Homemade Cranberry Sauce

white bowl of cranberry sauce garnished with orange zest

Dinner | November 12, 2019 | By

Homemade Cranberry Sauce ~ quick and easy to make. Loaded with fresh cranberries and citrus flavor. 1000 times better than the canned stuff.

The onset of Thanksgiving brings the ‘discussion’ of cranberry sauce in our house. My husband likes the stuff in the can that comes out jelly-like with the can’s indentations intact.

I prefer what you’re seeing here.  Homemade Cranberry Sauce made with fresh cranberries, infused with bright citrus flavor  and apples plus pistachios for a little texture.

Tangy-sweet it’s absolutely mouthwatering. The one in the can from my husband’s childhood and the stuff he pledges his allegiance to doesn’t begin to compare.


Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup

bowl of crockpot chicken enchilada soup top topped with fritos, sour cream and lime wedge

Dinner | November 9, 2019 | By

Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup ~ assembles easily in 5 minutes. Loaded with bold flavor, chunks of chicken and lots of creamy, melted cheese. Better than the restaurant version. Load it up with your favorite toppings!

We love enchiladas and order they pretty routinely in Mexican restaurants, though we’re a house divided on beef vs chicken. Since I’m doing the heavy lifting today, you can see who won. Full blown enchiladas are labor intensive. A good weekend dinner – yes but for quick weeknights, there are better options.

Creamy Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup has all the flavors of Chicken Enchiladas but you can have it prepped and ready for slow cooking in just 5 minutes. When it’s finished cooking, just shred the chicken and blend in the cheeses.

Spicy, creamy, cheesy and as easy to make as any restaurant version, but better. Way, way better.


City Chicken

pork skewers on a white platter with gravy on top

Dinner | November 5, 2019 | By

City Chicken ~ cubes of pork skewered, breaded and baked until tender. Serve with mashed potatoes and gravy. This recipe is old fashioned, Midwest comfort at its finest.

We met my brother-in-law and sister-in-law a few weeks ago for dinner at a local Polish restaurant. My brother-in-law ordered City Chicken and gave us each a taste. It was really good: mouth-watering, food envy good.

It dawned on me I hadn’t made it in a long time and with cooler temps here and the holidays coming, it’s the ideal recipe to share with family.


Cucumber Dill Salmon

salmon filet topped with cucumber dill sauce + brussels sprouts

Dinner | October 17, 2019 | By

Cucumber Dill Salmon ~ pan seared salmon topped with a creamy cucumber dill suace. Light, easy, healthy weeknight dinner ready in just 20 minutes. 

Repost: recipe remains the same. 

With the holiday season coming, I really try to eat a little lighter before the onset of all the goodies. Emphasis: try.

That means incorporating recipes like this Cucumber Dill Salmon. Pan seared salmon, topped with a tangy, creamy cucumber dill sauce made all in the same skillet. 

Light, easy 20 minute healthy weeknight dinner so elegant you can easily entertain with it.

A few ingredients come together to form the cucumber dill sauce ~ sour cream, heavy cream and mayonnaise are not among them. 


Honey Balsamic Pork Tenderloin

sliced pork roast with honey balsamic glaze

Dinner | October 11, 2019 | By

Honey Balsamic Pork Tenderloin recipe ~ just 20 minutes to juicy flavor-loaded sweet-tangy glazed pork made all in one pan. A delicious, easy, any-night gourmet meal.

Ever wonder what you can do in 20 minutes? I’ve wasted well more than 20 minutes surfing the internet but I’m talking doing something constructive.

How about making this Honey Balsamic Pork Tenderloin in just 20 minutes? Seriously. This delicious, glazed pork goes stove to table in less time than you get have a pizza delivered but with more flavor. Way more flavor.

The simple marinade doubles as the glaze: tangy balsamic vinegar, honey and berry jam with a dash of sriracha for a sweet heat glaze you can get enough of. 

20 minutes . . . one pan.

Isn’t that a recipe we can all get behind?


Air Fryer Salmon

black plate with teriyaki salmon, slaw and pineapple cubes.

Dinner | October 4, 2019 | By

Air Fryer Salmon – perfect flaky salmon in 10 minutes. Juicy inside, lightly crispy outside plus a homemade teriyaki glaze. This easy, healthy recipe is loaded with flavor and ideal any night of the week.

I don’t have many kitchen gadgets but I’ve become a huge fan of the air fryer for a few reasons.

  1. This small kitchen appliance cooks food quickly.
  2. It crisps food using almost no oil for guiltfree fried food.
  3. The air fryer is a healthy cooking option with less calories.
  4. Cleanup is easy.

But the latest and may most important reason is that it makes the most delicious salmon. Ever. 


Slow Cooker Chicken Parm Soup

Bowl of Slow cooker Chicken Parm Soup topped with crispy breadcrumbs served with butter garlic knots

Dinner, Soup | September 29, 2019 | By

Slow Cooker Chicken Parm Soup ~ juicy chicken, tender pasta and flavor-packed cheesy tomato broth topped with crispy parmesan breadcrumbs.

Some of the best recipe ideas come when I’m hungry or in need of a trip to the grocery store. In this case, I was both.

A quick fridge and pantry forage revealed I still had the 3-cheese ravioli I had planned to use for Air Fryer Ravioli as well as a jar of marinara, some chicken stock and a few other ingredients. 

Soup is one of my favorite things to make. It’s delicious, comforting, easily adaptable with the ingredients already on hand and practically goof-proof. So I loaded a few items into the slow cooker and sat back while it did its magic.


Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Dinner | September 26, 2019 | By

Slow Cooker Pot Roast ~ tender, juicy beef chuck roast, potatoes and carrots plus a rich 5-star gravy. An easy, delicious fall or winter comfort meal.

When the seasons change, so does our menu. Grilled burgers are replaced with comfort meals like Baked Mostaccioli and this Slow Cooker Pot Roast. 

There are two cooking options below: slower cooker and slow roasted in the oven. Either way it’s fuzzy slippers, football game on, Sunday fare. The comfort food of your dreams.


Air Fryer Fried Pickles

Air Fryer Fried Pickles ~ how to make fried pickles in an air fryer. Crunchy, crispy breaded dill pickles air fried and served with a creamy, spicy sauce.

Dinner | September 23, 2019 | By

Air Fryer Fried Pickles ~ Crunchy dill pickle chips with crispy breading air fried and served up with a creamy, spicy sauce.

Last week I ran a poll on Instagram and Facebook because for the life of me I couldn’t decide between making these Air Fryer Fried Pickles with a spicy dipping sauce or Air Fryer Ravioli with Marinara. I know ~ big decisions, right? It was close, but the Pickles won.

You may have already tried deep fried pickles in a restaurant but wondered if you could make air fryer dill pickle chips at home. Wonder no more.

These dill pickles are breaded then air fried using just a light spritz of cooking spray. The result is crispy, breaded tangy dill pickles served up with a creamy spicy sauce. It’s a delicious flavor explosion you can’t get enough of. 


Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

How to make Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese with tender chicken in a creamy, spicy 3 cheese Buffalo sauce + bacon and blue cheese.

Dinner | September 12, 2019 | By

Easy, creamy, spicy Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese recipe ~ lightly seasoned with ranch, blended with 3 kinds of cheese for maximum creaminess and cooks all in one pot.

Buffalo chicken, meet macaroni and cheese. It really is a match made in heaven. This is one recipe my kids both love. The last time I made it when they were over, one daughter stood at the stove and ate it right out of the pot with barely a breath between bites.

The other has been “encouraging” me to make it again but only a weekend so she can come by and have some, too. I can’t argue with that logic.

Bottom line, if you love classic spicy buffalo wings and creamy mac and cheese, this is your recipe. But don’t wait for someone to make it for you ~ learn how to make Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese yourself. Cheesy, creamy and spicy.  A must for mac lovers.