Parmesan Ranch Steak Fries

Parmesan Ranch Steak Fries

These crispy, oven-baked fries will be a new favorite potato recipe with everyone in your family!  Russet potato wedges are coated in Parmesan cheese, ranch seasoning, and a bit of parsley, they come together in moments, and bake to perfection!  Fantastic with anything from sloppy joes to steak and everything in between! Would you consider you and your family to be meat and potato eaters?  Do you love a good steak with a baked potato, and drool at the idea of a juicy burger with a big side of fries?  My family and I are definitely these people!  We love grilling, slow cooking, braising and roasting pretty much any type of meat, and with that always comes a great side - specifically a really good (and easy!) potato recipe. Throwing together some crisp, delicious potato wedges (we Continue Reading...

Creamy Broccoli Salad with Apples and Cherries

Creamy Broccoli Salad with Apples and Cherries

The VERY BEST Broccoli Salad Recipe This Broccoli Salad recipe is a fantastic side dish, loaded with amazing flavor and crunch!  Fresh cherries, apples, celery, red onion, and sunflower seeds, along with the broccoli and a simple creamy dressing make this a great summer salad that can be enjoyed any time of year! With the summer cookout season in full swing, we seem to always have ample amounts of stuff on the grill.  Burgers, chicken, hot dogs, brats, just to name a few - but side dishes sometime seem to be rather sparse.  I've been craving a crunchy, fresh salad loaded with flavor and deliciousness, which is how this amazing Creamy Broccoli Salad with Apples and Cherries came to be. Similar to the traditional broccoli salad recipe, this version has a few differences that set it Continue Reading...

Cherry Jello Pretzel Salad

Cherry Jello Pretzel Salad

A fantastic twist on the classic pretzel salad recipe Amazing as a salad or dessert, this incredible Cherry Jell-o Pretzel Salad is the ultimate side dish for any cookout, potluck or backyard barbecue!  Made with a salty-sweet pretzel crust, a delicious cream cheese filling, and topped with fresh cherries, this jell-o salad recipe is a must for any summer get-together. If you love salty-sweet foods, then you're definitely in for a treat with this amazing pretzel salad recipe!  Many call it a salad, as it is made with Jell-o, but it is certainly sweet enough to be considered a dessert.  The strawberry version of this side is fantastic, but if you love fresh cherries, then THIS version is definitely for you.  Perfect for a neighborhood cookout, pot-luck dinner for summertime block Continue Reading...

Creamy Ranch BLT Pasta Salad

Creamy Ranch BLT Pasta Salad

Creamy Ranch BLT Pasta Salad - An amazing Pasta Salad Recipe The perfect pasta salad recipe for any potluck, cookout, picnic or back yard BBQ!  This amazing side dish is loaded with bacon, tomatoes, crisp green leaf lettuce, and topped with a fantastic creamy ranch dressing.  Make extra - this disappears FAST!! Does your summer consist of getting together with neighbors, family and friends for cookouts, barbecues, and potlucks?  Much like many of you, our neighbors have become our second family.  We love getting together all through the spring and summer months for fun potluck dinners, where everyone brings a dish or two to share.  We always end up with lots of fantastic food, and this pasta salad recipe is the perfect side dish that everyone loves! Loaded with tender, Continue Reading...

Italian Tortellini Salad

Italian Tortellini Salad

Italian Tortellini Salad - the Ultimate Pasta Salad Recipe The perfect pasta salad or side dish 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! 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 Continue Reading...

Apple & Fennel Salad with Blackberries

Apple & Fennel Salad with Blackberries

Fresh, crisp apples and fennel are paired with blackberries, celery and toasted almonds to make this delicious salad.  Topped with a creamy blackberry vinaigrette, this delicious side dish comes together in just minutes!  Perfect paired with chicken or salmon and also makes a wonderful holiday side! Up until a few weeks ago, I had never tried fennel.  It was always something rather mysterious that I saw in the supermarket, but never actually put in my cart and purchased.  This all changed when I recently tried a fresh, crispy salad at my local Wegmans supermarket, and it included fennel!  I had no idea that you could eat fennel raw, let alone have it bring the amazing flavor that it did to the salad.  From here, I decided that I needed to create a salad of my own and include this Continue Reading...

Tropical Pineapple Mango Salsa

Tropical Pineapple Mango Salsa

Fresh, healthy flavors of of the tropics are paired with peppers and onions for the most amazing sweet, crunchy salsa!  Perfect for topping fish or chicken, and great for eating with chips!  0 Weight Watchers Smart Points! As soon as the holidays are over, I begin to crave fresh, fruity flavors.  Maybe it's all of the rich food, or the over abundance of Christmas cookies, that gets a little much.  Or maybe it's the fact that everywhere you look in the produce section of the grocery store there are pineapples,  mangoes, and all different types of citrus fruits.  I really can't resist these fresh, delicious flavors, so I decided to mix them all together into this amazing Tropical Pineapple Mango Salsa. This salsa tastes and smells absolutely incredible!  Perfect just by itself Continue Reading...

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