• apple mustard chicken thigh
    Dinner

    Apple-Mustard Roast Chicken Thighs

    I love roast chicken thighs. They are one of the first recipes I started cooking when I really got into it. That said, being one of my oldest recipes it can sometimes feel a little stale. Thankfully, Instagram actually helped me get some inspiration. I saw this post from Stephanie at Girl with the Iron Cast and wanted to try something like it. So, thanks so much for the inspo!! I liked the lemon and asparagus idea and combined that with my apple and mustard. For a while I was using mustard all of the time, but recently I had stopped. Rob was bugging me to use it so more…

  • chocolate mousse cheesecake
    Baked Good

    Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake

    I think that cheesecake is the perfect dessert for me. Its sweet but not over the top. My favorite cheesecake growing up was one with chocolate and vanilla from Cheesecake Factory. Thankfully for me, Rob has a huge sweet tooth and loves chocolate mousse and cheesecake. So, he was all for this mash-up. I decided to combine a layer of classic vanilla bean cheesecake with a bittersweet chocolate ganache mousse layer. This gives it a combination of both worlds: the soft creaminess of the mousse on top and the firmer richer cheesecake. The bittersweet chocolate provides a good balance for the mouse so that it is not too bitter but…

  • spinach mint pesto
    Dinner,  Lunch

    Spinach-Mint Pesto

    Who doesn’t like pesto? Its super flavorful and easy, but the real benefit: you can make so many different variations to give different flavors. This version was made for a weekend lunch and the goal was a light clean flavor. We went with a slight variation to our normal green mix to get that flavor. Traditionally, pesto is basil-based; basil is a very bold flavor and it has a tendency to change color quickly. Sometimes I like the basil flavor, but I wanted something a little more neutral. One of my other common greens is arugula. It provides a natural spiciness that gives pesto a great flavor. For a light…

  • ina garten chicken mash up
    Dinner

    Ina Garten Chicken Mash-up

    Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love Ina Garten’s chicken recipes? She has so many and they are all amazing. They have also served as such an inspiration for me and I have made so many personal variations. There is a reason she is so well know for these recipes. My favorite is easily here skillet roast spatchcock chicken (just search my recipes I have 2-3 on here). I love this cooking method, it is fast and fun to do. You can really have a lot of fun with the ingredients and make so many unique flavors. This time around I wanted something a little crispy. Ina provided the answer with…

  • spinach artichoke pasta
    Dinner

    Spinach & Artichoke Pasta

    The idea for this pasta started at a desire to figure out how to take spinach and artichoke dip, one of my favorite dips, and make a pasta out of it. I will admit that this is clearly not an original idea, just look at Pinterest. I wanted to make the recipe my own though so I didn’t consult any of those other ideas. My challenge was trying to keep the whole thing feeling light. Traditionally, spinach and artichoke dip is a heavy, hot, cheesy dip. While delicious, I didn’t want a super heavy pasta and I wanted a flavor that felt appropriate for spring. So to make sure that…

  • Prosciutto-Fig Crostini
    Appetizer

    Prosciutto-Fig Crostini

    Crostini are one of my favorite appetizers. They are super simple and scale really easily to feed just a couple or a crowd. Plus you can really make them with any flavor you want. You really just need flavors that combine well and compliment each other. One of the most basic and classic crostini options is bruschetta. Its simple, easy to make, and probably the easiest to assemble. In really you don’t even need to assemble them ahead of time, just put out a bowl of the topping and some toasted bread… done! While I love bruschetta, there are times I really want a different, unique flavor. When I add…

  • moroccan seared sworfish
    Dinner

    Seared Moroccan Swordfish

    Rob finally got to make swordfish for me!!! Rob went with a new preparation on this version similar to how he likes to cook a steak in a skillet. Turns out it works just as well for fish as it does red meat. I have to say I really like this cooking method. A fish with a nice crispy crust on the outside is easily my favorite. Texture is definitely my biggest problem with fish and a good sear definitely does the trick. While a grill or grill pan provide nice grill marks, I often find that the consist color of a skillet more appealing. As for the culinary style,…

  • ina garten green bean gremolata
    Side Dish

    Ina Garten’s Green Beans Gremolata

    Upfront, since this is Ina’s recipe I will not post the recipe here but I will give everyone the link to this awesome side dish. Ina Garten makes some of my favorite recipes and I have often used them as a jumping off point for new flavors. What I really love though are some of her side dishes. I often feel that I struggle to come up with creative side dish ideas. Thankfully, Ina’s cookbooks tend to provide a lot of really awesome ideas to replicate to build on. My favorite part of her recipes is that they tend to look really pretty too. When trying to decide on a…

  • pork tenderloin
    Dinner

    Peach-Jalapeno Pork Tenderloin

    Pork Tenderloin can be a little intimidating. This recipe was actually one of the first original recipe experiments I made when trying to restart my blog almost a year ago. It is a very spring/summer recipe so I haven’t posted it to the blog yet. This is a great prep ahead dinner, you can let it marinade for a while and the flavor only gets better. You could make the marinade the night before and then just pull it out to cook or do it in the morning. Either way it accomplishes the goal and all you have to do is stick it on a baking sheet. Pork tenderloin is…

  • spicy sausage pizza
    Dinner,  Lunch

    Spicy Sausage Pizza

    This pizza is an amalgamation of different ideas we got when watching the Food Network. I can’t say that I really watch Food Network to directly make the recipes. But, you can learn a lot about new ingredients or techniques. This is primarily based on two very different hosts: Ina Garten and Giada De Laurentiis. Ina is honestly where I get some of my best recipe inspiration from. I love many of her recipes which have been a great jumping off point. Giada is an interesting cooking show host. She is actually a pretty good cook and has been a good way to find some ingredients. Generally though, her recipes…

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