Garlic Ginger Green Beans

Garlic Ginger Green Beans

I have lost track of how many times I have made these garlic ginger green beans this summer.  We have become somewhat addicted.  In fact,  I made them twice this past holiday weekend for two different parties we went too.  They disappeared both times and the comments and compliments didn’t stop coming! My green beans in the garden are finished so I’m now buying them at the farmer’s market and/or the grocery store.  I never leave the store without a bag of fresh green beans because these beans are on [Continue Reading…]

Teriyaki Glazed Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

My mom is going to be happy to hear that I have finally learned to eat my vegetables – even brussels sprouts!  My vegetable repertoire was rather limited as a child.  I ate canned green beans and that was it.  So it is not a surprise that until a few weeks ago I had never eaten  brussels sprouts!  I was not a very adventurous eater, even as an adult.  It hasn’t been until the last 6-10 years or so that I have really learn to branch out in my food [Continue Reading…]

Cashew Nut Rice

Cashew Rice

Once a month we have a potluck dinner with a group of our friends who are also recent empty nesters.  We do it on Monday night – the night we reserve for spending with our family.  Since none of us have kids at home anymore it is fun to spend it together.  It doesn’t seem quite so lonely that way.  We take turns hosting at our homes and the host prepares the main dish and the rest of us pitch in with the rest of the meal.  My friend Marsha [Continue Reading…]

Tomato, Pesto and Mozzarella Tart

Tomato, Pesto and Mozzarella Tart

I woke up to two large bowls of tomatoes on my kitchen counter yesterday. Why is it that they all have to come ripe all at the same time! The tomatoes aren’t big this year but they are sweet and juicy. I knew I had to get busy and start doing something with them. I had book club yesterday morning so I called my friend who was hosting and asked her if I could please bring something – how about a tomato tart I asked? She quickly agreed. Since book [Continue Reading…]

Nutty Brown Rice

Brown RIce

Because I am basically a non-potato eater, we eat a lot of rice at our house.  In the last few years I have developed a love for brown rice.  I love the nutty flavor, the crunchy texture and the fact that it is healthier for you than regular white rice.  Brown rice also has a lower glycemic value which is a good thing. Brown rice  is not processed as much therefore preserving more of the nutritional value. The only downside to brown rice is that it takes longer to cook [Continue Reading…]

Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad

It is finally feeling like summer around our house.  Let’s hope it lasts. I don’t know about you but I always feel like eating a little healthier in the summer.  Maybe it is all those fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmer’s Market? So in honor of summer finally arriving in Portland this week is going to be dedicated to healthy recipes (or at least as healthy as I get).  In other words, there will be no cookie or cupcake recipes this week!! I think a pretty standard recipe in [Continue Reading…]

Fresno Potatoes


Three years ago I posted my Easter dinner menu.  One of the things on the menu was Fresno Potatoes.  I never got around to posting this recipe because I forgot to take pictures – not because it wasn’t a good recipe. Recently, several of you have emailed me after reading that old post asking about the Fresno Potatoes.  So instead of just emailing the recipe out I figured I’d post it here  on the blog. Fresno Potatoes was on our Easter menu again this year!  Now I have photos for [Continue Reading…]

Herbed Rice

Herbed Rice

Here is the recipe for the Herbed Rice I served with the Chicken Marsala. I love it because it is such a versatile recipe – you can change up the flavor just by changing the herb combination you use. I am a non-potato eating woman married to a man from Idaho. Believe it or not! As a result, we eat a lot of rice at our house. I love rice and have discovered lots of fun and flavorful ways to prepare it so it never gets boring. Today’s recipe is [Continue Reading…]

Rice Pilaf


Note:  Don’t forget about a couple of great giveaways I have going on.  One at Your Homebased Mom and one over at iLashGirls.  Be sure and enter!! Today’s post is a followup to the Cheesy Chicken recipe I shared earlier this week.  Our favorite side dish to eat with Cheesy Chicken is rice pilaf. Because I am not a potato eater we eat a lot of rice at our house.  I have lots of different rice pilaf recipes but I have to say that this one is our absolute favorite.  [Continue Reading…]