Monday, August 24, 2015

Homemade Idaho® Potato Cheesy Tater Tots



I started to make a list of everything that you can user tater tots for and I stopped writing after about 20 ideas. Tater tots are so amazing all on their own but they also make one of my favorite dishes in the world, Tater Tot Hotdish.

Then I realized that my kids really don't even eat them that often, if ever really! They take their own lunches to school and we really don't buy the frozen ones even though I love them. Whenever I crave them, I typically get them at work for lunch so we really don't have them at home very often.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Roasted Tomato Soup


It's a bit of an understatement to say that we have tomatoes. We've been picking cherry tomatoes for weeks now and I've already dried many pounds of those and now our regular ones are coming in. On Thursday Breanne picked almost 50 lbs and I knew it was time to figure out how we were going to preserve these guys.

Last year I made a tomato soup that the kids loved and lasted for a few months, so I thought that would be a good start. I wanted to be able to can it again, so that meant no butter or cream in the recipe. You can always add cream in later when you warm it up but I wanted something that would stand on it's own.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Jay Ducote and Food Network Star


One of my favorite food shows is definitely Food Networks "Food Network Star" and it's going to be even better this year knowing someone in the show!


Jay Ducote from our Virtual Potluck group is a finalist in the show and I can't wait for it to start this Sunday, June 7th 2015. Jay has a huge, fun personality and I wouldn't be surprised at all if he makes it all the way through. He's from Louisiana and creates some pretty amazing southern food that makes me miss the time that we lived there.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Eggplant Caponata


It's so hard to come back from vacation. I hereby propose that we work for 4 weeks every year and vacation the rest of it! Wouldn't that be nice? I am excited for this summer though. The sun is finally shining, the grass is green and our garden is coming up. The last two years, our summers have been full of renovations and other projects but this year I am doing nothing! I'll do the garden and keep the yard nice but I have sworn off any major projects. I'm just going to enjoy the weekends and the trips we're planning over the next few months.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hummus and Greek Yogurt Lettuce Wraps


It's the time of year when a quick healthy dinner is a critical part of daily life. We have soccer games or practice every night among a variety of other activities. We tend to get in a rut and make the same stuff over and over and I like to try and find some fresh new things to throw in the rotation.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Panko Crusted Baked Mahi Mahi with Garlic Greens



The Virtual Potluck team is throwing another potluck this month in partnership with Cut 'N Clean Greens for Healthy Vision Month. We've got some great recipes using all kinds of greens and I have loved trying all of their great varieties over the past few weeks.

We used chopped rainbow chard on grilled flatbreads, we made an avocado and citrus salad with kale for Mothers Day and I've been using all of them in my smoothies in the morning too!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Gardening with OXO



This is my favorite time of year here in Minnesota. We can get outdoors again and that means it's time to plant our garden!

We worked on our backyard last year and built new garden boxes. We've had tons of questions about them so I wanted to share some more here. We're just getting started on our planting this year and can't wait to see everything start coming up!