Pepper and Egg Brunch for Two

brunch peppers eggs hashbrowns

Wanting to find new Sunday brunch ideas, I was inspired by a recent episode of America’s Test Kitchen. They constructed a brunch recipe named for the northeastern region of Spain, the Basque region. Dividing France and Spain, the Basque region is known for their vast produce choices, including six different…


Tomatoes: Grocery Store Verses Growing Your Own

growing tomatoes

Springtime!  Time to plant those tomatoes… AND STOP BUYING GROCERY STORE TOMATOES. I am absolutely sick of grocery store tomatoes!  The skins are so tough and waxy!  To me, they really have no flavor at all. Did you know….                growers are paid by the pound to propagate and deliver…


Fish and Potatoes for Two People

Fish and potatoes with whiskey tarter sauce

Honestly, I had never had fish with a potato dish before.  I thought it just was not a logical combination, however, after preparing this dish,  I now realize what I have been missing.  Full of flavor and very easy to prepare, this Lemon-Herb Code with Crispy Garlic Potatoes is delicious…


JoAnn’s Whiskey Tarter Sauce

Yields approximately 4 servings. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. This can be kept in the refrigeration, in an air-tight container for about a week.     1/2 cup of your favorite mayonnaise 1 1/2 Tablespoons of sweet pickle relish 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce 1 teaspoon of finely chopped…


5 Ways the Potato Can Be Healthy Food

Potatoes

Making a Potato Healthy Recent research has determined THE POTATO can be healthy.  At only 110 calories for one medium russet potato, they are high in fiber, calcium and potassium.  If cooked properly, they can help lower blood sugar levels. The key to lowering blood sugar, while still enjoying the…


Meal 3: Our Series 3 Meals for 2 People Without Leftovers

meaty skillet lasagna

Three Meals for Two People Meal Three: Meaty Skillet Lasagna This meaty skillet lasagna is simple and scaled down, requiring very little prep and it will not leave behind a wake of dirty dishes. Do not substitute no-boil lasagna noodles for the traditional, curly-edged lasagna noodles here because the no-boil…


Meal 2: In Our Series of 3 Meals for 2 People Without Leftovers

Indonesian Rice

Three Meals for Two People Meal Two: Indonesian Chicken & Rice This is a simple dinner but is very filling. The original recipe from America’s Test Kitchen calls for Thai chilies. I do not like hot, spicy foods, so I used banana peppers instead (still removing the seeds).  I prepped…


Meal 1: In Our Series of 3 Meals For 2 People Without Leftovers

Beef Taco Casserole for two people no leftovers joanns food bites

Three Meals for Two People Meal One: Beef Taco Casserole This meal is designed for a weeknight of maybe chilling out and having a cocktail. It goes great with a margarita….see my classic margarita recipe by clicking HERE The following are our ingredients for meal one     Directions for…


Should We Worry About Lycopene in Our Food?

joanns food bites - lycopene - tomatoes

At a loyal reader’s request, I am taking a look at Lycopene in our food and if it can benefit a healthy lifestyle. Subscriber, Renee G said, “LYCOPENE: I would love to know what foods have it, how the body uses it, and if there is research showing effects on…


Three Meals for Two People

Three meals for two people - joanns food bites

For those readers who are empty nesters or for those living alone, I am constructing three days worth of meals for you.  I will not be preparing but three meals this week, due to evening meetings and commitments elsewhere.  Maybe this will alleviate leftovers sitting in the refrigerator for weeks.…