greek gyros {crock pot recipe}


Whenever we go to county fairs, state fairs, food festivals and carnivals, we always seem to seek out the nearest gyro truck. Just this past weekend we indulged in some awesome gyros at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. We can’t seem to get enough! It got me thinking about creating a gyro recipe that we could…



This time of year we frequently head out to our back yard in the evenings and have a little campfire. On those nights we make s’mores… and recently we tried S’moreos! The same as a s’more but on an original Oreo cookie instead! We like peanut butter on ours too, but that’s just a matter…

espresso black bean chili {chicken & vegetarian options}


This is a recipe I created that was inspired by a much simpler chili by Mark Bittman. He uses minimal ingredients in his, which makes sense, because he’s called The Minimalist. I’m not, and therefore, I kept adding ingredients and tasting the chili until I realized that the only things left in the kitchen were…

turkey taco salad bowl


Taco Salad is such a delicious, healthy meal when it’s prepared with both taste and nutrition in mind. There’s no need to load this salad down with salt and fat. The rich, fresh ingredients all taste awesome when paired with the classic Mexican spices and textures. This is, hands down, one of my favorite things…

beer cheese soup


Here’s an easy, wonderful recipe I cut out of the newspaper years ago. It’s one of our favorite soups to make around  Christmas time. We serve it with sausage and brioche and there are never any leftovers! ~ Beer Cheese Soup ~ 6 cups low sodium chicken broth or homemade stock 24 oz. dark beer…

classic german chocolate cake


Did you know that German Chocolate Cake isn’t from Germany? I found this out while perusing some recipes online and in a few of my cookbooks. This cake was invented by a man named “German.” He’s the same guy that invented German sweet cooking chocolate. Just a little cooking trivia before we begin. My younger…

pumpkin sherry mushroom stuffed pasta shells


Mmmmmmm…. there’s nothing quite like combining pumpkin and pasta to create a cozy comfort food dish for autumn. The cream sherry brings out the lovely flavors of the pumpkin in this recipe,  as does the light sprinkling of freshly ground nutmeg. Feel free to use Alfredo sauce in place of the red sauce if you…

magic “crazy crust” apple pie


This is a recipe that my grandma gave me years ago when I moved away from home. I remember making it every year during apple season, after our annual jaunt to the local apple orchard. First, in the little kitchen in my college dorm and later in the galley kitchen of my first “real” apartment.…

thai peanut chicken noodle jar


This past summer was definitely the summer of “jar” picnics. We enjoyed quite a few! As summer turns to Autumn, we’re still taking salads and meals in jars wherever we go. This is my latest creation. for 4 thai peanut noodle jars: 4 cups whole grain spaghetti noodles, cooked according to package and chilled 2…

{better than d’amico’s} cherry turkey pasta salad


This is by far one of the best pasta salads I’ve ever made. It’s full of delicious flavors and interesting textures. It’s very versatile too. You can certainly substitute chicken for the turkey, craisins for the dried cherries, and sugar for the honey. for the salad: 1 lb. rotini pasta (or bowtie pasta), cooked according…