Asparagus and Leek Skillet Pizza

Asparagus and leek skillet pizza

I’m starting to realize that when I like something, I really like something.  There are things that I really have been attached to lately when it comes to cooking.  [And I'm sure you've noticed them around here too.]  One – my cast iron skillet.  [It may be the only pan I use.] Two – bread. … Continue Reading…

Apricot Sweet Rolls

Apricot Sweet Rolls via thegrantlife.com

Do you know how I know that I’m really starting to like this whole “make your own bread” thing?  I love the smell of active yeast.  [Whoa, weird!]  I know.  Its totally weird!  But when I start making a bread recipe, the yeast starts to bubble and fill the whole house with good bread smells…. Continue Reading…

Basil Pizza Dough

Basil Pizza Dough Recipe

I think I am slowly starting to overcome my fear of making bread.  I make our homemade white bread once a week and I have even started venturing into other bread recipes.  It’s fun to try new bread recipes with a little more confidence.  One recipe that still had me scared?  Pizza dough!  I feel… Continue Reading…

How to Cut a Leek

How to cut a leek

Leeks have to be my new favorite vegetable in the kitchen.  When we go to the farmer’s market on the weekends, I always stop and grab at least one before browsing all the local vendors.  When I get home I put them on the counter with my other fresh produce and the smell just fills… Continue Reading…

Roasted Tomato Skillet Pasta

Roasted Tomato Skillet Pasta Dinner

You know how I admitted a few weeks ago that I am a pasta-a-holic? Well I probably should change that to admit that I am addicted to one pot pasta dinners.  I seriously can’t get over how easy they are and why they weren’t in my life sooner. [Slightly dramatized but only slightly].  They have… Continue Reading…

Java Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

java chocolate chunk ice cream

The older I get the more I love my morning coffee.  And I should really find another name for coffee because I like mine with equal parts coffee and creamer.  And what I really mean is I use equal parts International Delight Sweet Cream coffee creamer.  So I’m basically drinking ice cream flavored coffee in… Continue Reading…

Leftover Ham Ideas

Leftover Ham Ideas!  Great recipes to use all that left over ham from the holidays!

Some people are funny about leftovers, they either don’t like them twice or they don’t like to cook with them.  I really love leftovers.  If its something I love, I can eat it a few days in a row [aka pasta] or I can whip up something else entirely.  I actually plan our weekly menu… Continue Reading…

Farmer’s Market Tips

Farmer's Market Tips

One of the great things about living in south Texas is that our growing season is longer then most places. We have mild winters that allows for some seasonal vegetation when most places are covered in snow. Our farmers market is open year round so we always have fresh produce to buy.  I have started… Continue Reading…

Rosemary Roasted Tomatoes

Rosemary roasted tomatoes

My grandpa was 100 percent Italian and sometimes I think I get my love of food from him. He would spend all day cooking to make his specialty – gallons and gallons of homemade pasta sauce. He used the biggest pot I had ever seen and it would simmer all day. It was a process… Continue Reading…

Bacon Avocado Scones

Bacon Avocado Scones

Most of the time when I wake up in the morning I don’t jump out of bed.  It’s more of a reluctant slide off the side of my bed and shuffle to the coffee.  And I do mean slide.  I put my hand out on the edge of my bed, swing my feet over and… Continue Reading…