Cheesy Breakfast Bake, All The Best Things In One Dish

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For a while there, it almost felt like this day would never come. I can't believe that I'm sitting here writing at my desk, dressed in my sweats and my hoody, with a cup of hot herbal tea, looking out of my window into the grey, dankness that is an overcast and chilly fall morning in Los Angeles. Finally, I feel like I can breathe. Could it be that fall has actually arrived for us? Is it here to stay? I've been waiting for so long ... {more please!}

Pumpkin Cream Sauce Fettuccine, & Keeping Things Together When They Want To Come Apart

Pumpkin Cream Sauce Fettuccine, & Keeping Things Together When They Want To Come Apart post image

Ah, the best laid plans... My heart desired nothing more this morning than simplicity: to sit down at my computer, quiet my mind for a moment, and then connect with the writer side of myself and put to paper (or to screen, in this case) my thoughts in order to see what essence or mischievous imp wanted to be unleashed. But alas, things wouldn't go quite as planned, as our water heater decided to fritz out this morning just a little bit, in turn placing my ... {more please!}

Crunchy-Baked Garlic “Popcorn” Chicken, a Different Type of Popcorn to Pop

Crunchy-Baked Garlic “Popcorn” Chicken, a Different Type of Popcorn to Pop post image

I don't know about you all, but we're still making our way through some hot weather here in Southern California—whew-wee! Can we please be done with this? Where's the cool fall? Where are the temperatures that beckon for me to wrap myself in a comfy-cozy blanky, or throw on a jacket or sweater when I go out in the evening? They seem to be hiding at the present moment, that's for sure. So it makes it just a wee-bit less appealing to turn on an oven ... {more please!}

Hard Cider-Battered Fish n’ “Oven” Chips, Pub Style; a Fall-Inspired Version of a Crispy Classic

Hard Cider-Battered Fish n’ “Oven” Chips, Pub Style; a Fall-Inspired Version of a Crispy Classic post image

Our teenage son has always been a huge fan of crispy fish n' chips. Ever since he was just a wee little thing, if this classic comfort food was on a menu, he'd almost always ask to order it since it wasn't an entree that we would typically make at home—frankly, it seemed a bit laborious. And because of his adoration of this tasty-yet-unpretentious meal, my husband and I have found our own love for it, making it a family “thing” by stopping by our favorite ... {more please!}

Chicken Salad with Honeycrisp Apples and Candied Walnuts, a Perfect Little Sandwich for Autumn

Chicken Salad with Honeycrisp Apples and Candied Walnuts, a Perfect Little Sandwich for Autumn post image

Finding comforting ways to use fresh, seasonal ingredients is one of my favorite things about cooking; it's a wonderful challenge! And the more simple a recipe is, the more one can really taste the flavor of those seasonal ingredients, and find the joy and simple pleasure in them. Honeycrisp apples, just as their name implies, are incredibly crisp, sweet and juicy—they embody that wonderfully fruity and earthy flavor of fall, and brighten up so very many recipes that call for the autumn-centered fruit. And they're perfect ... {more please!}

“Chicken Parmesan” Meatballs with Penne, Some Saucy Love in a Bowl to Soothe the Jolted Soul

“Chicken Parmesan” Meatballs with Penne, Some Saucy Love in a Bowl to Soothe the Jolted Soul post image

This just so happens to be one of those weeks when a warm bowl of saucy comfort food plays the role of soothing salve, not just for the belly, but for the soul, as well. A lot has been swirling and swishing around, and it's left me feeling a bit like I've been going through a bumpy and sloshy wash cycle that's tossing me around a bit before it's ready to spit me out all sparkly and clean, and ready for a warm fluffing in the ... {more please!}

Caribbean-Style Grilled Citrus Chicken, A Colorful Note To End The Summer Eating Season On

Caribbean-Style Grilled Citrus Chicken, A Colorful Note To End The Summer Eating Season On post image

Though summer isn't officially over for a little while yet, soon it'll be time to bring in the more fall-oriented recipes that will help usher us into that particular delicious and comforting time of year. But before we go... When I think of the summer eating season, I think of lots of colors and bold flavors—lots of fresh produce added to mildly spicy and savory dishes to liven them up. And nothing says “clean” more than a citrus-marinated and simply-grilled chicken breasts seasoned with warming Caribbean ... {more please!}

Spicy & Crispy Fish Sandwich, A Touch Fiery Like Me, Perhaps

Spicy & Crispy Fish Sandwich, A Touch Fiery Like Me, Perhaps post image

Something's in the air, so to speak. Maybe it can be chalked up to the full moon we just recently had, its magnetic pull tugging on the water in our systems, making us a little “off”; but people seem a little more unkind (would it be too much to say down-right rude?) and absentminded as of late, and I'm finding my usually fairly-chipper disposition being pushed to its limits. In others words, I'm finding myself becoming a bit more fiery and irritated with each not-so-friendly interaction, ... {more please!}

BBQ Chicken “Pizza” Grilled Cheese, No Dough Needed (Or Kneaded)

BBQ Chicken “Pizza” Grilled Cheese, No Dough Needed (Or Kneaded) post image

I'd have to say that BBQ chicken pizza is probably one of most favorite types of pizza, if I'm going to go the less traditional route of tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni. There's something very comforting and slightly more complex about the smoky and spicy BBQ sauce, the tender and juicy pieces of diced chicken, the grassy-green flavor of fresh cilantro, and the pop of sweet heat from thinly sliced red onion. Mmm, mmm. But unless we decide to order a pie from a local ... {more please!}

Creamy Chicken Florentine Lasagna, And Learning To Find The Joy In The Process

Creamy Chicken Florentine Lasagna, And Learning To Find The Joy In The Process post image

A comforting, nourishing and delectable recipe that is worth preparing and sharing is often one that has at least a small handful of steps that need to be followed, or a couple of components that need to be prepared before everyone can gleefully dig in and finally enjoy the finished edible masterpiece. And when one knows about and prepares themselves for the bit of elbow grease that will be needed during the cooking process, one can then more joyfully enter into the whole experience of making ... {more please!}