Two-Bowl Chocolate Cake

I am by no means a baker, and cake decorating…FORGET IT!  I always pawn that job off on my mother in law.  But if I ever find myself needing to make a birthday cake, (like today on my husband’s birthday) this is my go to cake, and it always gets great reviews.  I first had…

Chinese Barbecue Beef

Today was the craziest day ever!  Like I had to be in 3 places at once from 2pm-6pm today.  I knew it was a crock pot meal kind of day, but to be honest I hate crock pot meals.  I swear they are always soupy things you pour over rice or meat with a weird…

Ravioli Alfredo with Artichokes

Ravioli Alfredo for the win!  All three of my kids loved this tonight.  I saw a similar recipe in a Food Network Magazine and adapted this to the ingredients I had on hand.  It turned out great, and only took me 20 minutes to repair!  That’s a WIN-WIN!!!! RAVIOLI ALFREDO WITH ARTICHOKES Ingredients: Kosher salt…

Grilled Lemon Chicken with Rosemary

I love any recipe in the summer that keeps the heat outside and this is a nice change up from regular ol’ BBQed chicken.  I found this gem in a Cooks Illustrated magazine.  This chicken stays moist and has a great flavor.  Plus, left overs sliced up taste great even cold the next day. GRILLED…

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…

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…

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…