Spiced Chicken with Pear/Cherry Chutney

You would think that with everything basically closed during COVID-19 Stay-At Home orders, we would have more time to make dinner. That is NOT the case. Basically the kiddos are climbing the walls and take more of our energy than ever… so I am continually looking for recipes that don’t require a lot of babysitting…

Skinny Chicken Parm aka "Pizza Chicken"

Want an easy weeknight dinner that is delicious with very little effort? This is for you! The hardest thing to do is to remember to thaw the chicken breasts the day before so they are ready to go. In this recipe the chicken is baked, not fried, hence, “Skinny”. And, since LV wouldn’t eat anything…

Cinnamon Honey Wheat Bread

COVID-19, because of you, the bread shelves at Costco were bare. Usually I make sourdough bread each week, but that is more of a crusty loaf and we needed sandwich bread. So, as a stress reliever, I resorted to making a new recipe in my machine. Also, it’s so freaking easy, just dump the stuff…

Shortbread cookies

Oh, COVID-19. You are stressing me out. What do I do when I am stressed – eat and cook! You know, stressed is desserts backwards. One of my fave desserts is shortbread cookies. I have two recipes I have tried recently. One is tried and true – “Panera Copycat” recipe and the other is a…

Baked Apple Oatmeal

About 2 weekends ago, we went apple picking. This is a yearly tradition in my family and I love it. This year it was super hot on the day we went and I was about 39 weeks pregnant so it didn’t much feel like fall, but we got good apples nonetheless. Then we had to…

Buttermilk Pancakes

I love good breakfast foods. A well made buttermilk pancake is no exception. Usually, when we make pancakes at home we just use a mix, but sometimes, for fun (and when we have leftover buttermilk) I make the good ones. I’ve tried a few recipes but the one I like best is from Fine Cooking…

Weekend French Toast

I went to a local bakery/winery last night to celebrate a friend and came home with half a loaf of bread as leftovers. It was perfect for French toast. My favorite way to make French toast a bit more “fancy” is to add a bit of heavy cream to the egg as well as a…

Mole Chicken Chili

I love a good mole. And now I have a decent recipe for one that I can make on a weeknight with some Instant Pot magic. The recipe is from America’s Test Kitchen. I’ve been wanting to post this one for a while, but chili is hard to photograph and I finally got a picture…

North Carolina Cheese Biscuits (from Cook’s Country)

Ever since I was a kid I’ve loved biscuits – who doesn’t, I know. But even so, when I was a kid I used to make this baking powder drop biscuit recipe ALL THE DANG TIME. It was from this really old “kids” cookbook that my Mom had. I loved making those things. So fluffy…

Cheese of the month club: delivery #1 – Stilton

For Christmas my hubs got me 3 months of a “cheese of the month club”. He’s the best, right?! I will be getting 3 kinds of cheese with each delivery (about 1.5 lbs each time). Luckily, he was able to schedule them every other month – because 1.5 lbs is kind of a lot of…