During our first "oh so meeting" in the beginning days of the blog - a friend who used to blog with us, Anna, brought over her beef bourguignon to photograph and later share on the blog. I remember loving that recipe when we all took a bite. When Holland House® asked if we wanted to try some of their cooking wines, I knew this recipe would be the perfect fit. I've made a few tweaks to Anna's original recipe, but this hearty beef stew is a classic. Family Tradition She told a story of when . . .
Creamy tomato basil soup with a melty grilled cheese sandwich has got to be on pretty much everyone's top 10 favorites list. This creamy tomato soup is full of veggies (which no one will know!) with little cream and a little cheese to smooth it all out and balance out the tomatoes. Most recipes call for canned tomatoes- which is why I LOVE this recipes. It is ALL FRESH! How to make Creamy Tomato Soup Everyone knows what a roux is right? So lets move on to another base basic in . . .
Have you ever heard of Apricot Chicken?! It's amazing and you are going to want to give it a try. A few Sunday's ago I entertained my in-laws for dinner. It's always nice to have company over and give the nice dinnerware some use! I served this apricot chicken with veggies, fresh fruit and a few other small sides. The dinner turned out great. I doubled the recipe and cooked about 4 cups of rice. We had 6 adults and 4 children eating with plenty to go around. If we would have wanted seconds- . . .
I just love warm cidery drinks like this cranberry spiced cider. They don't leave me as heavy and caloried down like I feel after a cup of hot chocolate (don't get me wrong there are many times when a frothy hot cocoa is calling my name too), I just feel warmed and refreshed. It's even better when a blanket and or book (or my favorite TV show hehe ) is involved. My cute friend, who also gave me this cranberry salsa recipe to share, made this Cranberry Cider for a church event last . . .
When I was in college I was introduced to buffalo sauce at a local San Diego restaurant called Wings n Things. I have never looked back. We dined in this restaurant almost weekly on Wed - Wings Wednesday. And to this day when I visit San Diego I HAVE to eat at Wings n Things. I think many of my college friends feel the same way. I even have a friend who has her husband bring her a meal back in a cooler when he is in San Diego on business. That is where my love of all things buffalo . . .
You heard of those everything-but-the-kitchen-sink whatevers with such-and-such? Yeah that's what this vegetable soup is. Healthy, easy, cleans out your fridge and stops food waste. High five, friends! I make this soup a lot during the winter months, especially between those indulgent holiday meals. Sometimes I do chicken, sausage, I throw whatever produce is going bad in there, vary the spices, it's really so forgiving! You can crock pot it all day or simmer it on the stove for about 30 . . .
Growing up my mom would always make this dish with leftover roast. I enjoyed this leftover meal waaayyyy more than I enjoyed the roast. I was thinking about this beef noodle dish because my mom whipped it up with roast leftovers after I had my baby. If you love a Sunday pot roast then this recipe is PERFECT for those leftovers. But - I took the plunge and cooked a roast JUST for this dish. I cut the roast in half after it was cooked and saved the other half for another meal. But back to . . .
You know a recipe is good when...your husband ask's for thirds. Your children eat all their food...by themselves. The left overs are gone the next day, and it's a hand-me-down. And a hand-me-down of a hand-me-down. All of that happened to be this lovely crockpot tomatillo chicken recipe. Combine everything in the crockpot except sour cream. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. When done shred chicken and add sour cream. This is a hard recipe to mess up. Feel free to add . . .
I've been making this soup for a couple years now, and every time I do, I can't get over how easy and how delicious it is. I know those terms are used quite loosely in the foodie world, but this is pretty dang foolproof, takes 5 minutes to throw in the crock pot, and the flavors are incredible. Start With Salsa Verde Start with a great salsa verde (Trader Joe's for the win, but any will do) and that does most of the work for you with it's tangy tomatillo, savory garlic, and yummy onion and . . .
If you are looking for an incredibly fast and simple dinner.. this is it. With a little bit of a Mexican flare and sweet pineapple, it's a family friendly dinner. I've loved this weeks freezer meal series because it has challenged me to think of dinners that revolved around being fast, simple, and preparing in bulk. I'll be the first to admit I'm not very frugal when it comes to food. I like nice cuts of meat, expensive cheese and plenty of fresh produce. So cooking in this manner is a little . . .