Nov 21, 2014

Easy No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

An easy no-bake pumpkin cheesecake made with the right amount of cream cheese, sour cream and pumpkin puree makes this a very light, silky and luscious filling. So good it's the best tasting pumpkin cheesecake we ever had!  Featured in a cookie crumb crust and seasoned with one spice, gives this no-bake pumpkin cheesecake a taste of warmth and feeling of the holidays!

A cheesecake that is "light as a feather" makes a perfect dessert to serve on Thanksgiving. 

Nov 20, 2014

Oven-Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Butternut Squash, Carrots with Olive Oil and Pancetta

A colorful medley of root vegetables consisting of carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash and white potatoes, are oven-roasted with extra virgin olive oil, crushed red pepper, rosemary, and pancetta. May be short on heat, but long on flavor - making this dish so tasty, will definitely give everyone that "ooo" yummy factor!

Nov 19, 2014

Savory Slow Cooked Beef Brisket in a Wine Gravy

Savory beef brisket is made with fresh thyme, garlic, carrots, cherry tomatoes, green peppers, onions and red wine!  Then slowly cooked in a slow cooker (or in the oven) until the meat is tender and falls apart. Delish!

Everyone loves this recipe for our brisket, and it makes enough for you to serve it twice in one week! Serve it on a Sunday night, then reheat leftovers on the following Tuesday. The flavorful red wine gravy goes perfectly over the meat and over a side of mashed potatoes. YUM!

Nov 18, 2014

Baked Kale, Spinach, Artichoke Dip

Kale, spinach and artichoke dip is a warm, gooey, cheesy dip filled with fresh kale, spinach, artichoke hearts, onions, sour cream, parmesan cheese and mozzarella, then baked until the cheese is melted on top and heated through.

So good, it's a delicious little veggie appetizer to nosh on while dinner is getting ready. I made this the other night, and boy it was so good the girls couldn't stop eating it.

Nov 16, 2014

Sauteed Green Beans with Onions

Are you planning for Thanksgiving? It's next week and we are starting our lists of things to do. We make green beans every year as one of our side dishes.

Warm green beans sautéed with onions, cayenne pepper and extra virgin olive oil until they are tender and crispy makes a healthy and flavorful side dish. The flavor is so amazing and a little addicting, even my own kids couldn't stop eating them.

Nov 13, 2014

Farfalle with Chicken, Capers, Sundried Tomatoes and Spinach

Sometimes your family's individual favorite foods can be your inspiration. Here is how I came up with a new recipe using my husband's love of capers, sundried tomatoes and bitter greens in his pasta. These ingredients became the start of this new twist where Farfalle pasta gets tossed with grilled chicken, capers, sundried tomatoes, fresh spinach and arugula in a light creamy white wine sauce; it is pure decadence!

Nov 12, 2014

Celery Soup

Soup is always great!  It's comforting, healthy, and simple!  And, since the cold weather has arrived, it makes anyone want to come home to a bowl of soup.

Creamy celery soup is made with only 3 main ingredients, hearts of celery, onions and vegetable broth.  Then it's easily pureed in a blender to get a smooth and velvety texture. Celery soup is a very light soup, not heavy.  In fact, because it's low-calorie and low-fat makes this soup very appealing and sensible to serve as the first course to any meal.  The recipe is so easy, it's effortless!