Honey-Coriander Glazed Salmon

 I know Martha Stewart was slightly tainted by that whole jailbird thing, but I still love her.  I love her food, I love her style, I love her magazine, I love her now home line.  I love Martha Stewart!  I feel like she represents simple elegance.  As a wedding gift, my step Mom (at the…

Mom’s Sloppy Joes

 Not gonna lie, my Mom makes the best sloppy joes.  I don’t even like sloppy joes, but I like her sloppy joes.  This is one her brothers’ favorite meals that their Mom used to make.  Without fail, whenever either Uncle came to visit Mom always made a huge pot of sloppy joes.  Now, my kids…

Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing

 One of the greatest friends I obtained when Derek and I first moved back to Utah after our grad school hiatus in Oregon, is Bonnie Bennion.  I love this girl so much!  One night, I invited her to join Derek and I for dinner and she offered to bring a salad.  She asked me if…

Tostadas

   One thing my Mom always used to make for us growing up was tostadas.  They have always been and still are one of my favorite things to eat.  My Mom always made them real simply: smeared with refried beans and then sprinkled with cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, and topped with some sour cream and salsa.  Tostadas…

Dad’s Beef and Lentil Stew

 A few years ago my Dad purchased a ranch house in the middle of nowhere Jiggs, NV.  It’s 45 minutes outside of Elko and backs up to the Ruby Mountains.  It’s a beautiful place to retreat, and it seems to have inspired all kinds of ranch style cooking in my Dad.  The last time we…

Oven Pancakes

  Diane loves to recount the story of Derek calling her up one morning a few weeks after we had been married asking for her recipe for oven pancakes (known by some as German pancakes).  He had decided to make me a special breakfast and wanted to make his Mom’s oven pancakes.  In our house, this…

Blake’s Minestrone Soup

Derek’s brother Blake worked as a chef for Sizzler for many years.  He, at times, fancies himself quite the chef and, with their Italian heritage, is always creating delicious Italian dishes.  One night he served Derek and I his variety of homemade Minestrone, and I loved it!  Through the beginning months of both of my…

Joani’s Peanut Butter Balls

 When I was in Young Women’s, one of the things I did for my personal progress was compile a bunch of recipes to start a recipe box.  My leader at the time was my dear friend Stephanie’s Mom, Joani Haws.  One of the recipes she shared with me to help fill my recipe box were…

Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

 Grocery shopping for this Mom of twin 3 year old boys and a often dramatic 5 year old girl is no walk in the park.  I normally carefully plan out my meals for an entire week, make a list of all the ingredients I will need for said meals for the entire week, and then…

Asian Burgers

 When I had my first baby (Olivia), Derek’s sister got me a subscription to Parents magazine.  With my love of cooking, the articles that brought the most intrigue were of course the recipes.  To be honest, I didn’t love most of the recipes I tried from that magazine, but these are inspired from a recipe…

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

 My Grams has given me some of the best recipes throughout the years.  I love going to her house because she always finds the best recipes and makes the best food.  This was one of Grams’ great finds that she shared with me.  Sometimes I doctor them up a bit like tonight, but these are…

Taco Soup

I’m sure you are all familiar with the scenario of spending the past hour or so concocting a dinner for your family and madly trying to gather everyone to the table.  And then when they finally arrive, one or more claim to dislike what you made and say, “I’m not eating.”  While that sort of…