Vegan Split Pea Soup

Vegan split pea soup is simple, hearty and so flavorful.  I received high praises from both my vegetarian daughter and my carnivore husband for this meal. I really thought my husband would be asking why there wasn’t any ham in the soup. But instead, he said, “Babe, this soup is really, REALLY good”. It’s always a home run for me when I can please everyone with one meal. This soup is so easy. Just chop the vegetables, saute the onion in a large pot or dutch oven. Add the spices and saute another minute. Add the split peas, carrots, celery, potatoes, and broth.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a good...

Easy Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls are a great comfort food recipe to have in your rotation. Meaty, saucy goodness in a neat little package. There are all sorts of variations on this dish, this is the recipe we enjoy the most. Prepare the cabbage leaves, score around the core with a paring knife. Boil the cabbage in a large pot for about 2 minutes. Peel off the softened leaves. Place remaining head back in the boiling water and repeat until all of the leaves are removed. Remove any tough stems from cooked leaves. Combine the meat mixture ingredients in a medium bowl, set aside. Combine the sauce ingredients in a separate bowl. Spread a...

Spinach Salad with Curry Mustard Vinaigrette

Spinach salad with curry mustard vinaigrette is a favorite in our house. Sometimes you just need to break up that old garden salad routine. The dressing for this salad is what makes this dish, it has a zippy tang that you just can’t resist.  It’s so simple and I’m pretty sure you have the ingredients your pantry just waiting to be mixed! This recipe was shared by a good friend of my sister’s and we have been enjoying it for years! You know the drill, right? Just place all the dressing ingredients in a jar and shake. Refrigerate while assembling the salad. I use the prepackaged bag of spinach and tear...

Firecracker Chicken Meatballs

Firecracker chicken meatballs are the key to your next party, game day or gathering. Perfectly spicy, slightly sweet and tantalizingly sticky. My husband couldn’t get enough of these spicy chicken meatballs that pack a big punch of flavor. Combine the sauce ingredients in a small sauce-pan, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Combine the meatball ingredients. DO NOT OVER MIX. You don’t want a tough, dry meatball. Use a tablespoon cookie scoop to form the balls.  Place them on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 11 – 12 minutes. Remove the baking pan from the oven, brush each meatball with...

Spinach Artichoke Cups

Spinach artichoke cups are a tasty appetizer for any party, sure to please all your guests! No need to fill a bowl with chips or stick a spoon in a bowl of dip. Make these and your guests will enjoy a perfect party food. Spinach artichoke dip in a bite size food. Mix all the filling ingredients. Gently press wontons into the mini muffin pan. Careful with this step you don’t want them to tear. Using a tablespoon fill cups and bake for about 10 minutes. Easy-peasy, right? They are so quick to prepare you can make one pan at a time to keep warm appetizers coming to your guests all...

Italian Butterball Cookies

Italian butterball cookies are soft, buttery, melt in your mouth deliciousness. There are so many different names for this very popular cookie. But we call them butterball cookies in our house. I usually only make these during Christmas time but have been known to have a craving hit during the year. Finely chop the pecans. You don’t want big chunks in these cookies. Sorry about the ginormous photo of the cutting board. I had help with the pics on this post from my daughter. Cream the butter with 3/4 cup of confectioners sugar. Add the egg, vanilla extract and almond extract. Whisk the flour, baking powder, salt and pecans together in...

Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies

Molasses cookies are a traditional Christmas cookie.  Slightly crispy outside and tender chewy inside. It’s not the holidays without them. I have been making these for years and they are always expected to be on our holiday cookie tray. They are easy to make and always devoured. Whisk dry ingredients in one bowl. Mix wet in another and then combine the two.  The dough can be tough to mix by hand but muster on and keep stirring. I have made these with my stand mixer several times and they just don’t seem to come out the same. So put those biceps to work. Refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour...

Tuscan White Bean Soup

Need an easy and fast meal for those busy weeknights? This Tuscan white bean soup is a great go-to recipe. It’s hearty, warm and totally satisfying. My family loves this soup, even my carnivore husband. So simple and full of comforting flavors. In a large heavy bottomed pot saute onions, carrots and celery. Dump the garlic, red pepper flakes, thyme, bay leaf and rosemary. Saute another 1 minute. Pour in the vegetable broth, beans, tomatoes, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer, cover with a lid and cook for 15 minutes. Add the kale and simmer another 10-15 minutes. Remove the bay leaf, use an immersion...

Simple Gingerbread Biscotti

Gingerbread biscotti is a must make holiday treat and it’s great for gifting to neighbors and friends.  It’s loaded with gingerbread holiday flavors and has the perfect crunch. It’s not too hard which I prefer in a biscotti. You don’t need a cup of coffee to enjoy one but it sure does enhance the pleasure! Whisk together the dry ingredients in one bowl. Then mix the eggs, sugar, butter and molasses in the bowl of a stand mixer. Combine the dry with the wet. Divide the dough in half and form each half into a loaf about 10″x 3″. Bake for 25 minutes.  Allow to cool long enough to handle easily....

Easy Creamy Carrot Souffle

Carrot souffle has replaced sweet potato casserole at our holiday table for good! It’s to DIE for! Who knew mashed carrots could taste this amazing? It’s rich, creamy, fluffy, sweet and the most amazing cooked carrots you will ever eat! It could almost be dessert. Add this tasty dish to your holiday menu and receive rave reviews! Peel, clean and dice the carrots into 1″ pieces. Boil in a large pot for about 30 minutes until very soft. While still hot place the carrots in your food processor or blender. Add sugars, baking powder, vanilla, flour and mix. Add eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter and mix until smooth. DO NOT overmix,...