Southwestern Pasta Salad
make ahead / reheat, sides, vegetarian

Southwestern Pasta Salad

My horseback riding club has a monthly meeting and themed potluck. This month's potluck theme was salad. The meetings are on Friday evenings, so anything I bring to the potluck needs to be something that I can either make the night before or is quick and easy to make after work. Also, because it's Lent,… Continue reading Southwestern Pasta Salad

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

main courses, sauces & seasonings

Skirt Steak Tacos with Guacamole and Chipotle Sour Cream

I wanted steak yesterday, but I also had guacamole from earlier in the week that needed to be eaten and a tomato that needed to be used. I also had a couple of ¾ pound packages of outside skirt steak in my freezer that I got on mega sale at Wegmans a couple of weeks… Continue reading Skirt Steak Tacos with Guacamole and Chipotle Sour Cream

appetizers & snacks, sauces & seasonings

20 Uses for Tastefully Simple Bacon Pepper Jam

I don't remember when I first tried the bacon pepper jam, but it was before I even started doing Tastefully Simple. I was hooked and decided I needed to have this on hand at all times. It's only available seasonally, so I stocked up on several jars before the end of last year's fall/winter season. There… Continue reading 20 Uses for Tastefully Simple Bacon Pepper Jam

sides, vegetarian, weeknight cooking

Sauteed Rustic Herb Green Beans

This is one of the sides I made the other night to go with the steak. This uses one of the seasoning blends from Tastefully Simple*. Sometimes people ask why I buy seasoning blends like that when I like cooking from scratch so much. Well, there are times when I just don't want to have… Continue reading Sauteed Rustic Herb Green Beans

appetizers & snacks

Crostini with Boursin, quince paste, & bacon pepper jam

This was one of those appetizers I kind of threw together because I had some bread to use, and I needed something fast and easy. Ingredients French bread, sliced into thin pieces Boursin cheese Quince paste Tastefully Simple* bacon pepper jam Instructions Preheat oven to 350. Meanwhile, spread one leg of Boursin and quince paste… Continue reading Crostini with Boursin, quince paste, & bacon pepper jam

beef, main courses, weeknight cooking

Perfect Steak

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (marked wth *), which means I receive compensation for purchases made using the links. We had someone over for dinner last night, and steak is usually the go-to when we have meat eating friends over for dinner. Steak is a good weeknight dinner, too, because it's easy and fast.… Continue reading Perfect Steak

appetizers & snacks, vegetarian

Jalapeno Popper Corn Dip

I haven't posted in a while! Right after I made the mint chocolate chip ice cream in the previous post, our fridge died. We were without a fridge for almost 3 weeks (long story), which resulted in eating out a lot. Then we went on vacation. So now I'm back and ready for more cooking… Continue reading Jalapeno Popper Corn Dip

main courses, pasta

Lasagna

Ingredients (Sauce) 2 x 28oz cans crushed tomatoes 2 tbsp Tastefully Simple Onion Onion seasoning 2 tsp Tastefully Simple Garlic Garlic seasoning 2 tsp oregano 1 tsp parsley 1 tsp basil ½ tsp sage ½ tsp salt Spice measurements are for dried spices. Ingredients (Pasta) 3 cups flour 3 eggs Pinch salt Cold water (if… Continue reading Lasagna

appetizers & snacks, sides, vegetarian

Dilly Pasta Salad

I went with my horseback riding club to tailgate at the Winterthur point-to -point races last week. This pasta salad was one of the things I brought to share. It was chilly and rained off and on, but we still had a great time. Ingredients 1 box of tricolor farfalle pasta Large pack of grape tomatoes… Continue reading Dilly Pasta Salad