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Boneless pork roast is slow cooked in a sweet Asian-inspired sauce and then served over rice in this slow cooker pork roast recipe.

Asian Slow Cooker Pork Roast

I can honestly say that I love to be in the kitchen.

Sometimes, as a food blogger, I worry about burnout and getting sick of cooking. And while I am human, and there are nights that I just don’t want to make dinner, I can say that 95% of the time, I get excited about cooking. About looking at recipes, planning recipes, thinking about recipes.

Yesterday, it was like Christmas. I got 4 cookbooks in the mail. 1 of them I ordered, and the other 3 were review copies. (Have I mentioned that I have the coolest job ever?) This was all after I had just gotten home from the grocery store with 3 new food magazines in tow.

This is when you say – it’s a good thing I like cooking!!

But really, it makes me happy like nothing else. It’s my happy place, my sanctuary. If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been posting a lot more than normal lately. I started off in August saying that I wanted to post 7 days a week. Just for fun. And while I did miss one day that month, the increased posting has stuck because I just have so much that I want to share. Believe it or not, I have a huge backlog of recipes right now. I obviously have an over-sharing problem and can’t make dinner without talking about it with all of you. :)
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As an easy dinner or quick lunch, this Shrimp Scampi Quesadilla Recipe is a great change up to your routine, and they are packed with flavor and only 4 ingredients!

Shrimp Scampi Quesadilla Recipe

I am a huge advocate of family dinner. Studies have shown that when families eat together, everyone is generally healthier, they have better eating habits and the kids perform better in school*.

But I’m going to be honest. While we do have family dinner every night, it’s not always pretty. Before I had kids, I had this idea that everyone would gather around the table and talk about their day over a meal that I had lovingly prepared.

But the reality is that with a 5 year old, a 3 year old and an almost 2 year old, dinner time is usually more crazy than pleasant. The 5 o’clock hour is a crazy one, and at the end of the day, it’s all we can do to just get through dinner.
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Turn pizza night into a family affair with this BBQ Beef Pizza that is easy enough for the kids to help!

BBQ Beef Pizza

If there is one thing that we have more than anything else, it’s pizza. Pizza is my go to – perfect for busy nights because it’s so fast, perfect for when I am not feeling like going crazy in the kitchen, and perfect for the whole family to help out with!

Abbi loves to help me in the kitchen. You have seen her here a few times before. But whenever the kids know that it’s pizza night, they come running to help me in the kitchen.

Usually we keep things simple – some pizza sauce, occasionally pepperoni and cheese. Both Abbi and Easton love to spread the sauce on the pizza, and Abbi is great at adding the rest of the toppings.

This time, though, we decided to change things up and make a fun BBQ Beef Pizza. Because what can be better than bbq beef?
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Filled with cinnamon, spice and everything nice, this sheet cake is super tender and moist and addictive!

Cinnamon Roll Sheet Cake

I read a lot of blogs. And there are a lot of blogs that I love. But there are just a handful of blogs that I feel like I totally get. You know what I mean – they make my kind of food. Everything they put up is something that I know I’ll like and that my family will like.

Christy Denney’s blog – The Girl Who Ate Everything – is one of my favorites. It has been for years. Her blog is one of my go-to’s, and everything I have made has been amazing. (Her Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos and Hawaiian Grilled Chicken are both on my favorites list!)

When I found out that Christy was writing a cookbook, I knew that I wanted it in my collection. And it is every bit as good as I had hoped it would be!!
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It’s time to change up your lunch routine with this delicious meat-free recipe filled with a mashed chickpea and green chile filling. Perfect for lunch at home or at the office!

Mashed Chickpea and Green Chile Bowls

I may be crazy, but I feel like lunch is the hardest meal of the day. It’s not like you have the time or energy to make a full out recipe, but the same old sandwiches or leftovers get boring after awhile.

I used to be really good about making a lunch for my husband to take to work with him. I’d pack him up some leftovers, and he could take them with him and put them in the fridge at work and then heat them up there as well. But then he moved to a different office. And access to a fridge and microwave are not as easy.

So I stopped making lunches, and he started eating out. It doesn’t help that food trucks come to his office every day, making eating out easy. But let’s face it. Eating out every day loses it’s appeal after awhile, and it’s definitely not cheap.
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Scones aren’t just for a sweet treat – these Chipotle Cheddar Scones are cheesy and slightly spicy and make a perfect side for dinner.

Chipotle Cheddar Scones

Post Updated September 2014

Originally posted January 15, 2008 – This is another recipe that got lost in the the depths of the archives that needed to shine again. These savory scones are the perfect side for a big bowl of soup or chili and are warm and comforting – perfect as we go into colder weather! These Chipotle Cheddar Scones are will the star of your meal!

If you’ve been reading my blog, you will know that I have a hard time with side dishes. I have been trying to be better lately, mostly so that I can get some extra vegetables into our meals, but the hardest thing for me is pairing sides with the main dish. I’m fine with coming up with a main dish to serve, and I’m fine with coming up with a side dish, but whether or not these always go together is a whole new question!! I actually received an email the other day with a question regarding sides. She said – “your bell peppers look delicious. I have been wanting to make stuffed bell peppers for a guy I have been recently dating. He is a great cook and loves to cook, but it is my turn and I want it to be great. Do you have any suggestions for side dishes for these peppers….and maybe dessert?”
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