Chicken Jambalaya Soup #SundaySupper

Jambalaya Soup | Packed with terrific flavor from chicken, andouille sausage, rice and more!

Chicken Jambalaya Soup is a taste of New Orleans made easy and the perfect dish for your Mardi Gras dinner.  A little spicy with loads of flavor from the classic holy trinity of Cajun cooking plus andouille sausage, this hearty soup will hit the spot! This post is sponsored by McCormick in conjunction with a social […]

Spicy Salmon Nachos

Spicy Salmon Nachos | Cheesy chips with jalapenos, black beans and salmon #ad

Whether for a game day munchie or a party appetizer, these Spicy Salmon Nachos are an easy, addicting treat! I am an official ambassador for Chicken of the Sea. Chicken of the Sea provided me with Flavored Salmon Pouches for the purposes of this post, as well as compensation for my time. As always, all […]

Caramel Corn with Cashews and Cherries | Perfect snack for game day or movie night

Caramel Corn with Cashews and Cherries

Homemade Caramel Corn is one of those sweet-salty treats that I cannot resist! Park a bowlful in front of me during a football game and it will be devoured by halftime! Irresistible Caramel Corn I only make caramel corn about once a decade and I was overdue. I could eat the whole batch myself, and […]

Apple Pear Crisp | A delectable pairing of fruit with an oatmeal crisp topping

Apple Pear Crisp

I had loads of apples in the fridge plus pears ripening on the counter, so when I got an email request to bake something for a funeral luncheon, I decided on an Apple Pear Crisp. I set aside some of the fruit filling and oatmeal crumble so that Bill, and Nick, who was home for winter […]

Whole Wheat Challah | Eggy, tender with the bonus of whole wheat!

Whole Wheat Challah

Eating a warm, chewy slice of Whole Wheat Challah with a pat of cold butter is truly a delightful experience. The taste is nothing short of sensational. Whole Wheat Challah Challah wasn’t commonplace in Ames, Iowa, where I grew up. But long after I left home, my mom, inspired by her neighbor, started baking these […]

Thai Salad | A vibrant, crunchy salad with a peanut dressing

Thai Salad with Peanut Dressing

This vibrant, flavorful Thai Salad with Peanut Dressing is a lighter meal that won’t disappoint. This month’s Blogger CLUE theme is Healthy Eats and I found this terrific recipe on Sew You Think You Can Cook, my assigned blog for January. A Copy Cat Thai Salad Recipe from the California Pizza Kitchen I’m surprised I […]

Ding Dong Cake | 2 thick moist chocolate cake layers filled with vanilla cream and topped with caramel infused ganache

Ding Dong Cake #TwoSweetiePies

It was Tom’s birthday. Two days after Christmas and I was just about desserted-out! He kindly let me have free reign over his birthday dessert so I picked this Chocolate Ding Dong Cake with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream Filling and Caramel Ganache. Who wouldn’t love that???? Ding Dong the Diet is Dead! Our oldest was […]

Italian Poutine Pie | A savory pie with a hash brown crust, marinara, meatballs and gooey mozzarella

Italian Poutine Pie #SundaySupper #FWCON

A twist on the Canadian potato classic, this Italian Poutine Pie has a hash brown crust, marinara and meatballs topped with gooey Mozzarella! This post is sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are those of the individual bloggers. Poutine When I was […]

Mounds Bars

Mounds Bars

In first grade, our moms had to send in two recipes for the class cookbook.  My mom’s contributions were a blue cheese salad dressing…which I didn’t appreciate till nearly 20 years later…and Mounds Bars.  I became a coconut fan at a very early age because of these gems!  I’ve searched and searched my parents’ home […]


Apple Squares #DessertChallenge

Just days ago it was hot and humid as I headed out to my morning yoga practice…but there was definitely a nip in the air today. Armed with just my car keys, mat and towel, I had to buzz back inside for a jacket to warm my goose bump covered bare arms. The days were […]

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Moules Marinière #FrenchFridayswithDorie

Who could resist this bowlful of  Moules Marinière, or mussels cooked in white wine infused with onions, shallots, garlic, thyme, bay and lemon? Certainly not yours truly…but the rest of my family would have no part of these gorgeous, glistening shellfish. The broth was to die for…make sure to have some crusty bread to sop […]


Buckwheat Blini with Smoked Salmon and Crème Fraîche

  I was so excited to try this recipe…I almost always have smoked salmon in the fridge. I love it on grainy bread with a swipe of mustard for a quick lunch.  I didn’t know, however, how difficult it would be to find buckwheat flour and salmon roe, so I’m glad I started the hunt […]

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White Cosmopolitans #CocktailDay #Giveaway

Welcome to Cocktail Day, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic, Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake, and Donna of Cookistry. We are raising our glasses to toast you all with some unique and delicious cocktails and mocktails in anticipation of the Big Game and Valentine’s Day. Be sure to […]

Vanilla Eclairs Topped with Chocolate Ganache~

The dough piped onto a parchment lined baking sheet~ Ready to be split and filled~ A more daunting task this week for us Doristas…I am very comfortable making pâte à choux or cream puff batter, but piping is another issue.  As usual, I just trudged ahead, hoping for the best. Due to half a birthday […]