The Best Turkey Green Chili

For me, on rare occasions, I will make something that just tastes like it belongs.  It feels like home.  I don’t mean the home I grew up in or even food from my background.  I mean that it is a dish that I know will be made over and over again for many many years to come.  It will be a staple in our family’s repertoire; the meal we gather around for game nights, make for parties, and crave after we have been away.  Its not something fancy, but might as well be fillet mignon.  Do you have a dish like that?  Your “home” dish? I do.  It’s this Green…

Skillet Cornbread

Cornbread is one of those comfort foods that never falls out of style or out of season.  Its the Levi’s jeans of side dishes.  It’s equally acceptable alongside a pile of barbecued ribs in the summer and a bowl of chili after the weather has begun to turn.  Like a biscuit, its even acceptable at breakfast!  This was just as true 20 years ago as it is today. I’ll admit I love cornbread.  I build entire meals around it!  Where do you stand?  Love it, hate it, or somewhere in the middle?  I don’t know that I have ever met someone who truly hated cornbread, but I have met many…
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Basil Pink Grapefruit Spritz Cocktail & Mocktail

The past few years I have been on a quest for he perfect light, refreshing summer drink.  I am not a big drinker by any means.  I am “one and done” kind of girl when it comes to alcohol (excuse the college basketball reference, ladies).  So nope, not a big drinker.  But, do you know what that means?  That ONE drink is going to be a mighty good one. So I don’t take my quest for the perfect summer drink lightly.  My perfect drink is something that can be made in large batches when entertaining and has an equally as tasty non-alchoholic version.  Basically, I need the drink to go…

Mixed Berry Cobbler

I have a Fourth of July weekend non-alcholohol induced hangover.  Too much sun, beach walking, badminton, volleyball, and hiking has me feeling the slump before the week even began.  But the fun of the holiday is well worth the exhaustion.  The Fourth of July has a way of announcing the arrival of summer.  The undeniably summer-time activities – like croquet, badminton, volleyball, bonfires, barbecues, fireworks, etc. – are a sure fire way to shout, “Summer is here!” For me, there is one more thing that announces the arrival of summer.  The ability to walk my dog through the park while simultaneously picking and snacking on blackberries.  It is one of…

Veggie Phad Thai Noodle Bowl

Phad thai is everyone’s elusive favorite.  I’ll bet that you know the best neighborhood spot for a big heaping plateful.  It scratched that comfort food itch but with an exotic twist.  So why do I say its “elusive?”  Well, have you ever tried to make it at home?  Its not the same, right?  I agree. I have to admit its easy for me to get in a dinner rut.  Especially when I am pressed for time and trying to prepare healthy-ish dishes.  I seem to cycle through the same few dishes like I am a skipping record player.  Of course I really really like those dishes, but my life is…
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