Coconut Crusted Sweet Potato Pie


Thanksgiving!!!  My FAVORITE holiday all year long!  I do admit to having my Christmas tree up, and all the trimmings and decorations that are associated with Christmas, but for me it just adds to the Thanksgiving spirit.  It brings in more light to my home.  It creates a buzz in all the kids.  An excitement that you can feel.  And for me it feels good to have the Christmas and Thanksgiving Season all start with being Thankful.  Tons of great ... ...continue reading

Black Bean Soup

Black Bean Soup

Ever since I was little soup has been my favorite food.  In first grade I remember cutting pictures out of my mom's Good Housekeeping magazine, that I used in a collage to represent ME for my class.  The biggest picture of the bunch was a big red can of Campbell's Soup.  I put it right in the middle of the collage.  That's what I liked to eat.  My mom always had a supply of Bean with Bacon, and Split Pea, but Campbell's Chicken Gumbo was my ... ...continue reading

Deep Dish Pizza


Last week as I was flipping through my Instagram feed I came across the most beautiful picture of a pizza.  I follow Bon Appetit Magazine, and I love seeing what they're cooking up in some fabulous kitchen in New York:)  They had just posted a picture of the Oct. cover of their magazine, and this Granny Pizza was the featured recipe.  Well I didn't even wait for my copy of the magazine to come.  I looked it up and made it the next day.  It was ... ...continue reading

Spring Green Risotto with Poached Egg


This ended up being a very light, and yummy Sunday dinner a few weeks ago.  With the appearance of lovely asparagus, and the price hitting the floor for the stuff, I knew I wanted to make this recipe.  The asparagus was blanched until just barely cooked, and the peas went in at the last moment.   But with all things lovely and wonderful and delicious, I had to add a runny egg:)  That made the whole dish I thought. There's kind of a textural ... ...continue reading

Fajita Chicken Burritos


This is IT!!  I love this recipe!!  I love it!!  I love the use of leftovers (Baked Chicken Fajitas are the leftover of choice.)  to create this yummy, portable meal.  And let's be completely honest here.  I'm not sure it's a recipe as much as a suggestion of how to make something delicious!  You can add or delete any ingredient and make these Burritos all yours. You're individual little bit of heaven.  My family loves this meal, and when I make ... ...continue reading

Baked Chicken Fajitas


So I have a duel motive for posting this recipe today.  It's dang tasty, and delicious, but when you make a HUGE batch, it's what you make with the leftovers that is my absolute favorite thing!  Killed two birds with one stone, or in other words, 2 meals out of one dish.  That is a huge win win.  You've probably seen these Baked Fajitas around pinterest.  That's where I found it.  I've simplified the recipes I found and totally Lisa-ized it, and ... ...continue reading

Turkey Noodle Soup


AKA My kids favorite meal on the planet! I am always blown away with the response I get from my family when I make this soup. It's so easy, and takes hardly any thought what so ever, and yet everyone thanks me, and tells me I'm the best cook, the best mom, and the most amazing person on the planet. True story! A big fancy Sunday Turkey Dinner is always one of my favorite meals. As a kid my mom didn't reserve turkey as only a Thanksgiving meal. ... ...continue reading

Spicy Beans and Greens Stew


Can I share my love of Bon Appetit Magazine. I absolutely love it, and I love the recipes I find between it's pages EVERY SINGLE MONTH! I rip at least one recipe out of the mag every time I read. (Yesterday I read the Mar. issue and I have 6 recipes to try! Heaven!) This recipe was featured in the Feb. issue, and I made it the day I read the article. It just looked so filling, and hearty, and cozy, and warm. Everything you want on a cold Jan. ... ...continue reading

Tiny Spicy Chicken


Today I'm going to tell you about my all time favorite Thanksgiving.  I was probably 8ish years old, and we headed up to Twin Falls, ID to have Thanksgiving with some favorite cousins.  Now, just to clarify here.  I have so many favorite cousins.  These were cousins that we didn't get to see all that often and when we did, we had to share them with their OTHER cousins!  I hated it, but this Thanksgiving we had them all to ourselves.  I remember ... ...continue reading

Thai Coconut Pumpkin Soup


I love soup!  Always have, and I always will.  Whenever I eat out, I most often choose soup over salad.  I should qualify that statement though.  I'm picky, and I'm not going to choose a generic soup.  I'm not going to choose chicken noodle, or even a tomato bisque over a glorious house made Caesar Salad with homemade croutons, and dressing.  BUT I will be persuaded away from that perfect salad by interesting soup options.  Tempt me with a ... ...continue reading