Ricotta Fig Toast

Trader Joe’s was sampling the most beautiful figs the other day, I just had to buy a package. I figured I’d buy them and figure out what to do with them once I got home. My friend, Azita, was the first person to introduce me to fresh figs. When she first asked me to try…

Smashed Garlic, Sun-Dried Tomato and Anchovy Mostaccioli

I was a bit perplexed as to what to make for dinner tonight. Dennis was going to be at his men’s softball game (the Fast & Furious has their first game for the fall season tonight. They’ll be playing The Motrin Men, what fun!). Kylie has been babysitting all week so she hasn’t been home…

Rustic Peach Tart

I had a few peaches in my refrigerator and several packages of puff pastry in the freezer. I went crazy this winter and bought puff pastry like it was going out of style, just so I’d have it on hand in case I wanted to experiment and make something. Today was the day, so I…

Asian Chicken Tacos

Dennis and I were out running errands and enjoying a nice Saturday a couple weeks ago. and we decided to stop at Pei Wei for a quick lunch. Dennis chose to try a new menu item of theirs, Teriyaki Steak Tacos. These tacos also come in Korean Barbecue Chicken Tacos and Sweet Chili Shrimp Tacos….

Jalapeño and Cheese Stuffed Hot Dog in a Crescent Roll

This recipe is so easy it doesn’t even require a recipe. Plus, it’s something your kids can throw together on their own for lunch on the weekend, or for an after-school snack. It’s almost that time of year again, back to school. This lunch takes me right back to the 70’s … when I was…

Sophisticated BLT

Tonight, we wanted a quick and light dinner. I chose to make BLT’s, but wanted to fancy them up a bit. I made a spread for my BLT that would be more than just mayo. I mixed a couple tablespoons reduced fat mayonnaise with 1 tablespoon dijon mustard, minced garlic, kosher salt, pepper, and Italian…

19 Crimes Chardonnay

I’ve been seeing this wine lately at Trader Joe’s and fell in love with the label on the bottle. I was actually looking at one of the reds by 19 Crimes when I discovered this Chardonnay this morning. I was at our local bagel shop, as I am almost every morning, when I noticed a…

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Tomorrow is my husband, Dennis’ birthday. Dennis loves nothing more than peanut butter. I had several bananas that I needed to use for a banana bread and was trying to figure out how I could make a peanut butter banana bread. This is when I remembered a cookbook my mother-in-law, JoAnne, gave me many years…

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

A couple weeks ago, we were with Kylie at her freshman orientation for college. They sent the kids one way, and the parents another. We each had our activities for the day. As Dennis and I were walking back from the campus tour, we saw a friend of ours, Kris. Kris was with her husband,…

Pesto Chicken

This pesto had such great color. It looked so fresh, which also made it look so healthy to me as well. I made a batch of pesto to pour over chicken for tonight’s dinner. I made my pesto using 3-1/2 cups of fresh basil, 1 entire head of garlic, 3/4 cup of walnuts, grated parmesan,…

Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes with Shaved Parmesan and Bread Crumb Topping

I couldn’t resist these beautiful heirloom tomatoes at the market yesterday. I buy mini heirloom tomatoes every week at Trader Joe’s. Yesterday, while I was doing my shopping at Sprout’s, I walked past these beautiful tomatoes and immediately turned back and grabbed four. I knew there was something I could use them for and I…