vegetarian, desserts, cookies

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

low-cost, soups, vegetarian

Southwestern Tomato Soup

A friend has surgery recently and was really craving a flavorful soup, but it had to be entirely pureed (cheese in the photo was my test bowl - cheese is optional.) At first, I was going to try to make something similar to my chicken tortilla soup, but I didn't have all of the ingredients.… Continue reading Southwestern Tomato Soup

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