Homemade Marinara

I've been having a great time with my kids in cooking camp. Two weeks ago was Around the World theme were we explored dishes from 5 different countries and this week is Healthier Family Favorites themed. We are taking dishes that can typically be loaded with fat, calories, and heavily processed ingredients and making them lighter, healthier, and homemade. Monday we made this homemade marinara … [Read more...]

Poppy Seed Dressing

This recipe has been a favorite for many, many years. I grew up eating the fruit plate at our club. The fruit was always served with a side of poppy seed dressing, which of course was the best part, well the dressing and the grilled cheese fingers that also came with it. A few years back my mom finally got the recipe and began making it at home. In my opinion this poppy seed dressing blows … [Read more...]

Pico de Gallo

Here is another recipe I taught the kids of the Junior League Make a Meal cooking demo. The goal of the demo was to teach children in the foster system how to prepare easy and healthy meals for themselves once they are out on their own. The first recipe we prepared was the pico de gallo, then showed them a few other recipes they could make and incorporate the pico. I love pico de gallo, … [Read more...]

Quick Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

I’m a huge fan of throwing a quick salad together as a side with dinner. Typically I can find a few different veggies in my fridge to add to it. Not only are salads easier than cooking anything, you typically benefit the most from vegetables when they are raw. As much as I love ranch, Caesar, and other fattening dressings I am also a big fan of vinaigrettes, but I have yet to find a bottled … [Read more...]

Sun Dried Tomato Tapenade

I have been meaning to make this forever. Ever since the Chile Olive Oil dinner I went to in September, which is forever ago in foodie terms. Life has gotten in the way, but I finally was able to make my own version of Sun Dried Tomato Tapenade and it was as good or better as I remember. This makes an awesome starter spread on toasted baguette or ciabatta (my favorite) you can use in on a … [Read more...]