One Pan Turkey Harissa Meatballs

Guys. This is my new favorite weeknight meal.  So simple. Easy clean up. Quick but packs a ton of flavor.  I could make this every week and I don’t think Ryan or I would get sick of it. BA’s Basically did a Chicken version of this but I made some adjustments using what I had…

Steak Night = Date Night

We’ve been fortunate enough to get some wonderful cuts of beef from our CSA share that I really wouldn’t think of buying in the store.  Recently we received a new shipment of wine from one of our favorite Sonoma Wineries, Nicholson Ranch, and I thought it might be nice to treat ourselves with a nice bottle…

Summer Vegetable Lasagna

Last week at the farmer’s market, I saw two zucchini the size of my forearm. The cost for the pair: $1.50. Thinking about what I had received in our CSA share, two types of eggplant and lots of end of summer tomatoes I cooked up an idea to make a lasagna using end of summer…

Stuffed Shells with My Marinara

Since I posted about my marinara, I wanted to show you a fun way to cook with it.  Stuffed shells is something a didn’t grow up eating much of but when I had it, I loved it.  I adapted a recipe from Bon Appetit using my anchovy-fied marinara.  If your marinara is already made, this…

My Marinara

In my kitchen, there are really two types of red sauces: Gravy, which is simmered over the stove for hours and hours and hours with a bunch of ingredients in order to achieve a rich, complex flavor. This takes up a Sunday afternoon and wine is usually enjoyed while making it (red wine is in…

Summer Weekend Seafood

This past weekend was my first and probably only weekend that I will spend at our family house on the Jersey Shore.  I had three days and I was going to make the most of it.  Lots of sun, tropical drinks and delicious and homemade seafood… because why go out and spend a ton of…

For the Love of the Summer Harvest

The other evening, while gazing happily into a simmering kaleidoscope of colorful summer produce I realized something terrible.  This beautiful bounty of tomatoes, zucchini and eggplant will all be over soon.  Before I know it, I’ll have to rely on tomatoes from a can instead of using fresh cherry tomatoes as a base for a…

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…