Butternut Squash Curry

My husband acquired this recipe for butternut squash curry many years ago from a local restaurant. Over the years I’ve given it a few tweaks to accommodate my nut allergies and the fact that  the original recipe calls for fenugreek seeds – and most of us don’t typically have those in our kitchens, or have…

Tortellini with Sweet Potato

When you’re a working mom you look for ways to incorporate vegetables into a meal with little to no stress, especially if dealing with small children that might not otherwise want to eat the veggies. This recipe for tortellini with sweet potato hits the spot. Not only is this an easy to make meal for…

We Love Marsala Mushrooms

After searching around we found a recipe that makes my family happy as we love Marsala mushrooms. My family doesn’t just like eating mushrooms, we love them – stuffed, grilled, sautéed with onions, and sautéed with Marsala wine. This recipe that can work as either a side dish or an appetizer. Hope you like it…

French Onion Soup

French onion soup is yummy in my tummy. I’ve had to learn to make this dairy free, but add enough white wine and it’s all good! My favorite part of this recipe and why I’m more than pretty pleased with the outcome  is I didn’t use a recipe! Score Heather! Heather’s French Onion Soup 4…

Turkey Chili

I couldn’t believe just how simple and good this recipe for turkey chili with chickpeas was. The recipe said to use cocoa powder, this is something I’ve never used in savory dishes before – but always have wanted to (yes, I have seen Chocolate quite a bit and NOT just because I love Johnny Depp)….

Seven Travel Well Appetizers

Seven Travel Well Appetizers – The holidays are quickly approaching, and thoughts are turning to spending time with friends and family – gathering around the table, sharing a meal, or having a glass of wine. But I know you stress about what to bring, especially if you’re traveling. You’re going to want something that not…

Persimmon Cookies

Every fall, when the persimmons ripen I have to make persimmon cookies. They just speak fall to me. This particular recipe was given to my family by family friends when I was in kindergarten. So we’ve been in possession of this recipe for just about forty years now. A hearty shout out and a giant…

Dairy Free Cheesy Salsa Dip

My sister gave me this recipe for this cheesy salsa dip many years ago – I always have the ingredients on hand, so it’s a snap to mix it together for a last minute get together. Since I’ve gone dairy free I’ve given it my dairy free tweak, but feel free to make this with…

Homemade Pumpkin Seeds

So this year I tried my hand at my first ever batch of homemade pumpkin seeds. And wow – could they have been any easier?!? Not sure why I’ve never tried this before – but yum! I choose to eat them shell & all, but my husband likes to open them up and eat just…

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Well it’s officially fall and as my friends say it’s PS season (for anyone that doesn’t speak fall crazed, that’s “pumpkin spice”). There are so many ways to incorporate pumpkin into the foods cooked in the kitchen. Take this recipe for chocolate chip pumpkin bread – I just discovered this one and will certainly be…

How Do You Use Apples?

How do you use apples? Apples grow on trees in plenty. As a fruit, there are several varieties. As a cooking ingredient, they are versatile. Here are some suggestions for apple uses in recipes. The first and foremost way that most people enjoy apples is in a pie. Apple pie is as American as baseball….

Easy Bread Sticks

Sometimes you just have to hit the easy button and make something like these easy bread sticks. These are so quick and easy you’ll kick yourself for not making them sooner. I don’t know about you but once school starts I’m in rapid motion until June when school gets out for summer. In the fall…

I Love Making Apple Spice Tea

Fall is the time for apples and I love making apple spice tea. But nothing beats taking a family outing to a local farm – taking a hay ride out into the orchard, picking a bushel of apples and going home with the spoils. Our favorite local location is  Avila Valley Barn – do you…

G is for Granola

G is for Granola – I’ve been trying out different granola recipes and have one that isn’t too bad. But as I’m always on the quest for the perfect granola recipe, kind of like my quest for the perfect purse, I know I’ll still keep trying out recipes every time I run across one. GRANOLA…

Avocado Pie

First off this is not a savory dish. This is 100% dessert – luxury dessert. Avocado pie is easy to make and if you like me LOVE avocado you’ll kick yourself for not making it sooner. I’m from California, it would seem like a sin to not love avocados. Mixing them into a sweet pie,…