Pizza Party Pt. 3 + A Recipe!

It’s Friday!  And I’ve got the final installment of my Pizza Party series for you. Let’s get cooking! I cook my pizza using two methods.  One uses a pizza stone (which not everyone has) and the other uses a pantry staple, parchment paper. So, this will be the one I chat about in this post….

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…

Sick Day Summer Soup

Sick days are the worst.  Sick days in the summer seem to be even more terrible.  It’s hot outside, how on earth do you have a cold?  Well, it happens and when it does (especially when the seasons begin to change) it’s nice to have a soothing home-cooked meal ready for you to keep activity…

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…

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…