Author: Rachel

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes

Home-made sloppy joes with no preservative-laden packet or pre-made sauce required. These are not only delicious, but they are quick and easy to make. They are perfect for a busy weeknight meal. You can make it ahead of time and quickly reheat it in the…

Travis’ Favorite Cookies

Travis’ Favorite Cookies

Smooth like hot cocoa, tasty like a brownie, all in the portable package of a cookie. I wanted to call these triple chocolate brownie cookies since they contain three different types of chocolate, but my son insisted that I call these Travis’ favorite cookies because…

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Almost 100 muffins later we have a winner for the best lemon poppyseed muffins. There were lots of versions of muffin and frosting and different combinations of the two.  Then there was playing with the cooking time.  While muffins are typically denser than a cupcake,…

Chili Mac

Chili Mac

A quick, easy, inexpensive one-pot dinner. This makes great leftovers and transports well in a thermos for school lunch. It is reminiscent of hamburger helper, but from scratch and I can even pronounce all of the ingredients.  This is a very flexible recipe that allows…

Japanese-Style Cucumbers

Japanese-Style Cucumbers

Japanese-style cucumbers are a great quick side dish for any meal.  A huge hit with the kids, it is often requested to be added to the menu.  These are best made when you are ready to serve them.  Don’t mix everything together too far in…

Easy Sesame Chicken

Easy Sesame Chicken

A delicious, easy sesame chicken recipe that is great for a weeknight dinner. Lots of flavor with not a lot of time required. A big hit with all the kids. This is one of my go-to recipes for a busy weeknight.  It can be put…

Lemon Cloud Cookies

Lemon Cloud Cookies

A delicious balance between tart lemons and the sweetness of dusting with powdered sugar makes this cookie a delicious lemony treat.   A tablespoon cookie scoop like this one helps to keep all of the cookies the same size. This dough is quite sticky.  Don’t…

Ultimate Lemon Squares

Ultimate Lemon Squares

What happens when you have a lemon squares recipe that you love and your husband comes home from a boys’ snowboarding trip and says you have to make these lemon bars they are amazing?  You have a lemon bar recipe off. I baked both recipes…

Blueberry Lemon Coffee Cake

Blueberry Lemon Coffee Cake

An amazing coffee cake full of delicious blueberries and topped with a delicate lemon streusel.  This always the first thing requested by my oldest when I ask what I should bake.  It tastes just as good the next day as it does straight out of…

Nutella Banana Bread

Nutella Banana Bread

A delicious twist on a well-loved recipe.  This version of banana bread is highly requested in my house.  The Nutella adds depth to the bread that you just don’t expect.   Swirls of Nutella are nestled into the banana goodness creating a delicious crispy top…

Lasagna

Lasagna

If there is only one food that you would eat for the rest of your life, my son would choose this.  Lasagna is by far his most favorite food on the planet.  This recipe does take a bit to put together, but it freezes well…

Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

This is a great one-pot recipe that is quick to put together.  And thanks to the Instant Pot, is also easy to cook.  It is also a great way to use up some extra ham if you made one of those for the holidays.  I…

Cajun Spice Mix

Cajun Spice Mix

There are a few recipes that called for a Cajun spice mix.  My family likes lots of flavors but does not tolerate spicy (heat) well.  So I usually mix up my own Cajun blend so I can control how much heat goes into it.  Also,…

Chicken (or Turkey) Pot Pie

Chicken (or Turkey) Pot Pie

Couldn’t leave Costco without a rotisserie chicken and don’t know what to do with it? Have left over turkey and need an alternative to a turkey cranberry sandwich? Enter the Pot Pie.   Savory chicken and vegetables encased in a flaky crust. Yes please! Using…

Brownie Brittle

Brownie Brittle

The taste of a brownie, with the crisp of a cookie.  For those that like things crispy and chocolaty these are for you. We came across something like this at Costco and my husband challenged me to make them at home.  I scoured for recipes…

Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas

This is a recipe that is highly requested in my house.  It is a great way to use up leftover chicken and also works well with rotisserie chicken.  There are many great choices for canned salsa verde in the grocery store, pick one and see…

Oven Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters

Oven Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters

Super tender and juicy, these oven roasted chicken leg quarters are mostly hands off. The secret is to roasting these low and slow before increasing the temperature to crisp them up.  Garlic, paprika, salt and pepper make up the simple list of spices.  Mix those…

Pretzel Turtles

Pretzel Turtles

Want something easy to toss together that you can add to you cookie basket.  Insert pretzel turtles.  My friend Ginger had these at her Christmas party and I couldn’t stop eating them.  I had no idea how simple they were, they taste so good.  …

Christmas Crack

Christmas Crack

I found this recipe many years ago when I was tasked with finding a good gluten free dessert that I could bring to book club.  Having a candy thermometer takes a lot of pressure out of this recipe so that you can monitor what is…

Choose Your Fruit Coffee Cake

Choose Your Fruit Coffee Cake

Coffee cake is something that is very versatile. Can be served as a dessert, or as a breakfast treat.  I have tried many recipes over the past few months and have not been happy with any of them.  I broke out my old cookbooks and…

Not Your Chicken Salad

Not Your Chicken Salad

This is great way to use up leftover chicken or turkey.  It is my go to when I have chicken from chicken soup that I need to use. A combination of crunchy and sweet ingredients that is like a party for your tastebuds.  Super easy…

Apple Pie for Beginners

Apple Pie for Beginners

This is a super easy to put together apple pie that is great for beginners.  How do I know?  My 8 yr old daughter was able to put the whole pie together by herself.  Mom helped put in and out of the oven.    …

Zesty Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Zesty Black Bean Quinoa Salad

This is a great recipe to use up some of that produce from your summer garden. Want to sneak in some yellow squash or zucchini, done.  Realize that your cilantro bolted so you sub out parsley, done (that may or may not have happened, I…

Quinoa – Stovetop vs. Instant Pot

Quinoa – Stovetop vs. Instant Pot

Quinoa is a versatile pseudo grain (It is actually a seed, but most people eat it like a grain).  Quinoa is high in protein and one of the few plant sources that contains all 9 essential amino acids (the precursors to proteins that humans need…

Bubbie’s Chicken soup

Bubbie’s Chicken soup

This is a staple in my house anytime anyone is feeling sick, or it is cold outside, and a favorite when teeth are sore from an orthodontist visit.  The broth freezes well so you can have homemade chicken soup any time.   Onion tip –…