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

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

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!}

A Cozy Holiday: Cheesy Potatoes au Gratin, And Bundling Up To Embrace The Cold Outside

A Cozy Holiday: Cheesy Potatoes au Gratin, And Bundling Up To Embrace The Cold Outside post image

The little traditions and special family rituals that go along with the holidays are very precious to me. I take comfort in them, and set them apart from any other little things that we do in our day to day lives as a family; because we seem to have come up with them — created them — specifically to invoke a sense of coziness, magic, warmth and connection with the spiritual, which is so very important to our family. And though each year the weeks leading ... {more please!}

A Cozy Thanksgiving: Gluten-Free Quinoa & Wild Rice Dressing, A Taste Of Healthy Decadence

A Cozy Thanksgiving: Gluten-Free Quinoa & Wild Rice Dressing, A Taste Of Healthy Decadence post image

Decadent food is so much a part of the Thanksgiving holiday that to try to prepare too “healthy” a spread would most likely result in a frustrated and disappointed table of guests, and who would want that? Not I, for one. So let's just agree right off the bat that with this post, we're not going to be talking about how to “lighten up” this much delighted in and celebrated holiday meal. No, let's just say that we're going to try to find a way to ... {more please!}

A Cozy Thanksgiving: Sweet Autumn Cornbread & Vermont Cheddar Casserole, A Buttery Bite

A Cozy Thanksgiving: Sweet Autumn Cornbread & Vermont Cheddar Casserole, A Buttery Bite post image

I really love when something hot, savory and sweet oh-so-gently melts away on my tongue after I take a little bite of it. There's a certain warmth to a rich and buttery dish, a particular comforting coziness that just seems to wrap itself around my entire being and hug me tight. And that's a pretty magical thing, I think. Isn't food a good friend sometimes? The combination of savory and mildly sweet is a combination that can be just the right amount of “complex” without being ... {more please!}

Cozy BBQ Buddy: “Loaded Baked Potato” Salad, Easy, Breezy & Just A Little Bit Cheesy

Cozy BBQ Buddy: “Loaded Baked Potato” Salad, Easy, Breezy & Just A Little Bit Cheesy post image

If ever there was a season that could perfectly pair with the simple decadence of a cool, creamy, rich and savory potato salad, then I can't think of a better one than summer with all of the grillin' and chillin' that goes on. And if there isn't a big, beautiful bowl of potato salad placed snuggly amongst the spare ribs, the baked beans, the BBQ'd chicken legs, the slaw and the cornbread on that glorious summertime buffet-table, then something's definitely missing. Because when it's time to ... {more please!}

Cozy BBQ Buddy: “Li’l Slice of Heaven” Cornbread For The Soul That Searches For A Taste

Cozy BBQ Buddy: “Li’l Slice of Heaven” Cornbread For The Soul That Searches For A Taste post image

Admittedly, it can be a little challenging to see all of the little blessings in life and “taste” that little piece of heaven here on earth through all of the murkiness that often surrounds us. Big, warm smiles and gentle common courtesies seem fewer and farther between, as we know one another less intimately than perhaps we did in generations past and so have less invested, and therefore care a little less about what happens outside of our own direct sphere. We seem to have less ... {more please!}

Cozy BBQ Buddy: Summer Macaroni Salad In Lemon-Thyme Dressing, Creamy With A Tangy Twist

Cozy BBQ Buddy: Summer Macaroni Salad In Lemon-Thyme Dressing, Creamy With A Tangy Twist post image

For me, lemons go with the bright yellow summertime the way that pumpkins go with the fiery-orange fall. The tangy taste of a fresh lemon reminds me of a clean, crisp breeze, or perhaps the way one of the rays of the sun would taste if it stretched itself thin enough that it could reach me and ever so gently touch my tongue. The fresh flavor of lemon informs so very many things that we put into our mouths in this golden season of warmth; it ... {more please!}

Cozy BBQ Buddy: Smoky Bourbon “Baked” Beans, and Busting Out Those Vinyl Tablecloths

Cozy BBQ Buddy: Smoky Bourbon “Baked” Beans, and Busting Out Those Vinyl Tablecloths post image

When I think back upon the year, I can hardly believe that the pages of time — the days of the previous seasons — have turned so very quickly, and that we are now about to embark on that warm, breezy and bright time of year again. Sure, the “official” date that marks the beginning of the summer season is still a few days away, but I've already felt the vibrant and active energy of summer's enthusiasm for quite some time. For weeks now, students have ... {more please!}

A Cozy Stew: “Gumbo-laya” With Spicy Sausage, Chicken & Shrimp Turns Up The Heat On Winter

A Cozy Stew: “Gumbo-laya” With Spicy Sausage, Chicken & Shrimp Turns Up The Heat On Winter post image

Ooh, I love bold, spicy food; how about you? I thoroughly enjoy eating it any time, but in the winter, when my inner thermostat needs a little kick every now and then to wake it up so it can warm me up better, I especially crave that little tingle in the back of my throat, that zip that keeps me coming back for more, bite after addicting bite. Funny thing is, there was a time not all that many years back when I actually used to ... {more please!}

A Cozy Holiday: Cider-Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Crisp Pancetta, The Perfect Emerald Companions

A Cozy Holiday: Cider-Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Crisp Pancetta, The Perfect Emerald Companions post image

Let me just share with you that I really do love Brussels sprouts. I understand, however, that not everyone likes them as much as I do, but I think that's more a result of never having tried a really flavor-packed Brussels sprout side dish. These precious little green orbs, these mini “cabbage-like" cuties, are truly just a perfect accompaniment for any succulent spread—holiday, or not. Simply roasted with a few bells 'n whistles thrown in, Brussels sprouts are a veg that I have a hard time ... {more please!}