Layered Taco Dip

Layered Taco Dip: WARNING: it's too good to stop eating. Refried beans, spicy Greek yogurt, avocado, cheese, peppers. Just add tortilla chips.

Do you have a signature dish you’re always asked to bring to parties? My sister-in-law has had a few over the years: a Harvey Wallbanger Cake (definitely dating myself), a creamy chocolate layered dessert called Chocolate Olsen, then came her Dill Dip with fresh cut vegetables and her ridiculously delicious Cheesy Potatoes that she gave me the recipe for but mine never turns out as tasty as hers – it’s probably the love she adds to every dish. I don’t really have a signature dish, but anytime my youngest daughter comes over she: (a) is hungry and (b) asks “do you have stuff to make The Dip?”. I know exactly which dip she’s craving. It’s this Layered Taco Dip that made so many times I’ve lost count. The dip we devour it like wild dogs. 

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Grilled Marinated Flank Steak

Dinner | May 22, 2017 | By

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Grilled Marinated Flank Steak: marinated steak grills in under 10 minutes for tender, juicy flavor + tips re: how to slice to guarantee tenderness!

What’s your favorite way to entertain? I love potluck style where everyone brings a dish to share because even though I’m a food blogger and cook a lot, it’s fun to sample other people’s recipes and let’s face it — when we’re asked to bring a dish, we bring our A Game. As the hostess, I supply the main dish and this Grilled Marinated Flank Steak makes an appearance a lot because it’s always tender, juicy and practically bursts with flavor. My guests are assigned appetizers or dessert but I’ve gotta say, I have the easy part. I marinate the flank steak and chop some seasonal vegetables the night before. When it’s time for dinner, grilling magic happens in less than 10 minutes. Seriously. Grilling. Magic. Today I’m not only bringing my A Game, but I’m bringing all the flavor.

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Potato Salad Recipe

Creamy, classic old fashioned (hard boiled egg) Potato Salad Recipe like the kind from your childhood that disappears first at picnics and gatherings.

Side Dish | May 19, 2017 | By

When spring hits we switch menus at our house ~ no more meatloaf, gravies and thick soups for a while ~ now we’re all about grilling and our favorite summer side, this Potato Salad Recipe. It isn’t Memorial Weekend without it and it shows up many times throughout the summer. I’ve made it so many times I could almost do it with my eyes closed (if only it didn’t require the use of a sharp knife).  I’m kind of a potato salad snob and I’ve turned my family into PS snobs, too. It’s not a proud moment that I admit this, but it’s true. This is a classic, old fashioned version ~ nothing fancy ~ but if your grandma made potato said, chances are it tasted a lot like this one and like grandma’s, it’s the first thing to disappear at any gathering.

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Easy Chicken Pad Thai

Easy Chicken Pad Thai: delicious spicy authentic flavor made in 1 pot with simple ingredients. Little chopping, great weeknight or entertaining meal.

Dinner | May 15, 2017 | By

It feels like it’s been raining for 40 days and 40 nights straight. The kind of weather that demands a warm, cozy blanket and comfort food like meatloaf and mushroom gravy or this Easy Chicken Pad Thai ~ rice noodles and tender chicken pieces bathed in a spicy Asian sauce with fresh lime and cilantro along with bean sprouts and garnished with chopped peanuts. Tonight I’m opting for Pad Thai because I have a knack for turning a simple meal like meatloaf into a sink full of pots and pans; something I’m just not in the mood for.  Easy Chicken Pad Thai is cooked completely in just one pot. I already have my sweatpants on; chances are good it’ll be a Netflix night.

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Mini Crab Cake Appetizer

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Mini Crab Cake Appetizer ~ gently golden crisp outside, lumps of tasty crab inside with a little dollop of Horseradish sauce on top.

How do you choose a bottle of wine? A cute label may catch my eye but I’ve gotten zapped on that method because cute doesn’t always translate into the flavor I have in mind. And labels say may where the wine is from, but they don’t describe the flavor. Until now. Notable Wines  launched this spring the first ~ and only ~ wines that highlight their flavor profiles on the front of the bottle so you know what’s inside even before the first sip. I love a good white wine ~ especially going into the summer season so I was anxious to try both the California and Australia varieties. They didn’t disappoint and both paired really well with this Mini Crab Cake Appetizer ~ gently crisp outside, lumps of tasty crabmeat inside with a little dollop of horseradish mayo sauce on top. You might say everything hit just the right note.  

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Best Banana Nut Bread

Best Banana Nut Bread ~ easy, moist, a little nutty and most of all tons of delicious banana flavor. Ideal for breakfast or brunch.

Breakfast | May 6, 2017 | By

I usually buy a bunch of bananas every week from the grocery store to slice in cereal or just for an afternoon pick-me-up, but I’ve been known to buy way more than I know we’ll eat because it gives me a good reason (as if I need one!) to make the Best Banana Nut Bread ~ moist, nutty and loads of banana flavor. I like to think the addition of Greek yogurt makes it kind of a healthy option but any way you slice it with a big mug of hot coffee, it just starts the day off right.

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Salsa Verde Enchiladas

Salsa Verde Enchiladas packed with pork Carnitas OR rotisserie chicken, topped with creamy salsa verde sauce & cheese baked until golden brown.

Dinner | May 2, 2017 | By

Well, I’ve gone and done it. I turned one of my favorite appetizers, Chicken Salsa Verde Dip into an actual meal. I don’t mean an appetizer that I eat as a meal something I *may* or *may not* have done. Salsa Verde Enchiladas are rolled tortillas filled with deliciously seasoned pork Carnitas I made the other day in my slow cooker (don’t you just LOVE a 2 for 1 meal?!) slathered in an easy, creamy sour cream-salsa verde sauce then topped with as much cheese as I feel like because that’s just one of the perks of cooking at home, then baked until they’re all golden and gorgeous with gooey melted cheese and lightly crisp edges. No Carnitas? No problem. Pick up a rotisserie chicken from wherever you shop for a delicious option.

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Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas: juicy, tender pork with brown, flavor-packed edges. Enjoy as tacos, burritos, enchiladas or all by itself.

Dinner | April 27, 2017 | By

Mexican and Italian happen to be two of my favorite cuisines so I’m always eager to tackle a new recipe in either department. Our youngest daughter recently spent a month in Los Angeles, where I’m told you can find some of the best Mexican food other than well, Mexico. She raved about the Carnitas that up until now I had never tried, but I knew this had to change. I wanted an easy, everyday version ~ real food for real people. This Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas checks all the boxes.

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Overnight Breakfast Egg Sausage Casserole

Overnight Breakfast Egg Sausage Casserole: eggs, sausage, 3 kinds of cheese and fresh herbs. Prep the night before for an easy morning.

Breakfast | April 25, 2017 | By

If you read my Overnight French Toast Casserole post, you know I’m a huge fan of the overnight casserole, not only because they’re delicious but because I don’t function well in the morning; just ask my husband. The Overnight Breakfast Egg Sausage Casserole is almost like an extra set of hands in the kitchen because it’s completely prepped the night before and bakes while you’re having your first cup of coffee.   

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Overnight French Toast Casserole

Overnight French Toast Casserole Recipe: cubed brioche soaked in a custardy mix, topped with crumbly praline. Prep the night before, bake the next morning.

Breakfast | April 20, 2017 | By

We had a really fun Easter. All the kids came over for brunch and the weather cooperated for an outdoor Easter egg hunt for the little ones. When you’re a kid, egg hunting is serious business. For adults, food is equally serious. I was talking to a friend the week before Easter about hosting brunch and how I was stumped about what to serve. “Really? It’s so easy! Savory, sweet, mimosas, DONE”, she said as she brushed her hands together. Turns out she was right and this Overnight French Toast Casserole had the sweet category covered.

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