Spaghetti Squash (or Not) Vegetarian (or Not) Casserole

So - in an effort to eat more healthfully I was inclined to buy some spaghetti squash at Costco.  It may have been sort of an impulse buy - I had never seen spaghetti squash at Costco before and they were super inexpensive.  So then I had 2 huge spaghetti squash and I needed to figure out what to do with them. I was not having an extra creative day so I decided on faux spaghetti and meatless sauce (since I also bought a jumbo sized package of meatless Italian “sausage” at Costco a while … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday – Huevos Rancheros with a Quinoa Twist

As part of my quest to improve my health and  lose some weight I've been trying to cook more and eat out less.  I also am trying to eat more vegetarian meals and less red meat.  In order to do this, I have been reviewing cook books and recipes for inspiration for new dishes. I recently came up with this recipe which is a take on Huevos Rancheros.  We had it for a couple of dinners and lunch (since we are only 2 people and it serves 6) but would also make a tasty breakfast or brunch.  It was … [Read more...]

Golden Squash Bisque + 1 = Yum

Have you ever found yourself with three squash and no idea where they came from?  I must not be the only one this happens to.  It happened recently and I wanted to use them before they went bad - they were to pretty not to use.  I decided to make a squash bisque.  It turned out quite nice.  I decided to serve it with cinnamon and salt spiced edamame and egg sandwiches.  It was a  cozy, warm meal on a cool winter evening. Golden Squash Bisque Serves 4 1 Butternut Squash 1 Acorn … [Read more...]

Family Traditions and a Recipe

  If you don't have some family traditions that you keep going year after year you need to get busy and develop a few! My family started a tradition of baking and candy making at Christmastime about 15 years ago. Since we subscribe to the "go big or go home" mentality, our baking and candy making consists of 3 days and results in well over 100 pounds of candy and cookies. This year we used over 45 pounds of chocolate and at least 25 pounds of nuts. We work on it for about 12-16 hours each … [Read more...]

Let’s Make Pie!

A couple of weeks ago we had a pie baking contest at work.  I was a bit apprehensive about entering a pie baking contest since I don't often bake pies. Two of my friends were organizing the contest and I wanted to be supportive sooooo I entered the contest.  I bought a book and searched Pinterest for the perfect pie recipe. I found several pies that I thought I wanted to try - Cheddar-Crust Apple Pie; Pear-Raspberry Pie; Pumpkin Chocolate Tart; Pear, Fig and Walnut Pie, Key Lime - so many … [Read more...]

New To Me – I Like!

I  recently was sent a couple of products to try out and found that I liked them quite a lot. Coffee-mate sent a bottle of each of their Girl Scout Cookie™inspired creamers to try. They happen to be two of my favorite flavor profiles - Thin Mints® and Caramel & Coconut. They were both delicious, but I am a big fan of Thin Mints® so that flavor was my favorite. My husband preferred the Caramel & Coconut. They made my morning coffee even better than usual. The price point for a 16 oz … [Read more...]

30 Day Challenge – 30 + 1 Days of Tricks and Treats

Did I mention that I love Halloween?  I love everything about it.  The decorations, haunted houses, costumes, candy, trick or treating - what's not to love?  I wanted this month's challenge to be in the spirit of Halloween so I am doing 30 + 1 days of tricks and treats.  I am soooo excited about this challenge. Some of the tricks and treats may be annonmous and others will not.  I am not applying many rules to this challenge - just that I spend the month passing along tricks and treats to … [Read more...]

Tastes Like Autumn – Pumpkin Soup!

Did I mention that I love pumpkin?  It's a bonus that pumpkin is a nutritional powerhouse.  It is packed with vitamin A, has a fair amout of fiber, is a good source of beta carotene, has more potassium than bananas and is a good source of vitamin C. Since summer is oficially over and fall has begun, I celebrated by making a pot of pumpkin soup!  It is really easy to make and tasty too. The oats make it thick and creamy without the cream.  It is savory with a slightly sweet finish and is … [Read more...]

Vanilla Cinnamon Marscarpone Gelato – A New Summer Favorite!

I love ice cream - LOVE IT.  A few years ago, my mother bought me the ice cream maker attachment for my Kitchenaide mixer. I have not used it much and I was determined to find some ice cream recipes this summer and try to lighten them up. I thought that the 4th of July might be a good time to try a recipe out.  Who better to make gastronomic guinea pigs than your own family - right?  I previously tried to make a low fat version of a mint chip ice cream from a mix - not so good.  I pulled out … [Read more...]

Sweet and Spicy Southwest Salad

I went shopping last week and planned to prepare meals for the week, but the weekend took a strange turn which caused me to have to go into work leaving me no time to cook.  Today I took stock of what I had in the refrigerator and pantry from last week. I went about cooking for the week ahead.  This week I was not interrupted and ended up with several meals prepared for the week. Tonight we had tacos and the salad I made up using ingredients that I had on hand.  It was quite tasty.  I hope … [Read more...]