Taco’Bout Beets

I’m a sucker for putting anything into a taco.  I’ve graduated from ground beef, ground chicken and turkey, to beans now to all or mostly vegetables.  I’ve had beets in our crisper storing way back since week six of our CSA.  One great thing about doing a CSA is you get exposure to lots of…

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…

Fried Chicken & Zucchini Salad

Sundays in the summer are now spent at home depot (usually) and the farmer’s market (always).  First we head to home depot where Ryan discusses the intricacies of LED light bulbs with someone in an orange apron and after that we hop in the car and head to Chester where I discuss the many varieties…

Peaches, Pork, Pole Beans

A match made in heaven. But first, what are pole beans?  After some research I learned that green snap beans are categorized into tow categories, bush or pole beans.  If the bean needs support to grow, they are classified as pole beans, like the romano beans I used in this recipe.  If the beans can…

Green Ziti

Green Ziti?  Sounds a little off-putting, no?  I am so used to hearing ziti paired with a red sauce that a sauce of any other color just sounds criminal.  The other night when I wasn’t feeling too hot and wanted to zip up something relatively quickly, I decided to try Ziti with Roasted Green Peppers…

Low Key Dinner Party: Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

If you know me, you know I love hosting a good dinner party.  I like to get elaborate with the meals I plan, test new things out on friends and showcase my recent obsessions and learnings.  Ryan’s observation of me during the dinner parties is usually sipping on wine and focusing on the food prep…

Harissa Roasted Chicken & Cauliflower

Who doesn’t love a one pot dish?  Especially when it’s a quick, one pot dish that packs enough to make you believe you spent hours cooking it.  You can pull this one together under an hour thanks to pantry staples, fresh farm grown cauliflower, delicious chicken thighs and one of my new favorite ingredients to…

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…

Cucumber & Green Bean Salad with Soybean Paste Dressing

Let me start by saying this meal also consisted of a soy basted pork chop with herbs (which I will get to later in the post) but the star of the our dinner the other night was CLEARLY the raw cucumber and green beans doused in a ridiculously delicious tasting soybean paste dressing.  The snap…

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…

Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad with Balsamic Peaches

We are on a salad streak out here in Mendham.  This recipe was inspired from a few different places.  I really enjoy the Chix Cobb at south+pine in Morristown, NJ and have seen a few salad recipes that involve grilled peaches so I thought of creating my own version with some local bacon from the…

Cabbage & Pepper Chakchoukah

Well, it happens to everyone… or at least me once or twice a month.  You leave the house in the morning for work and forget to take out the chicken, pork, beef etc from the freezer to thaw for when you return home and need to cook dinner. Enter the ever so versatile egg.  Now,…