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…

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…

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…

the third plate

I believe I have mentioned Dan Barber before.  He is the chef/owner at Blue Hill Stone Barns and is the reason I became so interested in buying and cooking with food from local farmers (after watching his episode of Chef’s Life on Netflix).  One thing that he writes about in his book, “The Third Plate”…

fava beans [without the liver and chianti]

This past weekend I told my mom I was planning to make my brother and sister-in-law a version of pasta primavera with the asparagus and spring onions that came in our bushel.  She quickly inquired about what else would be in the pasta. As soon as I mentioned fava beans she started to shiver. She…

ramen: another use for corn – a blue apron inspiration

A two weeks back, we received a weeks worth of free meals from Blue Apron from my dear friend, Holly.  To be honest, I have been a bit skeptical of the whole meal kit delivery movement as I enjoy planning my weekly menus, prepping and getting creative with a recipe and ingredients went the mood strikes…

purple beans + red potatoes

This past week, I was in a pinch to find a side dish to have along with Turkey Burgers.  I was looking for something light and clean but was at a bit of a loss without having standard salad greens which would typically be my go to. Using the red potatoes and purple beans (which are just…