Creamy Pesto Pasta Sauce

Kudos to Sarah Leeper for this recipe!  She made this for our family when we went out to stay with them in New Hampshire this fall.  We had just come home from a long day together of site seeing and everyone was hungry.  She and Jamis threw this together so fast and every single person…

Chinese Pork Dumplings

Oh man these were definitely a labor of love, but so good and the feeling of them sitting in my belly makes me feel like it was totally worth it.  It just might be a while before I do it again though.  This recipe came in my most recent Cooks Illustrated magazine and I was…

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…

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…