Garlic Smashed Red Potatoes

Was trying to come up with an accompaniment to my neighbor Jay’s smoked meat he volunteered to bring us from dinner (so good), and I had a bunch of red potatoes that needed using so I sort of followed a recipe on Allrecipes.com/ made a few variations of my own.  They turned out good.  Derek…

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pine Nuts

A few Christmases ago my Mom and George and George’s two kids joined my family at our place for Christmas.  Now I like brussel sprouts to be begin with, and I’m a huge fan of all roasted vegetables.  But Christine’s boyfriend at the time treated us to the best roasted brussel sprouts, and he threw…

Lemon Pepper Red Potatoes

I have to give another shout out to Jenny Sarantis for this idea.  She served these to us for dinner one night, and I thought they were so good.  She basically just boiled red potatoes and dressed them with olive oil, lemon pepper, and fresh dill.  I never would have come up with that combination…

Teriyaki Flank Steak

This is so simple I’m not even sure it’s considered a recipe.  I’m not sure who came up with this first my Dad or my Grandma, but I remember having it at her house the first time I got a taste for it, but she had my Dad cook it.  This is honestly one of…

Knoephla Soup

Pronounced (NEF-la) soup is a midwestern take on Chicken and Dumpling soup.  I guess German settlers brought Knoephla Soup to the Midwest, turning limited resources into a comforting meal.  I was intrigued by the homemade dumplings when I saw this recipe in my Best of America’s Test kitchen magazine and really wanted to give it a…

Spinach Quinoa

This is a recipe I found off the weight watchers site back in the day when Derek was following weight watchers.  I love quinoa and am always trying to come up with new ways to use it.  I love this as a side.  Tonight, I made it on the side of salmon. SPINACH QUINOA Ingredients:…

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

I made something earlier this week that called for tomato juice and then I had a whole huge jug of it left in my fridge.  I hate for things to go to waste and love to repurpose things, so tonight I made it into tomato basil soup.  I found the recipe on Cookpad.  I’ve never…