Corn and Sweet Potato Salad

Corn and sweet potatoes are an irresistible combination. Plus it's summertime and you probably have corn coming out of your ears.  Okay....that was a terrible attempt at humor but hopefully this recipe for Corn and Sweet Potato Salad hits a better note with you.   I call it a salad but it's really a side dish or a hash.  There are many names for it but whichever you choose it's delicious and easy to make. Corn is probably on sale by the bucketful where you live as it is here in ... Continue Reading

Fresh Mango Honey Cake

This Fresh Mango Honey Cake recipe started for me with a lonely can of sweetened condensed milk leftover in my pantry that I wanted to get rid of.  That, and I bought a six-pack of mangos at Costco and they all ripened at once (as they tend to do).  From those two ingredients this yummy cake developed from concept to fork.  Ha-ha. Okay well....I thought that was funny.  Maybe humor is not best suit.  I'll stick to cooking. Anyway, as I was pondering what might make a nice sweet ... Continue Reading

Cheesy Chicken and Pasta Bake

Most people I know are busy.  Like really busy.  Baseball season for the kiddos is in full swing which means practice several evenings a week, or there's swim team, or dance, or music lessons, or karate... or all of the above!  And that doesn't include the PTA meetings or work functions or.......whew.  So a lot of nights we all have to choose between eating out or not eating.  And eating out is fine but it can add up and often times is not as healthy.  But what do you do when you don't ... Continue Reading

Pumpkin Mini-Bundt Cakes with Maple Glaze

My very discerning sweets taste testers absolutely loved these pumpkin mini-bundt cakes with maple glaze.  I did too, I must admit.  The test batch seemed to disappear at an alarming speed.  My favorite part about it was how moist the cakes turned out.  Really, truly.  And then all that yummy maple glaze that kind of pooled over the little dip in the bundt cake and drizzled all around the sides.  Yum!  Might be time for another batch... Here's the lowdown on the ingredients I used and ... Continue Reading

No-Bake Peanut Butter and Honey Oat Bars

Nothing reminds me of home and being a kid more than a peanut butter and honey sandwich.  I LOVED them growing up.  So as part of my segment for KCRA on Dorm Room Dishes I decided to come with an easy, no-bake treat that had the flavors of a peanut butter and honey sandwich AND that could be made in the microwave.  Perfect for a college dorm room,  right? Now I'm not normally a microwave kind of cook unless it's reheating something but I have to say these really turned out delicious!  ... Continue Reading

Tuna fish three ways

There is nothing more fun than taking a simple dish - like tuna fish - and finding new ways to present it and eat it.  It's all about options with this tuna trio.  I came up with these ideas as part of my cooking segment for KCRA3 on what college kids can make in their dorm room kitchens.  Unless things have changed dramatically since I went to college, which is possible, it's all about cheap, quick and easy.  Also, tuna fish is a very healthy option for college kids who may be concerned ... Continue Reading

Back To School Party

Why not kick off the school season the way we do the summer with a back to school party to get the kids excited?  It doesn't have to be big.  Just your kids and one or two friends that maybe they haven't seen over the summer or a new friend who may be in your class next year!  The more important thing is to involve your kids and make it fun and easy by serving a few kid-friendly favorites and letting them help.  I grabbed a roll of white wrapping paper and let them make the sign, which ... Continue Reading

Mac-N-Cheese Bites

These mini bites of mac-n-cheese are hit in our house.  Whether it's a snack before soccer practice or served as part of my Back To School Party menu cooking mac-n-cheese in mini-muffin tins seems to bring new excitement to a classic.  It's the creamy, cheesy flavors you and your kids crave but with a little crunch from the breadcrumbs and parmesan. My recipe for these little gems starts with a traditional homemade mac-n-cheese.  I freshly grate medium cheddar and white cheddar, but use ... Continue Reading

Kid friendly BBQ Chicken

This kid friendly BBQ chicken is not just for kids but for anyone who loves BBQ sauce but hates spice.  If I try to sneak in even a little bit of spice into my BBQ sauce my kids will call me out on it right away. Guaranteed.  I've tried. So this time I decided to make my own BBQ sauce that has the sweetness and tanginess that makes BBQ so delicious, and the chicken so tender, but eliminate any hint of a kick.  Yep. No chili peppers.  Typically I love to add chipotle peppers in adobo sauce ... Continue Reading