Gingerbread Crinkles (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Cookies)

Gingerbread dough finds a tasty form in these crinkle cookies, rolled in coarse sugar prior to baking. Long time readers will remember the Gingerbread Cookies that got away. Since my mom’s Gingerbread recipe has rarely worked for me,  I decided to redeem it a bit. I made a few changes and baked up a test […]

Homemade Chocolate Cream Pie (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Pies)

Make your own Chocolate Cream Pie from scratch! OK, who’s ready for dessert? I am a big believer in homemade pies. They are not terribly difficult and they taste SO much better than store bought. Don’t even stop in the grocery store bakery when you can make one of these babies at home. On Good […]

Really Homemade Green Bean Casserole (URS: Holiday Side Dishes)

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 […]

Really Homemade Seven Layer Dip (URS: Appetizers)

Thanksgiving is coming! A peek at the grocery fliers tells me it’s true. I love Thanksgiving. It just might be my favorite holiday. Remember, I’m just here for the food. Last year I caused quite a stir with some of you when I suggested omitting the turkey from our Thanksgiving celebration. Well, I’ve been musing […]

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

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 […]

Ultimate Recipe Swap: 30 Minute Meals

The past two months have definitely given me a run for my money when it comes to quick-fix suppers. I have to fight hard the temptation to run to Chipotle for burritos instead of just throwing something together quickly. This list of quick fix suppers and this list of dinners from “nothing” have helped me […]

Easy Weeknight Dinners (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

It’s important to have a list of easy meals to draw from on busy weeknights. Looking for something easy to fix during a busy weeknight? I hear ya. Between our weekly date night, hockey game night, and two nights of hockey practice, our weeknights are pretty full. Easy is the name of the dinnertime game. […]

Vegetable – Beef Minestrone Soup (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Soups)

Minestrone soup, chock full of veggies, beans, pasta, and beef will really hit the spot on the next cool night. We’ve had a few chilly nights this past month, but fall hasn’t really hit San Diego yet. Our locale just doesn’t know the seasons. Summer goes from July to October; Fall lasts from November to […]