Hawaiian Pasta Salad

Before I give you the recipe, I must give you a disclaimer. I have never been to Hawaii. Nope. Not even once. But I have eaten at a few Hawaiian BBQ places here in California. Most serve a scoop of steamed white rice and a scoop of macaroni salad. I have made up my own…

 Cheeseburger Bowls with Fry Sauce

  Oh, boy. Last week flew by with all the goodness a week could have. We had a snow day with snow play. We baked bread and other good eats. We visited with friends and family, took a bike ride, went to swimming lessons, and flew through the air on our swing. We planted our…

Greek Chicken Bowls

It seems you can get almost any dish in bowl form these days. I have a few that keep showing up at my table week after week. I like the all-in-one ease of protein, whole grains, and vegetables. Not only are they pretty and full of texture, they are also delicious and satisfying each bite…

Cabbage Roll Stew

One of the things my mother-in-law cooked well was Golumpkis or known to most, cabbage rolls. It was her go-to for most family celebrations and is still favored by her children today. They are not hard to make but can be time-consuming for a weeknight dinner, so I took the ingredients we love when we…

Chicken and Brown Rice Soup

Our family is currently “enjoying” a visit from the tummy bug. Not sure how it made its way home with us, but according to a local mom’s group on social media, it’s making the rounds. I guess it was time to start building up everyone’s immune system again after being under-exposed for such a long…

Arroz con Pollo

When my online grocery order arrived home last night, I had some curious substitutions. I do not blame anyone. The personal shoppers are doing the best they can these days with the supply they have to work with. They quite often give us something unexpected yet, in the end, it turns out to be very…

Split Pea Soup

This weekend we stopped for lunch at the California Pizza Kitchen. We ordered a mushroom pizza with truffle oil—my favorite flavor when it comes to pizzas. I just love it. Since Baby J was with us, I also ordered a cup of their Smashed Pea Soup, which she gobbled up along with bits of mushroom…

Chicken Noodle Soup

As you know, our family was visited by Cold and Flu over the holiday season. Yep, no fun, but we let them know they’d worn out their welcome by cooking up several pots of Chicken Noodle Soup. I changed it up a bit by pulling out my pressure cooker to speed up the process. Pressure…

Curried Lentils with Butternut Squash

Soup weather is upon us. This delicious lentil dish is just the thing. The curry seasonings are sure to warm you up on a cold day. It is one of those fall into the comfort food category for me. I took it to a gathering recently and it was gobbled right up, but if you…

Lasagna with Roasted Cauliflower Filling

Every once in a while, I change things up in our household when it comes to what we eat. Last spring, we ate almost exclusively a plant-based diet. Things have come a long way from my early days of dabbling with veganism. There are so many great-tasting products on the market to make it easier…