Chow Sauce for Stir Fry

We love stir fry in our home.  We consider it a good healthy meal with lots of veggies, and I love that it’s a whole meal in one dish/pan.  This is a version that I like to make because it’s less spicy for my kids.  If you like more heat you can always drizzle Sriracha…

Waldorf Salad

Credit for the Waldorf Salad is given to Oscar Tschirky.  This salad was supposedly first created and served in 1893 at a charity ball for the St. Mary’s Hospital for Children held at the Waldorf Hotel (thus the name) in New York where Tschirky was employed as Maitre D.  My Mom always used to make…

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…

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…

Pan-Seared Salmon

I saw an article for the best pan-seared salmon in one of my Cooks Illustrated magazines.  I’ve been wanting to try it.  I’ve put it off because it honestly seemed so simple  (just salt and pepper for flavoring) I didn’t think it could be anything special, but I was wrong.  The brine makes it so…

Grape Jelly Meatballs

It seems to wrong to serve meatballs pared with grape jelly and I questioned this combination at first, but this sauce is sweet, tangy, a little spicy, and these are always a hit at a party.   I can’t take too much credit for these, I stole this recipe from Allrecipes. GRAPE JELLY MEATBALLS 1…

Balsamic Shallot Vinaigrette

I love a good balsamic vinaigrette.  I often top my salads with just balsamic vinegar and olive oil.  This one has the added bonus of thinly sliced shallots.  You could put this on any salad, but tonight it sounded like the perfect paring for a goat cheese, beet salad I threw  together. BALSAMIC SHALLOT VINAIGRETTE…

Spanish Rice

This is a recipe I found in my Betty Crocker Cookbook back in the early years of marriage.  It’s so simple and can honestly be made in the same amount of time that you were spend making one of those box of rices, so I often opt for this.  Tonight, I was making enchiladas and…

Cauliflower Soup

This was another Cooks Illustrated find.  I love this recipe because it’s so creamy but doesn’t have any cream in it.  It calls for putting cauliflower in two different waves because supposedly cauliflower have a different taste depending on how longer it is simmered.  So cooking half of the cauliflower longer gives two different tastes…

Roasted Artichokes

I love artichokes and so do my kids.  In the past I have always either microwaved or steamed artichokes, but it takes forever.  I came across this Cooks Illustrated recipe for roasted artichokes and I now only do them this way.  There’s a little more prep on the front end, but they cook in just…

Cooked Plum Jam

I have this plum tree which it seems not matter what I do to it only produces these teeny little plums but tons of them.  I think it is the type of plum; they just don’t get big.  My kids love to eat them, but me not so much.  If you don’t pick them as…