Crispy Oven Baked Broccoli & Mushrooms

When we have company for dinner, my husband usually fusses over the perfect meat recipe and I fuss over the appetizers/desserts. That leaves the “middle” items or side dishes – salad, vegetables, potatoes/rice/pasta… Often these dishes do not get all the praise that the meat and dessert get. However, these little crispy veggies are easy…

Loaded Focaccia

“I wanna raise your spirits. I want to see you smile” so I am pairing a simple, delicious focaccia and Marshmello’s “Happier”. This focaccia will make you happy – you can add toppings or strip it down to plain focaccia. It is great as a side to chilis, stews or soups. It is also great…

BBQ/Firepit Potatoes & Bacon

When I was a kid, my parents had a cabin with a firepit and often, they’d make these foil packet potatoes. Maybe it is nostalgia, or maybe it is just that these potatoes “take it to the limit”, but we just had to make them, although we did ours on the BBQ. Still delicious and…

Mushroom, Broccoli & Swiss Cheese Rolls

This is a recipe that I came up with to try and get a few more vegetables into my kids. Since they love all of these ingredients, I decided to throw them together. I can’t say this is their favorite recipe, but they all ate the buns! So, I think the rolls were a success….

Spinach Puffs

Time: 45 minutes If you haven’t watched this funny movie, you should! Kronk was one of my kids’ favorite characters. He is fun loving and an excellent cook. He also makes spinach puffs in this movie… so even when many years after my kids stopped watching the movie, they always remind me of Kronk when…

Old Smokey Cucumber & Radish Salad

Time: 15 minutes In a pandemic, we need a miracle… I’m pairing Smokey R & The Miracles with this amazing, unique (made up myself recipe) salad! It is full of super-foods (microgreens & red onions), super easy and super smoked paprika delicious. I made this a few days ago for my family and we had…

Alive Again Salsa

Time: 1 hour; makes about 8 small jars Ok – it is week 5 of social distancing, isolation and quarantine due to the worldwide pandemic. To keep busy this week, my 15 YO daughter and I decided to make home made salsa. We even canned it. It is also Easter week and because we won’t…

Mushroom & Pea Risotto (Pressure Cooker)

Time: 35 minutes Don’t you want mushroom & pea risotto? You will. Trust me. So good. So healthy. So easy! That much is true. Music Selection:  Human League – Don’t You Want Me Ingredients: ¼ cup dried mushrooms 4 Tbsp butter 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 onion, diced 2 cups sliced mushrooms, fresh 2 cups…

Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Time: 45 minutes Laughter is the best medicine. Music helps us relax. Broccoli is good for us. Cheese is just yummy, so I am paring them all together. Enjoy! Music Selection: Victor Borge – Pianist Ingredients: 1 large head of broccoli (about 1 ½ lbs) 8 oz cream cheese, softened in microwave ¼ cup sour…

Chilean Rice

Time: 30 minutes We had a potluck a few months ago and one of our guests made a traditional chilean rice dish for the party. It was soooooo good. I decided to give a try and it is also very easy to make. To get in the mood, we played Huasos. Enjoy both! Music Selection:…