (URS: 5-Ingredients or Less)


Ever look at a recipe that has a ginormous list of ingredients and decide that it just ain’t worth the trouble? Simple is better. You’re more inclined to make something if it’s easy to pull off. Years ago we were big fans of homemade ranch dressing. It takes 5, ok, 6 ingredients and I used […]

Vegetable Pasta with Pistou (URS: Quick Dinners)

Tomato Green Bean Basil Pasta

As much as I plot and plan, you might think that my home runs like a well-oiled machine. Alas, that is sadly not the case. Things happen. Life happens. And I often find myself in a big ole’ mess. More times than I would like to admit. That’s when having a few quick dinners in […]

Potatoes Alfredo (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Side Dishes)

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Side dishes add a little more oomph to a meal. They help you stretch what you have to fit a crowd. And some side dishes really complement a meal and make the main dish tastier than it would be without. I love some side dishes like mashed potatoes or baked potatoes or cheesy potatoes so […]

Cinnamon Zucchini Waffles (URS: Zucchini)

Zucchini Waffle

Zucchini Bread, Zucchini Muffins, Chocolate Zucchini Cake — these are the stuff that summer is made of! Particularly when my parents let the zucchini stay on the vine too long and grow into these gargantuan beasts. One year Dad’s garden produced a zucchini as big as my 7-month old niece! This year, while I will […]

Raspberry Cream Cups with Pretzels (URS: Berries)

Pretzel Berry top view

This week on Ultimate Recipe Swap we’re sharing berry recipes. Unfortunately, I did not have a screaming sale on berries nor do I have berries growing in my backyard or the near vicinity where I could go pay to pick. So, I used frozen berries. Yes, yes, I did. And while probably not as tasty […]

Mini Smores Cones (URS: Dessert)

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After a family dinner out on Saturday I ran into Walmart for a few things: malt powder and whipping cream so that I could whip up some awesome dessert that would knock your socks off. Hubs and the kids were circling in the parking lot while I grabbed those items, so I was trying to […]

Tri-Tip Sandwiches (URS: Camping)

tri tip sandwich

The first time I ever went camping with FishPapa it was a coup de cuisine. His idea was opening a can of chili and cooking it on the fire. Ick. No thanks. My idea of camping food was marinating chicken breast in a ziploc bag, grating some parmesan, chopping some lettuce, and having Grilled Chicken […]

Grilled Vegetable Kabobs (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

Vegetable Kabobs

Summer has arrived in San Diego. I’ve been a little spoiled these last few summers because it’s been cool. So cool, in fact, that I’ve been able to wear sweats until August. Not so this year. Sweat, sweat, sweat. And last night as I stirred a pot of spaghetti with one hand and a pot […]