Saturday, November 30, 2013

Turkey & Butternut Squash Stew

Thanksgiving has come and gone, but I'm sure you still have a bunch of left over turkey sitting in your fridge. I always grew up having wild rice and turkey soup after thanksgiving, but I felt like something a little different. This stew has quinoa, butternut squash and your leftover turkey. Feel free to use chicken which is how the recipe originally was on Cookin Canuck.


One of mine and Dan's favorite places to go in Phoenix is Postino Wine Cafe. They of course have amazing wine, but they also have amazing bruschetta. Unfortunately, it's about 20-30 minutes from our house.  So we decided create it at home. We made just a few of our favorite combinations, but see Postino's menu for more ideas. 

Macaroni and Cheese

Homemade Mac and Cheese...yummy! This recipe is from my best friend Whitney's grandmother Pauline. It's simple, but delicious. It only calls for cheese, milk, pasta and butter  I've even left out the butter a few times and it's still delicious. 

Breakfast Burritos

Who doesn't love a good breakfast burrito?  But who actually wants to make them often? Not me! I set aside one weekend morning and made a bunch of breakfast burritos to freeze. It doesn't take that much longer to make one or twelve once you have all the ingredients prepared. Hope you enjoy!

Cranberry and Brie Puff Pastries

Want a fast, easy and delicious appetizer? You and your friends will gobble these up within seconds.  They're so yummy and look like you slaved away in the kitchen all day. This dish can really be taken in so many different directions. I have for you today cranberry and brie puff pastries. 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Parmesan Crusted Pork

I am usually all about the oven. I love to bake and I feel that I am much better using the oven than the stove top. Dan, on the other hand, is a master on the stove top, especially when it comes to meat. He doesn't cook the most healthy dishes, but they are always mouth watering delicious! Today he made for me parmesan crusted pork tenderloin.

Smashed Baked Potatoes

Who doesn't love a good baked potato? Now what about a teeny tiny adorable loaded baked potato? I've made smashed potatoes before, but I decided to take it to the next level...add bacon. Bacon as you know is scientifically proven to make ANYTHING taste better. Okay, that's not entirely accurate, but let's just go with it.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Pannkakor (Swedish Pancakes)

I woke up yesterday morning craving Swedish pancakes so badly. The only problem was I didn't have a recipe for them and I didn't trust the recipes online from non Swedish websites. So I went straight to the source! I texted one of my best friends who lives in Sweden and she sent me her great grandmother's recipe for pannkakor (Swedish pancakes) and told me she'd love for me to put it on my blog. They were so simple and so delicious!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Lemon Cookies

I have made these cookies so many times. I just can't seem to get enough. My all time favorite food for dessert or just a snack are cookies. These cookies are full of lemon zest and juice. They are sweet and tangy and very chewy. I have tried these without the lemon as a regular sugar cookie, very delicious. I have really been wanting to try this recipe with lavender instead of lemon. Sounds good.

Yeast Rolls

A few weeks ago my friends were moving and let us raid their fridge. One of the things we ended up with was yeast. To be honest, I have never used yeast before. The only bread I've ever made was beer bread and anything else bread-like was usually made with Bisquick. I decided to grab that yeast and give it a shot. I made tonight some chewy, soft, yeast rolls. If I can do it...anyone can!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Broccoli "Pasta"

Ever crave pasta, but without the "pasta"? Here's an easier take on a pasta substitute without using spaghetti squash.  All you need is shredded broccoli (also known as broccoli slaw) and your favorite sauce and toppings. You can take this dish in so many different directions. Use a tomato sauce and ground meat. Use pesto and chopped chicken.Use a white wine sauce and seafood. Today, I used sesame seeds, almonds and an Asian chili sauce. You can easily add a meat to this, I just didn't have any on hand at the moment.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Taco Soup

Who doesn't love a delicious, healthy, fast and easy dinner? I know I do! Now if only I could get Dan to eat this. Oh well, more for me and my freezer! You can whip this soup up in a half hour start to finish. Just like with any recipe, substitute ingredients to your preference. I chose to do a ground turkey taco soup, this can easily be substituted for chicken, ground beef, tofu or just the beans. Make it your own!

Tiramisu Cookies

I just got back from a vacation with my mom in New Orleans. We experienced the most delicious food while there for the week. Plenty of crab, shrimp, gumbo, jambalaya, calamari and alligator. Our favorite dish was alligator cheesecake at a little restaurant called Jacques-Imo's. I wish that was the recipe I was sharing with you today, but instead it's a recipe my mom told me...Tiramisu Cookies.