An Adult Spin on a Childhood Classic

When I think back to my childhood and the lunches that I ate, I think of two things: Tortillas with Cheese (shout out to my younger years in the South West) and canned Spaghetti-O’s.  Oh, how far I have come! Don’t get me wrong, I still LOVE me some canned ingredients like beans and tomatoes…

Ingredients of the Week: Tahini & Chickpeas

When we arrived home from vacation, the last thing we wanted was to go to the grocery store.  We needed to weed, cut the lawn, water the plants, do our laundry, catch up on email.  EVERYTHING BUT going to the grocery store.  After perusing our pantry and selecting a few recipes for the week, I…

Cooking on the Fly

The other night, a few of my least favorite things happened in the kitchen.  I came home and noticed three things: I was missing a few ingredients for what I had plan to make for dinner I had forgotten to thaw meat needed for dinner Produce that I had purchased at the farmer’s market (outside…

Meatless Monday meets Taco Tuesday

This week I’m trying to save our frozen meat reserves and use up what vegetables I can before vacation by making filling dinner dishes that will please my “but where is the meat?” husband.  I’ve learned over the years, that the key to pleasing Ryan when making any successful vegetarian dish usually involves pasta or…

Kale Tabbouleh

This past week prepping for the long weekend.  Prepping for Ryan’s birthday, organizing lists of chores, making a grocery list… everything that usually comes easy to me (like writing) just seemed a bit harder this week.  Also a shorter work week meant more things to take into consideration for when the mania hits on Wednesday…

Inspired by Tuscany: Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes & Anchovies

I became obsessed with many things while we were in Tuscany.  The wonderful wine, the intoxicating smell of jasmine perfuming the warm breeze rolling over the hills and, of course, olive oil. I never really appreciated good olive oil until visiting Italy and now wonder how I lived without it.  It’s amazing how many Americans…

Tomato & Cabbage Tabbouleh

Last weekend we had a relaxing few days at home.  This gave of the opportunity to work on some wedding tasks and also gave me the time to cook a few new recipes including some fancy lunch options.  One that Ryan and I both enjoyed (and are continuing to enjoy this week for lunch) was…

Jersey Cobb

I mentioned that I had grilled chicken breasts earlier this week in order to speed up my dinner prep time during this busy work week.  When I had a look at what was in my bushel this week and after doing a bit of research for recipe inspiration, I landed on creating a Jersey Cobb…

the third plate

I believe I have mentioned Dan Barber before.  He is the chef/owner at Blue Hill Stone Barns and is the reason I became so interested in buying and cooking with food from local farmers (after watching his episode of Chef’s Life on Netflix).  One thing that he writes about in his book, “The Third Plate”…

tons of tomatoes

Tonight I found myself with a large amount of cherry tomatoes left over (around 2 pints) from last week and the week before.  I wanted to challenge myself with utilizing these cherry tomatoes in a way I haven’t before.  In the July issue of Bon Appétit, I remembered seeing a dish using cherry tomatoes as an aspect…

breezy summer evenings call for simple meals on the grill

Evenings like tonight make me appreciate our little 5 x 10 foot outdoor “oasis”.  We’ve got a little balcony over looking a courtyard and the city below that has just enough space for our herb garden, a bistro table and chairs and an electric grill. Though I do miss having that authentic charred taste you…