Nutty Granola

I happened to be at a friend's house at a moment when she happened to be pulling this granola out of her oven.  I stole a taste and was converted.  I will never buy store granola again.  When this simple, healthy version exists, why should I?  My boys love this layered with yogurt for breakfast (as in the picture above).  I love a handful as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.  It's good stuff.  Make a batch on Monday and it'll last the whole week.

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Posted on Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 09:51PM by Registered CommenterAmy in , | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference

Pork Tenderloin with Chimichurri

Chimichurri is a green sauce made with fresh herbs, olive oil and a dash of red pepper flakes.  Another great way to make pork.  And if you haven't bought and grilled a pork tenderloin lately, you really should.  It's a healthy meat.  Quick to cook.  And far more tasty than your average chicken recipe.  This preparation comes from Our Best Bites

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Posted on Friday, October 1, 2010 at 03:50PM by Registered CommenterAmy in , , | Comments1 Comment

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Wraps

A simple, tasty, on-the-table-in-30-minutes-flat dinner.  Did I say "tasty"?  Because I meant "very tasty".  At least.  A cucumber sauce made with spices, mayonnaise (or yogurt) and a bit of honey is spread on the tortilla, then coverd in fresh spinach and topped with tender chicken strips.  These will definitely be on our weeknight menu again sometime soon. 

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Posted on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 10:47AM by Registered CommenterAmy in , , , , , | CommentsPost a Comment

Greek Salad

I went away a few weeks ago for a book club retreat.  We ate some amazing food, and I've made this dish twice a week ever since.  It's fresh & healthy & delicious.  A friend's son lived in Greece and taught her to make it.   Now it's on my lunch standby list because it's just as simple to make a little as it is to make a lot (and it's easy to share with the baby girl, too). 

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Posted on Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 03:27PM by Registered CommenterAmy in , , , , , | CommentsPost a Comment

Tomato-Basil Squares

I can't believe I've never posted this recipe.  Garlic, basil, parmesan, tomatoes layered deliciously on a pizza-like crust.  It's one of those no-fail, easy-to-make, impressive to guests, yummy-to-eat sides.  We originally got the recipe from Pampered Chef and have enjoyed it for years.  Add it to your next dinner menu and you'll see why it's a perfect addition to so many meals.

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Posted on Monday, September 6, 2010 at 11:39PM by Registered CommenterAmy in , , , , , | Comments1 Comment

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

I've never been a jello-lover, but this is truly tasty.  My sister brought it to a family dinner and I initially turned up my nose at the thought of pretzels and fruit and jello and whipped cream.  Then I tried it, loved it, and now I'm sharing it with you.  It's great as a potluck side and can even double as dessert.

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Posted on Monday, September 6, 2010 at 11:26PM by Registered CommenterAmy in , , | Comments2 Comments

Banana Crunch Muffins

These are from Ina Garten, otherwise known as Barefoot Contessa.  If you don't know her, you should.   Because I think she's a menu genius.  These muffins got great reviews from my my entire household, so I'm going to share them with you.  And the big bonus from making these is how divine my house *still* smells...the morning after.  It's a beautiful thing.

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Posted on Saturday, September 4, 2010 at 11:37PM by Registered CommenterAmy in , , | Comments1 Comment

and the WINNER is...

...with impartial help from


who said

"I read and make your yummy recipes"

Send me your address, and I'll send you your book!

(click "contact me" on the sidebar to send an e-mail)


For the rest of you, I'll soon be sharing some of my freezer favorites here. 

Posted on Friday, September 3, 2010 at 11:42AM by Registered CommenterAmy | Comments2 Comments

GIVEAWAY (enter by leaving a comment!) featuring my newest obsession...

My freezer is stocked, and I'm loving it.  Why?!

  • It's deeply satisfying to know that multiple dinners, smoothie mixes, cookie balls, breakfast burritos are sitting there, eager to help on my busy days.
  • You can mess up the kitchen once a week on cooking day.  Then enjoy the ease of no mess, homemade dinners on other nights.
  • Grocery bills are cut when you shop the sales.  When chicken is on sale, make 4 recipes of a favorite chicken dish and a few quick pans of enchiladas. You've got meals for 6-7 nights.
  • You get the ease of quick food without all the preservatives and unnatural ingredients that come with when you buy pre-made from a store.
  • I love cooking good food, but not every day. 

I've devoured these two books and my outside freezer has finally reached its full capacity.  My sisters all know this.  Because I'm pretty sure I bring it up every time I talk to them on the phone.  Guess what I froze today?  Guess what I just pulled out of the freezer?  I think I've convinced each of them to buy these books (they'll curse me for the giveaway now!). 

But I want you to have a copy, too. 

I'm giving away one new copy of the original

Don't Panic! Dinner's in the Freezer

To enter:  leave a comment on this post

(this is 3/4 me wanting to share a cookbook I'm loving and 1/4 me wondering who in the world is visiting this blog - big numbers in the stats, but so few comments, so let me know who you are if you've been lurking!)

The winner will be randomly drawn on Friday, September 3rd at 9 a.m.

Posted on Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 03:15PM by Registered CommenterAmy | Comments37 Comments

Caramel Cream Sandwich Cookies

These are a new favorite.  Part of my new browned butter obsession probably.  Anyhow, something fun to try that will be gobbled up quickly (so double the recipe if you don't want to turn around and see them all gone). 

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Posted on Monday, August 9, 2010 at 01:48AM by Registered CommenterAmy in | Comments5 Comments