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…

Pork Loin and Apple Compote

I love when my crock pot makes dinner for me; however, I don’t know that most of the stuff I make in my crock pot are meals that I really love.  I feel like meats often have a weird textures and crock pot stuff often becomes one big soupy conglomeration. My apple tree is on…

Hawaiian Haystacks

These aren’t hard and everyone knows how to make them, right?  Perhaps, with their own spin.  Before Derek and I had kids he felt like Hawaiian Haystacks were a luxury probably because I never made them.  A good friend of mine knew how much he loved them and would invite us over whenever it was…

Chicken Cordon Bleu

This is a gem I found from the weight watchers sight.  It’s supposed to be a lighter version of Chicken Cordon Bleu (mostly because they omit the sauce).  This is such a delicious think to serve especially for company and it literally only takes 30 minutes to make. CHICKEN CORDON BLEU Ingredients: Four 4oz pieces…

Pot Roast

Sunday pot roast seems to be a simple enough thing that everyone knows how to cook.  I often just throw meat, potatoes, carrots, onions and even celery all in a crock pot with a little McCormick seasoning and call it good.  So fast to throw together and then my crock pot does all the cooking….