salisbury steak with cream gravy


This is crazy good. It’s hearty, comfort food and not something I would make every week or even every month because it’s pretty heavy. It’s a good “special occasion” dish and something I have to make when the craving strikes…. which seems to be every year when I flip the calendar from September to October…

pepper jack avocado grilled cheese sandwich


This is ooey, gooey, delicious and healthy! Use your favorite whole grain or sprouted grain bread for these sandwiches. We love it on original Ezekiel bread. Perfect for dipping into your favorite homemade tomato soup, easy creamy tomato soup or bisque! for 3 sandwiches: 6 slices original Ezekiel Bread 4 to 6 oz. sliced pepper…

chocolate chip overload pumpkin muffins


Ready for more pumpkiny goodness? This time I added a ton of mini chocolate chips for a match made in heaven! Enjoy with your favorite coffee or tea… ~ preheat oven to 350 degrees F. ~ 1 (15 oz.) can pure pumpkin puree 1 and 2/3 cups brown sugar or date sugar 2/3 cup vegetable…

turkey cranberry croissant sandwich


Get ready to make yummy noises. This is, hands down, one of my very favorite sandwiches. The flaky, buttery croissant, the slightly spicy cream cheese spread, the maple-glazed turkey, a slight crunch from the spring greens and pecans… all topped off with whole cranberry sauce and a little sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper. I…

{better than starbuck’s} pumpkin spice latte


Looking for a cozy, spicy, pumpkiny beverage to get you started on these chilly autumn mornings? Look no further. These yummy, Pumpkin Spice Lattes are so delicious, and they don’t cost $5 a pop! Move over, Starbucks! for two pumpkin spice lattes: 2 cups whole milk 2 Tablespoons pure canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie…

gracie’s iced pumpkin spice cookies


My daughter, Grace, has been on a mission to create simple, delicious and healthy treats. These little cake-like cookies are only 40 calories a piece when they’re unfrosted, and they’re mostly sweetened with healthful stevia. You can ice them with a simple powdered sugar icing (as shown above) or you could just dust them with…

chicken in a waffle


Here’s a recipe that was inspired by a new Minnesota State Fair favorite. The Blue Barn was selling these beauties for just shy of $10 a piece and people were going nuts over them. I immediately thought these would make a fun, occasional snack or dinner. They’re so easy to put together and SO delicious.…

sesame seared ahi tuna


We’re still having fun celebrating our 19th Wedding anniversary! I woke up to a huge bouquet of fresh pink and purple Alstroemaria flowers, French press coffee, and our favorite bagels and lox breakfast. We want to cook something slightly fancy, delicious and healthy for dinner tonight and we’re thinking this sesame-seared ahi tuna with sushi…

red quinoa tabbouleh salad


I’ve always been a fan of tabbouleh, and now that I have this little recipe in my bag of tricks, I make it all the time. It’s much healthier and lighter than the bulgur wheat version, and I honestly think it tastes better too! Quinoa is a wonderful substitute for bulgur, rice and cous cous.…