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…

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…

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…

Cabbage & Pepper Chakchoukah

Well, it happens to everyone… or at least me once or twice a month.  You leave the house in the morning for work and forget to take out the chicken, pork, beef etc from the freezer to thaw for when you return home and need to cook dinner. Enter the ever so versatile egg.  Now,…

ramen noodle & seasonal vegetable stir-fry with seared tuna

I’m on a mission to clean out my freezer before our Thanksgiving Turkey (and extra breast) arrives and needs a home a week before the big day.  There are a few things that are taking up a lot of space (I’m looking at you duck that I’m roasting this weekend!) but there are also some…

farmer’s crockpot turkey chili

It was a challenge for me to capture my crock pot chili recipe – mostly because I rarely make it the same way twice.  Ground beef, ground turkey, ground chicken?  I’ve used them all.  Beans?  Pinto, Hot Chili, Kidney, Chick Pea, and of course Black Beans. Yes, yes and yes in all different combinations.  And…

raiding the crisper: stuffed anaheim chiles

Another variety of vegetable that has been crowding my crisper drawers recently is the pepper.  From Ancho to jalapeño – one drawer was completely full!  I was thrilled that they were able to keep for quite some time but I had 3 Anaheim peppers (a kind that I have never used before) and was looking for…