Leek, Mushroom & Bacon Tart




It's been a week since school's been out and we are finally settling into a slower pace around my house. During those last few weeks of school and all of the hectic-ness, we weren't planning our menus very well (okay, honestly we weren't planning any menu... at all!). We fell into a sort of food rut and we were depending heavily on our gas grill. We consumed all kinds of foods that are considered quick : pre-made burgers, store-bought, marinated chicken breasts or fajitas, sandwiches, spaghetti... anyhoo, you get the idea.

Nothing wrong with any of that, I know, but with no time to make dishes with a bit more detail and flavor, dinnertime can get a bit boring and repetitive. I know it's true for me, anyway, I get bored of certain foods. My hubs is content to eat a plateful of grilled meat, all day, everyday (seriously, no side dishes required for that complete carnivore!), but I'm just not happy with that. I like my veggies.


Vanilla Cake Doughnuts with Easy Milk Chocolate Frosting




Sunday mornings are the best at my house. You see, Sunday mornings are for big breakfasts!

Spicy Queso Blanco (White Cheese) Dip




I believe most people across the U.S. are familiar with some version the popular (dare I say 'famous'?) Tex-Mex cheese dip called chili con queso (translated: "peppers with cheese").  I'm also pretty confident that most Texans learned to make this dish with a (much-adored) tomato and green chili mixture that comes in a can (brand name sorta rhymes with 'mo-tel'). Like most folks in my home state, I also love this store-bought mixture of tomatoes and green chilies and I use it often to lend it's special flavor-magic to some of our most favorite family dishes.


Eggs Florentine Breakfast Casserole



Hi. It's been awhile, I know.  As is typical when I fall off the map here, I've just been swamped at home and at work. And then we went out of town last weekend too. Oh, and we're also smack dab in the middle of all the end-of-school year madness involving my 11-year-old. Fifth grade is practically over and he'll be starting middle school next year.

We've also been enjoying the final, crazy-cute, Pre-K activities with my little girl. Next, it's on to Kindergarten for her...and I'm basically an anxiety-filled wreck over these upcoming changes for both kiddos (insert BIG sigh here). But, that's a topic for another post because it's Mother's Day today and I simply refuse to start blubbering all over my laptop! So, today I'm writing about a happy subject... the recipe for this tasty breakfast casserole!

Buttery Beer Bread




When I think of quick breads I almost always immediately think of nicely spiced, sweet breads that make for terrific breakfast or a dessert.  Most of my favorite quick breads are made with fruit and sometimes even chocolate, like this apple quick bread or my kid's favorite banana bread with chocolate chips!

However, lately I've been making some savory quick breads to go with our suppertime meals and this flavorful beer bread has quickly risen to the top of the favorite list around here (pun totally intended)!

Pan-Toasted Cranberry Almond Muesli



Muesli cereal eaten with vanilla-flavored yogurt has long been one of my favorite breakfasts. Eating muesli with yogurt is something I adopted in my time as an honorary Swede back in the nineties. Pre-Sweden, I'd only experienced any kind of cereal eaten with milk, but muesli and yogurt were just made for each other, y'all.
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