Thanksgiving means Squash Casserole!!!

I love the holidays, especially Thanksgiving. Who wouldn’t love an entire day dedicated to giving thanks over a feast of meats, casseroles, and desserts galore. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Thanksgiving in my family is definitely an event. Whether it’s my father’s feast of meats, or my Grandmother’s casserole smorgasboard, I am never left unsatisfied. This year will be spent at my Grandma and Grandpa’s house in Oklahoma for the biannual Thanksgiving/family reunion. Every other year the entire family comes together from Oklahoma, Texas, New York, Salt Lake City, and Tennessee. It’s quite an event and I must say the food can’t get any better anywhere else. I can’t wait to take lots of pics on Thursday and share all of the good eats with everyone this weekend, but for now I wanted to share my favorite dish that has become a Hibbard family staple.

The origins of this recipe started with my amazing Aunt Janice. She was a wonderful woman full of spirit and love, and her Squash Casserole reflected all of the love she conveyed. The recipe has been passed throughout the family but for the most part has maintained it’s original flavor. I made just two small changes, even though it tastes amazing with it. You really must make this recipe, it’s the best casserole I have ever had!! Continue reading

My Favorite Spot for Sunday Brunch

Sundays are one of my favorite days of the week for two main reasons, sleeping in and late morning brunch. I usually make it at home but lately Matt and I have been on a mission to find the best brunch in Dallas. Ok, so we only tried out two restaurants, but I’ve tried many breakfast places in the past and I feel very confident in my new found favorite.

A few weeks back we were eating at one of our favorite Mexican spots, Cyclone Anaya’s, when we saw their advertisement for Sunday brunch (their Lobster Enchiladas are AMAZING by the way). A few Sundays later we were back again. We ordered the bottomless mimosas ( around 12 bucks a person if I’m remembering correctly) the Crabmeat Omelet, and their amazing queso.  With all of the chips we usually eat we decided to split the omelet and save room for more mimosas. Continue reading

Cheesy Chicken Roll-Ups with Lemon Risotto

I’m starting to finally get the hang out of building multiple meals using the same ingredients. For so long I’ve just made a list of meals to make, completely different from each other, purchased all of my groceries and ended up wasting most of the leftover ingredients. After re-evaluating how much money I was throwing in the garbage I’ve really tried to focus on pulling my meals together better. This weekend was the perfect time to put this new practice to use. Here are the results! :)

Friday Night Dinner:

White Pizzas with Arugula by Ina Garten

This recipe was absolutely delicious! I cut the recipe down a bit so I had plenty of leftover ingredients for another meal. I cooked the pizza a minute or two too long but the crust was crispy and the cheese was gooey and scrumptious. The arugula salad on top really tied everything together. Add a Caesar salad (yes I know more greens…but it’s too good to resist) and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and you’ve got the perfect meal.

Saturday Night Dinner:

Today was one of those perfect lazy Saturdays. When it came time to start thinking about dinner I didn’t have the energy to go back to the grocery store, and facing the busy restaurant crowds didn’t sound appealing at all. So, I opened the pantry and got to thinking. I had some leftover cheese, arugula, and lemon vinaigrette from the night before, a bag of frozen chicken, fresh thyme, a container of Arborio rice, and a little bit of white wine left. After some creative thought, along with a little help from Food Network, this is what I came up with. Continue reading

Creamy Farfalle with Turkey

In today’s economic times it’s important to save pennies any way that you can. While preparing my weekly menu I wanted to incorporate as many things from my pantry that I could. I have a tendency to LIVE at the grocery store. Nothing clears my mind like the aisles of a well stocked and diverse foodie heaven, but sometimes I can go a little overboard and tend to spend way too much. Here is what I like to call a pantry recipe, using ingredients that I already have on hand.

*Disclaimer: I didn’t measure the ingredients so these will be estimated to the best of my ability :)

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Experimenting with Souffles

chocolate-souffleI first tried my hand at Souffles earlier this year and I must say, it wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. Something about those beautifully puffed creations just made me nervous. But what better way to test my skills then with a Mexican Chocolate Souffle.

I had been craving chocolate, more than usual, and I saw a show on the Food Network that used cayenne pepper in their chocolate sauce. This wasn’t a new concept to me, but one that I had never tried before and one I had to try really soon. I can’t remember the exact occasion, but it involved a night in with the hubby and  culinary experimentation. Continue reading

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