Crunchy and satisfying!

Roasted Chickpeas – Addictively Crunchy!

I ran across this snack recipe recently while visiting Reini Days. The Jilb (host of Reini Days) shared photos of incredibly tasty-looking roasted chickpeas (or garbanzo beans, as they’re sometimes called). She profiled spiced, honey and sweet and salty variations, and while all three were appetizing, I found the spicy version particularly so. I followed … Continue reading

7 x 7 Link Award

Although I have been plugging away at my blog for a while now, I admit I sometimes must push myself to keep going.  So when a fellow blogger recently nominated me for a blog award, it was a welcome surprise. Although I am a bit belated in doing so, I am happily accepting the 7 … Continue reading

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Cheese and Crab Brunch Bake

While it seems many of the breakfast casserole recipes I sample are variations of the egg and sausage strata, I recently tried a tasty twist highlighting crabmeat, fresh lemon and cheese. Built on English muffins, it emerged soufflé-like from the oven, settling back into manageable proportions as it cooled. With its base of half-and-half, eggs … Continue reading

Pickled Easter Eggs

This post is for everyone who’d like to incorporate a new seasonal food into their Easter celebration. I’m recommending pickled eggs to go along with your classic hard-boiled dyed eggs. (Or better yet — dye your Easter eggs, admire them and then peel and throw them into pickling brine!) I didn’t know anything about pickled … Continue reading

Penne with Gorgonzola Cream and Cranberries

This simple recipe blends Gorgonzola with dried cranberries and toasted pecans (or walnuts, if you prefer) for a standout supper that’s ready in less than 30 minutes. With such easy preparation, it’s a handy recipe to have at-the-ready for holiday meals or other social gatherings when you want to serve a delicious meal without spending … Continue reading

Granny’s Salmon Croquettes

Salmon croquettes dunked in ketchup with a side of hot, buttered rice were my all-time favorite meal growing up.   Luckily for me, my mom made them frequently using the simple but tasty recipe HER mother followed when my mom was growing up. Our weather was unseasonably warm the other day and the windows were open … Continue reading

Pinner Dinner: Using Pinterest to Plan Meals

I have been on fire with Pinterest . . . in terms of finding recipes, that is. As alluded to previously, I’m obsessed with searching for recipe ideas via the online bulletin board. Instead of scanning a printed recipe to determine a meal’s appeal, I can make an almost instantaneous decision by looking at an … Continue reading

Food Gift Baskets

Looking for a customized gift that’s almost sure to be appreciated?  Try creating a food gift basket. Food gift baskets are versatile and can match any occasion (showers, weddings, birthdays, etc.).  For example, I created a baking-themed basket last year for my daughter’s travel softball fundraiser (each family was required to provide a basket to … Continue reading

The Dining Room – Not Just for Christmas Anymore

In anticipation of our upcoming kitchen remodel, we’re trying something new – dining in the dining room.  Our kitchen has an eating area, but with the redesign we’ll incorporate a working island into that space.  The island will have a counter overhang with two or three kitchen stools, but it won’t accommodate family meals. We … Continue reading

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