appetizers & snacks, vegetarian

No-Name Dip That Does Not Photograph Well

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links (marked with *). I receive compensation from purchases made using affiliate links.  One of the struggles of being a food blogger is having to get good photos of the things I make. Nobody is going to want to try a recipe if the dish looks gross in the photos! Sometimes, though,… Continue reading No-Name Dip That Does Not Photograph Well

low-cost, lunch box, make ahead / reheat, soups, vegetarian

Vegetarian Chili (vegan option, too)

This recipe follows the basic method of what I usually use to make my chicken tortilla soup and meat chilis. For the first time ever, my chili came out perfectly seasoned without any adjusting needed at all. The recipe itself is vegan - only the toppings take away the vegan-ness and make it vegetarian. Ingredients… Continue reading Vegetarian Chili (vegan option, too)

appetizers & snacks, lunch box, vegetarian

Pimento Cheese

I love pimento cheese! We had pimento cheese sandwiches quite a bit as kids. Every time I see a dish with pimento cheese on a restaurant menu (fritters, burgers, dip, etc.), I'm probably going to order it. Most stores sell pimento cheese dip in the prepared food section, but I find it hard to find… Continue reading Pimento Cheese

beef, chicken, lunch box, main courses, make ahead / reheat, seafood, weeknight cooking

Chipotle Lime Fajitas

This post contains affiliate links (marked with *). I receive compensation for purchases made using these links. I was having some friends over for dinner, but didn't have much time after getting home. I had a bell pepper that needed to be used, shrimp in the freezer, and there was skirt steak on sale at Wegmans.… Continue reading Chipotle Lime Fajitas

sauces & condiments

BBQ Dry Rub

I'm just posting the dry rub instead of my full pulled pork recipe because I made a rookie food blogger mistake and didn't write down the rest of the recipe! I used this on a 2½ lb bone-in pork shoulder, but it could also be used on ribs or chicken, including smoked or grilled chicken… Continue reading BBQ Dry Rub

lunch box, main courses, make ahead / reheat, pasta

Baked Rigatoni

I made this dish because I wanted something easy to reheat for lunch throughout the week. I don't have a toaster oven at work, so anything I make for reheating needs to be something that microwaves well. This dish turned out to be great reheated. Sometimes I needed to add a little water to the… Continue reading Baked Rigatoni

cookies, desserts, vegetarian

Spiced Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

A local magazine was having a cookie recipe contest, so of course I wanted to enter! It's an unusually chilly summer day today, and it's raining, so I think I came up with these because they remind me of fall. Makes about 4½ dozen. Ingredients 2¼ cups pecan halves 2 tbsp melted butter 1¼ cups… Continue reading Spiced Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies