Mediterranean Orzo Salad

I made this delicious dish to go with some Pita’s I was making. It was amazing, I ate the leftovers for days all by themselves and had to force myself not to make more.  I’m planning on making this many more times, especially this summer for BBQ’s!  I think it’s a wonderful addition to any […]

Light Summer Corn Salad

Are you growing a garden this year?  Or maybe checking out the local Farmer’s Market?  I don’t think there is any flavor in the world like that which comes from garden fresh veggies.  Even if you don’t have them fresh though, this recipe is super yummy and great for picnics, brunches and pot lucks!  I’m […]

Homemade Corn Nuggets (Dairy Free OR Not)

One of the worst things about having a dairy allergy is that everything one buys has dairy in it! Chief Zoo Keeper didn’t always have a dairy allergy so he very much knows the wonderful flavors of all things dairy.  One of the many things he misses is Corn Nuggets.  I spend a bit of […]

How to Make Delectable Croutons

Everyone knows the toppings on a salad can add so much.  These scrumptious little croutons are quick and easy, plus you can make them to hold any flavor you’d like.  I made mine with garlic flavor, but I am a garlic nut.  LOL. Ingredients 4 slices wheat bread 2 Tbsp butter Seasonings of Choice Parsley […]

Super Yummy German Potato Salad

With grilling season and gatherings galore, potato salad seems like it is a staple.  I like to try some things that are differently from time to time so I was excited to try this.  I made mine with fresh potatoes from the Farmer’s Market.  I’m not going to lie, I was panicking when I saw […]

Fusilli with Mushroom & Butternut Squash

I can’t honestly say where I found this recipe, but I wanted to share it with you.  Whether you are gluten free (the Fusilli can be found GF), vegan, or just have the occasional meatless meal, this is pretty good.  We don’t typically do any of those, so as we ate my husband said he […]

Twice-Baked Potatoes A Recipe by Mike Hartner

The benefit to making twice-baked potatoes is that you also get mashed potatoes from the recipe and potato skins, depending on your taste. My son and I like the skins, and everyone likes the twice-baked potatoes.  The recipe is fairly easy. Potatoes (I use about 12 – 15 at a time).  But I’m feeding five, […]

Pickled Onions

I don’t know about you, but I’d never had pickled onions before.  But, Chief Zoo Keeper suggested we have pickled onions on some sandwiches and I jumped on it.  Why not!?!  Something a little different.  Well, they are really great!  The flavors worked great on our sandwiches.  We also had some on chili dogs.  Yum!!! […]

Country Pasta Toss

Hey guys!  I just tried this recipe out and it is fabulous, so I thought I’d share! Country Pasta Toss 3 c rotini pasta 1 lb new potatoes, cut into wedges 1 lb baby carrots 2 c broccoli flowerets (peas or snow peas if desired) olive oil 2 1/2 tbsp parsley (dried or fresh) 2 […]

Crunchy Green Beans

Ahh, summertime!!! Gotta love all of the fresh veggies available!!! I used 1 jar of canned green beans because that’s what we had! Turned out really great even though we didn’t have the almonds! BTW, I’m super sorry I didn’t get a pic, we were starving and dug in without thinking!!!  LOL.   4 cups […]

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