Pierogi (also commonly spelled perogi) are Eastern European dumplings that are filled and then either boiled, baked or fried. As with other dumplings found around the world pierogi vary with each chef and can be stuffed with sweet or savory fillings. This Polish version of pierogi comes from my husband's Grandmother who was of Polish descent. They are filled with a typical Polish filling of boiled potatoes, cottage cheese and onion.
This can be a hearty meal in it of itself or served as a side dish. It's a great way to feed your family veggies because the turkey chili is loaded with them. Plus, the potatoes are baked so this rendition of chili cheese fries offers a healthier alternative to the standard dish.
This pound cake is moist and has a rich vanilla flavor. Serve it plain or topped with a powdered sugar glaze. It is also excellent with chocolate fondue or strawberry shortcake!
These cookies have the sweet, buttery taste for which sugar cookies are known and loved. They puff up while baking so it is best to use cookie cutters in simple shapes. Decorate your cookies with frosting and/or sprinkles.
Make an assortment of mini hamburgers for a party or a fun family meal. Lay out a smorgasbord of toppings and let everyone build their own slider. Serve the mini burgers with fruit salad, potato salad, french fries or sweet potato fries.
One of our favorite dips is a simple combination of homemade salsa and light sour cream. The sour cream tones down the spice and allows you to get a hint of heat without letting the spice overpower the other flavors. It is a flavorful dip for chips and veggies and also makes a creamy spread for sandwiches and burgers.
This creamy potato salad is reminiscent of the classic potato salad that I had growing up. I love that I now don't have to feel guilty while eating it. It is made with light sour cream instead of mayonnaise so it is actually a nutritious side dish loaded with vegetables, healthy proteins and starch.
The following recipe is my family's take on loaded baked potato skins. The beauty of this appetizer is that you can load them up with whatever you would like: cheese, bacon, sour cream, salsa, chili, guacamole, you name it. It is also a meal where the whole family can get involved. Everyone can "load" their own potato skins.
Mashed potatoes are the perfect accompaniment to many meals. I love to season the mashers differently with each meal, using garlic, wasabi, and herbes de Provence, to name a few. Light sour cream is a healthy way to make your mashers smooth and creamy.
Chile verde is a Mexican stew that is traditionally made with pork and a green broth of tomatillos and chile peppers. To make it easy and to keep the pork tender, we use a slow cooker.