Category Archives: american

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Potato Skins

How was your new years celebration last week? I barely made it to midnight and only a few minutes past, but we rang in the new year with lots of noise, a midnight kiss and some martinellis. We celebrated the evening with lots of delicious snacks and appetizers instead of a big main dish with […]


Pineapple Guava Apple Crumb Pie

A few Saturday nights ago at our church we had an activity, it was named Ugly Sweater and Tie Pie Night (try to say that fast 3 times).  I was debating what pie to take and choose a creation of apples and pineapple guavas with a crumb topping.


Banana Blueberry Swirled Ice Cream

Sometimes my recipes are developed because I have ingredients in my fridge that I want to use before they go bad.  That is how this recipe came about.  I had bananas ripen, blueberries waiting, and almond milk partially used.  Previous I had made banana blueberry bread so why not make banana blueberry ice cream, I […]


Fried Green Tomatoes BLT Sandwich

Tomato season means to me a great BLT sandwich.  This recipe takes the BLT to a higher step and it is worth the reach.  I am already planning on having it again and again and again. Fried Green Tomatoes Bacon Lettuce Sandwich 2 – 3 slices fried green tomatoes 2 slices cooked bacon 3 or […]


Perfect Pancakes

I love pancakes. Who doesn’t love pancakes? Right? They are great for breakfast and they are great when we have breakfast for dinner. I grew up and am used to always using a pancake mix like bisquick or krusteaz. And I’ll probably use those some times still. But when I want to take just a […]


Tomato Salad for 1

Do you have tomatoes growing in your garden?  One of the sweetest treats is a fresh cherry tomato just picked and popped into your mouth.  The sweet juices squirting and filling your taste buds with absolute deliciousness.  I can eat cherry tomatoes like candy, sometimes it is just hard to stop.  I love a fresh […]


Bottled Peaches

One of the things I have discovered about living in California is our fruit trees produce and fruit ripens about 1 month ahead of fruit in Utah and Idaho.  I still get surprised when it is the middle to end of July and my peaches and pears are ready to be preserved.  I always remember […]


Oven Baked Curly Fries – Arby’s Copycat

I love Arby’s. I usually get the same thing whenever we go to Arby’s, a regular beef and cheddar sandwich. And of course you can’t forget the curly fries. No matter how much I try to resist, if we are at Arby’s, I just can’t say no to the curly fries. I have wanted to […]


Sweet Potatoe Pancakes

If you are from Idaho, you spell potatoe with an e, if you are from anywhere else you drop the e.  So I guess you can tell where I originate from.  I never liked sweet potatoes growing up, I found them quite nasty tasting.  My elementary school cafeteria would serve this plop of something that […]

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Chicken Salad

In my church we have activities to unite the members and promote friendship.  Sometimes those activities are on Sunday right after church; these activities have received various names – “Break the Fast”, “Linger Longer” and “Munch and Lunch”.  Almost every church activity involves food, particularly pot luck. 


Red White and Blue Jello Cups

I am not going to lie, this recipe is very time consuming. This recipe ended up taking me about 2 and a half days because I was at work during the days, and slept at night, so I could only do 1 or 2 layers a day. If you are at home full time this will only […]


Copycat Texas Road House Rolls

Nate’s brother got married a week ago. The wedding was in southern/central utah so we had a little bit to drive to get there. But it was a beautiful ceremony. The bride and groom both looked absolutely amazing. After the wedding, lots of pictures and driving back to Orem the family wanted to go to […]


Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

I have learned to love pulled pork since I worked at Legends Grille on BYU campus. One of my favorites was my altered Cubano sandwich – because I didn’t really like pickles or mustard I would make it with the pulled pork, ham, swiss cheese and top it all with barbeque sauce. We got 50% […]


Baked Carrots

One of the first dishes I remember making on my own was during my freshman year in college, baked carrots.


Strawberry and Apricot Crisp

Memorial Day, it is more than just a time for BBQs with family or friends.  Almost every Memorial Day, while I was growing up our family visited and decorated grave sites with home grown flowers; like peonies, lilacs, and roses. 


Chocolate Chip Cookies for Two

Sometimes Nate gets mad at me for making dessert recipes because I am usually pretty good at only eating 2 or so cookies at a time (I count my calories everyday, so I can still get my sweet fix without blowing my calories for the day) but that leaves a bunch more cookies to be eaten. […]