Oven Roast Tri-Tip

Oven roast tri-tip is great now that you are tired of eating turkey and definitely need something else to cook. I served this four ingredient recipe with chimichurri. This is the first time I’ve even oven roasted a steak. As we live in the heart of the land of Santa Maria Style BBQ, normally tri-tip…

Loaded Cauliflower Bake

Do you ever have moments where you want to come up with additional ways to eat vegetables that the whole family will enjoy? Do you get curious by all the recipes for cauliflower that you find on the internet? I know I sure do. This recipe for loaded cauliflower bake falls into that category. This…

Dairy Free Taco Casserole

Dairy Free Taco Casserole I found a recipe similar to this one in one of those mini cookbooks you can find at the grocery store checkout line. So help me I used to have a real problem with those little cookbooks. For a long time, I could not go through the checkout without purchasing one…

How Do You Use Apples?

How Do You Use Apples? How do you use apples? Cooking with apples is easy as apples grow on trees in plenty. As a fruit, there are several varieties. As a cooking ingredient, they are versatile. How do you use apples? What are your favorite uses for apples? Here are some of mine. I hope…

Kids Will Adore These Easy to Make Pizza Scones

You read that right. Kids will adore these easy to make pizza scones. I found the idea for this in a parenting magazine when the kiddo was little. When I first starting making these I tweaked the original recipe oblige my kid that has an aversion to processed meats and tomatoes. These days I have…

Fast School Night Tacos

Fast School Night Tacos The first Tuesday night of the month were always crazed at our house. After the kiddo walked home from school, it was straight to homework, grab a quick dinner, then off to 4H. Thankfully this year she has decided to cut back on activities, so no 4H anymore, but instead her…

Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Muffins make me happy – so does baking first thing in the morning before anyone else is awake. This chocolate zucchini muffins recipe dates back to our café days. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I recently adjusted it to accommodate my new gluten intolerance. DOUBLE CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI MUFFINS Yield: 12…

Trail Mix

Trail Mix Anyone else grow up with a love for trail mix or is it just me? I have fond memories of standing in the kitchen helping my dad measure out ingredients for homemade trail mix to take on backpack trips with his scout troop. This is my allergy friendly version. The beauty is you…

Quick Meat Sauce

I like to make large batches of spaghetti sauce so I always have some in the freezer ready to thaw for a busy school night dinner. This quick meat sauce lives up to it’s name. It goes together quickly and is tasty as well. I prefer to make marinara for my batch cooking days, but…