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.

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