Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

I loved my baked macaroni and cheese casserole, but it takes a bit of time to make, and my kids always look at it and think that’s not the kraft macaroni and cheese that they were expecting when I said I was making mac n cheese for dinner.   But when I found this recipe…

Diane’s Dill Pickles

I never thought I would get into to pickling, but one year one of Derek’s cousins sent me home from a family gathering with bowls full of pickling cucumbers and his Mom said she would help me pickle them, so there was my introduction to pickling.  I learned that pickling is easy!  It’s one of…

Succotash

Do you know what Succotash is?  Well, all that ever came to my mind when I heard succotash was Sylvester the looney tunes cat saying “Sufferin Succotash!” until a few years ago when Derek’s Mom made some for dinner.  It was essentially some frozen veggies including corn and some milk or cream and spices.  I…

Spicy Thai Noodle Salad

I have a friend, Emily Brady, who is always posting yummy looking things on her instagram account. All her stuff always seems so simple and healthy and delicious.  And mostly this girl knows how to stage a food picture.  I wish I had this skill!  The other day she posted this recipe, and I gave…

Steamed Clams (Or Mussels or both)

One night my dear friend Lily Darais invited our family over for dinner.  She opened the door and let us in to the most delicious smelling kitchen.  I told her it smelled divine and asked what she had prepared.  Steamed muscles she said because she thought they were so kid friendly, and then proceeded to…

Rye Bread

My Step Dad George’s favorite bread is Rye Bread.  He doesn’t really like sliced bread and likes to have rye bread around to slab some soft cheeses and pate on in the morning for breakfast.  He recently moved from Chicago (where he had a whole host of European markets to get his favorite things at…

Thai-Style Basil Shrimp and Coconut Rice

I had a half used jar of Thai red curry paste in my freezer and saw this recipe in a food network magazine that used red curry paste to season grilled shrimp.  I’m a sucker for using up ingredients in the fridge so decided to try it one hot summer day when I wanted to…

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Breasts

Every year Derek (and the Orem Rotary Club) cook pancakes for the pancake breakfast at Orem Summerfest.  They always serve homemade buttermilk syrup along with the pancakes.  This year after the breakfast was over, Derek came home with a whole quart of Buttermilk that didn’t get used.  Now, I cook with buttermilk occasionally, but a…

Levain Bakery Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

The last time I went to New York, my friend Bonnie told me I had to go to Levain Bakery and get one of each of their 4 cookies.  I am so glad I listened.  Levain Bakery is rumored to bake the best cookies in the world and they were soooo good.  I actually went…

Thai Grilled Cornish Hens

It got to be about 100 degrees today.  I pulled out the blow up pool for the kids and put it under the swing set slide.  All the neighbor kids were over to join in on the fun, and I decided to keep the heat outside today and cook dinner on the grill.  My latest…

Stir-Fried Shrimp and Broccoli

One of our favorite things to grow in our garden is broccoli.  All my kids love broccoli, and it’s the best when you can just go outside and cut a vegetable from the garden to serve with dinner.  I stepped out into the garden today and noticed the garden broccoli that we have been anticipating…

Sauteed Snap Peas

I forgot about the sugar snap peas in the garden for a few days, and when I went to check on them today there were way more than we could eat in one sitting.  Not necessarily a problem since they keep well in the fridge, but I remembered seeing a recipe for sauteed snap peas…