I’m a Cookbook Author!

Well, I did it.  My cookbook, Have Yourself A Time in the Kitchen is born! It is pretty cool when a big box of your own books shows up on your doorstep! There are about 100 recipes, almost 400 photographs,  and a smattering of my blood, sweat, and tears, all lined up on 220 pages of Continue Reading…

Loaded Sweet Potato Casserole

PrintLoaded Sweet Potato Casserole Ingredients2 40 ounce cans sweet potatoes in light syrup 8-16 ounces thick cut bacon 6 Tablespoons salted butter 1 tsp seasoning salt 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1 tsp pepper 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 1/4 tsp nutmeg 1/2 Cup heavy cream 1 1/4 Cup sharp cheddar, grated 8 scallions Instructions1, Preheat oven Continue Reading…

Mexican Street Corn Chicken Chili

I’ve been entering cooking contests now for about 18 months, so it’s a really big honor to be featured on CookingContestCentral.com, the premiere website for cooking contesters, for winning the Member’s Only Chili Cooking Contest this month. The win qualified me for a Golden Ticket to the World Food Championships-you can only get in by Continue Reading…

My Audition for All Star Academy

Don’t be getting too excited…I didn’t make the cut for the show, but like my other adventures in life, I learned a little and laughed a little too. This year they offered an on-line option to try out for the second season of Food Network’s All Star Academy.  They scout all over the country, but Continue Reading…

Goodbye Summer, Hello Soup!

I set out to have a great summer with my little family.  One full of memories, all spun on a tight budget and woven in between busy work schedules and summer camps.  I have to say, think we did a really great job of relishing plenty of sun-soaked mornings and balmy late nights this season.   Continue Reading…

Beef Sausage and Tomato Ratatouille

Oh, my heavens thank goodness back to school week is over!  I always hate to see my kids go back to school because to me, there is just something comforting about having them safe at home, even though Chad and I work all day.  I never look forward to the homework, the worrying I do that Continue Reading…

Olive Oil and Orange Marinated Olives

I love an event that involves a picnic.  There is just nothing that says summer to me more than spreading out a big blanket and opening up a straw basket filled with delicious, pretty food. The fam and I recently indulged in an outdoor concert at Red Butte Gardens Amphitheatre at the University of Utah Continue Reading…

Called to Birthday Duty

If you’re a Mom, you know the sinking feeling in your heart when your child drops the bomb about the birthday party they are planning in their heads.  I mean, you want to make them nothing but happy, but where are you supposed to find a Spiderman stand-in or a flying pink unicorn?  If they Continue Reading…

Luke’s Strawberry Neapolitan Pizzettas

Luke submitted an entry  in a kid’s cooking contest this weekend through California Strawberries over Twitter.  See the #KidsCookoff hashtag.  The rules were that you could only use strawberries and four other ingredients and you had to Tweet a video or photo of the child making the dish.  Luke was just not in the mood to Continue Reading…

Manhattan Meatball Sliders

You all have heard me talk about the dinner Chad and I had at Joey Campanaro’s restaurant The Little Owl in Manhattan last November.   If not, be sure to check it out here.  It was a night just filled with delicious food that truly inspired me. One of the dishes that Chef Campanaro is famous Continue Reading…