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…

Lemon Pepper Red Potatoes

I have to give another shout out to Jenny Sarantis for this idea.  She served these to us for dinner one night, and I thought they were so good.  She basically just boiled red potatoes and dressed them with olive oil, lemon pepper, and fresh dill.  I never would have come up with that combination…

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…

Lily’s Kale Salad

I have to give credit to Lily Darais for introducing me to this salad too.  One night I invited her family to join us at our place for dinner.  She offered to bring a salad.  And I have to be honest, when she came over my house with all the ingredients to make her salad…

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 Pumpkin Seeds

Halloween inevitably brings pumpkin carving and pumpkin carving means roasted pumpkin seeds.  We’ve got pumpkin carving down to a science at our house.  They kids and I dream up what we want on our pumpkins all day long this usually involves some googling for pictures to copy.  Derek does all the knife work after watching…

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…

Apple Chips

We have the most amazing apple tree in our backyard that produces these ginormous sweet red apples.  Everyone always asked me what kind they are and I really don’t know.  I feel like most people can apple sauce with their apples, but I don’t particularly like apple sauce.  We mostly dry our apples in ring…

Canned Salsa

I have to give props to my friend Julie Riley for teaching me the process of canning salsa.  When Derek and I moved into this house, but still didn’t have kids Julie offered to teach anyone interested how to can salsa.  Derek and I had planted a small salsa garden that year, and Derek loves…

Eggplant Involtini

I think eggplants have got to be the prettiest vegetable around.  Sometimes I buy them at the store just because they are pretty and have no clue what I’m going to do with them.  One day after making just such an impulsive purchase, I decided to try my hand at this Cooks Illustrated recipe for…

Pecan and Arugula Pesto

One year for Christmas my aunt sent me this fabulous Rachel Ray cookbook.  I love Rachel Ray–Italian flare and usually fairly simple lots of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil-seems to be her favorite thing).   This particular cookbook was called Rachel Ray 365: No Repeats and is supposed to contain 365 different recipes, one for…