Roasted Green Beans with Spicy Dipping Sauce

Roasted Green Beans with spicy dipping sauce

Green beans have always been my vegetable of choice.  As a child it was the ONLY vegetable I would eat although it usually came out of a can, not the garden. Fortunately,  as I have gotten older, I have learned to enjoy other green veggies but green beans are still my favorite. Each year we plant green beans in our garden and each year it seems, all the green beans are ready at one time!  No matter now hard we try to stagger the planting I always end up with more [Continue Reading…]

25 Perfect for a Potluck Side Dishes

25 'Perfect for a Potluck' Side Dishes

  A great collection of the perfect potluck side dishes for your next party. Who is going to a potluck BBQ this holiday weekend?  If you are, we’ve got you covered and if you aren’t you are still going to want to try some of these 25 amazing potluck side dishes.  Perfect for a potluck or your dinner this week!   Balsamic Roasted Potato Salad from Your Homebased Mom Broccoli Salad from Your Homebased Mom Antipasto Tortellini Salad from Neighborfood Asian Broccoli Slaw with Pineapple from The Adventure Bite Bacon [Continue Reading…]

Red Pepper Asparagus

Red Pepper Asparagus

Asparagus is one of my most favorite vegetables and we eat it lots at our house and this red pepper asparagus is a fun way to prepare it. .  Probably more than any other vegetable.  Today I am sharing a little dressed up version of my favorite vegetable. Usually when I cook it I just simply roast it with some olive oil and kosher salt but for something special like Easter it is fun to dress it up a bit. The first step is to roast it in the oven with some olive oil, fresh [Continue Reading…]

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Pecans

Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with Pecans

Add Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Pecans to your holiday  menu.  You’ll be glad you did. Sometimes I just want to ask, “Brussels Sprouts, where have you been all my life?”  I am a late bloomer as far as brussels sprouts are concerned and can honestly say I only tasted my first brussels sprouts about a year ago.  I’ve had fun experimenting and cooking with them ever since. They are going to be the newest addition to our Thanksgiving menu this year replacing the traditional green beans.   We’ll see [Continue Reading…]

Grilled Vegetables

Grilled Vegetables

Grilling your vegetables is a fun and easy way to create a delicious side dish or main dish! Basically any kind of vegetable can be grilled. From your harder root vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, etc. to your softer vegetables such as zucchini and squash. The process is the same for all the different vegetables. The only thing that really changes is the amount of time it takes to grill them. The harder the vegetable, the longer it will take to grill. I use two different methods for grilling vegetables. [Continue Reading…]

Italian Sausage Soup

Italian Sausage Soup

I’ve teamed up with a group of 75 bloggers to share tons of Fall Harvest Ideas with you today! From crafts, to recipes, to home decor and more…we have you covered for Fall inspiration! Check the gallery below and visit some of my blogging friends to see their awesome ideas!! One of my favorite things about fall is making soup again.  I pretty much take a leave of absence from soup during the summer.  Who wants to eat a bowl of hot soup on a hot summer night? Our days [Continue Reading…]

Hazelnut Balsamic Green Beans

Hazelnut Balsamic  Green Beana

Last week I posted this picture on Instagram. The beginning of our green bean harvest.  This year we got smart and decided to stagger the planting of our beans and not plant them all at the same time so we end up over run with green beans.  Hoping to stretch those fresh green beans out over the whole summer! With the picture I asked what your favorite way to prepare fresh green beans was and I got some great ideas I’ll be trying out so hopefully we’ll have lots of [Continue Reading…]

Maple Syrup & Bacon Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Maple Syrup Bacon Roasted Sweet Potatoes

I have not always been a vegetable lover.  I think I have shared with you before that as a child clear through college until I got married the only vegetable I really ate was green beans – out of a can.  Fortunately for me my taste buds developed more as I aged and I now I eat my vegetables.  Still don’t eat peas but I’m pretty good with everything else.  The newest vegetables to join my vegetable repertoire are brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes.  I have been fixing lots of [Continue Reading…]

Steak Soup

Steak Soup

We are definitely in a soup mode around here.   My husband loves soup for dinner but I know there are some men that don’t consider soup a meal.  Today’s recipe for Steak Soup is a meal. It is pretty much a complete meal.  You’ve got your vegetables, your starch and your protein all in one bowl. Throw together a loaf of No Knead Artisian Bread the night before and you’ve got a delicious and hearty meal that will make even your “soup is not a meal” believers happy. This soup [Continue Reading…]