November 18, 2018

apple, orange, cranberry sauce

If you’re like me, you’re not a big fan of the cranberry sauce that magically retains the shape of the can it comes out of. After avoiding this side dish at every pertinent holiday, several years ago, I discovered a Williams-Sonoma recipe for apple, orange, cranberry sauce and my family and I have never looked back. While I’ve altered it a bit from the original, trust me when I say it’s every bit as delicious...

March 2, 2015


parmesan crusted pork chops

Growing up, my mother used to make Shake-n-Bake pork chops, which I loved, and on occasion, I still make today. I’m not sure if it was that memory or the fact that cheese was involved, but I gravitated towards this incredibly easy and yummy recipe for boneless parmesan pork chops that originated on Just a Pinch. Enjoy! Ingredients 4 boneless pork chops, 1/2″ thick 1 tbsp olive oil 1 c parmesan cheese 1 c Italian...

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February 23, 2015


skillet chicken–guest post!

This is my blog’s first guest post and I am super excited to feature friend and fellow-foodie–Michelle! She is a master in the kitchen, preparing delectable dishes with healthy options. So, without further adieu… Michelle P. I’m so excited to be doing my first ever blog post for my dear friend, Tara–and on one of my favorite topics, FOOD! I love making delicious and healthy dinners for my family. Since it’s a grey, damp winter day I’m...

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February 19, 2015


salmon, green beans, and tomatoes

I wasn’t going to post this. It’s so easy, it’s not even a recipe. But then I figured, if I hadn’t thought of it, then maybe others hadn’t either and could benefit from having a healthy, super fast, week-night meal. So here goes…Enjoy! Ingredients: Salmon Bag of green beans Container of cherry tomatoes Salt Pepper Season All McCormick’s lemon, butter, dill flavored seafood sauce Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice the cherry tomatoes in...

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February 12, 2015


cheesy grits casserole–updated!

I posted the original cheesy grits casserole a while ago. But since it’s one of my go-to recipes that I make regularly, I started to tweak it. I now think my updated recipe makes a big difference and is even more delish than the original. Enjoy!   Ingredients: 4 cups water 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup quick-cooking grits 1 1/2 blocks of grated cheese (I used mild and sharp) 1/4 cup butter, melted 2 eggs,...

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