Sour Cream & Chive Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients 3 pounds white potatoes, peeled and quartered (or halved, depending on size) 4 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup sour cream 1 tablespoon dried chives (more if you desire) salt and pepper, to taste Instructions Add the potatoes to a large pot, and fill with water until completely covered. Boil over medium-high heat until fork tender.Continue reading “Sour Cream & Chive Mashed Potatoes”

Pizza Pasta Salad

Ingredients 1 green bell pepper, diced 1 red bell pepper, diced 1/2 red onion, diced 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved 1/2 cup black olives 1 box rotini pasta, cooked al dente, and rinsed with cold water and drained 1 ball (8 ounces) fresh mozzarella, cubed into bite-sized pieces 2 cups pepperoni, halved 1-3/4 cups prepared zesty Italian dressing Instructions In a large bowl, combineContinue reading “Pizza Pasta Salad”

Cheesy Bacon Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients 1 large spaghetti squash 1 tablespoon olive oil 6 strips bacon, diced 4 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon (heaping) brown sugar 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese Salt and pepper, to taste Instructions Preheat over to 375 degrees and line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil. Cut the spaghetti squash in half and removeContinue reading “Cheesy Bacon Spaghetti Squash”

Chili Cheese Fritos Corn Salad

Ingredients 2/3 cup mayonnaise 2/3 cup sour cream 1 teaspoon chili powder 3 cans (11 ounces each) Mexi-corn, drained 1-1/2 cups grated cheese (I used pepper jack) 1 bell pepper (any color), diced 1 small onion, chopped 1 bag (10.5 ounces) Chili Cheese Fritos corn chips, slightly crushed Instructions In a large bowl, stir togetherContinue reading “Chili Cheese Fritos Corn Salad”

Cowboy Caviar

Ingredients 1 can (15.5 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained 1 can (15.5 ounces) black eyed peas, rinsed and drained 1 can (11 ounces) Mexicorn  2 small tomatoes, seeded and diced 2 jalapeños, seeded and finely diced 3/4 cup diced bell pepper (any color) 1/2 cup red onion, finely diced 1/3 cup olive oil 1/4 cup lime juice 1 tablespoon honey 1/2 tablespoon dried cilantro 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon cumin salt and pepper to taste Instructions InContinue reading “Cowboy Caviar”


Ingredients Half a loaf of bread (or the equivalent), cut into bite-sized pieces 1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning 3/4 teaspoon Adobo seasoning 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/8 cup olive oil Instructions Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, add the pieces of bread andContinue reading “Croutons”

BLT Pasta Salad

Ingredients 1-1/4 cups mayonnaise 1/2 cup diced onion 1 packet ranch seasoning mix 10 slices bacon, chopped and cooked 1 box (16 ounces) pasta, cooked, rinsed in cold water and drained 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced 1-1/2 cups chopped iceberg lettuce Instructions In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, onion and ranch seasoning. Add inContinue reading “BLT Pasta Salad”

Glazed Ranch Carrots

Ingredients 16 ounces baby carrots 3 tablespoons butter, melted 2 tablespoons ranch seasoning 1 tablespoon honey Instructions Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. In a large bowl, toss the baby carrots with the remaining ingredients until well coated. Spread the coatedContinue reading “Glazed Ranch Carrots”

Chicken Salad

Ingredients 2 cups cooked chicken 3/4 cups mayonnaise 1/4 diced onion 1 teaspoon Adobo seasoning 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika (more if you like the smoky flavor) Instructions Dice the cooked chicken into bite-sized pieces and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, onion, Adobo, parsley,Continue reading “Chicken Salad”