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roasted fall vegetables.

Eat Your Veggies!

Not the veggie-eating type?  Well after sampling this recipe you might just change your mind.  There’s something indescribable that happens when you toss your veggies in olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper.  They get all sweet and caramely and flavorful. Read more

strawberry basil bruschetta.

If I could have a best foodie friend (BFF), it would be goat cheese.  I’ve been known to eat it at every meal, scrambling it into my morning eggs, tossing a little in a chicken salad  for lunch, or throwing some on top of an arugula pizza for dinner.  I’ll never get tired of goat cheese.   This is a friendship that has stood the test of time. Read more

wine friday: landing place chardonnay.

Dear Fall Weather:

Please come quick.  I’m ready for red wine.

Your friend in all things apples and pumpkins and stews,

Kelly Read more

orcchiette with prosciutto and parmesan.

5 ingredients.

There are 5 ingredients in this recipe.  Can you even handle it?

Sometimes the recipes that are the most flavorful are those that are the simplest.  This is one of those recipes. We’re talking pasta with butter, prosciutto, salt and cheese.  Holy moly.  I served this the first night we visited my parents in their new house and after we all took the first bite we looked around at each other like maybe we had won the lottery or something.

Anyway, I dunno, I like these kinds of straight-forward recipes.  They’re easy, they’re good, and they’re inexpensive!  3 things I’m totally down with, as you probably know if you’ve read more than one post on this little blog. Read more

next week’s menu plan #15, 6 meals for $57.94!

We have ants.

I’m not sure there is anything I detest more than having those tiny little ants happily march their way around my kitchen (ok, that’s an exaggeration…I’m sure if I really thought about it I’m sure I could think of lots of things).  But it’s MY KITCHEN!  What the heck are they doing cruising around, checking things out, munching on the crumbs from my kids’ PB&J sandwiches, getting all up in my coffee maker like they own the place??  Am I right?  Ugh, talk about violating. Read more

wine friday: mark west chardonnay.

Today we were doing a little Fall cleaning and Emma found my decades-old diary.

So without further ado, here’s a little window into my 5th grade mind: Read more

dark chocolate coconut granola.

Please don’t leave me alone too long with this granola.  I beg you.

You know those foods that sit around your kitchen, staring at you, teasing you, imploring you to take just one little bite?  And then you cave and before long there simply isn’t anything left in the box or bag or carton or jar.  Starbucks ice cream comes to mind, as do those evil peanut butter pretzels.

Get behind me satan! Read more

basil coconut chicken curry.

Not gunna lie:  this likely won’t be the most kid-friendly recipe you’ve ever made.  My fairly adventurous kids wouldn’t give it a second look.

You’ve been warned.

Ok, now moving on.  As some of you know I inherited approximately 47 new spices from my parents during their recent move.  As the honored recipient, I wondered (often aloud): Read more

next week’s menu plan #14, 6 meals for $50.17!

At my husband’s request, we decorated for the fall today.

It was 92 degrees outside.

Yup. Read more

wine friday: 1967 toscana blend.

I love Italy.

It’s made for wine-lovers.

And foodies.

And I happen to think I’m a little of both. Read more

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