A Different Take on Chili: Try Miso

In our house, chili is the go-to fall dish.  Old reliable.  I always have ingredients in the pantry to make some form of chili.  With meat or without.  With grains or without.  Always with beans because that’s what gives the chili some body and canned beans are always easy to keep on hand. So when…

BA’s Classic Spaghetti & Meatballs

One of the most comforting things to me is tucking into a big bowl of hot pasta cloaked with a rich sauce and may or may not have some meat involved. Another meal I made while Ryan’s dad visited was the epitome of fall comfort foods – classic spaghetti and meatballs.  I used the cover…

Roasted Pork with Sweet Potatoes

It’s been some time since my last post.  Things have been a bit in flux at our house.  I recently started a new job about 20 minutes from my house.  One would think with cutting down my commute from about 3-4 hours total to max 1 hour total, I would have a ton of time…

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…

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…

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…