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…

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…

Thai Grilled Cornish Hens

It got to be about 100 degrees today.  I pulled out the blow up pool for the kids and put it under the swing set slide.  All the neighbor kids were over to join in on the fun, and I decided to keep the heat outside today and cook dinner on the grill.  My latest…

Hoisin Glazed Grilled Pork Kebabs

I love the idea of pork, but often times find it bland and kind of dry.  I was flipping through summer issues of Cooks Illustrated and saw an article with a recipe for grilled pork tenderloin kebabs.  They boasted tender meat with a great flavor.  The reason for the kebab was to get bite size…

Mu Shu Pork

Mu Shu Pork always used to be just a fun thing to say and read about on Chinese menus for me, but it was never what I typically ordered.  The first time I finally tried the dish I think I was at P.F. Changs.  They make a big show of it there.  If you order…

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…

Shrimp Scampi

Guilty pleasure, I love buttery shrimp scampi and could eat piles of it on top of noodles.  Derek prefers it over rice.  This recipe is good and quick and easy. SHRIMP SCAMPI Ingredients: I lb raw shrimp, tail on (I usually take them off cuz it’s easier for my kids to eat that way- but…

Just Like Cafe Rio

I got this recipe from my old college roommate Debbie Christensen.  Her family made it for the large crowd that gathered after a baby blessing one year.  And who doesn’t love cafe rio or a good restaurant imitation.  This recipe feeds a huge crowd.  You could easily cut it in half and still feed a…

Meatloaf

After I had my twins, lots of people volunteered to bring me meals.  One lady brought the best meatloaf which had a ketchupy glaze on top.  I decided now that is the way to make meatloaf, and not long after I found this recipe which did exactly that in one of my Cooks Illustrated Magazines….

Spaghetti Sauce with Ground Beef

I was home, it was the dinner hour, and I still had no idea what to make.  I asked the kids what they wanted and Liv said, “spaghetti”.  I had no way to cheat with pre-made pasta sauce, so I turned to allrecipes.  This one turned out pretty good, was fairly simple, and I usually…