With all of the quinoa eating that’s been going on around here, I’m craving a burger Here’s one that we love to make when the burger urge strikes. This is a riff on Emeril’s Bamburgers and we’ve gotten in the habit of making them for the 4th of July. These are juicy, spicy, flavorful and…

healthy hubby chocolate ice cream


I’m sure you’ve all heard about (and probably sampled) Ben & Jerry’s “Chubby Hubby” ice cream. Well, this isn’t that. This is actually frozen yogurt (but you don’t have to tell anyone.) It’s rich and creamy and soooooo chocolaty. I used agave nectar in place of sugar in this recipe so you can rejoice while…

{better than} macaroni grill’s chicken scaloppine


When I have my family over to celebrate a birthday I always let the guest of honor choose what they’d like for their birthday dinner and what kind of cake they want. This year my mom chose coconut cake (like she always does) and this delicious chicken dish that she orders whenever she dines at…

three day coconut cake


This is the moistest, yummiest coconut cake ever! It has to “age” for three days in the refrigerator after you make it, so plan accordingly. You are going to love this 3 Day Coconut Cake, and everyone is going to ask you for the recipe! 1 box white or yellow cake mix + ingredients the…

catfish nuggets


This is my favorite way to enjoy catfish! Wonderful as an appetizer or main course. ~preheat oil in deep-fryer to 375 degrees~ 1 cup yellow cornmeal 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 3/4 cup buttermilk 1 Tablespoon Louisiana Hot Sauce, Tabasco (or your favorite) 32 oz. boneless skinless catfish nuggets, rinsed and patted…

{better than} old bay seasoning


This is my take on the popular spice mix that so many people love with seafood dishes. 1 Tablespoon celery salt 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (fine grind) 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon garam masala seasoning mix 1/8 teaspoon chipotle powder 1/8 teaspoon dry mustard…

swiss steak {crock pot recipe}


Swiss steak reminds me of when I was little and my grandparents would come to visit. They’d make up big batches of the stuff and we’d pile it on steaming hot sour cream mashed potatoes. Here’s a way to enjoy this comfort food meal without hardly any fuss. The slow cooker does all the work!…

scenes from the past week


heirloom tomatoes a “dexter” breakfast… french press coffee ham steaks and basted eggs with tabasco sauce blood orange juice alice waits for her share glorious summer flowers a picnic with my daughters and grandgirls in colvill park a lunch at falconer vineyards with my friend nancy… the mall of america… lunch at TC Grill… dinner…

mussels in arrabbiata sauce


Oh my goodness… My cooking regimen has become pretty lazy this last month or so. I’m all about getting in and out of the kitchen quickly, making as small of a mess as possible, and not heating up the whole house for hours on end. This is one of my favorite things to make in…