Easy Beef Pho

My daughter introduced me to Vietnamese Pho (pronounced ‘fuh’) a few years back, and from that moment I was in love.

I was like "Hello Pho, where have you been all of my life?"!!

This love was not a problem when we lived in San Diego. There were plenty of Vietnamese restaurants to choose from, and you could pretty much find a great one no matter what city you were in.

Fast forward to now.

Pumpkin BBQ Sauce

Pumpkin BBQ Sauce - Bring the taste of fall to your grill with amazing BBQ sauce.

Pumpkin BBQ Sauce from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

Every year I see the flood of pumpkin recipes on the internet. I used to think that those people were absolutely crazy. I mean seriously nuts!!

Then about a month ago Kevin told me he loves pumpkin.

It was like someone opened up a flood gate,

The ideas hit me. My note book is filling up with more and more recipe ideas on a daily basis.

I am a woman obsessed!

Cheddar Biscuits with Peppered Ham Gravy

Cheddar Biscuits with Peppered Ham Gravy - The quintessential country breakfast updated with creamy peppered ham gravy and cheddar studded biscuits. It doesn't get much better than this!

Cheddar Biscuits with Peppered Ham Gravy - This quintessential country breakfast is easy to make and updated with creamy peppered ham gravy and cheddar studded biscuits. It doesn't get much better than this! #breakfast #brunch #comfortfood #breakfast #ham #gravy From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

Unstuffed Cabbage Skillet for #SRC

For this month's Secret Recipe Club I was given Natural Noshings written by the very adorable Nora. I loved the fact that she switched to a gluten free/refined sugar free lifestyle back in 2009. It was interesting to see that she went through what I think Kevin is going through as well. I am not sure if I cold get him on board with the whole GF thing, but I may try.

Sausage Stuffed Pumpkin #SundaySupper Halloween Party

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year. While my kids were growing up I loved planning their costumes. I usually made their costumes or we went thrift store shopping to put something together. 

Then as they got older it gave me an excuse to be a big kid myself. We would decorate the house with all sorts of scary things. Skeletons, zombies, tombstones, bats and spiders. We had a smoke machine and the scary sounds playing when the neighborhood kids would come to trick or treat. We would dress in costume and loved seeing if we could scare them.

Oh, don't worry, we didn't scare the little ones. 

But from Jr High up they were fair game!

Friday Flashback 10/25/13

Happy almost Halloween! 

Oh I know these aren't Halloween decorations but, since I drug my feet all month and didn't get them up, I decided to get a jump on my Thanksgiving decor. Plus it gives me a bit more time to make everything perfect.

I do tend to be a perfectionist.

Something that drives Kevin crazy.

BLT with Baked Avocado Egg Salad

I really don't know if it is possible for anyone to love avocado as much as I do. I drive Kevin crazy. He doesn't understand why I want, or rather need to have avocado on 

every sandwich

every salad 

every burger

every Mexican dish

and the one that really freaks him out is that I want it on every egg dish that I eat. 

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Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Ever since I made my Homemade Ranch Dressing the Healthy Way, I have been wanting to use it as the base for other dressing flavors. 

Ranch is probably my families favorite salad dressing, and ends up on everything from salad, to sandwiches, and pizza.....


But with trying to keep an eye on the waistline, that calorie packed tasty condiment had to go.

Once I came up with this recipe the family considered me a hero. 

Yay me!!

Pumpkin Applesauce for "Sauce it Up" #SundaySupper

This weeks theme for Sunday Supper is "Sauce it Up". 

Sometimes when I see the upcoming Sunday Supper themes I need a little time to think about what I want to make. This time I knew immediately. 

I had been wanting to do something with pumpkin and apples. I wanted to make something that was versatile, something that could be used in a sweet or savory recipe. I settled on making pumpkin applesauce because I knew it could go with anything from chicken and pork, to oatmeal and ice cream. 

Kevin had no idea I was making this, so when he came home from work he was happily surprised. He loves pumpkin. 

I think I mentioned a week or so back that after 5 years I just found that out. 

Way to be on the ball Bobbi!! 

Giving Thanks for Giving from #CookingPlanit, Help Us Celebrate The Unsung Heroes

I love the holiday season! A few years ago I began a Thanksgiving tradition with my family. When we sit down to dinner, we each take a moment to say something we are thankful for. 

Many of you know my story and know that I had gastric bypass surgery in 2004, which resulted in me losing over 160 pounds. But what you don't know is that due to complications I was kept in a medically induced coma afterward for about 3 weeks. 

When I came to I was not able to get up, and was still not able to eat. My then husband had returned to work full time and my days were full of staring at the ceiling. I was very depressed and lonely. 

Lightened Up Panera-Inspired Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Soup glorious soup! I have told you a million times that I am obsessed with love soup. I could sing about it, or cheer about it! 

I actually did. No seriously, ask Kevin, he was thinking about having me committed. 

I was listening to music and bouncing around my kitchen making this soup (thinking I was alone mind you) and I, 

well, this is what happened...

Devilish Eggs

We love deviled eggs here. I mean realllllllllllllllly love deviled eggs. I have been known to make a batch of them and then that is what we have for dinner. 

So we really don't need an excuse to make them, obviously! But, we love it when the holidays roll around because for some reason deviled eggs and the holidays, all holidays, seem to go hand in hand. I am always the first to volunteer to bring them to any party.

Slow Cooker Balsamic Pot Roast

Do you associate the fall with certain types of food? Soup, chowder, stew, chili? I say yes to all of the above. But last year I rediscovered a lost love...my slow cooker. 

I have to admit, we had a love/hate relationship for quite some time.

I loved the simplicity of using it, but hated how my roasts came out. Even though they were fall apart tender, it just seemed to me that they were a bit chewy or dry. 

I know, weird right? How can you cook something all day in juices and have it seem dry?

Double Chocolate Buttermilk Bread

If you have been reading my blog for any time You know that I have had some issues with baking in the past. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that when I began my voyage into this whole cooking thing I was more of a "Little bit of this little bit of that" kind of cook. 


Welllllllll you can't do that with baking. It takes precise measurements and following instructions to the "T". 

Me? Follow instructions? Hmmm not something that I have had a lot of luck with in the past.

Friday Flashback 10/11/13

Happy Friday to you all! 

Can you believe how fast this month is going? Someone said "Oh my gosh, there are only 75 days until Christmas!". I said, "Hold up, can I just focus on Halloween for right now?". 

Sheesh, I am so behind! I don't even want to think beyond this month yet! 

Grilled Fish Tacos with Cilantro Lime Cream

I decided I was going to do a Throwback Thursday post this week and, when I realized my kids were coming over, I knew exactly what I wanted to remake.

With all of us, well most of us, being from Southern California, we crave fish tacos all of the time. The kids found a little taco truck where they are able to satiate most of their Mexican food cravings. minus one.


Frijoles Mexicanos (Mexican Beans)

It is 9 AM and I am craving these beans. Seriously. No joke. I want them now!

My kids, and when I say my kids it is usually my son, his girlfriend, my daughter, and her friend, came over for dinner last Tuesday. It has kind of become a regular thing. Ever since they moved out on their own I have been going through the whole empty nest thing. So a once a week dinner tends to calm my "issues", at least for the week (and for those issues).

Tuna Panino with Italian Salsa Verde {Pompeian Olive Oil Product Review}

When I was approached to review Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil I thought "Sure I would love to give it a try", but I really thought there wouldn't be much of a difference from the brand I use normally. 

Was I wrong? 

Yup! I couldn't have been more wrong. 

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Spicy Sausage and Sweet Potato Soup for One Pot #SundaySupper

It is funny. Kevin and I have been together for over 5 years now and this month I just found out he likes pumpkin, and sweet potatoes. How am I just now getting this information??? 

So when I found out that this Sunday Supper theme was One Pot Meals I decided I wanted to use one of those ingredients. I have been wanting to do a Pumpkin Mac and Cheese, but when I mentioned Spicy Sausage + Sweet Potatoes to Kevin his eyes lit up, so I knew that was what I was going to make. I can continue with my Mac and Cheese obsession at another time. 

Friday Flashback 10/4/13

I just wanted to take a moment to let you all know, if you don't already, that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and as a survivor I want to encourage you to please make sure to take care of yourselves! If it be self exams, or mammograms, it is so very important. I never thought it would happen to me, which is typical, but by a fluke (and a stroke of luck) mine was detected early and I was able to have surgery without needing chemo or radiation therapy. So please, take care of yourself. You are the only you this world has!

Roasted Tomato and Garlic Pizza Sauce

Roasted Tomato and Garlic Pizza Sauce - Smoky roasted tomatoes, with sweet roasted garlic, make the best pizza sauce you have ever had! You will never go back to jarred pizza sauce again!!

Roasted Tomato and Garlic Pizza Sauce from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

I know I have been going on and on about my tomatoes this summer. 

But I couldn't help it. 

I was so excited that my epic failures at tomato growing were in my past and I actually had enough tomatoes to make something with! 

Easy Garlic Pizza Dough

I was so excited that my tomato plant actually produced this year! I mean seriously excited. 

The last two times I have planted tomatoes have been complete and epic fails.

I spent so much time outside pruning them, watering them, talking to them. I did everything short of holding them in my arms and rocking them like babies!

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