Chicken Tikka Masala

Derek and I love Indian food.  Probably our favorite ethnic food.  Every time we go out to Indian we always leave stuffed to the brim.  Good Indian food is so good it’s hard to stop.  I have tried numerous times to try to make various Indian dishes at home.  These are my most failed dishes…

Cashew Chicken Stir Fry

 Derek served his mission in the Philippines and all his favorite dishes are ones that are served on rice.  A few years ago for my birthday, I specifically asked his sister Stephanie for a wok knowing that it would totally improve my stir fry dishes for my stir fry loving husband.  The wok for one,…

Simply Lasagne

 I will never forget my first attempt at making homemade lasagne.  I was in high school at the time and my boyfriend’s mother was having surgery.  I, without really thinking it through, insisted on making dinner for his family.  Lasagne for some reason was the thing that came to my mind when trying to decide…

Spaghetti & Company

 This is just a basic doctored up spaghetti sauce recipe from the 30 Meals in A Day cookbook Dinner is Ready.  Nothing fancy, but I like it just the same.  I usually make a huge batch, then make a couple lasagna pans.  Then, with whatever sauce I have left over, I divide it into freezer…

Pantry Secrets Bread Dough Recipe

 A couple years ago, I went to a stake relief society activity and they had someone teaching a class using the Pantry Secrets bread recipe.  Pantry Secrets boasts that their bread recipe is fast, easy, comes out great every time, can be made start to finish in an hour, and that there are 50 different…

Tomato-Basil Pizza Sauce

 My pizza baking endeavors have been constantly tweaked over my cooking years until I have finally arrived at a combination that I like pretty well.  Honestly, the one thing that I think makes or breaks pizza is the sauce.  Once I started making sauce from scratch my pizza improved tremendously.  When I was in college,…

Chicken Salad

 The first time I recall being introduced to chicken salad was when I was a senior in high school.  I grew up with my Dad, and I distinctly remember him making it for us one night for dinner.  He served it wrapped inside an iceberg lettuce type bowl and perhaps there was bread on the…

Homemade Mac N Cheese

 If there is one thing I can’t stand it’s Velveeta style mac n cheese.  YUCK!  I also don’t like most mac n cheese sides you can order at restaurants all too much.  I discovered this recipe in the early years of our marriage.  I just had a hankering to make mac and cheese one night….

Bratten’s Clam Chowder

 This recipe comes from Derek’s Italian side of the family (the Oliverio Family).  As is traditional for most Italian families, when this side of the family gets together there is almost always delicious food involved.  Bratten’s Seafood Grotto was, at one time, a beloved Salt Lake restaurant. It was opened from 1953-1988.  I’m sure restaurant options were…

Aunt Opal’s Veggie Dip

 Derek’s family loves a good veggie tray.  His sister always seemed to make a good dip to go along with her veggies, so I asked her for the recipe.  She informed me that it was actually Aunt Opal’s recipe and that all her stuff is the best. VEGGIE DIP Honestly, I usually just eyeball everything,…