September 15, 2014

Chili Cheese Mac

Chile Cheese Mac ~ easy, cheesy hamburger and macaroni comfort food your family will love, with the convenience of one-pot cooking.  You're welcome!

There's just something about pasta that says comfort food.  When I'm in need of a little 'fill the belly' comfort, 90% of the time I'll turn to pasta for dinner.  Or a burger.  Or something cheesy.

Well, with this Chili Cheese Mac, I get all three!  In one easy, one-pot dish.

My other major comfort food is chocolate.  But hmmmm, I don't think incorporating chocolate in Chili Cheese Mac would be very good.  Mole Chile Cheese Mac? ...

September 13, 2014

Slow Cooker Apple Pudding Cake

Soft cake, tender apples, and a pudding-like apple sauce all baked up with the convenience of your slow cooker crockpot?  Sure thing! ... When it's Slow Cooker Apple Pudding Cake!

It's apple time!  And as much as I cook with apples, I realized in looking through my recipe index that I haven't shared all that many apple recipes with you.  So today I've decided to take at least one small step toward fixing that ... by sharing one apple recipe with you.  And, oh, this Slow Cooker Apple Pudding Cake is a great one!

Now when I'm peeling apples to cook with I like to play a little game with myself.  Oh come on, I know I can't be the only one! ...

September 11, 2014

Grilled Spinach Dip-Stuffed Portabella Mushroom Caps {REAL® Seal Dairy Divas}

Thank you to REAL® Seal for sponsoring this post ... and for encouraging us to not pack away those grills yet!  Sure, summer may have wound down.  But there's still time to get in some delicious late-season grilling.  To do my part in extending the grilling season, I whipped up these totally scrumptious Grilled Spinach Dip-Stuffed Portabella Mushroom Caps.

We all love spinach dip, right?  I mean, it's always the hit of the party.  Put out a bowl of the creamy spinachy stuff, and it's pretty much the first thing gone.  Always.  

So when the folks at REAL® Seal challenged me, as a REAL® Seal Dairy Diva, to incorporate dairy into a grilling recipe, I decided to turn to cheesy, creamy spinach dip.  Stuffed in a portabella mushroom.  Topped with a Parmesan-panko crumb topping.  And tossed on the grill.

And, oh man, ... it was good.

Wait.  You're not familiar with REAL® Seal??  Sure you are!  See ...

September 8, 2014

Salted Toffee Chocolate Bars {#YahooFood}

It's no secret I love to bake.  And I got a very early start in the kitchen, baking right alongside my Mom.  See?  This is me when I was four years old! ... helping decorate my own birthday cake, no doubt.

September 6, 2014

Broccoli Pasta Salad with Grapes

Hey, do you love traditional broccoli salad?  Then you've got  to try it turned into a pasta salad!  Broccoli Pasta Salad with Grapes holds all the fabulous flavors of traditional broccoli salad, with the added hearty punch of pasta.

I've long been a fan of good ol' broccoli salad.  With it's slightly-sweet dressing, crunch of fresh raw broccoli, bacon saltiness, and sweetness of grapes {or craisins, if you're my Mom}, it's like a flavor rainbow in your mouth.  What's not to love?  {Unless of course, you don't like broccoli ... in which case, you probably shouldn't be reading this post.  Just sayin'.}

But hey, broccoli salad gets even better with the addition of a hearty dose of pasta!

August 31, 2014

Honeydew with Maple Syrup & Dried Cranberries {NO LABOR Breakfast for Labor Day!}

Did you know the combination of honeydew melon and maple syrup is amazing?  Don't believe me?  Try it for yourself with this easy {and impressive looking} Honeydew with Maple Syrup & Dried Cranberries for breakfast.

Happy Labor Day, everyone!  In honor of this fabulous end-of-summer American holiday, I decided to share with you one of my favorite NO LABOR breakfasts.  {Get it?  Get my pun?? ... yea, I figured you did.}  With just three simple ingredients and no-time-at-all with a paring knife, you can have this impressive looking breakfast {or snack} treat on the table.  And no one has to know that it took you, like, nanoseconds to prepare.

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