Barley Basics

Today I’ve got recipes using one of my favorite ingredients: barley!

Bread and Breakfast:

Apple and oat barley bread

Barley breakfast bread

Marmalade barley scones

Orange barley pound cake

Warm barley cereal with dried cherries

Barley, apricots, hazelnuts, chocolate and honey


Chicken barley soup

Beef and barley vegetable soup

Mushroom barley soup

Herb pesto barley soup

Pumpkin barley sage soup

Barley vegetable soup

Tuscan barley soup

Main Dishes:

Roasted barley pilaf

Barley salad herbs

Mushroom barley salad

Watercress and barley salad

Salmon and barley salad

Barley risotto shrimp and peas

Barley salad with corn and chicken

Barley chicken and fig salad

Barley, Brussels sprouts, spinach and edamame

Barley stuffed peppers

Spicy barley and rice

Barley and butternut dressing

Italian barley and sausage casserole

Barley Greek salad

Stout braised short ribs with barley

How do you enjoy eating barley?

Broccoli Bites

Today we’re going to take a look at a great summer (and all year) vegetable: broccoli.  It’s something that’s often stuck out for dips and snacks, and doesn’t usually cost a lot, but doesn’t always hold a lot of appeal.  So if you’re looking to add broccoli to your menu, here are a few recipes to try.

Cheese and broccoli crepes

Quiche bites

Broccoli slaw

Broccoli hache

Broccoli calzones

Spicy broccoli with garlic

Lemony braised broccoli

Broccoli cheese frittata

Broccoli stalk salad

Broccoli pecorino tart

Broccoli and chickpea salad

Beef and broccoli

Baked broccoli custards

Sesame beef and broccoli

Mediterranean broccoli couscous platter

Broccoli and white bean salad

Corn and broccoli bake

Broccoli chicken curry

Parmesan chicken and broccoli

Thai chicken broccoli wraps

Rigatoni with broccoli, beans and basil

Chicken and lemon broccoli alfredo

Broccoli salad

Mini broccoli quiches with prosciutto crusts

Broccoli cheddar cornbread

Asiago roasted broccoli

Cheesy mushroom and broccoli casserole

How do you enjoy preparing broccoli?

Better with Brie

Today we’re continuing our look at one of my favorite food groups, cheese, with a look at brie!

Caramelized onion and brie pizza

Baked brie cups

Baked brie with apricot jam

Brie and walnut cake

Baked brie with pecans

Persimmon and brie crostini

Ham and brie crepes

Quesadillas with chutney and brie

Caramel coated brie

Baked brie with boozy fruit

Spinach and brie chicken with tomato orzo

Fried deviled brie

Macaroni and brie with crab

Rosemary brie chicken burgers

Zucchini brie breakfast casserole

Crescent wrapped brie

Brie stuffed mushrooms

Roasted chicken, peach and brie pizza

Honey peppercorn brie dip

Grilled green quesadillas with brie and herbs

Brie and merlot mushroom bites

Lobster brie phyllo packets

Baked brie cups

How do you enjoy brie?

Horseradish Helpings

Today we’re taking a look at an ingredient that you may not use in your cooking yet but is something you should consider: horseradish.  Horseradish is a root vegetable that’s used most often as or like a spice.  It’s not something most people have as a solo snack like a carrot, but rather is used to make other ingredients stand out.

Creams, Spreads, Dips, Butters, Sauces:

Bacon horseradish spread

Horseradish sauce for sandwiches

Horseradish cream

Artichoke horseradish butter

Horseradish pimento cheese and crackers

Mustard horseradish sauce

Crab and horseradish Havarti dip

Firecracker coconut dip

Breads, Crackers:

Horseradish dill pastry crackers

Horseradish chive bread



Fresh beet horseradish 

Horseradish mashed potatoes

Horseradish whipped potatoes


Lemon horseradish sole

Horseradish crusted salmon

Salmon salad with horseradish vinaigrette

Baked clams with Italian style breadcrumbs and horseradish

Horseradish shrimp

Other ideas:

Beef stew

Horseradish crusted flank steak

Watercress horseradish deviled eggs

Roasted acorn squash soup with horseradish 

Popovers with roast beef and horseradish 

How do you enjoy using horseradish?

Patriotic Projects

Today I’ve got some patriotic crafts and decorations, as well as some inspired by all the fireworks we see that you can create including some fun activities for the kids to try.

Red, white and blue flag painted wood pallet

Red, white and blue firecracker painting

Red, white and blue floral kissing ball

Patriotic slime

Red, white and blue flag photo backdrop

Patriotic tank top

Patriotic paper wind streamer

Patriotic votives

Balloon fireworks

Red, white and blue garland

Metal American flag

Patriotic angel

Patriotic tote bag

Pallet flag

American flag log candle

Patriotic pillow

Paint stick flag

Making fireworks with straws

Cupcake liner fireworks craft

Fireworks salt painting

Fourth of July games

How are you celebrating?