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…

Parmesan Popcorn with Rosemary Butter

It’s Saturday night, which equals movie night at our house. We love going to the theater to watch movies and as well as watching them at home. Dennis and I have enjoyed going to the movies since we started dating. For our first date, we went to see Friday the 13th, Part 3 in 3D….

Summer Farm Stand Salad

My dear friend is hosting a pool party this afternoon. She wanted to bring everyone together before our kids start heading off to college in the next few weeks. Some of us have known each other since our kids were in kindergarten. It’s so hard to believe that they will be starting college in the…

Lasagne

Last night I made a lasagne for dinner. I used a spice in my lasagne that I purchased a bit ago at a spice shop in Encinitas called The Spice Way. I walked into the shop with my husband, Dennis, one day and loved looking at all the different spices they had to offer. There…

Pancetta Pork Roast

Have you ever had something cooking in your house that smelled so good, your mouth was just watering in anticipation of eating the fabulous meal you were preparing? That’s what happened yesterday for me. My sweet friend, JoAnne, was coming for dinner. I was looking forward to seeing her and enjoying a meal together with…

Potato, Bacon and Scallion Quesadillas

After spending a few hours at the beach today with Dennis, I wanted to make something somewhat quick and easy for dinner. But, at the same time, I wanted to make a dinner that felt like I put some effort into. I decided on quesadillas. I chose to fill my quesadillas with thinly sliced russet…

Beer and Garlic Grilled Bratwurst with Rigatoni

Summer evenings call for a simple dinner, one that has “summer” written all over it. This week, I wanted to make brats for dinner, but also wanted pasta. So I decided I’d cook my brats in beer, as I always do before grilling them, and also add in a few cloves of garlic into the…

Prosciutto, Crispy Sage, and Pear Pizza

Who doesn’t love pizza for dinner? I think there aren’t many people that don’t enjoy a yummy, cheesy, comforting pizza. I enjoy making pizza at home for a couple reasons. One reason being that I can control the amount of fat and sodium that goes into my pie and the second reason … because it’s…

Chicken, Mango and Black Bean Burritos

Last night, my lovely nieces, Madeline and Olivia were at our house for a sleepover. Maddie and Olivia are also our Goddaughters. Their older sister, Alexis, was at work so was unable to join us for the evening. It was so much fun listening to Kylie, Maddie and Olivia chat and laugh. The sound of…

Chicken Thighs in a Balsamic Mustard Sage Marinade

Last night’s dinner reminded me of a simple, comfort supper that is great for any weeknight, but also works for impressing your guests. I simply sprinkled kosher salt and pepper on chicken thighs and poured over a mixture of olive oil, dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, and dried sage. I let the chicken sit…

Turkey Tacos with Pasilla Pepper Cream Sauce

Tonight’s dinner started with a pasilla pepper. I knew I’d be making ground turkey tacos this week and wanted to make a sauce to spread over the corn tortilla before stacking my taco with the meat, diced onion, chopped tomato, cheese, cilantro and avocado. I started by chopping up half of a pasilla pepper and…