Homemade Vegetable Tortellini Soup

Homemade Vegetable Tortellini Soup

There is nothing like a pot of soup in the winter! This vegetable tortellini soup is very easy to make and is chock full of veggies. The tortellini adds a hearty touch and makes it a real meal. You can make a pot for your family dinner and then serve it for lunch the next day. It is so healthy and colorful. First I just looked in my fridge and took out any vegetables that I had. There were peppers, zucchini, spinach, tomatoes, carrots, shallots, parsley and some green beans and frozen corn.…
Walnut Butterball Cookies with a Chocolate Mint Center

Walnut Butterball Cookies with a Chocolate Mint Center

Everybody has a special cookie that they remember making each Christmas. In our family it was a "Butterball Cookie". Some people refer to them as Mexican wedding cookies. Butterball cookies are nutty, buttery, light & delicious and they melt in your mouth. Just as you bite into the crumbly buttery texture you get a chocolate mint filling. This is the perfect Christmas cookie indulgence! Traditionally they are rolled in powdered sugar after baking. In my family we added our own twist by wrapping the dough around a Hershey Kiss, then we decorated the…
Festive Holiday Granola

Festive Holiday Granola

Homemade granola is the perfect thing to have around when you have guests arriving for the holidays. It is gluten free, healthy, easy to serve and just about everyone loves it! I made a batch today and added a few unique ingredients to make it more festive for the holidays. Festive Holiday Granola ingredients: 4 cups of rolled oats 1/3 - 1/2 cup of maple syrup or honey 1/3 cup of oil (canola, peanut, coconut or walnut oils all work well) 1/2 teas. of salt 1 TB. of cinnamon 2 teas. of vanilla…
French Style Eggs Simmered in Tomato Sauce.

French Style Eggs Simmered in Tomato Sauce.

I love Shakshuka, which is so popular these days. It is a savory, easy and delicious way to prepare eggs for brunch. If you have a large skillet you can serve a fair amount of people all at one time. It is traditionally made Mediterranean style with stewed tomatoes, chili, cumin and onions. I have also tried it Mexican style with chili and cilantro as the spice. But today my son Mac and his fiancee, Cindy are visiting and she is French - so we tried it with a French flair! For our…
Creamy Polenta with Oven Roasted Vegetables

Creamy Polenta with Oven Roasted Vegetables

Polenta is a great base for a meal and it is really easy to make too. It is pure corn meal and is naturally gluten free. You can either make it thick and use it for polenta cakes, or change the proportions just a little and make it creamy like a porridge. For this recipe I made it warm and creamy with shredded cheddar cheese, and topped it with oven roasted vegetables. It was so easy and so delicious! Perfect for a cold winter day. First start your polenta: * 4 cups of…