Fried Rice for Everyone

Fried rice can be so amazing. I love this when we get takeout but I had never really nailed the at home version until recently. I learned a few tricks and now I prefer to have it at home than from the Chinese joint down the road. My husband is …

Ribeye Stir Fry

This recipe is a glorious mash-up of my Gim’me Some Green Beans and the best looking cut of rib eye in your butcher’s case. I get a nice thick cut and slice it thin. It’s worth paying a little extra for a great cut of meat. My family of four …

Mama’s Chicken Salad

I confess…I never liked chicken salad growing up. On the contrary, I hated it. Mayonnaise-based salads made me gag. I’m growing up…slowly. I still can’t handle it if the mayo is too overwhelming. Maybe it’s a texture thing but I just can’t. My good friend turned me on to the …

Bekka’s Favorite Breakfast

I’m glad someone important said breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It is my favorite meal by a long shot. When people say they skip breakfast or forget to eat it, I have to make sure my face isn’t saying rude or demeaning things. This thing, forgetting …

Spicy or not Sausage Tortellini Soup

I have a serious soft spot for soup. Even in the summer, I love a good soup. This beautiful mix of sweet sausage and tortellini hits all the bases for me. I much prefer a broth-based soup on a regular day. This one is both hearty and filling, without feeling …

Clean Plate Club Chicken Alfredo

Is there anything better than a GREAT alfredo sauce? Few things, I contend. And…is there anything worse than a lame alfredo? Few things, friends. Few. Things. I have a love affair with great Alfredo…which means I rarely order it when I’m out unless I’m at a real deal Italian place. …

Superhero Spaghetti Sauce

I once knew an Italian guy who told me, “Real Italians don’t want to hear about your ‘sauce’ unless it’s been simmering for at least 24 hours.” Because he was in fact, a REAL ITALIAN, I believe him. But I also realize that in my own real life, rarely do …

BBQ Pulled Pork

My local grocer spoils me with their house-made, amazing BBQ pulled pork when I’m feeling lazy – which is often. When I actually cook it, the crockpot is my go-to method. Pulled pork is something I OFTEN have in my freezer from summer smoking or if I find great cuts …

Baked Potato Bar

Sometimes, I look into my fridge and all I see are half full containers of leftovers and just know it’s time for an intervention. A Baked Potato Bar is in order. This is a great way to get rid of the last dregs of pretty much anything in your fridge. …

Chicken Sausage Bowls

This is technically in my “lazy meal” category because you guys…it could NOT be easier. Put some rice on in your rice cooker or on the stove and let me show you how easy this is. Bonus, my family raves about it. I haven’t yet told them that it is …