Category Archives: Look & Cook

Plan for the After-Thanksgiving Meals Too

I spend so much time creating my Thanksgiving Dinner moments that every year, I forget that there are three days after Thanksgiving that require some meal planning too. Not this year! I am ready for the After-Thanksgiving Meal time too. The stars have aligned and I am able to take some free moments to get some foods prepped and into […]

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Homemade Croutons – A “Look & Cook”

I have not been doing many “homemade” cooking moments lately because my free time has been spent organizing toys and clutter. Again. It’s my Fall nesting time. But yesterday, I decided that some rolls, who have been around too long, needed to become homemade croutons. After the wee ones went to bed, I set out to toast some up. Oh […]

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Individual Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Treats

I saw a beautiful chocolate peanut butter ice cream cake on a blog called “Sweet Phi” and it stuck in my brain. I could not stop thinking about it. The chocolate ice cream and peanut butter cups just taunted me. Her dessert just looks amazing and chocolate and peanut butter is one of my favorite combos. I ended up tweaking the […]

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Pork Fried Rice, a “Look & Cook” Meal

If you haven’t heard me say it before, I will say it again…I love “Look & Cook” meals. Those meals that come together just by looking at an idea and then heading off to create magic. This Pork Fried Rice is one of those easy versatile dishes, made easy by using the foods that you have on hand. No need […]

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Happy Hour – Family Style

The cheese started it. A Swiss cheese that my husband picked up at a local farmer’s market last Sunday gave him endless pleasure and he hadn’t even taken a bite until Tuesday evening. It was the thought of the cheese and how he would eat it that was so pleasurable. I know the feeling and have been there myself, many times. And […]

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Homemade Watermelon Popsicles

Watermelon is just one of those fruits that I automatically think of for refreshing summer treats. The color is amazing, a real treat for the eye. The flavor is so sweet and mellow. The crunchy melty texture is pure fun. And served cold, is it so perfect for summer. So, since the calendar says that it is summer, even though […]

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Bodacious BLT’s, a “Look & Cook” Meal

Why even bother mentioning a BLT? Even a monkey can make a BLT, you just might be thinking. Well, if the tomatoes and fresh lettuce that I bought today at a local Farmer’s Market were enough to change my dinner plans, then I thought that those dinner plans should be shared with you. I would say that this was my […]

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Buffalo Style Deviled Eggs

Summer just calls for deviled eggs, there’s no way around that. I didn’t actually like them until I was a grown-up but I remember them being served at all of our picnics and family gatherings. When I think of “comfort foods” my first thoughts are of cold weather dishes like chili, home-baked cookies and macaroni and cheese. But as the […]

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Beef with Fresh Mushrooms & Asparagus, A “Look & Cook” Dish

    When my eyes glazed over while looking at the ingredient list for a Shrimp Shooter Gazpacho recipe that was listed in my local paper this weekend, I knew why I love “Look & Cook” dishes. A few ingredients, a dash of this and a drizzle of that and you are on your way to delicious easy dishes that take […]

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Making Memorial Day Moments That Matter, Pulled Pork & Other Ideas for Picnics

Say that 10 times fast!! Take a quiet moment this Memorial Day to remember those who have served us and protected us. And to thank and pray for all of those who lost their lives doing so, and the families that they left behind. We wouldn’t be what we are today without their sacrifice and bravery. Because Memorial Day is a […]

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Mother’s Day Waffle Sundae & “No Diet Day”

I am preparing for my own Mother’s Day celebration this weekend and one of my favorite desserts came to mind – a waffle sundae. I love Vanilla Ice Cream on a store-bought waffle. I might like it on a homemade waffle too, but right now, it is an easy toaster oven fluffy waffle that sets my heart afire. For this […]

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Taco Queso Dip – Look & Cook

I love taco meat, especially the good old ground beef and taco seasoning packet type. Yum. Add it to melty cheese and I will pull up a chair. If you add diced veggies, it takes away from the fact that you are eating melty cheese and taco meat. This is super easy and is another “Look & Cook” food – […]

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Pico de Gallo

This is a fabulously fresh way to add flavor to your dinners and appetizers. I am not usually a cilantro-lover, but in this Pico de Gallo, it adds to the freshness flavor.  This is a fabulously fresh way to add flavor to your dinners and appetizers. I am not usually a cilantro-lover, but in this Pico de Gallo, it adds […]

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Taco Meat – 3 Meals & More

Here is a dish that is just in time for Cinco de Mayo and you get 2 additional meals from the Taco Meat…you can’t beat that! I love cooking extra food when I make a meal and then I get a few meals out of having some basic ingredients already prepped. I feel so organized and “with it” when I do […]

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Tortellini Salad – “Look & Cook”

This is one of my favorite “go-to” dishes for gatherings. It is best served at room temperature and it can be made ahead of time. It is also extremely flexible and most importantly…it is a “Look & Cook” dish. No recipe required! I use store-bought tortellini and precooked seasoned chicken strips. You could use your own cooked chicken or a […]

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Roast Turkey Breast – 3 Meals & More

I have been on a kick lately making foods that we eat often from scratch, like chewy granola bars, pizza dough, butter, breadcrumbs and bread for stuffing. I also love to cook once and make a few meals from that cooking adventure and quite often the meals come in threes – a meal for the same night that I am […]

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Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Because it is spring and because bathing suit season is around the corner, I decided to share a deliciously easy healthy sandwich option that is loaded with freshness for my “Open House” celebration here on my semi-new website. Is it still new after a month and a half? It still feels like new to me! I love foods that are […]

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