Rice and broccoli florets swimming in a cheesy sauce and baked to a bubbly, golden brown. This is my knock-off of broccoli-au-gratin-rice-in-a-box. You know, the San Francisco treat. The one I happily grew up on. Years ago I said my goodbyes to cut down on overly processed foods. Purely by mistake, a box ended up in my groceries. . .
Broccoli and cauliflower florets are smothered in a cheesy, garlic sauce and then baked off for one of the most comforting side dishes I know of. A sprinkling of bread crumbs over top forms a golden brown, crunchy crust that seals in all that molten, cheesy goodness. It’s rustic, warming and homey, just the type of thing that long, winter nights call for.This is one… [Read more]
My family has never embraced the tradition of eating that infamous green bean and mushroom soup casserole that is so popular on Thanksgiving. Mushrooms are a no-no for most of them and I vowed that canned soup, in any shape or form, would never cross my lips again. Ever. So this year I took it upon myself to start a new tradition and build a… [Read more]
Two classics come together to make these hearty and delicious pizza pot pies. Baked in individual ramekins, they are covered in a crispy, golden crust made of pizza dough brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. Tucked inside are some of my favorite pizza toppings including sliced Italian sausage, black olives, onions, and peppers doused generously with tomato sauce and plenty of mozzarella… [Read more]
A casserole that is certain to perk up a routine taco night and make it extra special! The ‘lasagna’ is made by layering seasoned taco meat in a baking pan between corn tortillas with black beans, corn, cheddar cheese and taco sauce, then baked off. The result is a hearty and rustic dish reminiscent of a taco. Only better. The recipe is versatile and highly… [Read more]
A recipe for a savory deep-dish pie packed with all the Tex-Mex flavors I love. The filling is made of black beans, fresh corn, tomatoes, green chiles and sour cream to hold it all together. The filling is then layered just like a lasagna between flour tortillas in a deep-sided pie or cake pan and baked. It’s served with your favorite fixin’s like avocado, black… [Read more]
This is a very non-traditional recipe for Macaroni and Cheese made with creamy Brie, fresh tomatoes, spinach, black olives and a crusty Garlic Bread topping. This is a bit fancier than the childhood classic. And definitely not your run-of-the-mill mac ‘n’ cheese!I considered combining the mild-mannered Brie with a sharper cheese but didn’t want to over power it or change the consistency. Instead, I tossed… [Read more]
This is a truly comforting side dish recipe for Baked Brown Rice with Smoked Gouda Cheese & Spinach. There’s serious creaminess going on and a ton of deep, smoky flavor from the Gouda that makes it unforgettably delicious. The sauce is started with a roux and made with chicken broth, milk, Smoked Gouda cheese, lightly caramelized onions, garlic and spinach. I used a combination of… [Read more]