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One of the best gifts I received over the holiday’s was a box of Sitka Wild Alaskan Coho Salmon and  Wild Alaskan Pacific Cod straight from the fishermen in Sitka Alaska. To my delight, I opened the special cold delivery box to find beautiful pieces of flash frozen Salmon and Cod. My mouth watered, just thinking of all the ways I might cook these beauties. Since we’re back to busy work and school schedule’s I wanted to share a super simple Salmon recipe that will have you out of the kitchen fast. It is such a crowd pleaser here at my house, and I’m betting your family is going to love my Pan Seared Lemon Pepper Salmon too.

Winner, Winner, Salmon Dinner!

 Pan Seared Lemon Pepper Salmon #recipe

With Halloween one day away, I am honestly shaking my head and asking where to did October go? I blinked and it was fall break, I blinked again and boom- October is coming to a close! I can’t let the 31st roll on by without telling you about a great giveaway hosted by Keystone Meats, today’s post sponsor as part of the National Cookbook recipe month. Yep! It’s a thing and it is this month.  So, without further ado, I want to share all the great details of the giveaway and my easy weeknight dinner recipe; Chicken Ravioli bake. It turned out so good, my family ask for it two nights in a row!

Chicken Ravioli bake:

Chicken Ravioli Bake Recipe

This post has been sponsored by SheSpeaks, Inc., General Mills, and Cheerios. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I’ve been trying to take better care of myself this summer by focusing on positive ways I can switch up my daily routine. I’ve been moving more, drinking more water and listening to my body when it says I need a break from work. These are all good ways to show myself some love and I’m feeling really good about my progress so far! I still need to work on eating breakfasts though. It’s a proven fact that a good way to start your day off right is with a hearty breakfast and I’m happy to share a new breakfast cereal I love and will eat most mornings!

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Shredded Chicken Verde Tacos with Rice and Beans

April is the perfect time of year to clean off your deck, porch or patio and take mealtime outside. In the south, the first burst of pollen has subsided, it’s not too hot and the bugs aren’t matching us bite for bite yet, so we call that a win. Today, I want to share how easy Al Fresco dining can be with our sponsor, Good Food Made Simple combined with a healthy dose of spontaneity.  There’s a giveaway too! 

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Good Food Made Simple. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. 

Easy Al Fresco Dining with Good Food Made Simple #ad #foodie

I made these tasty cheesy sausage bites last year for Thanksgiving and wished I’d discovered the recipe sooner in the year for all the fun fall tailgates, potlucks and picnics happening from September on.

They were such a crowd pleaser! I had several family members ask me to make them for this Thanksgiving too, but I didn’t want to wait that long.  Now that the nights are getting cooler, I’m in the mood for tasty, oven baked goodies! Today I’m sharing a simple recipe I’ve adapted from a Pillsbury recipe. I think you’ll love taking these cheesy sausage bites to your next tailgate or family get together too. 

Cheesy Sausage Bites recipe, perfect tailgate food!

With only 5 ingredients, it’s easy to add what you need to your shopping list and these bites are easy on the budget too! 


Makes 40 bites (depending on size of bite you make)

  • 1 pound Roasted Red Pepper Sausage (or any bulk sausage flavor you like)
  • 2 cups (8oz.) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 can (8oz) Pillsbury Crescent dinner rolls (choose your favorite brand)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary leaves, crushed

Cheese and sausage for recipe

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with foil. Spray foil with cooking spray, set aside.
  • Cook sausage on medium heat until just brown, drain and put in mixing bowl.
  • Add cheese and rosemary to bowl and mix with hands or spoon.
  • Unroll crescent dough onto floured work surface; coat each side of dough with flour.
  • Cut dough into about ¼ -inch pieces with a pizza cutter or knife.
  • Mix crescent dough pieces into bowl of sausage mixture in small amounts until well blended.
  • Shape mixture into 40 inch sized balls. Place on pan.
  • Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown.

Fresh from the over Cheesy Sausage Bites

My Cheesy Sausage bites recipe takes about 45 minutes to make from start to finish, but are well worth the time. They taste fantastic straight from the oven or room temperature. If your family is a fan of finger foods, you’ve got to try these sausage bites. 

Another great thing about them is you can make them two or three days ahead of time because they store well in the fridge. I just lined a large plastic container with a paper towel and put in the fridge and watched the amount of sausage bites dwindle as my family snacked on them.

Please share in comments: What is your favorite fall tailgate food? Do you make it, or does a friend or family member bring it?

Sunday dinners hold a special place in both my husband and my hearts. Memories of dining at our grandparents homes, surrounded by lots of family members; tables stuffed with so much good food it was certain no one left hungry or without leftovers!  Even though time and distance keeps us from having Sunday dinners with our extended families often;  we preserve these family traditions and pass them on to our daughters with home-cooked Sunday dinners. Thanks to today’s post sponsor: Publix #PublixVivaItaliaSale, I whipped up my tasty take of Chicken Cacciatore last night and my family loved it!

Sunday dinner: Chicken Cacciatore w/veggies and french bread

Let me say right up front- this is not a traditional Italian Chicken Cacciatore recipe. This is one I’ve changed and perfected over the years using as many ingredients as I have on hand. For instance, in summer, I’m looking for dishes to use up my zucchini and yellow squash so there would be no need for me to use frozen bagged vegetables like Green Giant's in my Cacciatore dish.  

Raid your pantry for Sunday dinner ingredients

Sunday dinners are perfect for “raid your pantry” type meals, so don’t be afraid to try out new flavors or products in a dish. That’s how I found out that adding Progresso reduced sodium creamy tomato with Basil soup to my sauce imparts a light and flavorful creaminess my family enjoys with less calories and sodium! To make this an even healthier dish, I use chicken breasts rather than skinned chicken thighs.

Serves 6
  • 2 cups dried pasta of choice (I used Farfalle)
  • 4 medium to large boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 2 cups fresh zucchini, squash, cauliflower chopped (use 2 bags frozen veggies if you don’t have fresh)
  •  ½ to 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • ½ yellow or white onion
  • 2 14.5 oz. cans Hunts Diced Basil, Garlic & Oregano Tomatoes (use juice)
  • 1 19 oz. can Progresso reduced sodium creamy tomato with Basil soup
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 sprig Rosemary
  • Grated Parmesan cheese to garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste


In large, lightly oiled skillet brown salt and peppered chicken breasts till cooked. I cut my chicken into medium bite size pieces for faster cooking time.  
While chicken is cooking, chop up mushrooms, garlic and onion.
Once chicken breasts are cooked, pull from pan and set aside. Deglaze pan with red wine, then add onions, garlic and mushrooms. Lightly brown.
Next add fresh or frozen veggies to pan, sauté till al dente, about 10 minutes.
Put water with a bit of oil and salt on to boil.

Simmer Chicken Cacciatore veggie sauce till bubbly

Now that veggies are mostly cooked, add to pan tomatoes with juice, Progresso creamy Tomato and Basil soup.
Add chicken back to sauce. Stir until well covered.
Add Rosemary and any additional salt and pepper needed.
Simmer sauce for 15 minutes while pasta cooks.
Drain pasta, drizzle with olive oil. Cover.
Plate pasta, cover with Chicken Cacciatore Sauce.


This hearty Italian style Chicken Cacciatore dish is a delightful Sunday family style meal! I served a loaf of Pillsbury French bread with our dinner that I’d picked up while shopping at Publix. You can save a $1.00 off any 3 Pillsbury breads and $2.00 off Publix fresh chicken and more when you shop the #PublixVivaItaliaSale in store and by visiting to download coupons. Be sure to check out their great recipes while you are there too and you’ll be serving up smiles with your Sunday dinners as well.

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Wordless Wednesday: Good Eats

in , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Wednesday, February 10, 2016
 We cook, we laugh, we love, we eat together. #Family

Grilled burgers and fries
Grilled burgers and fries

Beef Broccoli Noodle Stir Fry
Beef Broccoli Noodle Stir Fry

Pork Shoulder Roast
Pork Shoulder Roast

What do you cook with your family? 
Pasta is a passion with my family and is on heavy rotation at our dinner table.  When we shop, we’re on the lookout for unique pasta shapes to try at home and when dining out, at least one in our family of four will order a pasta dish.  My husband and I enjoy recreating favorite pasta dishes at home so last night I made a favorite to warm up my family- Caserecce pasta and Red Sauce. I even added some meatballs for good measure.  Thank you to Ragu for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to pass on my family traditions.

 Warm up with Caserecce Pasta & Red Sauce #recipe #simmeredintradition

You’ll find Caserecce Pasta and Red Sauce on many restaurant menus, but don’t let that intimidate you. With a planning and a good Red sauce like Ragu, you’ll be serving up smiles in no time! Here’s my list of ingredients for you to make a shopping list from.

Ingredients to make Caserecce Pasta & Red Sauce #recipe

Ingredients: Serves 6

  • 1 container Caserecce Pasta
  • 1 small white or yellow onion
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 24 ounce RagĂș Red Pasta Sauce. (I used Chunky Tomato, Garlic & Onion) 
  • 1 pound Italian style meatballs (optional)
  • Freshly shredded Romano or Parmesan to garnish (optional)


In a large skillet, add olive oil on medium heat until warm. Add onions and minced garlic and sweat until onions are translucent. When my family smells this, they know I'm cooking up something good! 

Sweating onions and garlic

Meanwhile, in large pot, bring water with a drizzle of oil of your choice and a pinch of salt to boil. Once boiling, add pasta and cook according to package directions.  As with most pasta dishes, Caserecce is best served Al dente.  

Once your onions and garlic are ready, add your Ragu pasta sauce. I usually put just a little water in the jars to get out every last bit of sauce and stir it in along with the salt, pepper and Rosemary.  Let your sauce simmer for about 6 minutes, then add your meatballs. You can either add meatballs you’ve made, or pre-made meatballs now, just make sure they aren’t frozen.

The making of a good red sauce with Ragu #simmeredintradtion

The great thing about using Ragu red sauce is that it has such a great flavor, it doesn’t require any fussing with. My pasta dishes turn out perfectly each time.  Assunta Cantisano, the founder of Ragu; sure new what she was doing with her recipe when she started out way back in 1937! This sauce is truly #simmeredintradition and I’m proud to serve it to my family and friends.  Plus, as a work at home mom and entrepreneur, I was fascinated to learn about her and this beloved brand. I invite you to read her story here

Continue to simmer your sauce while you make your sides. 

Simmering red sauce for pasta

I usually serve sourdough garlic bread and a large salad with my Caserecce Pasta & Red Sauce, but this dish also pairs well with roasted vegetables or whatever you have on hand.  

In less than 50 minutes, you’ll be serving up a hearty meal that will warm your family from the inside out and just may start a new tradition of serving pasta often as well. 


Please share in comments: What is your favorite pasta in red sauce dish? Is this a family recipe that's been handed down to you? 

Football season is heating up all over the country and here at Casa Kinsman, you can hear us cheering touchdown on Saturday and Sunday afternoons as we root for the VOLS and the Titans. If football fever has struck you family too, you’ll want to take a look at this crowd pleaser of a meal I served this weekend- Easy Pollo Verde Tacos with sides and Guacamole. True Game Day Favorites!

Easy Pollo Verde Tacos for game day! Recipe on

If you’ve read my blog for long, you know I’m a fan of family dinners and tasty snacks. I try to plan out my meals for the week well ahead of time, so when I saw that Old El Paso dinner kits and Avocados from Mexico were on sale at Publix, inspiration struck and I knew I’d be serving tacos on game day. Not only would I be saving money with the dinner kits being BOGO’s, I could stock up on the best tasting Avocados in town. That is a budget touchdown!

Old El Paso soft taco dinner kit

Once I told my husband and kids that I planned on serving tacos, they chimed it with helpful ideas and the meal grew from there with everybody pitching in. My girls have helped me with making guacamole and sides before, so we started there. Avocados from Mexico make the best tasting, creamiest guac! I served mine with blue corn chips for a fun pop of color. 

Serving up smiles with fresh Guacamole! #MWP #GameDayFavorites

The delicious Poblano Avocado soup my husband made is a true labor of love! I’m going to be sharing a fall soup recipe round up next month and will be sure to share his recipe. 

After we’d all snacked on the chips and guacamole, I got started on my Pollo Verde Chicken, which really is easy to make once you’ve assembled all your ingredients. 

Pollo Verde Tacos and Poblano soup ingredients #MWP

Serves 6

  • 2- pounds chicken breasts
  • 2- 10 oz. cans Old El Paso Mild Green Enchilada Sauce  
  • 1- 4.5 oz. can Old El Paso mild green chilies
  • 2- small gloves garlic
  • ½ large yellow onion
  • ½ cup water
  • 1- tablespoon Canola oil
  • Salt/Pepper to taste
  • 10- Old El Paso soft taco size tortilla’s (from soft taco dinner kit).
  • Red Taco Sauce (from soft taco kit).
  • Cilantro for garnish

Pollo Verde tacos taste fantastic served on warmed corn tortillas’ as well.


In lightly oiled frying pan, sear chicken breasts on both sides to just light brown color. Season chicken with salt and pepper prior to turning. 

Reduce heat and continue to cook chicken breasts, until no longer pink, about 20 minutes depending on thickness of breasts. While chicken is cooking, chop garlic and onion. 

Once juices run clear from chicken breasts, pull from pan and place on cutting board. 

Next, saute garlic and onions in chicken pan until lightly brown, making sure to scrape up any chicken happies' left on the bottom of the pan. 

Cut or pull apart chicken breast meat and add back to pan. Add green chilies and enchilada sauce. 

Bring to a low boil and then reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.  Place tortillas in oven to warm for 5 minutes. 

Serve your tacos buffet style, with refried beans, making sure there is lots of cilantro, limes, onions, sour cream and guacamole condiments available. Enjoy!

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My thanks to Old El Paso for hosting this #OEPGameDay giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a $10.00 PayPal transfer to use for their own #GameDayFavorites menu items! I did received monetary compensation for my thoughts, however, I only share content I feel will benefit my readers. I’m disclosing this in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”


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By the Labor Day weekend, my family and I are ready to switch up our dinner fare and start adding some of our fall favorites to the menu. My family loves my classic Turkey Tetrazzini that I make with leftover Thanksgiving turkey, so when my husband smoked a turkey breast for our holiday, I decided to make turned up Turkey Tetrazzini as part of the #PublixFlavorExcursion, which showcases several brands my family loves. 

 My WAHM Plan: Turned up Turkey Tetrazzini recipe

The great thing about making this Tetrazzini dinner is you may already have several of the key ingredients on hand. I was fortunate enough to have ample left-over turkey for my dinner, but you can purchase deli turkey for this recipe and shred it too. Here’s what you’ll need to make this tasty and quick dinner.


My WAHM Plan: Ingredients for Turned up Turkey Tetrazzini

Makes 6 servings


Cook pasta according to package directions. Add olive or canola oil to large skillet on medium-high heat. Add onion and cook for about 3 minutes, or until softened. Add mushrooms and cook for about 5 minutes, until mushrooms are lightly brown and fork tender.

Next add Turkey, undrained tomatoes, soup, water, milk to skillet. Add salt and pepper to taste, stir to combine all ingredients. Heat until mixture is hot, and then simmer until pasta is done. Add half the cheese to skillet to melt. Drain cooked pasta and add to skillet. Gently mix all ingredients until pasta is covered. Top with remaining cheese. 

I served my Turned up Turkey Tetrazzini with French-style green beans and sourdough cheesy-garlic bread. This dinner was ready and on the table in just 40 minutes and my family loved it saying it was different in a good way. They really enjoyed the slight heat from the Ro*tel green chilies. If you love heat like I do, you can take it up a notch by adding pepper flakes to your serving.

My WAHM Plan: Ro*tel green chilles gives this dish its kick

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My thanks to Publix and participating brands for sponsoring today's recipe.I received  monetary compensation for my thoughts, however, I only share content I feel will benefit my readers. I’m disclosing this in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”