Southwest Pasta Salad

Liven up your next pasta dinner with this Southwest Pasta Salad. It’s got all the fun south-of-the-border flavors with the ease of a noodle salad. If you make a pasta salad with rice noodles… …you’re gonna want some beans to go with. And if you’ve got beans and rice together, well, naturally you need to […]

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes for the freezer is a great recipe to save time, money, and kitchen clean-up. Stir up a few batches for comfort food in the bank! Mashed potatoes are one of life’s ultimate comfort foods. There’s nothing like creamy, smooth mashed potatoes alongside a roast chicken and vegetable dinner. Although, truth be told, […]

Really Homemade Green Bean Casserole

Can the canned cream soups. Make a homemade green bean casserole from scratch! It’s tastier; it’s healthier; it’s so much better than the fake food version. In years past, I’ve always been stunned to look into my holiday grocery shopping cart. While I try to feed my kids mostly real food the rest of the […]

Mini Meatloaves for the Comfort Food Win

Talk about quick and cheap eats! Mini meatloaves full of flavor pair with made-from-scratch mac and cheese for filling comfort food that won’t disappoint. Creating a dinner for four under $10 is not rocket science. Anyone who shops the sales and coupons can probably pull it off easily. However, creating a fully-homemade-from-scratch dinner for less than […]

Jalapeno Popper Potatoes

What happens when you combine Jalapeno Poppers with Potato Skins? You get these amazingly good Jalapeno Popper Potatoes, the perfect side dish for any occasion. Jalapeno Poppers and Potato Skins are probably two of my favorite appetizers. I don’t have them often. I wouldn’t be able to stop eating them. They are so good, aren’t they? […]

Grilled Vegetable Kabobs – Easy on the Summer Cook

Cook even your side dishes out of doors this summer with these tasty, quick-and-easy Grilled Vegetable Kabobs. Summer hasn’t quite arrived in San Diego. But, I know it will. And when it does. Well, I won’t be able to stand the heat in the kitchen. I well remember one summer night when I stirred a pot […]

Loaded Potato Salad with Greek Yogurt, Bacon & Cheddar

Summertime and its regular picnics and cookouts are just around the corner. Be sure to include a batch of this Loaded Potato Salad! One of my summertime resolutions is to include one picnic meal in our weekly meal plan. I know, big dreams. But, we have so many beautiful parks and beaches nearby, it’s a shame not […]

Stovetop Mac and Cheese – No Need for a Box!

Ditch the boxed mac and cheese, you can make your own tastier and better version at home. Use this Stovetop Mac and Cheese and free yourself from mixes! Stovetop Mac and Cheese with Mini Meatloaves I grew up on mac and cheese from a box. And quite frankly, I still love it. About once a […]