Cucumber Melon Fruit Salad

Cucumber Melon Fruit Salad

I received free product(s) from Oxo and Melissa's Produce in conjunction with this post.  Recipe, photos, and opinions are 100% my own. Fruit salad brought to a whole new level!  Crunchy cucumbers, sweet watermelon and cantaloupe along with a delicious lime-ginger dressing makes this salad wonderfully fresh and delicious! An awesome summer side dish, perfect for picnics, pot-lucks and back yard cookouts! I recently cleaned out my refrigerator.  I tend to do this only when I need to make room for bigger containers in my fridge, or when something starts to stink.  Yeah, I know - probably not the best frequency.  However, lately I've been making a concerted effort to do better at using what I have in my refrigerator, versus going to the grocery store to buy more food, specifically Continue Reading...

Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Perfectly creamy, these Parmesan Mashed Potatoes are nothing short of spectacular. Russet potatoes are lightly seasoned and combined with sour cream, cream cheese and Parmesan cheese making these potatoes the ultimate side dish for any meal! A must for every holiday meal as well!   Any good meal, needs at least one stand-out side dish.  It doesn't need to be fancy, or have lots of ingredients, it simply needs to taste good and compliment what its served with.  That is definitely the case with these Parmesan Mashed Potatoes.  Not only do they taste wonderful, they are perfectly complimentary to whatever your serving with them - beef, seafood, turkey, chicken or pork.   These potatoes have a fantastic texture.  Perfectly creamy, but not over processed or gluey. Continue Reading...

Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese & Pecans

Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese & Pecans

The perfect side dish for your holiday dinner, this Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese Crumbles and sweet Brown Sugar Pecans is flavorful and delicious!  Mandarin oranges, cranberries, goat cheese crumbles and pecans are a cool, crisp partner for just about any meal.  An amazing Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner side dish! I've got a special treat for you!  With Thanksgiving just a couple weeks away, I teamed up with some other fantastic food bloggers to bring you the Ultimate Thanksgiving Recipe Blog Hop.  We've got you covered with ideas for every course of your meal, including Main Dishes, Vegetables, Sides, Potatoes and of course Pies and Desserts!  Below my recipe you'll find links to all of the fantastic recipes for your Thanksgiving meal.  Enjoy! With Thanksgiving just a Continue Reading...

Easy Grilled Pork Loin with Sugar and Spice Rub and Grilled Peaches

Easy Grilled Pork Loin with Sugar and Spice Rub and Grilled Peaches

As a mom, and wife I'm pretty much ALWAYS on the hunt for healthy, delicious dinners that are quick and easy to make.  Sound familiar?  Yeah, I think this is right up there with solving the national debt crisis, and making the country more energy independent!  Finding quick, healthy delicious meals is on the mind of anyone that spends more than a few minutes in the kitchen every day.  Have no fear - I've got a great one for ya:  Easy Grilled Pork Loin with Sugar and Spice Rub and Grilled Peaches! This dinner is seriously so delicious!  The juicy, sweet peaches paired with the slightly spicy rub on the pork compliment each other beautifully.  We had this for dinner last night, and I'm tellin' ya - a little bite of pork, with a little piece of peach is a slice of heaven right in your Continue Reading...

Best Ever Potato Salad

Best Ever Potato Salad

Growing up in rural South Dakota, like most of America, potato salad tends to be the cornerstone of any summer bbq, cookout, or potluck.  With that being said, just about every home cook has their own version of potato salad.  Which is great, as peoples tastes vary for this classic side dish - whether or not to put in eggs, onion or celery, just the right amount of sugar, seasonings and/or vinegar. However, I've come to realize that if not done right, potato salad can be, well, pretty ordinary.  However, this recipe for potato salad that I'm about to disclose to you, is by far, the BEST I've ever tasted!  Not only is it far from ordinary, I've never come across any other potato salad that even comes close to besting this classic side-dish.  Thus the name - Best Ever Potato Continue Reading...

Harvest Salad with Pears and Pomegranates

Harvest Salad with Pears and Pomegranates

Have you ever tried pomegranates before?  Up until a few years ago, it was a fruit that I always passed by in the supermarket.  Mostly because I didn't really know what to do with it.  One day, Wegman's, my all-time favorite supermarket had a big display of these, and I couldn't resist.  We got home and peeled one open - and that's when the love affair began.  These beautiful magenta seeds where behind the dark red exterior.  Both my son and I devoured an entire fruit in one sitting. Using the pomegranate seeds in a salad is probably my favorite way to eat this delicious fruit.  They add amazing color, texture and flavor to an otherwise ordinary salad.  This Harvest Salad with Pears and Pomegranates is the complete opposite of ordinary.  It will definitely be on my Thanksgiving Continue Reading...

Garden Salad with Pesto Grilled Chicken

Garden Salad with Pesto Grilled Chicken

  One of the many things I love about summer is having a garden.  Granted, my garden is only a 4'x4' self-made garden box, but it works for our tiny suburban back yard.  Last night I was talking with my neighbor Bethany who planted several items in planters and like us,  had several items grow like crazy and others that haven't done much at all.  (Bethany has a bumper crop of basil, and I had only two small sprigs that haven't grown more than two inches.  I've had a decent amount of tomatoes, yet the squirls have got most of hers.)  Between Bethany's basil and my tomatoes, we were both happily willing to trade one for another.  I love it!! My experience with Bethany, it not unlike the millions of other neighbors across our country.  I would like to think that having a garden Continue Reading...