Portion Packs

Portion Packs My husband came home from the supermarket the other day with 12 samples of portion packs that were being given away as a promotion. These are small zip-top bags with measurement markings on the side for 1/4 to 1 cup. I had seen them before but it never peaked my interest for some…

Roasted Bananas

I don’t know when it occurred to me that bananas should be roasted. I roast everything else … from apples to zucchini and love the results. So why not bananas? The skins provide the perfect covering for the insides to stay warm but not burn. And the natural sugars simply caramelize to seal the flavor…

One Pan Brownies

One Pan Brownies There are some days when only chocolate will do. I had one of those days the other day, so it meant a pan of brownies. I am a huge fan of the 8×8-inch pan. Unlike the larger cousins, it gives you just enough of whatever dessert you are craving. I have used…

Egg Salad

Egg Salad  Every now and then, a random dish will float through my mind and it stays there. Nothing will do until I make it and satisfy the craving. The other day when I had egg salad on the brain, I knew better than to resist. I love egg salad but for some reason, I…

15 Minute Broccoli

Every day I am harvesting fresh broccoli and have been for weeks. As the temperatures rise, I know my opportunity to continue this delicious routine is quickly coming to an end. I’ll just go ahead and tell you that my least favorite method of serving this garden delight is smothered in cheese sauce. I want…

Grilled Cheese

Truly Grilled Cheese I have always loved a really good grilled cheese sandwich. I can eat it year round. In the fall and winter it’s usually with a bowl of tomato soup. In the spring I like it with some pickled asparagus and in the summer with sliced tomatoes. I tend to like a mixture…

Farro Salad

If you haven’t jumped on the farro bandwagon yet, come onboard! This hulled wheat grain is sold dried, then you simply cook it as you would rice. Where you used to have to find it at a specialty store, it is readily available now at Kroger, Publix, Whole Foods and even at my super Wal-Mart….

White Cake

Small But Mighty! Sometimes I have a very real need for frosted cake, but don’t want the excess of an entire sheet or multiple layers. I’m sure you’ve been there. Enter the 8×8-inch baking pan. This is just enough to beautifully end a nice meal, but you won’t have to deal with lots of leftovers…

Roasted Mix Nuts

While everyone is glued to the television tonight for the College Football National Championship, you can have a snack in front of them that is perfectly balanced between sweet and salty. Transform an ordinary can of mixed nuts to a feast with this easy recipe. Roasting them in a low temperature oven is super simple…

Olive Dip

Dip, Dip Hooray!   If there was ever a season for dips, it’s happening now. With holiday parties in full swing, you can count on a bowl with surrounding chips, crackers and raw vegetables. The beauty of these dunkable appetizers is that they come together quickly and have mass appeal. But instead of the same…