Hi There – I’m Chef Alli

Think of me as your next door neighbor, ready to share a good, home-cooked meal with you over a glass of wine. As a Mom and farm wife from NE Kansas, I know the importance of managing a career, a household, and a family….all while keeping them well-fed. I’m excited to help you conquer dinner time...

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Hot and sticky kielbasa bites on a white plate.

Appetizers, Recipes

Sweet and Spicy Kielbasa Sausage Bites

Kielbasa sausage is a great thing to have on hand. I always keep some in my freezer for making this fast and easy appetizer – Sweet and Spicy Kielbasa Sausage Bites. Because Kielbasa sausage...

Tortellini Pasta Salad makes a great summer side dish.

Recipes, Salads

Tortellini Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, and Corn

If there’s any salad that tastes like summer, this Tortellini Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Basil and Corn absolutely has to be it.  Summer Tortellini Salad is very popular at covered dish gatherings – I...

Firecracker Shrimp is my absolute favorite shrimp dish! I love making it in my cast iron skillet, served with some good, crusty bread for sopping up the sauce. I prefer making Firecracker Shrimp with raw, shell-on shrimp because the shells "cocoon" that delicious sauce around the shrimp, making them even more flavorful.

Appetizers, Main Dishes

How to Make Firecracker Shrimp

Firecracker Shrimp is my absolute favorite shrimp dish! Learning How to Make Firecracker Shrimp is great fun and I especially like making this easy and flavorful one-pan shrimp dish in my favorite cast iron...

Ready for a fiesta in your mouth? This Chunky Chicken Burrito Skillet Meal brings it! Tender chunks of spiced chicken combined with saucy rice and black beans make up this quick skillet meal. Just add your favorite cheese and toppings to customize. #SkilletMeal #SpeedyMeal #Mexican #burrito #chicken

Conquer Your Instant Pot, Kid-Friendly

Chunky Chicken Burrito Skillet Meal

Ready for a fiesta in your mouth? This Chunky Chicken Burrito Skillet Meal brings it! Tender chunks of spiced chicken combined with saucy rice and black beans make up this quick skillet meal. Just...

Are you looking for a delicious low-car crustless taco recipe idea?  This low-carb crustless Tex Mexican Taco pie is a family favorite!  I love how it slices up so nicely and makes a beautiful meal that tastes great!

Main Dishes, Recipes

Low-Carb Crustless Tex-Mexican Taco Pie

Are you looking for an easy taco pie recipe? Nope, not the taco pie made with crescent rolls, though that is quite delish….unless you’re trying to eat low carb.  This Low-Carb Crustless Tex-Mexican Taco...

Side view of a grilled Reuben sandwich.

Recipes, Sandwiches and Wraps

Grilled Reuben Sandwiches

To me, any grilled sandwich recipe is a winner. For whatever reason, I detest a cold sandwich! That said, Grilled Reuben Sandwiches are by far and away my favorite! Delicious pastrami corned beef, pumpernickle...

A big serving spoon full of Crunchy Mexican Slaw.

Recipes, Salads

Crunchy Mexican Coleslaw

I hated slaw when I was a kid. Now I can’t get enough of it! Loaded with crisp cabbage and fresh veggies, Crunchy Mexican Coleslaw is vibrant in color, flavor, and texture. The creamy...

A warm and tender Bacon Cheddar Roll partially eaten.

Breads/Quick Breads, Kid-Friendly

Bacon Cheddar Rolls {From Frozen Bread Dough}

Here it is! A simple and easy cheese roll recipe made using frozen bread dough. Bacon Cheddar Rolls {From Frozen Bread Dough} are light and fluffy in texture and loaded with melted cheese and...

Crispy Parmesan Chicken Breasts paired with roasted carrots.

Kid-Friendly, Main Dishes

Crispy Parmesan Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

Good sheet pan chicken recipes…I’m constantly on the lookout for them! We love sheet pan dinners around here – so fast and easy for weeknight meals. Crispy Parmesan Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner is a...

skillet full of a ground beef and noodle casserole

Kid-Friendly, Main Dishes

Fiesta Ground Beef and Noodle Skillet

Creating a fiesta of flavor at home is easy when you serve up this yummy Fiesta Ground Beef and Noodle Skillet. Ground beef and spaghetti noodles come together quickly in your favorite skillet that makes a...