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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

corn filling up my crisper!

Greetings! For the past few weeks we’ve received ears of corn that I’ve let sit in our crisper until inspiration for how I could use them would strike me.  I’ve already made salads with corn, grilled the corn, boiled the corn… I wanted to do something a bit different with the 8+ cobs cooling out in…

breezy summer evenings call for simple meals on the grill

Evenings like tonight make me appreciate our little 5 x 10 foot outdoor “oasis”.  We’ve got a little balcony over looking a courtyard and the city below that has just enough space for our herb garden, a bistro table and chairs and an electric grill. Though I do miss having that authentic charred taste you…