Peanut Butter Rice Krispy Treats

In our family these are actually referred to as Newton Traditionals.  So named for one of our favorite law school friends.  This was their traditional treat to make and share or pull out at game night.  Essentially they are a peanut butter rice krispy smeared with melted butterscotch/chocolate chips.  Very addicting.  So good they are…

Eggplant Involtini

I think eggplants have got to be the prettiest vegetable around.  Sometimes I buy them at the store just because they are pretty and have no clue what I’m going to do with them.  One day after making just such an impulsive purchase, I decided to try my hand at this Cooks Illustrated recipe for…

Caprese Salad

This is another one of my favorite things to do with garden fresh tomatoes.  I honestly made this for dinner tonight and served a little bread and chicken sausage on the side.  Not sure Derek thought it was a full meal, but I could totally eat caprese alone as a full meal.  I don’t really…

Fresh Corn Cornbread

This is what I always make with the last of our garden corn.  It’s so fun to make corn bread that actually has fresh corn in it.  Of course I found such an awesome recipe in a Cooks Illustrated magazine.  This recipe is crumbly, but holds together and has this great wholesome chew to it….

Red and Green Chili

I must say that I have tried quite a few chili recipes and have never been happy with them.  I found this recipe years ago in a Utah State Fare cook book.  It’s pretty easy and tastes great.  I wish it was a little less runny, but it doesn’t bother me too much.  I often…

Hungarian Goulash

Goulash is a traditional dish from Hungry.  It’s named after their herdsmen known as gulyas.  This was an easy meal for them to make because they had access to meat and it cooks slowly over the fire all day with little attendance from them and then be enjoyed at the end of their day.  I…

Creamy Pasta in Asparagus Sauce

I have to attribute this recipe find to my good friend Desiree.  And it reminds me that I should probably swap more recipes with her.  One day I was up visiting at her place and she said she thought it would be fun to exchange recipes with people whenever they found good ones and then…

Bruschetta

Derek says Bruschetta is his favorite thing I do with our garden tomatoes.  I think I may feel the same.  I once brought bruschetta to a summer dinner party and someone  said it was the best bruschetta and asked for my recipe. I don’t really follow a recipe for this so much as I just…

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

I have always been intrigued by recipes using actual vanilla beans.  I have always wanted to try making something  with them, but had never been brave enough to try.  One Christmas when my step Sister Christine was staying at my place, she gifted me a bag of real vanilla beans.  I have one of those…

Skillet Chicken Fajitas

I love fajitas.   They are up there on my list of favorite foods.  And this is by far my favorite chicken marinade.  I remember the first time I made the chicken this way.  Derek kept sticking his fingers into the skillet to grab just one more slice of chicken long after dinner was done….

Pecan and Arugula Pesto

One year for Christmas my aunt sent me this fabulous Rachel Ray cookbook.  I love Rachel Ray–Italian flare and usually fairly simple lots of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil-seems to be her favorite thing).   This particular cookbook was called Rachel Ray 365: No Repeats and is supposed to contain 365 different recipes, one for…

Whole-Wheat Pizza with Pesto and Goat Cheese

I clipped this recipe from Cooks Illustrated years ago.  I love this whole wheat pizza dough!  I love that you make it a day or two ahead of time and then it’s all ready when you decide to make dinner.  I love the whole wheat flavor, and I love the little air pockets that develop…