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Vallia Marlene
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Meatloaf
Could anything be more classic Americana than meatloaf?  Could anything be more controversial than meatloaf?  In these times yes of course, but meatloaf can divide Americans as much as any political agenda. So do you really need yet another meatloaf recipe?...

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Rosemary Olive Oil Focaccia Bread


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Beef With Snap/ Snow Peas
I have many dear Asian friends who would not be happy with the "Americanized" version of the classic stir fry.  So if you are one of my dear Asian friends reading this, please look away and do not hate me.  Now, for the rest of us who have ever gotten a cra...

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Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus
1 29 oz can Chickpeas/ Garbanzo beans (drained but reserve about half of the liquid) ...or two 15 oz cans 1/4 cup chicken broth 2 jalapenos* seeds removed, and roughly chopped 3/4 cup cilantro leaves 2 garlic cloves 1 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp cumin 1 tsp onion ...

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Nutella Pie Cookies
Like Nutella? Like pie?  How about a Nutella pie cookie?  This cookie isn't made from a traditional cookie dough but rather, a buttery and flaky cream cheese pie crust (elevated just a little) formed into a cute little half crescent cookie.  Every bite is f...

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Couscous Salad
Many people do not know that Couscous is actually a pasta, not a grain.  Many also do not know that it comes in different sizes.  There is the small "grain" Couscous that is a common alternative to rice but here we have the large "grain" Couscous (aka, Isra...

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Cheez-Its - Homemade Baked Cheese Crackers
Growing up, my favorite kind of "bad for you" snack was anything cheese-flavored and Cheez-its of course fell into that category.  As a kid society, as I knew it then, really didn't emphasize how bad the ingredients found in these types of snack are for you...
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