Mexican Rice

mexican rice LAM

Mexican rice is a delicious and easy side dish to accompany tacos, fill burritos, or otherwise enhance your Mexican style meal. This dish is perfect for your Cinco de Mayo Dinner! Mexican food is a cuisine near and dear to my heart. Growing up in Southern California, my family loved, loved, LOVED to visit Downtown […]

Easiest Mac and Cheese Recipe

Easiest Mac and Cheese Life as Mom

This is the easiest mac and cheese you’ll ever make. Seriously. I think it rivals the box in both taste and simplicity. Food is a great comforter. There is just something about the connection between our taste buds and our brain that can do wonders. I don’t pretend to understand it, but the right foods […]

Really Homemade Green Bean Casserole

truly homemade green bean casserole

Can the canned cream soups. Make green bean casserole from scratch! This year I decided to take classic Thanksgiving favorites and remove the processed food from them. Last year I took that famous Pretzel Berry Salad/Jell-O dish and healthified it. The result was Raspberry Cream Cups. It mirrors the flavor of the pretzel-berry-jello dessert of […]

Mini Meatloaves and Stovetop Mac & Cheese (URS: Dinners for $10 or Less)

mini meatloaf and mac

Talk about quick and cheap eats! This meal features mini meatloaves full of flavor as well as a made-from-scratch mac and cheese. Filling comfort food that won’t disappoint, all for less than $10. Creating a dinner for four under $10 is not rocket science. Anyone who shops the sales and coupons can probably pull it […]

Cajun Spiced Cauliflower (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Spring Produce)

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Spice up your life — and your cauliflower with Cajun-inspired spices. Even though it took hours of preparation and only minutes to eat, I must say that this year’s Easter dinner was pretty fab. Honeybaked Ham (recipe created on the fly), Tastiest Scalloped Potatoes, Asparagus, and Cajun Spiced Cauliflower were on display. And it was […]

Easy Greens Tart with Feta Cheese

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Leftover greens combine with a buttery crust and a filling enhanced by eggs, cream, and feta cheese, to create a delicious easy greens tart. This week on URS we’re talking dairy products. And how timely. I’m currently reading The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love, next month’s Booking It selection. I’ve been […]

Cheddar and Leek Potato Bake (URS: Potato Recipes)

Cheddar and Leek Potato Bake

Potatoes and cheddar cheese partner with sauteed leeks for a rich and satisfying side dish or meatless entree. We are big potato fans around here. French fries, potato salad, mashed potatoes. A certain 7-year old hasn’t quite made up his mind about potatoes, but the rest of us love them. I’m happy to eat potatoes […]

Raclette (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Cheese)

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Head’s up! If you make a purchase through the Amazon links in this post, I do receive a small percentage of the sale. Years ago, almost twenty to be exact, I was une jeune fille americaine living in France. I left the States speaking horrific French, but not caring. It had been a lifelong dream […]