Poke Poke Poke

I love poke.  I know, that sounds weird.  But I do.  It’s a raw fish salad that is normally served as an appetizer in Hawaii.  I think that’s where I first got hooked on it.  I mean, I’ve enjoyed my fair share of sushi for years.  But there’s something about poke, marinated in the right


Potato Salad…with Bacon!

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not usually a potato salad girl.  I mean, I like potatoes and salad, but almost NEVER make potato salad. I think at a picnic, I much prefer macaroni salad to potato salad, not really sure why because they have almost the exact same ingredients, except one has potatoes


Greek Meatballs

My kids like balls.  Meatballs that is.  Balls of meat mixed with different seasonings and served usually in or with a sauce.  I like meatballs too.  Nothing better than a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs.   I normally make my meatballs with breadcrumbs and egg.  It makes them nice and light and airy.  


Cheesy Baked Spaghetti

So before we left CT, TAB had a sleepover with one of her little friends who came for dinner and then spent the night.  Of course when it comes to feeding tiny humans, you have to find food they will actually eat.  Because let’s face it, children are picky.  Well, mine are.  I tend to


Breakfast Ramen

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day…or so they say!  And I am a big believer in breakfast.  Especially breakfast ramen.  I can’t claim credit for this – I saw a video on the internet for breakfast ramen and of course I wanted to try.  I used to eat a lot of ramen


Cheesy Zucchini

Zucchini is misunderstood.  It’s one of my favorite vegetables, yet I only seem to get it in the summer and do the same things with it; grill it or stir fry it.  I’ve been trying to find ways to expand my zucchini repertoire.  I bought a spiralizer and tried to convince the kids that the


Coconut Milk Braised Chicken

I’m always looking for new ways to make chicken.  It’s one of my go-to proteins since I know that at least 75% of the Beckmann’s will eat it.  My lone hold-out is LJB.  For some reason, he’s my cheese and carb guy that doesn’t really care for meat.  Except bacon. Because I’ve trained him right


Lobster BLT Sandwich

The great Beckmann move of 2016 is complete!  Finally.  We are settled in our new house in Avon Lake, Ohio…with a bunch of boxes. I think I have a good system every time I move, but I’m always finding room for improvement.  One of the best rules I’ve instituted is that I get a month


Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Cherry Tomatoes

So I moved.  And I’m stuck in a rut in a hotel room with a “kitchen.”  I use that term loosely because it basically consists of a refrigerator, stove, sink, dishwasher and microwave.  And 2 tiny pots and 4 plates and some silverware.  I couldn’t exist here for more than a week.  But the good


Crockpot Guinness Pot Roast

Down to 11 days before the movers come.  And we drive away exactly 2 weeks from Saturday!  I am surprisingly on top of this move. I think it helps that I no longer have a one year old and a 3 year old.  Oh and also maybe it helps that I was ready to move