Happy Halloween – Butterfinger eye balls!

Happy Halloween!   It’s a beautiful day in the Chicagoland area, its going to reach the mid 60’s which is kind of unheard of on Halloween.  Usually its windy, cold, maybe snow, freezing rain etc… so trick or treating is going to be great tonight.  I wanted to post this recipe because a).  These taste awesome…

Marinated flank steak

 Before I post the recipe, I have a funny story to tell.  I was making dinner last night, and I called my twin sister to talk about our day.  She asked me what I was having for dinner, I said “spaghetti and meatballs” and she said, “I’m making spaghetti and meatballs too!”  I love when…

Southwestern Egg Scramble + other ideas

   Frequently for me, my biggest meal of the day is breakfast.  I love a big breakfast.  And even though I have a very hectic morning, I try to plan ahead for the next morning.  Like last night, I knew I wanted to make scrambled eggs and have homemade hashbrowns.  I baked the potato last night and put…

Penne pasta with asparagus and pine nuts

For some reason I have been thinking about pine nuts, and wanted to make something that included them. I normally don’t buy pine nuts, but saw them at the grocery store and thought sure I would find a recipe that would include them. I did find a recipe of course at my favorite site Cooking…

Honey mustard chicken breast sandwich

Have you ever gone on a site that has copy cat restaurant recipes?  I was looking for a homemade honey mustard dressing, when I found a honey mustard dressing that was similar to TGI Fridays at cooks.com.  I chose to make it the same way, not trying to lighten it, because I figure I am…

Orzo pasta salad with chicken

  I usually make this side dish with orzo: fresh spinach, garlic, lemon juice, and feta cheese, and olive oil.  Since I make that one all the time, I decided to see if I could find a different recipe for this awesome pasta.  I love orzo because its so great as a side dish, and…

Weight loss help

The chapter we are learning about in my nutrition class this week is near and dear to my heart. The chapter is called achieving and maintaining a healthful body weight.  Who doesn’t want to do that?  Its funny because after all the years of reading through Shape Magazine, Cooking Light, Oxygen Magazine, reading about weight…

Butternut squash soup

  Its funny that as I am getting older, I’m finding out that I like more things.  I guess you could say I was a picky eater growing up.  I didn’t like chunks of vegetables in my food (i.e. no chunks of onion in meatloaf like my Mom made growing up, or no chunks of…

Green beans with chili garlic sauce

One great thing about the nutrition class I am taking at a local community college this semester is all the valuable links that the book gives for getting more credible, great information.  One of the links in the chapter I am reading lists Harvard School of Public Health.  I never thought of Harvard as being a…