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…

Ryan’s Birthday Dinner

Since I’ve been cooking birthday dinners for Ryan (about 6 years now), I’ve always made him lasagna.  Lasagna is one of his most favorite foods to eat and I don’t cook it that often.  This year, for Ryan’s birthday, I wanted to change things up.  He had asked me not to buy him any gifts…

Banh Mi Bowls with Turkey Meatballs

Take two with turkey meatballs! This is another quick weeknight meal that relies on quick pickled vegetables for some acidity, red cabbage for a crunchy texture, and the combination of chili sauce, nut butter, soy sauce and garlic help transform those run of the mill turkey meatballs into a Vietnamese delight.  Prepping a big batch of…

Time To Brine… Some Vegetables

After a week of basking in the sun, drinking margaritas and reading plenty of books on vacation, I was inspired by my couch potato (or beach potato for that matter) vacation style and was inspired come home and cook the vegetables that I had stored in my fridge.  Before heading out on our trip, we…

Leftover Spruce Up with Beets & Carrots

The barbecue we attended 4th of July weekend had amazing (and more than plenty of) food.  On top of burgers and hot dogs, I brought these crowd pleasing Sweet and Spicy Spareribs (with left over sauce) and later in the evening another friend brought an entire spatchcocked chicken that he picked up from a local farmers…

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…