Tomatillo Chicken Bake

We usually go out to our local Mexican restaurant to cure our Mexican food cravings.  When I served this dish, we agreed this tasted like something we would have ordered from our favorite Mexican restaurant.  I had leftover chicken and wanted to prepare something using the corn tortillas I had in the refrigerator.  I have […]


The recent snowfall gave me the opportunity to go though my recipe collection.   Here is one that you must try. Piadina is a thin Italian flat bread or sometimes referred to as a griddle flat bread.  They are typically filled with a variety of cheeses, cold cuts and vegetables, but also with sweet fillings such as jam […]

Chocolate Olive Oil Cupcakes

Recipe #5 – Spartan Olive Oil Challenge #EVOOChallenge This is a version of my mother’s favorite chocolate cake recipe.  These can be made quickly with ingredients in your pantry.  The addition of the olive oil makes these gems moist with dense chocolate flavor.  Oh…I might have forgotten to tell you, you mix them in one […]

Rosemary Rolls with Olive Oil and Sea Salt

Recipe #4 – Spartan Olive Oil #EVOOChallenge These rolls are perfect to serve along side any entrĂ©e, but also would be great as a hamburger roll.  I know that many cooks hesitate to bake bread and use yeast.  This recipe is so easy and the results outstanding that I encourage you to try them.  You […]

Dill Feta Chicken on Couscous

Recipe #3 in the Spartan Oil #EVOOChallenge. I use olive oil exclusively when I saute vegetables or protein for any recipe.  One reason is olive oil is a monounsaturated fat, and is considered a good fatty acid (high density lipoproteins, HDLs) that protects against bad cholesterol, or low density lipoproteins (LDLs).  One other reason is the taste […]

Pecan Muffins with Orange Honey Cream Cheese

Recipe #2 – Spartan Oil  #EVOOChallenge Why olive oil?  I know we have all heard the benefits of using olive oil in recipes.  I did a bit of research and found this interesting article;  After you read this article, I think we will all rethink the oils we use when we cook.  Take a […]

Olive Oil Marinated Goat Cheese

Recipe #1 in the Spartan Oil #EVOOChallenge. When challenged to create recipes using Spartan Oil Olive, I took the challenge with no hesitation.  I use their olive oil in many of my recipes and always find the results outstanding.  When testing these recipes, we hosted a party for eight, all of our guests serving as my […]

The Challenge!

I was contacted by Spartan Oil and asked if I was interested in participating in the Spartan Oil #EVOOChallenge.  Next week, I’m collaborating with other food and healthy living bloggers on this challenge. Stay tuned next week for the creative recipes that have been cooked up.  My challenge is to post one recipe each day, […]

Game Day Wings

I don’t know about you but this is one exciting time of year – the football playoffs.  Yes, if you know me well, you know that I am an avid fan and especially loyal to one Midwest NFL team.  With the Super Bowl just weeks away and play-off games going on now – I thought […]