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Garlic & Herb Roasted Potatoes

Garlic and Herb Roasted Potatoes ~ a simple, delicious side dish flavored with fresh rosemary and thyme | FiveHeartHome.com

Simple, delicious Garlic & Herb Roasted Potatoes are crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and loaded with flavor, thanks to garlic, fresh rosemary, and fresh thyme! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…roasting is my favorite way to cook vegetables! Roasting not only enhances the texture, but it also brings out a deep flavor and natural sweetness in just about any veggie. And potatoes? Well, they turn from ho-hum to downright magical after a nice stint {Read More}



Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes

Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes ~ garden-fresh tomatoes are drizzled with garlic, balsamic vinegar, and seasonings then roasted until caramelized | FiveHeartHome.com

Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes are a delicious summer side dish featuring garden-fresh tomatoes that have been drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, seasoned with garlic, salt, and pepper, and roasted to sweet and savory, caramelized perfection! I happen to be a big tomato fan, so one of my favorite things about summertime is enjoying plump, juicy, homegrown tomatoes. Seriously, these bright red beauties make me want to abstain from eating anemic grocery store tomatoes during the rest of the year. {Read More}



Slow Cooker Pineapple Pulled Pork with Pineapple BBQ Sauce

Slow Cooker Pineapple Pulled Pork with Pineapple BBQ Sauce ~ use on tacos, quesadillas, pizza, nachos, and more! | FiveHeartHome.com

Succulent pork and juicy pineapple are slow cooked in the crock pot with a flavorful, homemade Pineapple BBQ Sauce, resulting in sweet and savory pulled pork for sandwiches, tacos, quesadillas, nachos, pizza, and more! Have I mentioned before that I big puffy heart my crock pot? I think I may have…a time or twelve. But did you know that one of my favorite things to cook in the slow cooker is pork? And that I consider pork and pineapple to {Read More}



German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad ~ a perfect side dish for a summertime dinner from the grill, picnic, or holiday potluck | FiveHeartHome.com

With warm, tender red potatoes and a sweet, tangy dressing loaded with bacon and garlic, this German Potato Salad is a perfect side dish for any occasion, from a grilled dinner to a summer holiday potluck. My kids still have two more weeks of school to go before summer vacation commences, but I understand that some schools across the country have already let out. Well, between that and Memorial Day weekend coming up, I would say that summer grilling season {Read More}



Slow Cooker Asian Beef Short Ribs

Slow Cooker Asian Beef Short Ribs ~ tender, savory beef from the crock pot, flavored with garlic, ginger, and sesame oil | FiveHeartHome.com

This savory crock pot meal comes together in minutes and features tender, fall-off-the-bone beef short ribs in a flavorful cooking liquid of soy sauce, beef broth, garlic, fresh ginger, and sesame oil. Y’all, April has been and continues to be a crazy busy month around Five Heart Home! My husband has been out of town for work quite a bit lately, the kids have all kinds of school events falling this month, we’ve had various relatives visiting, and I’m going {Read More}



Springtime Asparagus Tart with Ham & Mushrooms

Springtime Asparagus Tart ~ with ham, mushrooms, Swiss, and a buttery crust | FiveHeartHome.com

This lovely tart will be the star of your springtime brunch between its garlic-laced asparagus and mushrooms, savory ham and Swiss, and flaky, buttery crust. Back when I was a newlywed, childless, first grade teacher, there was a brief span of time during which I spent my evenings each week making hundreds upon hundreds of cookies. As much as I enjoyed teaching and loved the kids I taught, at times there was a part of me that felt pulled in {Read More}



Spinach & Mushroom Quesadillas with Avocado & Pepper Jack {Meatless Dinner Idea for Lent}

Spinach and Mushroom Quesadillas with Avocado and Pepper Jack Cheese ~ meatless dinner idea for Lent or any night | FiveHeartHome.com

These hearty, flavorful quesadillas feature garlic-sauteed mushrooms, baby spinach, creamy avocado, and zippy pepper jack cheese for a meatless — yet filling and satisfying — meal. So I’m going to be honest about something. We very rarely do meatless dinners at my house. I grew up in a meat-and-potatoes home. My hubby grew up in a meat-and-potatoes home. We’re rather fond of our beef and chicken and pork around here. But once a year, during Lent, we have a string {Read More}



Slow Cooker Corn & Potato Chowder with Ham

Slow Cooker Corn and Potato Chowder with Ham | FiveHeartHome.com

Let your slow cooker do the work for you with this creamy, comforting chowder, loaded with sweet corn, hearty potatoes, and flavorful ham. Winter is about to wear me out, y’all. One day (today), it’s 30°. By the weekend, it’s supposed to get up to 80°. Every time we get a taste of spring it freezes again, and every time we resolve ourselves to more winter weather, warm temperatures and sunny skies tease us, if only for a few days. {Read More}



Zesty Black Bean Dip

Zesty Black Bean Dip ~ healthy dip flavored with fresh garlic, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice, and cumin; delicious with tortilla chips or raw veggies | FiveHeartHome.com

This healthy black bean dip — flavored with fresh garlic, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice, and cumin — is equally delicious served with tortilla chips or raw veggies! Today was a big day at Five Heart Home. My first grader was home from school for the President’s Day holiday, but his younger brother still had preschool this morning. It was a rare opportunity to eat lunch with my biggest big boy in the absence of his 4-year-old best friend and biggest {Read More}



Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread with Bacon, Garlic, Cheddar & Swiss

Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread with Bacon, Garlic, Cheddar and Swiss ~ the ultimate snack for your Super Bowl party! | FiveHeartHome.com

Drenched with garlic butter and stuffed with cheddar, Swiss, and bacon, this decadent pull-apart bread will be the warm, cheesy star of your Super Bowl party! So. Have you ever come across a recipe that you just couldn’t stop thinking about? And that thinking eventually led to obsessing, until one day you found yourself on an impromptu trip to the grocery store to procure the necessary ingredients for finally bringing said recipe to fruition in your very own kitchen? That, {Read More}



Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon ~ For Luck on New Year’s Day!

Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon ~ eat on New Year's Day for a lucky and prosperous year! | {Five Heart Home}

Black-eyed peas soak up the flavors of garlic, bacon, and thyme in this savory soup that is said to bring luck and prosperity when eaten on New Year’s Day…but is so tasty that you’ll want to make it all year long! January 1st is right around the corner, and in these parts, that means two things: New Year’s resolutions and black-eyed peas! In the south (and perhaps beyond? Please enlighten me!), eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day supposedly brings {Read More}



Scalloped Potato Flan with Gruyère & Garlic

Scalloped Potato Flan with Gruyère and Garlic ~ served overturned and sliced for an elegant presentation | {Five Heart Home}

Thinly sliced potatoes are layered with garlic and Gruyère cheese, drenched in cream, then baked, overturned, and sliced for an elegant presentation that’s perfect for special occasions and holiday dinners! Well, we’re midway through December and my Christmas to-do list is still a mile long. (Please tell me I’m not alone. I’m not alone. Right?) But one thing that I have checked off my list is deciding on our Christmas dinner menu, and today I’m going to share with you {Read More}



Marinated Cheese & Olives ~ An Easy Appetizer or Food Gift in a Jar!

Marinated Cheese and Olives ~ a quick party appetizer or easy food gift in a jar | {Five Heart Home}

Creamy cheese and briny olives are marinated in an herb- and garlic-infused dressing for a quick, attractive appetizer or a fun and easy food gift in a jar! Are you done with your Christmas shopping yet? Because I have hardly started, and I’m needing some commiseration from my fellow procrastinators here. But I have a big date with Amazon on the roster this week, after which I hope to have my gift-deficit issues resolved…wish me luck! Aside from the presents {Read More}



Mixed Greens Salad with Mandarins, Toasted Almonds, & Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette

Mixed Greens Salad with Mandarins, Toasted Almonds, Avocado, and Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette | {Five Heart Home}

This Asian-inspired vinaigrette — bursting with flavors of ginger, garlic, sesame, soy sauce, rice vinegar, & honey — is the perfect accompaniment to mixed greens topped with sweet orange segments, crunchy almonds, and creamy avocado chunks. I realize that it’s fall and that we’re in the throes of comfort food/casserole/crock pot season here, but sometimes I still get a hankering for a good salad. Regardless of season, this salad is one of my favorites. Or I could also say that {Read More}



Slow Cooker Chicken & White Bean Chili

Slow Cooker / Crock Pot Chicken and White Bean Chili ~ garnish with cilantro, tortilla chips, cheese, avocado chunks, salsa, etc. | {Five Heart Home}

After bubbling away in the crock pot all day, comforting white chili — studded with tender chicken, white beans, and tangy green chiles — is topped with your favorite garnishes: fresh cilantro, crunchy tortilla chips, gooey cheese…the possibilities are endless! This week, central Texas had our first taste of legitimate autumn temperatures this season: we dipped into the 50s overnight and actually stayed there all day! Granted, it was back up in the 70s by the following day, but the {Read More}



Texas Salsa

Texas Salsa | {Five Heart Home}

The only two things in life that make it just awesome… is queso that tastes good and fresh, spicy salsa. If you enjoy bad twists on good lyrics — and if you’ve never made your own salsa before — well then, today is your lucky day! (Not to worry…queso will get its own glorious post at a later date.) Homemade salsa is quick, easy, fresh, and tasty! Let’s get started, shall we? Salsa is pretty much a food group in {Read More}



Herb Baked Eggs

Herb Baked Eggs ~ a taste of Paris, these eggs are coddled in butter and cream before getting topped with a mixture of fresh herbs, garlic, and Parmesan cheese and then hitting the broiler | {Five Heart Home}

Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day. And if you start your day with Herb Baked Eggs, I guarantee that it will also be the most delicious. You can’t go wrong with a Barefoot Contessa recipe, folks. Many moons ago, when I was a child-free newlywed with spare time to actually do things like — oh, I don’t know — watch TV, the Food Network was on a lot at our house. A lot. Back {Read More}



Corn, Black Bean, & Tomato Salad

Corn, Black Bean & Tomato Salad ~ this version of "Texas Caviar" is delicious as a side salad or as a dip with chips | {Five Heart Home}

Sometimes a salad is more than just a salad. When I’m serving enchiladas or other Tex-Mex fare, I make this salad. When I’m throwing a party and need a hearty dip to go with tortilla chips, I make this salad. When I want a flavor-infused topping for otherwise-blah chicken or fish, I make this salad. When the garden is overrun with tomatoes and cilantro but I’m all salsa-ed out (who am I kidding? I could never get tired of salsa), {Read More}



Slow Cooker Ranch Beans

Slow Cooker Ranch Beans | {Five Heart Home}

With barbecue season in full swing and the Fourth of July coming up, I thought it would be a good time to share my favorite recipe for perfect, uncomplicated, chuck wagon-style pinto beans.  And the best part of all is that you can make them in the crock pot! Now some might claim that these beans are plain, and sure, you could gussy them up with diced tomatoes, jalapenos, onions, or cilantro…but I would argue that it is the simplicity {Read More}