beef, main courses, pasta, pork

Gnocchi Bolognese With Braised Short Rib

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which are marked with *. I receive compensation from purchases made using these links.  I have a "book club" with a group of girlfriends that really isn't a book club - we get together and eat good good and drink wine. Why is it called book club, then? Long… Continue reading Gnocchi Bolognese With Braised Short Rib

desserts, tarts and pies, vegetarian

Lemon Meringue Pie

I love classic custard and meringue pies, especially lemon meringue and lime meringue pies. This recipe is perfect for summer, but let's be honest, I make it year-round. The one in the picture is made in my vintage Pyrex fridge dish (approximately 8" x 6.5" x 2.5"), but I've also made it in a traditional… Continue reading Lemon Meringue Pie

beef, main courses, pasta

Short Rib Ravioli

There is a new local restaurant in an area that desperately needs some good restaurants. One of their specials the first night I went was short rib ravioli, and it was amazing. I knew I needed to try to replicate it at home. I took a major shortcut and used sauce from Wegmans because I… Continue reading Short Rib Ravioli

beef, gluten free, low-cost, main courses, weeknight cooking

Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa, Ground Beef, & Basil

I volunteer to cook at a local shelter once a month with a group from church. I've typically signed up for side dishes and desserts, but this time I signed up to make the main dish. After almost running out of time with my roasted potatoes last time, I wanted to make something that would… Continue reading Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa, Ground Beef, & Basil

appetizers & snacks, lunch box, sauces & condiments, sides, vegetarian

Guacamole

I had a potluck with my horseback riding club on Friday. I made brownies to bring, but my bestie was leaving late from work and wasn't going to have something to bring... so I made guacamole for her to bring! I used my stand mixer for this because I don't own a molcajete anymore. The avocados… Continue reading Guacamole

around the house, home decor, in the kitchen, kitchen decor

Kitchen Update – Finally Finished!

I finally finished my kitchen! (OK, almost. I still have to paint the cabinets on my peninsula.) I painted the cabinets and did some re-decorating. I needed a new table for my very awkwardly-sized breakfast nook area. I finally found one on Wayfair, but this resulted in more re-decorating. Plus, my best friend got me… Continue reading Kitchen Update – Finally Finished!

fighting hunger

Easter Food Baskets for Families in Need

I've posted before about hunger awareness/fighting to end hunger, and how that's a very important cause for me (you might recall the low-budget food challenge I failed miserably at the end of last year).  I'm always looking for opportunities to help those facing hunger - whether it's giving out bags of food and water to… Continue reading Easter Food Baskets for Families in Need