Quick cinnamon buns with buttermilk icing

Quick cinnamon buns with buttermilk icing

Around these parts, I make homemade yeast cinnamon rolls at least twice each year. The process is fairly long and complicated and must be started the day before we want to enjoy the cinnamon rolls. The effort is definitely worth it; my homemade wheat cinnamon rolls are soft and sweet and delicious when I have the time and energy to go to the trouble. Sometimes, though, I want to treat my family to a similar … Continue reading Quick cinnamon buns with buttermilk icing

S’mores popcorn

Easy & Quick S'mores Popcorn Snack

Some things in this life go hand-in-hand, don’t you agree? For instance: peanut butter & jelly Mickey & Minnie hugs & kisses You might not know it, but like the aforementioned examples, popcorn has a natural counterpart. And no, it’s not that nasty movie theater butter imposter. It’s chocolate. Popcorn & chocolate are a match made in, well, a match made in the most clever of kitchens for sure. I recently thought I’d take it … Continue reading S’mores popcorn

Rosemary beet margarita

Rosemary beet margarita -- SO good paired with goat cheese!

Sometimes I wish there was a tiny drummer man that lived within your screen and–on cue–he’d play a drumroll. If such a little drummer man did indeed exist, now is one of the times I’d cue him. Because if ever there was a margarita worthy of a drumroll, this one would be. Jeff and I are so proud of it. Ladies and gentlemen, I present February’s margarita of the month: the rosemary beet. This was a true … Continue reading Rosemary beet margarita

Mexican potato casserole stack

Mexican potato casserole stack - the ultimate Mexican comfort food!

Several months ago I developed a new dinner recipe. It’s (surprise!) a Mexican-inspired casserole made with ground turkey, potatoes and plenty of cheese. We’re talking comfort food at it’s finest here, friends. It took me about three tries to get the recipe perfected but it took me even more tries than that to get a decent picture. I guess it’s just not the most appetizing looking meal. Believe me when I tell you, though, that … Continue reading Mexican potato casserole stack

Restaurant-style Mexican brown rice

The best recipe I've found for restaurant-style Mexican rice made with brown rice instead of white

We have a family favorite when it comes to Mexican restaurants. It’s a locally-owned place that has been in operation here in Tucson since 1922, believe it or not. How’s that for longevity, right? I have several favorite menu items and I enjoy the freedom of deciding between them based on what I’m feeling during any given visit. If I want something light I usually go with the soft tacos. If ‘m extra hungry I … Continue reading Restaurant-style Mexican brown rice

Bacon & pineapple nachos with bbq “salsa”

Bacon & pineapple nachos with bbq "salsa"

I feel like if the FCC knew what I’m about to share, they’d require a public service announcement. Something like: Caution! These nachos may be habit forming. Because, um, they totally are. I made them last weekend as an experiment and–no joke–three bites in Jayce declared that they were, indeed, the world’s best nachos. In spite of the fact that Fridays aren’t a designated recipe sharing day here on The Spot, I had to push this post to the … Continue reading Bacon & pineapple nachos with bbq “salsa”

Crock-pot chicken Florentine soup

Creamy Crock-pot chicken Florentine soup made with real food ingredients

Is it cold where you are? Because–not to brag–but, um, as I write this it’s 73º at my house. The low tonight is going to be 50º though, so I am justified in posting a soup recipe today. It is, after all, January. Official soup appreciation month, or something like that. So today I want to share this yummy comfort food recipe with you. It brings slow-cooked chicken and sun-dried tomatoes together with whole wheat … Continue reading Crock-pot chicken Florentine soup

Cheesy chicken, corn & green chile pasta bake

It’s about this time of year that my weekly dinner menu starts to sound a bit like a broken record. It’s because I’m a sucker when it comes to baked and bubbly pasta dishes. And since I tend to cook on a seasonal cycle, we don’t have a whole lot of time to enjoy these types of meals here in the desert southwest. With that limitation in mind, I try to cram in as many … Continue reading Cheesy chicken, corn & green chile pasta bake