Cheesy Stuffed Bell Peppers

Pretty to look at and satisfying to eat, I love me some bell peppers. All the better in the high heat of summer, when you can buy them for 50 cents each (thanks muchly, Sprouts Farmers Market!) – the green variety anyway. I’m a sucker for that gorgeous bold color, so I bought yellow and…

Soul warming soup (and chili) recipes to try this week.

I’ve been telling myself Punxsutawny Phil’s 2018 prediction will pay off with milder summer temps. But it’s 39 degrees and threatening rain on this Fat Tuesday morning, and I’m done believing that lie. Anybody else daydreaming of daffodils? And bluebonnets? And New York strips fresh off the grill with perfectly pink centers? Whatever visions of…

Mushroom Turkey Meatloaf

Long before Wedding Crashers’ Chazz approved it, A Christmas Story’s Randy refused it. “Meatloaf, meatloaf, double beet loaf. I hate meatloaf.” Not that I’d ever once tried it. But from the first time I watched that scene (1980-something in a space that’s now my favorite hometown bistro, even if then only a humble Video Express),…

Scallops & Spinach ‘Shroom “Risotto”

If you’re into Meatless Mondays, this one’s worth a try! Naturally, the inspo for this came from (another) kitchen accident of sorts. The fam was craving tacos and I was straight outta luck at the seafood counter. No wild caught cod in the case. The rest of my brood was all set with their seasoned…

Sausage Bean Chowder with Rosemary Garlic Foccacia

When it *finally* feels like fall, and the football schedule is just too good to while away in the kitchen, there is only one dinner option. Sausage Bean Chowder with Rosemary Garlic Focaccia Bread. Yes I said bread. Aromatic, cheesy, garlicky goodness – courtesy (once again) of the creative minds at Diet Doctor. The Chowder…

Sausage Ravioli

When you need your Italian fix and can’t stomach another plate of mediocre spaghetti – sausage ravioli! This one dish dinner starts with chopped garlic and onion, which I was happy to discover cook just fine on their own – no need to douse them in oil. The addition of bell peppers cooked to crisp…

Chicken Magnifique

At one point in my cooking life, I could not have told you the difference between EVOO and any other cooking oil. Now? I’ve always got two bottles on hand. Like coffee, it can become cataclysmic around here if we run out. It’s also the ingredient that has turned this comfort food from childhood into…

10-Minute Taco Salad

Tonight we held our first family NFL draft. Between the 7 pm start and the homework that had to get done, we had zero time to dawdle over dinner. 10-Minute Taco Salad for the win! A recipe my mom picked up from a cooking school she attended in the 1980s, with ingredients and methods more…

Pan Seared Pork Chops

With Cheddar Cauliflower Mash & Blackened Brussels Sprouts Even if the faux pumpkins and hay bales are still in storage (forcing myself to show some decorating restraint until the Autumnal equinox), fall is on the dinner menu. And I love few fall vegetables more than Brussels sprouts. Blackened and crisp, the way Mountain Mama Cooks…

Extra Lean Turkey Chili

It always starts with one dish. My go-to on nights when the workday was long and the homework list longer. Turkey Chili. A four ingredient stockpot supper, and one of a handful of meals all four in my house will actually accept sans protest. Any other mothers out there eating their “I’ll never be a short…