Classic Moist Chocolate Cake with Whipped Vanilla Buttercream

This chocolate cake is everything you want a classic chocolate cake to be: chocolaty, moist and decadent. Whipped vanilla buttercream is the cherry on top!

This chocolate cake is everything you want a classic chocolate cake to be:  chocolaty, moist and decadent. Whipped vanilla buttercream is the cherry on top!

Sometimes the best recipes are the simple classics we grew up loving.  I can’t resist a well prepared roast chicken, a lovely cucumber salad, or an excellent chocolate cake.

For true greatness a chocolate cake has to be bursting with chocolate – a chocolate lover’s fantasy cake. It also needs a dense, moist texture.  It should not […]

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Blueberry Scones with Vanilla Glaze

Blueberry Scones with Vanilla Glaze

Tender blueberry scones with a crunchy top and creamy vanilla glaze. You won’t be able to resist this warm, buttery treat full of berries.  They are a perfect mid-winter pick-me-up or a glorious summer treat.

A few years ago I tried a scone recipe and was truly disgusted by the hard tasteless results.  Scones should be sweet and tender!  This week I was in the mood some yummy baked goods full of fruit so I decided to give it a try […]

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Easy Instant Pot Beets

Beets are flavorful and healthy. They make a great snack or addition to your dinner table and are ready quickly in an Instant Pot pressure cooker.

Beets are flavorful and healthy. They make a great snack or addition to your dinner table and are ready quickly in an Instant Pot pressure cooker.

Beets are not something I am known for cooking.  For whatever reason they just don’t hit my radar that often.  And I always, always forget that you can find beautiful golden beats in some stores and often at the farmer’s market.  They have a milder, sweeter flavor.

These days I’m always looking for easy things […]

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Teriyaki Meatballs in Pineapple Sauce

These flavorful meatballs in a sweet teriyaki pineapple sauce always go quickly! We serve them as appetizers or with rice and veggies for a simple dinner.

These flavorful meatballs in a sweet teriyaki pineapple sauce always go quickly!  We serve them as appetizers or with rice and veggies for a simple dinner. 

What is it about the humble meatball that makes us love it so well?  Meatballs as appetizers, as dinner, as snack, as party food, as sandwiches – even on pizza!  We love ’em and we can’t get enough of them.

To me the perfect meatball is savory and flavorful but never dry.  It should be tender […]

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Easy Grilled Tri -Tip

Tri-tip is great for grilling. A easy flavorful marinade and quick cooking time make this delicious beef perfect for date night, family dinner or a party. It is also wonderful for toasted sandwiches or in hearty salads.

Tri-tip is great for grilling.  A easy flavorful marinade and quick cooking time make this delicious beef perfect for date night, family dinner or a party. It is also wonderful for toasted sandwiches or in hearty salads. 

The Tri-Tip is a wonderful cut of meat. When properly prepared, it is wonderfully juicy and tender. Fortunately, it is extremely easy to make.

The first Tri-Tip I ever prepared was a disaster. I failed to marinate the meat and overcooked it, which resulted in […]

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Triple Pork Fried Rice

This Triple Pork Fried Rice is bursting with pork and flavor. It is quite simply one of the best fried rice recipes in existence. We always look forward to this meal and it is one of our go to options for a family dinner on a busy night.

This Triple Pork Fried Rice is bursting with pork and flavor.  It is quite simply one of the best fried rice recipes in existence.  We always look forward to this meal and it is one of our go to options for a family dinner on a busy night.

A great fried rice is a thing of beauty. Simple ingredients like rice, meat, and eggs combine to become something wonderful.

I’ve been making fried rice for more than 15 years.  I learned from […]

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Chicken Marsala: A 40 Minute Feast

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A great recipe for Chicken Marsala with tender chicken in a silky wine sauce full of mushrooms and shallots.  This is a 40 minute feast anybody can make!

Years ago  I took my mom out for a special dinner and we ordered some Chicken Marsala but it was HORRIBLE and I wrote it off as something that sounds wonderful but that should never, ever, ever show up on the dinner table.  It has been off my radar ever since.

A few weeks […]

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Perfect Pork Chops Every Time

Juicy, tender, flavorful pork chops! These are quick and simple to prepare and come out perfect every time. A true classic at its best!

Juicy, tender, flavorful pork chops!  These are quick and simple to prepare and come out perfect every time.  A true classic at its best! 

Growing up I never looked forward to pork chops.  In my experience it was like being handed a chunk of leather with a sharp knife and told to “enjoy.”  Yeah…not so much.  Over the years in our marriage my husband has occasionally asked for pork chops and I have managed to dodge the requests repeatedly.  I don’t […]

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Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas

These sweet, crunchy chickpeas deliver in the snack department! You only need four ingredients for this healthy, high protein, gluten free and vegan treat!

These sweet, crunchy chickpeas deliver in the snack department! You only need four ingredients for this healthy, high protein, gluten free and vegan treat!

My life revolves around a chaotic mixture of toddler adventures and long work hours. I like my food to be delicious, fast, full of protein and something my toddler will also be happy to gobble up. Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas handily meet all of those requirements.  Jack is particularly fond of this snack and I now make larger […]

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Broccoli with Korean BBQ Dipping Sauce

Broccoli is a beloved snack, appetizer, and side dish at our house because we serve it up right with an easy Korean BBQ Sauce for dipping. Traditional flavors of ginger, garlic, green onions and soy sauce make for some darn good sauce! Kids and adults love the sweet and salty flavor and the broccoli disappears fast.

Broccoli is a beloved snack, appetizer, and side dish at our house because we serve it up right with an easy Korean BBQ Sauce for dipping.  Traditional flavors of ginger, garlic, green onions and soy sauce make for some darn good sauce!  Kids and adults love the sweet and salty flavor and the broccoli disappears fast.  

A new year is here and once again we are all trying hard to eat more of the green stuff!  I think broccoli […]

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