Simple, yet special, recipes for the home chef.

Superfood Power Lunch Bowl

Superfood Power Lunch Bowl -  Fuel yourself for long afternoons with this power-packed lunch bowl. Baby spinach is topped with cottage cheese, black rice, roasted sweet potatoes, blueberries and pistachios. |

Between crazy amounts of work and getting settled into our new home, my days have been long lately. I’m working hard from morning to bedtime, and sometimes don’t have time for dinner until well into the evening. I need to make my lunch count as much as possible so I can get through the long afternoon. I’ve been having a ton of fun using the Friendship Dairies Superfood Generator to create energizing and colorful lunch bowls.

Red Velvet Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches - Chewy cocoa and chocolate chip cookies sandwiched with cream cheese-vanilla bean ice cream! |

Since I’ll probably never be a surgeon, I’ll never understand the high-stakes intensity of traveling with a kidney or a heart or something for a transplant. I’ve seen it on Grey’s Anatomy, and it looks pretty intense. Probably the closest I’ll ever come to that situation is the pressure I felt transporting a few of these Red

Taco Mac & Cheese with Veggies

Taco Mac & Cheese with Veggies - Kids and adults alike will love this macaroni and cheese loaded with vegetables and taco beef. |

I know I’ve mentioned it before, but we rarely eat side dishes in our house. That doesn’t mean we don’t eat our vegetables. Far from it. But as much as possible, our vegetables go into whatever entree we’re eating. I guess you could say we eat like a couple of little kids – tricking ourselves into

Farmer's Market Mac & Cheese with Candied Bacon - Creamy mac and cheese filled with fresh seasonal vegetables and topped with sweet and salty candied bacon. |

While I’m content to leave most comfort foods like stews and casseroles where they belong (in the harsh “arctic tundra” winter months), I have a hard time getting through an entire summer without a batch of homemade macaroni and cheese. It’s just so good . . . any time of year. I told myself that

Grilled Summer Vegetables with Lemon Buttered Breadcrumbs - Jazz up your vegetable side dishes this summer with some quick and easy lemon buttered breadcrumbs! |

Now that we’re nearly settled into our new home, our dinner routine can go back to normal . . . correct? Well, not so much. We bought this house with one big contingency: a major kitchen remodel would be in the works, nearly immediately.

Chicken Kabobs with Curry Mango Sauce

Chicken Kabobs with Curry Mango Sauce - Fire up the grill for these simple chicken and veggie kabobs served with a creamy curried mango yogurt sauce! |

Is there a certain food that you did NOT grow up eating, but now can’t imagine your life without it? I have several. Hummus is one. Pretty sure the grocery store in the small town I grew up in didn’t even carry hummus when I was a kid. And mangos are another one. I’m not sure

Grilled Lamb Sandwich Platter

Grilled Lamb Sandwich Platter - Change up your grilling game with a boneless leg of lamb! It cooks in the same amount of time as a thick steak, and has a rich delicious flavor. Pile sandwich fixings, zesty feta spread, chimichurri and rye bread onto a big board, and dinner is served! |

A few times a month, I assemble what I call a “platter dinner.” Sometimes it’s premeditated (like this one) and other times it’s literally just filling a big cutting board with all of the odds and ends I find around the kitchen, adding a bread basket and calling it a meal. Either way, it’s one