International Cooking

Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers with Barley and Ground Turkey

Barley Stuffed Peppers

These Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers are loaded with ground turkey, barley and fresh vegetables. They are super easy to make and so healthy and delicious. Stuffed bell peppers are a favorite meal of mine – because they are fun to eat, very easy to make, and always look so pretty on a dinner plate! They are…

How to Make a Colorful Greek Chopped Salad for Summer

This Greek chopped salad has a summer time taste that pairs well with grilled meats or fish and it makes a really popular pot luck take along. The salad is full of bite sized ingredients that are so pleasing to the eye. You’ll be transported to the Mediterranean with every bite! Summer is the time…

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Mushroom Chicken – Easy 30 Minute Recipe

Garlic chicken parmesan recipe

This creamy garlic Parmesan mushroom chicken recipe features tender chicken breasts and mushrooms swimming in a rich garlicky Parmesan sauce. The easy recipe is on the table in less than 30 minutes and you’ll be delighted to see the last drop of sauce gone from the plates! We have chicken often during the week at…

Baked Chicken Paprika Drumsticks – Whole30, Paleo, Gluten Free

Plate of smokey paprika chicken

These baked chicken paprika drumsticks have a smokey taste and they are fork tender and spicy. The recipe is super easy to make and the fresh herb and spice rub takes just minutes to prepare. The recipe is a Whole30 recipe and fits into the Paleo diet, as well. My husband loves really spicy food…

Roasting Red Peppers – How to Roast Red Peppers in the Oven

dish of roasted red peppers

Roasting red peppers is super easy to do and gives you a great tasting result that is so different from the pepper’s natural taste.  This cooking tip gives you four ways for roasting peppers and works with both sweet bell peppers, and spicy chili peppers. If you have never eaten a roasted red pepper, fresh from…

Skinny Shrimp Alfredo – Healthy Shrimp & Fettuccine Recipe

Plate and bowl of shrimp Alfredo

This skinny shrimp Alfredo recipe has been slimmed down from the traditional dish to save lots of calories without skimping on the flavor. The sauce is creamy and silky without the need of heavy cream and limiting the cheese gives plenty of taste but a light finish. It is one of my favorite shrimp recipes.…

30 Minute Easy Taco Melts – Spicy Taco Biscuit Recipe

Easy taco melts

If you are having a day when getting dinner on the table is a chore, then these quick and easy taco melts will become one of your favorite 30 minute meals.  These delicious bundles have a spicy flavored meat center with cheese, all baked inside a rolled out slice of biscuit dough. For me, semi…

Chicken Alfredo Roll Ups – Creamy Lasagna Rollup Recipe

Plate of lasagna rollups

Two of my favorite Italian meals are lasagna and pasta Alfredo. I have combined them together to make these chicken Alfredo roll ups. The recipe gives all the flavors of both dishes but in small individual sized parcels. This easy, no-fuss way of making lasagna brings this Italian comfort food to the table in easy…

Fresh Herbs for Cooking – A Cook’s Guide to Fresh Herbs

Using Fresh Herbs for Cooking

One great way to make the flavor of recipes really shine is to use fresh herbs for cooking. Using them adds tons of flavor and freshness to any recipe. This visual Guide to Fresh Herbs gives information on buying, storing and using the most common herbs for today’s recipes. I grow herbs year round.  Most…

One Pot Spicy Chicken Stew – Easy Chicken and Vegetable Recipe

One pot spicy chicken stew

This easy chicken and vegetable recipe features hearty veggies that are simmered in a tomato and wine broth that is flavored with spices. The one pot spicy chicken stew comes together in a large dutch oven on your stove top, filling the kitchen with the delicious aroma of winter comfort food. One pot meals are…

Easy Beef Goulash – One Pot Whole30 Beef Stew

Whole30 Beef Goulash

This easy beef goulash is a hearty one pot Whole30 Beef stew that combines cubes of beef with red bell peppers, sliced mushrooms and onions. The flavors in the goulash are deliciously coated and seasoned with a rich paprika tomato sauce. It is one of my favorite comfort food Whole30 recipes that is perfect for…

Easy Parmesan Meatloaf – Cheesy Meat Loaf Recipe

Cheesy Parmesan meat loaf

Are you tired of the same old boring meat loaf recipe? This easy Parmesan meatloaf is flavored with Italian inspired fresh herbs and topped with a layer tasty Parmesan cheese and a delicious homemade marinara sauce. It is fall comfort food at its best and a great addition to your collection of Italian recipes! I…

Whole30 Shepherd’s Pie – Gluten Free English Shepherd Pie

Shepherd's Pie with potatoes on top

Fall is the time for savory comfort food style casseroles with full bodied flavor. This hearty Whole30 Shepherd’s Pie is a gluten free and Paleo version of the traditional English casserole.  My husband is English and loves it when I make Shepherd’s Pie.  But the normal dish uses mashed potatoes with butter and cream, as well…

Amish Food is the Epitome of Real Home Style Cooking

Amish family

The Amish people are found in the United States in several rural areas, but primarily around Ohio and Pennsylvania, and also in smaller numbers in Ontario, Canada. Lancaster, Pennsylvania is home to about 16,000 Amish people and is in the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch area. Traditional Amish food is very simple and something that…

Basil Garlic Chicken with a Buttery Tomato Sauce

basil garlic chicken in a buttery tomato sauce

I am always trying new recipes that feature chicken.  We eat it several times a week and get tired of the same recipes, even if we love them the first time I make them.  My latest new creation is this basil garlic chicken.  It has a very flavorful sauce that is really easy to make…

Summer BBQ Recipes – Fire up the Grill

Summertime grilling recipes

At our house, we barbecue all year long since the weather is somewhat moderate here in NC. But when summer rolls around, we really give the grill a workout. These Summer BBQ Recipes are some of my favorites.  Many of these choices are 30 minute meals, and will be a hit at any summer time outdoor…

Paleo Worcestershire Sauce – Soy Free and Gluten Free

Paleo Worcestershire Sauce

Worcestershire Sauce is an ingredient that is called for in many recipes, but it contains soy, as well as some other not so good for you ingredients.  This Paleo Worcestershire Sauce is a healthy twist on the traditional pantry staple and is really simple to make. It makes a nice addition to my cooking tips…