Steak Salad with Avocado Dressing

Pan seared steak rests on a spinach salad loaded with goodness! A simple avocado dressing finishes it all off!

A simply seasoned steak is cooked to taste, then placed atop a spinach salad that is piled high with quinoa, corn, black beans and radishes.   A creamy avocado dressing tops it all off! Writing my baby shower post from yesterday  got me thinking about when my own kids were born.  I have been reminiscing about what it was like to go from zero kids to one, then two, then three and how my parenting has changed along the way. Frankly, I’m … Continue reading →

Cauliflower Fritters with Tzatziki Sauce

Simple Cauliflower Fritters with Tzatziki sauce

Cauliflower and potatoes are pan fried and served with a simple tzatziki sauce! It doesn’t get better than this! I was such a simpleton when I was a kid.  I mean, it didn’t take much for me to be thoroughly entertained.  I suppose that’s a good trait to have growing up in the 70’s.  The decade of only 4 tv channels that mostly aired adult programming.  No 24 hour Disney Channel for me. One of my favorite ways to pass the time involved a … Continue reading →

Potatoes Anna

Buttery sliced potatoes baked up to perfection!

Buttery layered potatoes baked until crisp and golden! The first time I ever made these potatoes was also one of the first times I ever hosted family for Easter.  My husband and I were newly married and had recently purchased our first home.  I decided it would be fun to host my in-laws and both sets of grandparents on my husband’s side.  I went all out.  I purchased special linens for the table, cloth napkins and table … Continue reading →


Tabbouleh bulgur salad

Simple and fresh Middle Eastern Salad, made with bulgur, tomatoes, parsley and a light lemon dressing! It’s the beginning of January.  Time for those sobering resolutions.  Like many other optimists making resolutions, my big three are:  to eat better, be more organized and exercise more.   However, I have a list of smaller resolutions too.  Resolutions that are a little off the beaten path so to speak.  Below are just a few ways in which I … Continue reading →

Easy Homemade Stuffing

Easy stuffing with all the fixings!

 Easy homemade sausage stuffing is the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving dinner!   The other day my daughter announced out of the blue that she doesn’t like Thanksgiving because she doesn’t like pie.  The apple did not fall far from the tree there!  The way that she and I differ is that the one thing I do love about Thanksgiving is the stuffing!!!  Every year I stuff myself with stuffing!  Love it!  Especially if it’s loaded … Continue reading →

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes {with Pancetta and Blue Cheese}

Rich and delicious buttermilk mashed potatoes!

 Luxuriously creamy buttermilk mashed potatoes!     I have been having a terrible time with time management.  I cannot pinpoint exactly when it started, but I know it’s not likely to end any time soon.  I start my day with a prioritized list of things that need to get done.  Some days I do a fabulous job and go to bed feeling accomplished and on top of the world.  Other days I fail miserably.  It doesn’t matter how early I start my … Continue reading →

Quinoa with Roasted Peppers

Quinoa with Roasted Peppers

Looking for a flavorful quinoa recipe?   Look no further! This quinoa salad combines mini sweet roasted peppers soaked in olive oil and garlic and topped with crumbled feta cheese. This quinoa salad reminds me of some of the food I ate as kid.  My family never ate fast food growing up.  When your parents come from the “old country”, fast food just isn’t part of their vocabulary.  Everything we ate was homemade and every meal was … Continue reading →

Vanilla Vinaigrette over Mixed Greens and Pomegranates

Vanilla Vinaigrette and Mixed Greens.

        So here it is, the second installment of Iron Chef Mom.  The ingredient this week is vanilla.  Sure, I could have shared any baked good, since vanilla extract is in just about everything.  But I wanted to challenge myself to use vanilla in a different way.  Amazingly, salad was my first thought.  I don't really eat salads that often.  But ever since I watched Nacho Libre over Christmas, I've been … Continue reading →