Asparagus with a Zesty Dijon Sauce, and Welcoming the Arrival of Spring

Asparagus with a Zesty Dijon Sauce |

As we bid adieu to the winter season and make way for the sweet spring to come in, partaking in a delicious vegetable side dish such as Asparagus with a Zesty Dijon Sauce seems like the perfect way to enjoy the best of what has been and what is yet to come. Ah, the first day of spring! Here we are, once again, basking in the amazing scent of floral blooms in the air as they fill the evenings with purple-scented sweetness. Late December allowed us ... {more please!}

Mediterranean Power Rice, and the Power in Knowing to Whom You Belong

Mediterranean Power Rice |

Good, healthy food like Mediterranean Power Rice fuels our physical body and gives it the energy and the necessary sustenance it needs to be at its best; but our inner spiritual life also needs to be empowered, and we gain that precious strength through understanding that we belong to a spectacular Creator. Do you ever wonder Who it was that dreamt up beautiful, special, unique, and perfect you? Have you ever considered the possibility that every detail of who you are—what you've been endowed with, how ... {more please!}

Buttery Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls, Gloriously Tender and Exquisitely Yielding

Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls |

A tender, loving and yielding heart provides pleasure and sustenance to those in our lives in the way that soft, warm, pillowy, tender and yielding buttery sweet potato dinner rolls warmly entice our appetite, and provide nourishment and fulfillment to the very core of us. The richly-golden autumn holidays are that uniquely splendid time of year when I feel my longings, my creativity, my emotions, and my empathy begin to open up deep within me the way an amazingly willing flower opens up to the beckoning ... {more please!}

The Best Basic Mashed Potatoes, When Getting Back to Basics Is Best

The Best Basic Mashed Potatoes |

Even though all the little extras added into a recipe sure can make it unique and tasty, there are times when getting back to basics and keeping things a little more unadulterated and simple, like these Best Basic Mashed Potatoes, is the most delicious and comforting way to go. Anyone who has frequented The Cozy Apron over the years probably knows by now that what I like to do is put a little spin or “twist” of my very own on just about every recipe that ... {more please!}

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Broiled Cheddar, Like Warm Little Spoonfuls Of Bliss On The Tongue

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Broiled Cheddar |

I adore the winter months, and only wish that here in Southern California we had more of an opportunity to feel the crispness, the coldness, the briskness, and the icy-chill in a black, star-studded evening sky. But alas, we don't. For now, all I have are my memories of the frigid winters of my childhood and teen years in Michigan where I took immense comfort in being bundled up, all snuggly, in coat, hat, and scarf, and I like to keep those close to my heart ... {more please!}

Crispy Smashed Parmesan Potatoes, and When a Little Pressure is the Very Thing That’s Needed

Crispy-Roasted Smashed Parmesan Potatoes |

I won't speak for you, but I certainly prefer comfort, peace, and sunny skies to discomfort, difficulty, and foggy-grey days. If everyday life was left up to me, I'd love nothing more than to luxuriate in simplicity, ease, things always working perfectly when needed and never breaking down, complete harmony in all relationships, and an abundance of money coupled with a scarcity of problems. I have yet to meet anyone that would much prefer to find themselves in the midst of challenge, shortage, illness, or general ... {more please!}

Buttery French Green Beans with Garlic-Sauteed Mushrooms, a Simple & Crisp Take On Things

Buttery French Green Beans |

Ah, the beloved Thanksgiving table! It can look like a never-ending line of saucy-ness, richness, sweetness and savory-ness, which frankly, is perfectly fine with me. That's exactly as it should be! The more buttery biscuits, pillowy rolls, flowing gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, turkey, stuffing (or dressing) and sweet cranberry sauce, the better; but for this Thanksgiving, I'm offering up at least one clean, green, simple and crisp take on a favorite, just to balance things a smidge! Green bean casserole is one of our favorite ... {more please!}

Golden Autumn Corn Dressing, and a Soft Place to Rest One’s Soul

Golden Autumn Corn Dressing |

Often times at the tail-end of a very long day, I find myself struggling to keep my eyes open. Perhaps you can relate? It doesn't matter whether I'm watching a really good movie or watching a truly fascinating show on a topic that any other time would have my full attention, I just can't seem to stop my eyes from fluttering and then finally closing, and my head from bobbing and nodding and then suddenly jerking up in fake awake-ness. And when things get to that ... {more please!}

Garlic-Rosemary Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls with Asiago Cheese, and Indulging with Joy and Abandon

Garlic and Rosemary Pull-Apart Rolls with Asiago Cheese |

When I think of all of the fabulous food that is so much a central part of the Thanksgiving Day celebration, I get a sort of warm feeling in my belly, and a child-like excitement that we can partake in all of those wonderful goodies so whole-heartedly and with such sheer glee! Thanksgiving is a time to get together in the spirit of gratitude, love and remembrance for the gifts that we have in our lives; it's a time to ease the mind and dive freely ... {more please!}

Cheesy Southwestern Four Potato & Veggie Casserole, A Colorful And Flavorful Mosaic To Feast On

Southwestern Casserole

The world that we live in is an amazing place. It's full of colorful and shapely “bits and pieces” that make up the totality of our existence, just like the pieces of a puzzle make up a complete picture. All one needs to do is look out the window to bare witness to it. Whether one peers out and sees something natural such as the flowers in all of their brilliance, gloriously adorned in their colors and the various velvety robes that give them their individual ... {more please!}

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