Apple Upside Down Cake: All-American Classic

Farmers markets and grocery stores are starting to display a wider variety of apples for sale. Apples are so versatile and easy to cook with - they're truly a fruit staple for any kitchen. To celebrate this all-American fruit, I'm sharing a recipe for Apple Upside Down Cake. I used Jazzy apples for this recipe, but you can use any apple that's good for baking - such as Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Braeburn, Gala, Granny Smith, … [Read more...]

Mushroom Asparagus Fontina Quiche Recipe

Sometimes being a vegetarian can be a challenge. The smell of a roast in the oven still makes my mouth water ... but I don't eat it.  People ask me if I ever miss eating meat and while it doesn't happen often, every now and again I just want to sink my teeth into a big juicy burger. I haven't eaten meat for 3 years now and when I crave it, I reach for mushrooms. Yes, mushrooms. They have a rich flavor that satisfies my taste for meat. So I was … [Read more...]

How to Freeze Sweet Corn

Driving down the country roads in Illinois, you'll see plenty of roadside farm stands selling sweet corn. In the summer you can smell the scent of corn fields from blocks away. If the wind is blowing just right, I can smell the corn fields from our house. To savor the sweetness all year long, simply freeze sweet corn and come January, you'll be glad you did!   My grandmother used to freeze sweet corn all the time. I always looked forward … [Read more...]

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan: Even Fish Haters Might Love It!

Do you enjoy a good Friday night fish fry? I'm a vegetarian but I do eat fish on occasion for its health benefits. Although I love fish, I don't like it fried, so this Broiled Tilapia Parmesan recipe is perfect for me!   Broiled fish is one of the healthiest sources of protein you can eat. Fish is low in fat and packed with healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential nutrients to keep your brain and heart healthy. If you're not a … [Read more...]

Lemon Brioche French Toast with Berries

Step into the grocery store these days and the first thing you see are all the berries! Blueberries, blackberries (my favorite), and raspberries are just waiting to be enjoyed. Here's a light and wonderful Lemon Brioche French Toast with Berries recipe I think you'll enjoy!   While most French Toast casseroles tend to be rustic and filling, this one is lighter and refreshing. The lemon zest gives it a wonderful flavor without being … [Read more...]

Mission Fig and Walnut Salad with Manchego Cheese

Eating a healthy salad is a surefire way to make you feel better about yourself. Not only is it physically good for you, but it's psychologically beneficial as well. Today's Fig and Walnut Salad provides oodles of nutritional benefits.    Red and green leaf lettuce pairs together to create the base for this tasty salad. Add figs for sweetness, walnuts for protein, and cheese for flavor - and you have a salad that's perfect for lunch or … [Read more...]

Best Ever Vintage Potato Salad Recipe

Summertime is potato salad time! I love the stuff but at the same time I'm pretty picky about how it's made. Always on the hunt for a better recipe, I've found the best ever vintage potato salad recipe!   My grandmother made the best potato salad I ever remember eating. She had one of those retro dining tables from the 1950's in the center of her kitchen. I'd sit there and play cards or color while she cooked up a storm. Pork chops … [Read more...]

Good Ol’ Simple Corn Fritters

Certain foods arouse distinct and comforting memories, and for me, one of those foods is good ol' heartwarming corn fritters!   When I was a kid we sometimes ate Sunday dinners at White Fence Farm in Joliet. We'd make the hour-long trek after church knowing the food would satiate the seven growling stomachs packed into the family station wagon. The Southern style restaurant served platters of fried chicken served family style. Side … [Read more...]

Cappellini with Tomato Cold Sauce

Enjoy a super easy and extremely flavorful dinner when you make Cappellini with Tomato Cold Sauce. This recipe is perfect for busy weeknights as well as serving to guests on the weekend.   About a year ago I tried a hot pasta with cold sauce dish at a favorite Italian restaurant. I haven't been able to forget about it and decided to find a recipe to replicate the amazing tomato and basil flavor. Cappellini with Tomato Cold Sauce is … [Read more...]

Mango Banana Smoothie with Lemon

Welcome to summer breezes, homegrown vegetables, and frosty fruit drinks! You'll love this easy and refreshing mango banana smoothie that whips up in a matter of minutes.   This sunny yellow smoothie features the tropical flavors of mango and banana, with a bit of citrus-y lemon goodness mixed in. It also incorporates a bit of healthy rolled oats, honey, and chia seeds.     I found the recipe for a mango banana … [Read more...]

Blackberry Lemon Muffins

Blackberry Lemon Muffins combine the fruity goodness of blackberries with the citrus-y appeal of lemons. The combination of flavors makes for a delightful muffin that's perfect for breakfast or snacking.   Today I'm joining several other bloggers to bring you a collection of seasonal summer recipes! A special thank you to Krista at The Happy Housie for organizing today's delectable event. I've been working on a Blackberry Lemon muffin … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Recipes and Turkey Day Tips

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving!  Are you ready?  If you'd like to try some new Thanksgiving recipes this year or are in desperate need of a few tips to get you through the crazy days of cooking and baking, look no further!  I've rounded up some tasty recipes for you and at the end of the post I have a couple of infographics to help alleviate the stress of the holiday and allow you to enjoy your time with loved ones. When I host Thanksgiving, or any … [Read more...]

Roasted Carrot and Fennel Soup

To make guests feel special at your Thanksgiving meal, offer a beautiful bowl of Roasted Carrot and Fennel Soup. The complex flavor and rich color make this soup an impressive start to any meal. Sweet carrots are balanced by fennel to bring you a unique starting course. You'll be amazed how easy it is to make!   I love making vegetable soups, especially creamy ones with amazing color. To start a big meal like Thanksgiving, you only need … [Read more...]

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