Broccoli Cheese Potato Skins Recipe with Black Forest Brand 25% Lower Sodium Smoked Ham

Black Forest Ham and Broccoli Potato Skins

This post brought to you by Boar's Head. All opinions are 100% mine. A typical weekend lunch for family consists of cold cut sandwiches and soup. Occasionally I'll pull out the skillet and make the grilled cheese but no matter what we're making it has to be on the healthier side because my husband is trying to lose weight. And the rest of us easily get bored with the sandwiches so this weekend we set out to try something a little … [Read more...]

Green Giant Steamers Side Dish with Quick Chicken Parmigiana Strips

Steamed Broccoli and Potatoes from Green Giant

Some week night meals can be a real challenge for a busy family like ours. There are nights that my husband comes home late, the kids frequently bring home illnesses from school or to be honest, I just get tired. I still like to have a fresh meal on the table, even if that means it's a semi-homemade meal. I'll occasionally turn to the freezer section of the grocery store to help me throw together a complete meal without a lot of time or work … [Read more...]

It’s National Pierogi Day and I Went on a Pierogi Making Adventure

broccoli cheddar potato pierogies

There's a good chance that when I say the word "Pierogi" out loud, I'm probably not pronouncing it correctly. Truth is, up until last week when I got an email about October 8th being National Pierogi Day, I'd never even heard of one let alone eaten one. I'm not one to get into all these made up national food days, but I took this one as a personal challenge. I love to cook and even more, I love to cook things that are new to me. I challenge … [Read more...]

RECIPE | Smashed (not Mashed) Potatoes with Sour Cream and Chives

sour cream and chives smashed potatoes

Smashed, mashed, what's the difference? Is there one? YES! Well at least in our house there's a difference. I'm the queen of potatoes around here with Kaydee following in my foot steps as the second biggest potato lover. So in essence, we cook a lot of potatoes. When it's hot we do them mashed or fried. When it's cool out we do them smashed or baked. The difference you see is all about the texture. Mashed = peel, quartered, boiled and … [Read more...]

Kraft Sizzling Salad Kit Fajita Chicken Salad with BBQ Ranch Dressing

Fajita Chicken Salad with BBQ Ranch Dressing

This past Memorial Day Weekend we celebrated like many do with a family cookout and plenty of food. When we do a get-together everyone always brings a few different side dishes so there's a variety available. One of the dishes I whipped together was made with the help of the new Kraft Sizzling Salads kits. Each kit comes with two bottles: a cooking sauce for the chicken and a dressing for salad. You can pair them on a plate as a whole meal or … [Read more...]

Recipe | Loaded Baked Potato Salad Side Dish

loaded baked potato salad with bacon

Still planning out your Memorial Day menu? This loaded baked potato side dish is easy to make and will go great with burgers, steak or even chicken. It has all of the flavors of a loaded baked potato without heating up the house with the oven. We made this to go alongside some steaks we picked up for a little family grilling. It's one of my personal favorites because I'm not a fan of traditional mustard-mayo potato salad. Even the kids gobble … [Read more...]

Recipe | Oven-Roasted Herb Potatoes & Ginger Glazed Carrots

mccormick side dish carrots potatoes

Whether you're planning for a holiday meal, Spring get-together or just looking for fresh vegetables to feed a crowd, this double duty side dish will be something great to add to your menu. Thanks to the McCormick Spring Look Book, I found a lot of recipes that I can't wait to try and some that I already have and love. Separately, the Garlic & Herb Oven Roasted Potatoes and Ginger Glazed Carrots are perfect for a quick meal but together, they … [Read more...]

Recipe | Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower Side Dish

parmesan roasted cauliflower

I am a big time cauliflower lover! I remember having it as a side dish quite often as a kid except it was kinda boring. My parents would just boil the whole head and brush a little butter on. It's great like that but it's even better with a little crunch and flavor added to it. Fortunately I have kids that love their vegetables and my Parmesan roasted cauliflower was no exception. I plan on adding this to our weekly meal plan once a week. The … [Read more...]

Recipe | Savory Four Cheese Burgers with Oven Baked Steak Fries

kraft 4 cheese fresh take hamburger

The weather has been warming up a bit and this has left me yearning for summer. While I don't particularly like the excessive heat, I do love the fact that we can bring out the grill and dip into the garden for fresh vegetables. Even though it's not quite time for the grill, I did decide to whip up some stove-top burgers and fries for a casual dinner this week. Kraft Foods recently sent me a package full of new products, one of those being the … [Read more...]

A Side for the Ham n Beans | Stove Top Buttered Cabbage Recipe

stove top buttered cabbage

Right after Christmas the first thing I always do with the leftover ham is chop it into cubes, save the drippings and make a big batch of Ham n Beans. It's a pathetically simple recipe that comes with a lot of comfort and flavor. And next to the ham n beans, you'll always find a a side of cornbread and buttered cabbage. Growing up my dad just boiled the hell out of it and threw some pepper in but I like it smooth and silky, steamed and … [Read more...]