Mushroom and Sun-dried Tomato Pizza

This one is fast and easy.  I needed a break after cooking all weekend. The Ingredients pre-made pizza shells pizza sauce (in the pasta section) mozzarella cheese mushrooms, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, chopped dried oregano garlic powder I used a cookie sheet to prepare the pies for the oven.  I layered the pies with sauce, oregano, garlic…

Grilled Zucchini

This one is so easy and yummy 🙂 The Ingredients zucchini or squash olive oil salt ground pepper Preheat the grill for about 15 minutes at high heat.  Wash the zucchini, then slice it to about 1/2 inch slices. Drizzle with olive oil.  Add salt and pepper to taste, and you’re ready for the grill….

Banana Bread

Long before I learned how to cook, I was a baker.  And the strange thing about that was, I never had a sweet tooth.  So I would bake and then give it away or take it to work, where my co-workers complained I would make them fat. I told my husband I wouldn’t be baking…

Chicken Meatballs

We recently had an open house in our new home. It was nice to finally get to meet some of our neighbors.  I made these meatballs and they were a hit! The Recipe 1/2 white onion, chopped 2 cloves of garlic, pressed 1 T.  olive or canola oil 3 lbs. ground chicken 1 c. panko…

Spanish Rice and Beans

Growing up, I had a hispanic stepmother who taught me how to make this recipe. She used a spice, called sofrito, in many of her recipes.  It is a wonderful mixture of vegetables and herbs all chopped up in a blender or food processor.  As far as I’m concerned, the star of this mixture is…

Grilled Potatoes

My Dad died in July of 2001, just 2 months before 9/11.  Since he was a WWII veteran, having fought for his country, I was happy that he did not get to witness this atrocity. As a young man, he was a Boy Scout Leader, and liked to hike and cook out, either on the…

Spicy Chicken Chile

Spicy When I say this dish is spicy, it is not necessarily hot.   You can adjust the spice however you like.  Tone it down or add more kick, whatever you prefer.  The heat mainly comes from the hot sauce, which I made very mild. The Recipe 1/2 lb. Ground chicken or turkey, browned 2…

Tomato and Cucumber Salad

6/29/16 Tomatoes and cucumbers are fresh at our local orchard, and as always this is a great, easy, go-to side dish for lunch, dinner, picnics, whatever.  It is very healthy and light tasting with only 1 T. of olive oil in the recipe. I’ve updated the prior post to include the use of fresh basil,…

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

As I mentioned, I recently married and there is a cultural difference between me and my husband.  We are both Americans, but I am of German decent, and he is of Filipino decent.  He did not know what the term “comfort food” meant. Being of German decent, I am all too familiar with that term….

Summer Salsa

Of course, this recipe is for all year long, but there is nothing better than fresh salsa, and it is the perfect time of the year for it.  Even if you don’t have access to fresh tomatoes, you can get these gorgeous vine ripened tomatoes pretty much all year long at the grocery store.  This…