Carrot Cake Bars

Everyone knows that I love to make holidays special.  I do like to make a big deal of them and I don’t mind a little extra fuss for my family…I want them to have special memories of each and every holiday.  I also want to be able to enjoy the day with them though, and Continue Reading…

Ancho Beef & Quinoa Chili

PrintAncho Beef & Quinoa Chili Ingredients1.5 pounds Certified Angus Beef Ground Sirloin 2 fresh Poblano peppers 2 fresh jalapenos 1 cup corn (fresh or frozen) 4 tablespoons butter 1 large sweet onion, diced 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes 1 8 ounce can red enchilada sauce 1 Cup chicken broth 1 Continue Reading…

Lucky Leaf Holiday Peach Chai Shortcakes

This is a post about short cakes…so I’m gonna keep it short.  Short and sinfully sweet. I created this recipe for the Lucky Leaf Sweet Rewards Contest @ luckyleaf.com.  I’m happy to say it made it to the final ten and is in the running for the $5000 grand prize!  If you want to help Continue Reading…

Farm Rich Mini Meatball Subs

After a very busy weekend I woke up this Monday Morning to two sick kids, neither of them in any condition to go to school.  After administering nebulizer treatments, doling out Tylenol, and making sure everybody was comfortable, I was finally on my way out the door five minutes after I was supposed to be Continue Reading…

The Big Apple & a Cherry Square #EarthBalance

Luke and I just got back from a fabulous weekend in New York.  This was the prize trip for my win in the Earth Balance Holiday Baking Championship.  I consider this one of my finest wins so far because I don’t bake a ton and I’m not a vegan, so to come in ahead out Continue Reading…

Autumn Medley Stew For the Win!

It’s eight degrees outside here in Northern Utah and it’s also early January, so there are two things I know for sure:  We’re all freezing and at least 75% of us are officially on our annual New Year’s diet.  Am I right? Though I’ve started a diet in earnest each and every New Year’s Day Continue Reading…

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…