• One Pot Creamy Cajun Pasta
  • Creamy Corn Chowder Pasta
  • Tropical Chicken Kabobs w/ Raspberry Lime Glaze
  • Fish Chowder
  • Beer Brats And Cheddar Soup

Freezer Meal: Creamy Bourbon Dijon Chicken

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Find more Freezer Friendly Recipes on our Freezer Cooking Pinterest Board! Come follow us! It’s Freezer Meal Friday! Since school is literally right around the corner I have been cooking up a storm getting ready for the chaos that always comes with the first few weeks of school.  My freezer is fully stocked with awesome [...]

One Pot Creamy Cajun Pasta


Who doesn’t love a good one pot dinner? In a recent post for Living Litehouse I blog all about the wonder of the One Pot Meal and how to turn almost any meal into a One Pot success! Who the heck wants to be stuck cleaning up multiple pots and pans after dinner while fighting [...]

Creamy Corn Chowder Pasta

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Not every recipe I try to whip up works out well. For example, Corn Chowder Bread Salad, or how about Corn Chowder Potato Salad? I just couldn’t get either of those recipes to work out in my favor and I almost just made a normal gosh darn Corn Chowder but it was a very warm [...]

Tropical Chicken Kabobs w/ Raspberry Lime Glaze


This post was published at the beginning of summer and somehow I forgot to tell you about it! As I’m sure you know by now I write and develop recipes for another blog called Living Litehouse, owned by the Litehouse Foods company, and this is one of my recipes I developed for them. While the [...]

Fish Chowder

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Fish Chowder. You either love it or you hate it. I love it, as long as it’s New England style. Creamy, thick (but not too thick), full of potato and celery, and plenty of whatever seafood you choose to use. I happen to have a pound of cod just laying around. It’s cool and breezy out. I [...]

Beer Brats And Cheddar Soup

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This soup is simply amazing. It will put hair on your chest. Or a ring on your finger… Which ever one works best for you. I first made it when I was cooking for Terra Optima. We always had a choice of two daily soups that were kept in Crockpots where the customers could dish [...]

Sweet Peach BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

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Oh my goodness I am so full right now. Just one of these monster pulled pork sandwiches was all it took. My stomach is literally hanging out over my britches in the most disgusting fashion. I am too stuffed for words. I just couldn’t stop eating until there was no more sandwich to eat. I need [...]

Kid Friendly “Sushi” Rolls

Perfectly portable in every way.

My latest recipe for Living Litehouse is all about kid friendly lunch! We have been a super busy all summer long with trips to the beach, parks, and my latest obsession… Goodwill. I am dragging these kids around with me everywhere I go! With all of this running around we are rarely home for the [...]

Summer Bread Salad w/ White Beans

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After making the ever so kid friendly Italian Chicken Boats we had a bunch of bread scraps to use up!  Instead of throwing them out, feeding them to the birds, or making the typical boring bread crumbs, we decided to let them go stale…. On purpose! Stale bread is the number one most important ingredient [...]

One Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

One pot dinners are perfect for summer!

You know that feeling when you first try out a beautiful Pinterest dish, only to find out it is totally bland and tasteless?? This is what happened to me and a very popular Pin lately. The pictures were beautiful! The dish sounded delicious! The idea behind the recipe was genius! And then it totally sucked! [...]

Italian Chicken Boats

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This is Julian. Julian is one happy kid. He just helped old Mommy Dearest whip up this kid friendly dinner! Our Italian Chicken Boats were an absolute hit among all the kids in this family! Julian of course proudly ate his slice the fastest, then pronounced himself the ¨star of the show¨. That’s the reward [...]

One Pot Artichoke Chicken w/ Orzo

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Another superb summer dinner! One Pot Artichoke Chicken w/ Orzo. It is like a wonderful casserole, without the oven. As you know we are in the thick of summer in Coastal Maine. This means no A.C. This is perfectly fine in the morning. The cool morning salt water breeze whips through your house, you wake [...]

Thai Chicken Salad

Perfect summer dinner.

It’s summer. It’s hot. It’s humid. Dare I say I really miss the easily found Central Air in Texas? The heat and humidity here are nothing compared to that in Texas, but when you cannot escape the thick sticky air it kind of starts to get to you! Its hot and sticky when you go [...]

Queso Bacon Pretzel Dogs

Queso Bacon Pretzel Dog... Serious stuff.

I’ve been a bad bad girl…. Go dig your Fiona Apple CD from the back of the closet… Turn on Criminal… Hit repeat… You are now ready to make this dish. Ignore the parts about “breaking a delicate man”, they aren’t relevant here. The rest of the song fits this over the top, diet destroyer, [...]

Mussels In Spicy Red Sauce

Finished Mussels

I had never thought of Mussels as a regular part of a tight budget diet. To be honest I zip right past the seafood department  during most weekly shopping trips. Have you seen those prices lately? Unfortunately it has a become a ¨special occasions only¨ kind of food. Until now… The next time you stroll [...]

Bruschetta with Fresh Mozzarella

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A couple of nights ago I made a mini Italian feast for the family. With Jon back in the restaurant business we rarely have him home for dinners so when we are graced with his presence I want to go all out! The starter for this Italian feast were these amazing Bruschetta, I made a [...]

Weekly Menu Plans 4/28/14


I hope everyone had a great Easter! If you don´t celebrate Easter I hope you had an amazing Sunday! Our Easter was peaceful and full of candy and good food. The boys still can remember that the Easter Bunny left the treats, they kept saying ¨Mom that rabbit brought us (Fill in the blank)…¨ It [...]

Weekyl Menu Plans 4/14/14

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What a week of excitement this has been! I got my stairs repainted! I love, love, LOVE, painting and these nasty things really needed a fresh coat. After several hand scrubbings the only thing that cleaned off of the staircase was the years of hand grime left on the railing by the previous tenants. It [...]

Ranch Chicken Fajita Salad Wraps

Ranch Chicken Fajita Wraps

My latest recipe for Living Litehouse focuses on making fun pub foods at home! I love going out and ordering fun salads and wraps, unfortunately budgets and diets don’t always work with pub menu items.   So I’ve made my own fun wrap/salad combo. Perfectly seasoned and marinated chicken is combined with fajita fillings, and a ranch [...]

Black Bean and Corn Enchiladas


I love some good enchiladas. After making a big batch of home made enchilada sauce yesterday I knew a casserole dish full of saucy enchiladas was in my future. Usually when making the dish I don’t put too much thought into it. Whatever veggies I may have laying around will make their way into the [...]

Enchilada Sauce

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Enchilada sauce is so incredibly easy to make and is well worth the little bit of effort required. If you’ve ever tasted homemade enchilada sauce you know how much better it is than the canned stuff. You actually taste the tomato, and spices used to make the sauce rather than just glopping some overly salted [...]