gracie’s oreo cookie & cream cupcakes


My daughter Grace made up a batch of these in her Intro to Culinary Arts class. They’re delicious and so easy to prepare! The cream cheese frosting is perfect on these little confections. for the cupcakes: ~ preheat oven to 350 degrees F. ~ 1 boxed white cake mix 3 large eggs 1/2 cup real…

creamy lemon poppy seed chicken


Mmmmmm! Oh, yeah! This is my idea of comfort food. This chicken is super creamy and rich. It’s perfect with a cold, crisp tossed salad and a little baguette. So many of the creamy chicken casseroles out there call for condensed, canned cream soups. Honestly, they’re so bad for you! Most of them contain tons…

the original frontier inn salad


There use to be a restaurant in Wickenburg, AZ called The Frontier Inn owned by a man named Vic Comer. He was famous for his smoked meats… and this amazing salad. We just love it with grilled steak or chicken! yield: 8 servings 6 slices thick cut bacon 1 large cove garlic, minced 2 cups…

green goddess deviled eggs with bacon


These deviled eggs are a new, healthier twist on the old, favorite classic. I make these for virtually every holiday and they also make an awesome addition to a breakfast, brunch or game day buffet! This recipe makes extra deviled egg filling than you’ll need to fill the eggs. I like to serve it in…

matzo ball soup


This has most definitely been the winter of soup! I’ve been enjoying the process of creating new soup recipes and sharing them with all of you… annnnnd, I have a very special project in the hopper. Eep! Wait for it…. This is such a lovely, elegant soup. Jeff and Grace love it. There’s something so…

pot roast tacos {barbacoa}

Oh my goodness! Can you guess what I’ve been craving again? Yup! Tacos! Are you ready for this? It’s my take on the classic barbacoa, and I must say, it’s absolutely  fabulous, daaaaahlings! This will make enough beefy goodness for approximately 15 over-stuffed tacos (I always figure on about 3 tacos per person.) Soooo… this…

mom’s veggie burgers


Here’s a unique recipe for “veggie” burgers that my mom created back in the 70s. They’re called “veggie” as in vegetarian, not because there are veggies in them I had to clear that up before sharing the recipe. These burgers are hard to describe, but let me just say, they are completely wonderful. My mom…

jimmy fallon’s crock pot chili


It’s bright and sunny outside today which makes me happy. I’m not planning on leaving the house, so the fact that it was 18 degrees below zero when I got up this morning isn’t going to make a difference to me. I’m just going to enjoy the sunshine coming through my kitchen and studio windows…

apple pie chicken salad


Happy Friday! I’m so happy it’s the weekend. I’m not exactly sure what we’ll be doing yet, but I just love the anticipation of 48 (or so) unscheduled hours. A local pub is serving these amazing peanut butter and jelly wings that I’ve been craving, so I’m thinking that might be a fun Friday night…

pizza soup


Mmmmmm…. Are you ready for another delicious, cozy soup to add to your cold weather repertoire? This is a wonderful dish to make when you’re craving pizza and don’t want to eat a bunch of sugar-laden, carby crust. It’s loaded with vegetables and tons of flavor. It tastes just like pizza! 1/4 cup extra virgin…