the real breakfast of champions- Vitamix smoothies

I’m obsessed with the Vitamix we’ve now had in our kitchen I think one month or so that we were easily sold on during the usual trip to Costco (how stuff gets into the basket and makes it home, I’ll never know). I’m a professional blow-out blender girl (kitchenaid, cuisinart, black-n-decker) so I’ve been dreaming…

risotto, beer, broth and bok choy

Because we still have SB beers around, my broth needs a purpose, and the bok choy needed to be used and I was craving risotto. Yes I know Bud Light probably isn’t the best option. Next time we’ll try Stella…  I can make risotto with my eyes closed I’ve made it so many different ways…

turkey meatloaf with kickin’ sauce 

My inspiration. Rain again. Wanting to make meatloaf since I realized last time around was two years ago. Sour dough bread around. Kickin’ sauce still available… Why not turkey loaf with kickin’ sauce? Of note, I’m not a fan of ketchup so using my own sauce instead is the plan. And since your own sauce…

grilled pork chops with apple wine chutney

Pork loin chops always bring to mind, apples. Could be the midwest in me, but I need to have some sweet with my chops. And in this case, a little wine to the mix didn’t hurt!  

kickin’ sauces and dishes that sizzle with them

Two kinds of kickin’ sauces combined to make the ultimate sauce. Started out making chimichurri sauce for some flank steaks and then the next day made what was supposed to be ketchup but it turned out to be much more than that as a base sauce you can play around with. Combined the chimi and the…

mexican SB chicken chili

Chili I got you down. I’ve never made so much chili in my life this year, with all this rain and excuses to curl up on the couch and warm by the fire… This time it was for our SuperBowl 50 party. Shredded chicken (from my broth), fresh corn on the cob, onions, cilantro, black…

lalalasagna!

For this, I did look at lot of recipes and then forged my own ideas. Nothing in particular caught my eye. My inspiration was cottage cheese that was around, fresh bone broth I just made (providing shredding chicken) and I just wanted to make lasagna with chicken (again all this rain!). The last time I…

not your mamas chili 2

I’ve got chili down and it is good… last time I made it (not your mamas chili) I used Not Your Father’s Rootbeer. So this time I opted to use no alcohol (shocking) and see if I could get good flavor anyway. I used ground turkey AND some of the leftover chicken from my broth…

easy bake quiche

After a day at the wineries, we were all due for a cozy day in. Starting the day off with quiche fills you up for a long haul of resting on the couch. Inspiration here was Tillamook white cheddar cheese from the wine country excursion and ciabatta bread left over that we were supposed to…

not your mamas chili

My mom, who lives in Ohio, came to town to visit to spend the holidays with us. For her arrival I wanted to make something special and get the house smelling yummy! Memories of her chili, the cold weather and rain (which is NoCal version of an Ohio snow day), inspired me to make my…