• Roasted Chickpeas
    Appetizer

    Roasted Chipotle Chickpeas

    Today is the start of March Madness. For me, its a time for snacking and watching games. Sometimes those games lead to stress which leads to more snacking. That means I need a snack I can just keep munching on that is healthy and flavorful. Roasted Chickpeas are the ultimate healthy snack that you can munch on all day. Personally, I love a flavorful snack that isn’t sweet. Roasted Chickpeas make a really great canvas for flavor since on their own they are pretty bland. I have made them in a variety of styles in the past. You can go pretty basic or really experiment. My first batch years ago…

  • Chicken Pot Pie
    Dinner

    Easy Chicken Pot Pie

    Pot Pies are one of my favorite comfort food meals. There is even a food truck that sometimes comes by my office that specializes in pot pies!! Thankfully, I have converted Rob into a big fan. Not that he wasn’t before, but now he actually requested this one. I was working on how to make this easier since having to cook chicken on top of everything else would have been a lot. I decided to go with a rotisserie chicken which takes care of the cooking and adds some base flavor. A basic herb-roasted chicken was perfect and thankfully you can find them for cheap at most grocery stores. The…

  • instant pot mac and cheese
    Dinner,  Instant Pot

    Instant Pot Mac & Cheese

    Normally, I make a roux-based, baked Mac & Cheese. I love the thick sauce that it produces, but unfortunately it can be more involved, intimidating, and time consuming. Mac & Cheese is something I have been looking for a good way to make it easier and a little more like a classic stove-top box. I also wanted to experiment with using my Instant Pot to make pasta since its a use I haven’t tried. I started by cooking the pasta in the Instant Pot itself. Thankfully, I think it actually worked really well. The pasta was perfectly cooked with only a little residual moisture and took less time than normal.…

  • Irish Beef Stew
    Dinner

    Irish Stew and Dumplings

    If you can’t tell by looking at my picture, my family background is Irish. Unfortunately, the Irish have historically not be known for culinary mastery. I think that is a shame; meat and potatoes may not be the fanciest thing on the planet, but they can be so delicious. With is being St. Patrick’s Day, that means a nice bowl of stew to me. I could have gone with corned beef, the other Irish classic; however, I generally prefer stew. I went with a pretty classic Guinness-based Beef Stew. Neither Rob or I are particularly big fans of Guinness (or stouts in general) as a beer to drink. That said…

  • buratta pizza
    Dinner

    Pancetta-Burrata White Pizza

    I really love experimenting with pizza flavors. I find that a white/oil based pizza really opens up the possibilities for that since its a bit more of a blank canvas. I love trying to mix up the cheese options and play with the meat and other topics to come up with unique variations. This pizza was the result of a “what do we have in the fridge so that we don’t need to go to the store for lunch” pizza. I know that is a bit of a mouthful, but those meals sometimes just happen. I love to just work with what I have sometimes. There are those times where…

  • Fish Taco
    Dinner

    Seared Blue Fish Tacos

    Well, if you are Catholic, its Lent and you know what that means: no-meat Fridays!!! (There is a hilarious joke in 30 Rock about this being because the Pope owns Long John Silvers) So that basically means cheese pizza or fish. Growing up, my mom HATED fish with a passion; so it was mostly the pizza option. Rob grew up eating fish and is helping me get used to it. I think I am really starting to work out the kinds of fish and preparations that I like. I definitely prefer a firmer fish texture and I like it with a good crust to provide a nice textural contrast. I’ve…

  • creamy tomato pasta
    Dinner

    Creamy Tomato Pasta

    This Creamy Tomato Pasta is one of those recipes that is extremely easy, but really flavorful. I love making these kinds of pastas. Don’t get me wrong, I love a big pasta dish or a slow cooked meat sauce, but more often than not, all I really want is something simple like this. The sauce for this pasta is a tomato-infused cream sauce. I didn’t really want to make this very complicated and instead focused on simplicity. This sauce only has about 5 ingredients plus the chicken, pasta, and spinach. I love that because its easy but takes not effort or prep. I am really also starting to enjoy using…

  • pasta bake
    Dinner

    Easy Pasta Bake

    I love an easy Pasta Bake. They aren’t fancy or complicated, but they can taste really good. It’s an easy weeknight meal that can either feed a family of 6 or be dinner, lunch, and dinner again for 2. There are not many other types of dishes that really pull that off. For this Pasta Bake, I was aiming for a little spicier than my usual pasta sauce. I found this new pasta sauce at Whole Food (which was on sale, thank you Amazon Prime discounts). What caught my eye was that one of the ingredients was Calabrian Chili. I haven’t used those before, but I thought it could be…

  • Travel & Culture

    Walt Disney World: Part 2

    This is part 2 of my Disney World Vacation Guide. Like part 1, this will be a little longer and focuses on the remaining 3 parks and the Disney Springs area. Magic Kingdom First, up is the classic, ultimate park for a Disney nerd. Its got everything that you look for in a Disney park: a castle, fireworks, characters, Main Street, etc. If you can’t find something there for you, well then you are beyond help. If you are going to WDW, definitely make sure you have set aside a solid day and half for the Magic Kingdom. There are so many rides and other things to do, that you…

  • burrito lasagna
    Dinner

    Taco Tuesday: Chorizo Burrito Lasagna

    This Burrito “Lasagna” recipe was definitely a little bit of an experiment. By “little bit”, I guess I really mean a lot. Rob and I were just spit balling ideas for how could we make something like tacos or enchiladas a bit different. It is amazing what you can come up with when you have these kind of experimentation brainstorms. We started with well maybe we add some rice to enchiladas and make them more like baked burritos. Rob also suggested quesadillas as an option. Then we said chorizo. So those ideas swirled around for a bit. Through a bit more brainstorming we came up with this idea for what…

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