Smokey Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Smokey Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

The perfect recipe for smokey, spicy & sweet barbecue sauce!  Fantastic for burgers, chicken, pork chops and ribs, this simple BBQ sauce will be your new go-to recipe for grilling season! Is getting together with neighbors, friends and family for cookouts and get-together's on your summer to-do list?  Every summer we get together with our neighbors for fun cookouts.  Great burgers, grilled chicken and pork chops are always on the menu - and in order for those burgers, chicken and chops to be great, they've gotta have a fantastic barbecue sauce!  My Smokey Chipotle Barbecue Sauce is the perfect go-to sauce recipe that I use all spring, summer and into the fall for tailgating season! I start my sauce with just a few simple ingredients that you likely already have in your Continue Reading...

Sour Cream Enchiladas

Sour Cream Enchiladas

The only enchilada recipe you'll ever need!  Stuffed with seasoned ground beef and cheese, smothered with a thick, delicious sour cream sauce, topped with more cheese and baked to perfection, these enchiladas are incredible!  Amazing with pico de gallo and all your favorite Tex-Mex fixings! Do you have recipes that you know and love and make over and over again?  This recipe for Sour Cream Enchiladas is one that my mom and I have been making for decades!  I believe this recipe was discovered at one of my many 4-H Special Foods events.  Once we tried it, we knew we had to make this at home!  Over the years, I've tweaked it, and made it with other fillings, but keep coming back to this original recipe. One of the many things that makes this recipe so fantastic, is that it uses Continue Reading...

Italian Tortellini Salad

Italian Tortellini Salad

The perfect pasta salad for any pot-luck, picnic, cookout or backyard barbecue!  This delicious tortellini salad is loaded with all of your Italian favorites, like salami, tomatoes, olives, banana peppers, red onion, and topped with Italian dressing and shredded Parmesan cheese!  The ultimate side dish for any meal! Growing up in the mid-west, pot luck dinners were always a community-wide event!  Every home cook brought their best dishes, including salads, fried chicken, sandwiches and decadent desserts to share with everyone!  The food was ALWAYS fabulous, and typically enough to feel the crowd twice over.  People NEVER brought store-bought food to a pot luck - that was a big no-no!  The two unwritten rules of pot luck dining were always 1) bring enough to feed your family, and 2) Continue Reading...

Lobster Mac & Cheese

Lobster Mac & Cheese

Comfort food at its best!  With a delicious three-cheese sauce, big chunks of fresh lobster, and al dente pasta, this Lobster Mac and Cheese is the perfect dinner any night of the week! We are big pasta eaters at our house!  My husband LOVES any type of pasta, and my son is the biggest mac & cheese lover out there!  I love pasta as well, so when it comes to dinner ideas, noodles are always at the top of my list! A creamy, delicious three-cheese sauce makes this Lobster Mac & Cheese absolutely incredible!  Gruyere, white cheddar and American cheeses melt together wonderfully, and coat the pasta and lobster giving you a creamy, flavorful dish. Over the last several months, lobster has come down in price greatly.  You can find it in most freezer sections of the Continue Reading...

Creamy Skillet Chicken with Mushrooms & Bacon

Creamy Skillet Chicken with Mushrooms & Bacon

An amazing way to prepare chicken breasts, this Creamy Skillet Chicken with Mushrooms and Bacon is the ultimate dinner solution any night of the week.  This fantastic chicken dish is simple enough for a weeknight meal, or perfect for company on the weekend! Do you and your family ever get bored with the same old chicken dinners?  Is that store-bought rotisserie chicken a little over-utilized at your house.  I'll be the first one to say that as much as I love the ease of a Costco rotisserie chicken, it gets pretty boring fast!  At our house, we really love chicken, and have it often.  I decided that I needed to resurect one of my old chicken recipes - freshen it up, and enjoy chicken with some amazing flavor.  My Creamy Skillet Chicken with Mushrooms and Bacon is the perfect dinner Continue Reading...

Shrimp & Bacon Alfredo Pizza

Shrimp & Bacon Alfredo Pizza

The ultimate pizza for Alfredo lovers!  Loaded with tender shrimp, crisp bacon and lots of cheese, this pizza is the perfect way to enjoy all your favorite flavors on one delicious slice! Do you and your family love homemade pizza?  I have to say that we cannot get enough!  We also love making different variations of our favorites - this Shrimp & Bacon Alfredo is the brainchild of one of our many pizza experiments! White pizza (any pizza that uses a white or Alfredo sauce instead of a red pizza sauce) is one that my family, especially my 7-year-old son, absolutely loves!  There is something about the sauce that creates this amazing canvas for the toppings!  The Alfredo sauce melts right in with the mozzarella cheese and creates one gooey, cheesy delicious slice of Continue Reading...

Easy Alfredo Sauce

Easy Alfredo Sauce

A go-to sauce for so many dishes, this Easy Alfredo Sauce is perfect for pasta, pizza and much more!  Forget the store-bought stuff, this easy homemade Alfredo is made with just a few simple ingredients and comes together in just minutes! Once I realized how easy it was to make fresh, homemade Alfredo sauce, I never bought a jar of the store-bought stuff ever again.  Not only does homemade Alfredo taste WAY better, it's also simple to make taking just a few minutes, with just few simple ingredients!  Who knows how many ingredients the jarred store-bought stuff has?! Step 1: Over medium heat, melt the butter and add flour in a non-stick skillet.  Yes, this does have a full stick of butter (it's not the lightest sauce, but definitely flavorful!). You'll add the flour as soon as Continue Reading...