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Roasted Balsamic Butternut Squash with Goat Cheese

Roasted Balsamic Butternut Squash with Goat Cheese

I like most variety of winter squash, but Lo isn’t a big fan.  He’ll eat a squash dish if I make it (usually), but he’s not a big fan…just a good sport.  And he probably won’t eat leftovers, so I’ll be like – why have […]

Cheesy Grilled Stuffed Mini Peppers

I love the bags of those cute mini peppers at the grocery store.  I know bell peppers “should” be purchased organically because they are part of the dirty dozen, but the list doesn’t specify mini sweet peppers, so I’ll just pretend like these are okay […]

Sweet and Spicy Squash

I wanted to post this before Thanksgiving because it makes a fab Thanksgiving side dish (as a matter of fact, I made it again for that – but didn’t take pictures).  As usual of late, things don’t get done when I think they will.  But […]

Grilled Carrots with Carrot Greens Pesto

Grilled Carrots with Carrot Greens Pesto

If this picture looks familiar, it’s because I just posted it when I posted the Braised Potatoes recipe.  Someone commented on the carrots, so I thought I should get that recipe posted soon and this is the only picture that I took of the meal.  […]

Braised Potatoes with Pepper and Paprika

Braised Potatoes with Pepper and Paprika

I made these potatoes a couple of years ago for Easter and realize I never posted about them, other than mentioning them in another post.  It was quite a non-traditional Easter dinner – it was just the two of us and we had Teriyaki Burgers, […]

Quick Homemade Refried Beans

Quick Homemade Refried Beans

Last week I was dying for quesadillas almost everyday.  We didn’t really have any dinner plans and Lo said “go make yourself a dang quesadilla”.  Just kidding that’s from Napoleon Dynamite.  We had hot dogs one night and I didn’t really like them, so while […]

Cranberry Lentil Salad

Cranberry Lentil Salad

Lentils are one of my favorite grains…or beans…or seeds.  Whatever they are, I really like them.  I don’t make them nearly enough, which is kind of crazy because they are super easy.  They cook faster than rice and have more flavor than quinoa.  They are […]

Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Browned Butter

Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Browned Butter

I love asparagus and spring = asparagus.  It’s not ready in Ohio yet, since we haven’t had spring yet, but I couldn’t resist buying some when it was on sale last week.  My absolute favorite recipe for asparagus is Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Browned Butter.  […]

Super Bowl Party Recipes

Super Bowl Party Recipes

I LOVE football.  I don’t love it when the Steelers suck, but oh well.  I don’t hate the Ravens, but I hate Ray Lewis (and Michael Vick).  I hate that he was involved in a murder and plead down and no one got charged.  I […]

Gluten Free Baked Quinoa and Cheese

Gluten Free Baked Quinoa and Cheese

We had to work Christmas Eve and were heading to celebrate Christmas with Lo’s family in the morning.  I was craving a mac and cheese type dish (gluten free, of course) but didn’t feel like dealing with a difficult recipe and making a roux and […]