Summer Squash Chili

I wish you could have seen the face I got when I told Ryan we were going to have zucchini chili for dinner. “Like, just zucchini?” – Yes, zucchini and black beans… and other ingredients that make chili delicious “But, no meat?  Not even ground turkey?” -Nope, just zucchini. I pulled this together in less…

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…

Not Quite Cohesive but Delicious

So, if I were on Chopped and plated my dinner from Tuesday night, Alex or Amanda or Scott OR ANYONE would have taken a bit and said, “This dish is not cohesive.” That’s what I get for trying to cram too many ingredients into one meal.  That being said, two of the three elements worked…

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…

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…

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…