Easy Oven BBQ Beef Ribs

These tender, fall off the bone beef ribs are easy to make in the oven and everybody looks forward to having them for dinner.

These tender, fall off the bone beef ribs are easy to make in the oven and everybody looks forward to having them for dinner.  

My family eats a lot of great food in the summer but one of the things I look forward to most are my Dad’s ribs.  Saucy, zesty, succulent – it is everything you want in a good meaty rib!

Dad makes them in big batches and we sit around on the deck eating piles of them.  BBQ […]

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Tortellini Pasta Salad

Cheese tortellini, fresh veggies and tangy Italian dressing come together for a fresh and flavorful Tortellini Pasta Salad in 15 minutes.

Cheese tortellini, fresh veggies and tangy Italian dressing come together for a fresh and flavorful Tortellini Pasta Salad in 15 minutes. 

When the summer heat hits I try to use my good sense and serve up lots of stuff on the grill and lots of cold stuff.  We really enjoy cheese tortellini with Alfredo or marinara sauce but in the summer it makes a perfect pasta salad!

This Tortellini Pasta Salad is full of veggies and is a wonderful main dish.  We […]

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Two Ingredient Beef Jerky

This is the easiest beef jerky we have ever made! Spicy options are included for the more adventurous.

This is the easiest beef jerky we have ever made!  Spicy options are included for the more adventurous. Jerky is a must for us for road trips, camping and even a high protein snack at work.

When I was a kid, I always wanted meat.  It was better than anything else you could give me, including candy. My fondest trick-or-treating memory is of going up to the door of some College students who had not prepared for Halloween and being given […]

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Easy Blueberry Cobbler

This Blueberry Cobbler takes 20 minutes to prep for the oven. A rich, sweet topping covers juicy blueberry filling for summer perfection!

This Blueberry Cobbler only takes 20 minutes to prep for the oven. A rich, sweet topping covers juicy blueberry filling for summer perfection! 

I would like to make the following Public Service Announcement:  Blueberries are now coming into season and it is time to make cobbler!!!!!!!!!

This simple filling comes together in minutes while you make the topping.  The filling is fresh and fruity without heavy starch or thickeners.  It just tastes like simple summer.

The topping has a perfect crumb.  It is […]

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Healthy Asian Coleslaw

This Asian Coleslaw has a bright dressing that brings everything together with savory Asian seasonings. It is the perfect summer side dish for BBQ etc.

This Asian Coleslaw has a bright dressing that brings everything together with savory Asian seasonings. It is the perfect summer side dish for BBQ etc. 

It has been about 1,000 degrees in Boise this week!  OK, maybe more like 100 but either way I should not have roasted two hams and baked bread on Monday. Bad, bad, bad idea.  I would say live and learn but every summer I almost die from heatstroke due to some insane cooking whim.

Assuming YOU are […]

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Raspberry Shortcake Is The New Strawberry Shortcake

Raspberry shortcake is the new strawberry shortcake. Raspberries pack more flavor, particularly out of season, and they sure make a pretty dessert!

Raspberry shortcake is the new strawberry shortcake.  Raspberries pack more flavor, particularly out of season, and they sure make a pretty dessert!  

A few years ago commercial growers managed to bread a strawberry that smelled great but had little flavor.  Ever since I have been distrustful of strawberries in the store.  Sometimes they are amazing and sometimes, well, let’s just say it is OK to cry over bad strawberries.

My Dad is the King of strawberry shortcake and I look forward […]

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Drizzled Lemon Loaf

This drizzled lemon loaf is about as simple as baking gets! It has a sweet lemon flavor topped with a sweet-tart drizzle. Even the crumbs will disappear.

This drizzled lemon loaf is about as simple as baking gets!  It has a sweet lemon flavor topped with a sweet-tart drizzle.  Even the crumbs will disappear. 

This wonderful lemon cake is my birthday present to myself this year!  I’m  32 today (I thought it was 33 but my fact checking turned up the news that it is only 32.)  People seem to make a lot of fuss about getting older, loosing their youth, letting the glory years pass them by.  […]

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Taco Balls: An Easy Dinner Where Tacos and Meatloaf Meet

Taco Balls: Think delicious tacos but meatloaf or meatball style. An easy and sensational dinner.

Taco Balls: Think delicious tacos but meatloaf or meatball style.  An easy and sensational dinner from my friend Crazy Kim.

Oh Taco Balls, how I love you!  This recipe comes from my friend Crazy Kim.  Every woman needs at least one girlfriend who’s name you can put “crazy” in front of.  Kim is that person in my life.  Crazy, full of fun, laughs out loud all the time and always reminds me to grab life by the horns.  This is […]

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Easy Creole Roasted Carrots

Jazz up dinner with these zesty roasted carrots. The spice level adjusts for different palates and coconut oil is a healthy roasting option!

Jazz up dinner with these zesty roasted carrots.  The spice level adjusts for different palates and coconut oil is a healthy roasting option! 

My sister in law loves carrots.  My husband strongly dislikes them.  The last time we got together for dinner my brother and his wife made their favorite Creole Roasted Carrots.  I expected Jonathan to eat a small serving and then move on to ham he was truly excited about.

I was shocked when my husband helped himself to 2nds […]

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Mirlandra’s Epic Pound Cake

After six months of baking this is my winning recipe for moist, rich, tender pound cake. Try it with berries, warm chocolate sauce or sweet whipped cream!

After six months of baking this is my winning recipe for moist, rich, tender pound cake.  Try it with berries, warm chocolate sauce or sweet whipped cream!

I’m a dyed in the wool West Coast girl, born an hour from the ocean, but I love classic Southern cooking!  My Daddy was born in the South and the food he cooks has always been a throwback to his roots.

I have always wanted to bake a classic Southern pound cake.  Over the years […]

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