Ingredients of the Week: Tahini & Chickpeas

When we arrived home from vacation, the last thing we wanted was to go to the grocery store.  We needed to weed, cut the lawn, water the plants, do our laundry, catch up on email.  EVERYTHING BUT going to the grocery store.  After perusing our pantry and selecting a few recipes for the week, I…

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…

CSA Week #7: 07.30.17

Back from vacation.  Back from a wonderful week filled with family, delicious food, too much booze and just the right amount of sun.  Though I am missing the sun and the surf, I am looking forward to geting back into the swing of things by heading to the farmer’s market to pick up our CSA…

Meatless Monday meets Taco Tuesday

This week I’m trying to save our frozen meat reserves and use up what vegetables I can before vacation by making filling dinner dishes that will please my “but where is the meat?” husband.  I’ve learned over the years, that the key to pleasing Ryan when making any successful vegetarian dish usually involves pasta or…

CSA Week #5: 07.16.17

Another fun, summer weekend in the books.  We visited our friends on the Jersey Shore and spent Saturday on the Barnegat Bay in their sailboat.  We got some sun (Ryan will say I got too much), drank some (read: all) beers and floated around.  It was great preparation for the 7 days of sun-soaking, cocktail…

Jammy Zucchini with Penne Pasta

Talk about a quick and easy weeknight meal!  I’ve seen this recipe in a few different variations across the web and tried my hand at it Tuesday evening.  Let me tell you it was simple and luxurious.  I know the phrase “jammy zucchini” can be a bit off-putting.  But when the zucchini caramelizes down with…

Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad with Balsamic Peaches

We are on a salad streak out here in Mendham.  This recipe was inspired from a few different places.  I really enjoy the Chix Cobb at south+pine in Morristown, NJ and have seen a few salad recipes that involve grilled peaches so I thought of creating my own version with some local bacon from the…

Chopped Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette, Feta, and Dill

This salad was a no brain-er for me to make this past week.  I get so excited when I am looking for recipes and I notice that 3 or 4 pieces of produce are all in one recipe.  This salad in particular has cucumber (which we had from two weeks ago), radishes, sugar snap peas,…

CSA Week #4: 07.09.17

The beginning to another summer week and a serious case of the Mon-daze.  Over the weekend, there was plenty or errands to run and chores to take care of but it was nice to take a beat, relax as a family to share a pot luck dinner in the outside under the stars.  Everyone enjoyed…

Cherries for Dinner

Over the past two weeks we’ve received 2 quarts of cherries in our bushel.  No matter how many cherries we stuffed our faces with for dessert, it seemed like our cherry inventory wasn’t decreasing. I’m not really a dessert or sweets person so I try hard to create savory dinner dishes with the fruit we…