March 1, 2015

Amish Style Ham Salad

Since moving to Pennsylvania, I have been introduced to many foods that's I'd never heard of before. Some of them... aren't exactly my thing, but now and then I come across something that hits this Wisconsin girl's taste buds in just the right way. This ham salad is that for me. Simple, delicious, down to earth kind of food. I first had ham salad that was purchased at an Amish farm market in my town and I immediately fell in love. It was amazing, but expensive... so I set out trying to make my own version and found it's really easy and much more economical than buying it ready made.

February 21, 2015

Spinach Potato Cakes

By now most of you probably know I am a huge fan of re-purposing my leftovers. I believe in trying to be thrifty but everyone gets tired of eating the same thing for 2 and 3 days in a row. Try as hard as I do, it seems I am forever making too much of something or other. I think that comes from learning to cook from my Grandmother who was raised in a farming community with very hungry, hard working folks. She always made huge quantities of everything she cooked and nothing ever went to waste. Luckily, I learned that last bit from her too and I never throw food away. I will freeze it, find something new to do with it or even just eat it until it's gone.

February 14, 2015

Easy 4 Ingredient Brownies

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you are spending time with your loved ones today and doing something special together. Here in the east, we're preparing for a little bit of snow (New England will get hammered again from what I hear) and some super cold temperatures and wicked winds later today. To me it sounds like the perfect weather to stay in, cuddle up with your honey and bake something delicious. I plan to spend the day with my favorite people, watch some movies and for dessert,  I made these simple brownies to top off our day.

February 8, 2015

Swiss Chard, Chickpea and Tomato Curry

I've made this particular curry several times now and I am so in love... not only with the flavors but it's simplicity. Using canned chickpeas makes this meal easy to the table on even the busiest of weeknights. I have made several variations on this recipe, too, so feel free to use what you have on hand. If you don't have chard, use spinach or kale. Don't like chickpeas? Lentils or even a meaty white bean works. I have added other vegetables to the mix as well. I have used diced zucchini, diced butternut squash or sweet potato. The beauty of a meal like this is being able to use what you have on hand and what appeals to your personal palate.

January 8, 2015

BBQ Cabbage Sandwiches

Oh my goodness.... these were so good! I know it sounds a little odd, but bear with me on this one. I have this lovely friend, Jill from Simple Daily Recipes, who does some of the most amazing vegan recipes. It was on her site that I found this deliciousness. I changed it up just a teeny bit in my version but not much. You can find the recipe on Jill's site here: If you have any interest in eating a plant based diet (even if you want to be a part timer like I am), I would encourage you to take a look at her stuff... she is knowledgeable and she is a hoot to watch on You Tube! Go ahead... go take a look... I'll wait here for you ;)

January 3, 2015

Healthy Simple Spinach and Cauliflower Soup

It's that time of year... the holidays are over and so is all the indulgence and excess. This morning I started my day with a smoothie and I made up a big batch of this simple, good for you soup. It is completely vegetarian and uses only 6 ingredients, 8 if you count the salt and pepper. I make quite a few different versions of this basic soup recipe... switching up whatever vegetables I have on hand, what is in season or what I have a craving for. I treat this soup like a starter course or a snack. I usually start my meal with a nice big bowl of soup along with a huge salad.... this helps fill me up and is delicious as well as being good for you. I like doing this because then I can still have whatever main course I want, but since I am already partially full, I tend to make better choices and eat smaller portions. For me, it works.

December 2, 2014

'Tis the Season for.... Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

I was recently invited to join in on a wonderful weekly cyber cookie "swap" with a few amazing bloggers that I am also so thankful to call friends. Each week we will all be posting a different cookie that is suitable for your holiday cookie tray. I hope you enjoy this little "swap" and please make sure to take a look at all the blogs listed below for even more cookie inspiration!

These peanut butter kiss cookies are one of our absolute must haves for Christmas. They are tender and super peanut buttery and go beautifully with a ice cold glass of milk or a steaming mug of hot chocolate.