Romaine Salad with Toasted Pepitas, Blue Cheese and Pickled Red Onion

My favorite kinds of salads are the ones that have lots of interesting flavor, texture and brightness. This salad was simple, but it still met all of those criteria. The romaine is fresh and crunchy, the blue cheese is pungent, the toasted pepitas add good crunch and flavor, and the pickled red onions and radishesContinue reading “Romaine Salad with Toasted Pepitas, Blue Cheese and Pickled Red Onion”

Chicken in a Pot with Orzo

I used to watch Ina Garten on TV back in college, along with every other cooking show I could find. She was really accessible when I was learning to cook, because her recipes tend to be pretty simple and straight forward. This chicken in a pot with orzo is both of those things. I likedContinue reading “Chicken in a Pot with Orzo”

Green Eyes Cocktail (with Cherries)

I know my photo here doesn’t really match the name of this drink 🙂 This is in fact the green eyes cocktail, which normally is a lovely pale green color… I had some ripe cherries from my sour cherry tree that I thought would go great with the flavor of this drink, and they haveContinue reading “Green Eyes Cocktail (with Cherries)”

Spanish Style Tortilla

I have been making this easy cheater Spanish style tortilla for years since I first saw the recipe on Serious Eats. I say cheater because it uses a little trick to save time and effort that I love. Instead of thinly slicing potatoes for the dish, it uses salt and vinegar potato chips! I knowContinue reading “Spanish Style Tortilla”

Chocolate Skillet Cake with Whipped Chocolate Ganache Frosting

Chocolate cake is one of my very favorite desserts. I have a recipe I absolutely love, you can find it here. It is a layer cake and takes a bit of time, so when I saw this recipe on Serious Eats I wanted to try it since it looked appealing and seemed quick to make.Continue reading “Chocolate Skillet Cake with Whipped Chocolate Ganache Frosting”

Italian Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

I’ll admit I was a little bit reluctant to make this recipe. Butterflying and stuffing a pork tenderloin seemed like kind of a lot of effort on a weeknight, but I was pleasantly surprised that it was actually very easy and quick to do. Plus it was delicious!! I really liked this, and it willContinue reading “Italian Stuffed Pork Tenderloin”

Marinated Tofu Sushi Roll Bowls

This is totally my kind of a dinner and I could eat this all the time and be happy. Even though I called this a sushi bowl, there isn’t actually any raw fish. You could add some sashimi though and it would be amazing… I might do that actually next time 🙂 I love tofuContinue reading “Marinated Tofu Sushi Roll Bowls”

Patty Melts

One of my kids likes to watch youTube food videos and give me new cooking ideas, and one those lately was these smashburger patty melts. These were definitely not health food, but they were so delicious! We often eat homemade hamburgers, and my husband grinds the beef for those from chuck, sirloin and short ribs.Continue reading “Patty Melts”

Lasagna Soup with Garlic, White Beans, and Whipped Ricotta

We went out with our neighbors to try a new winery that opened near us last night, so no cocktail today. Instead I’m sharing this recipe for lasagna soup with white beans, garlic, and whipped ricotta that I made for dinner this week. This soup has the flavors of a lasagna, but it is lighterContinue reading “Lasagna Soup with Garlic, White Beans, and Whipped Ricotta”

Chocolate Malt Brownies

This recipe is a variation on my very favorite brownie recipe. We all love anything chocolate malt (my favorite chocolate bar in the whole world in the chocolate malt bar from Compartes chocolates), and chocolate malt brownies sounded like a great idea. I had some delicious King Arthur Flour malt powder that I had usedContinue reading “Chocolate Malt Brownies”