• baked bbq chicken
    Dinner

    Baked BBQ Chicken

    I really like cookout or BBQ food; unfortunately, living in an apartment can make that really tough. Between a limited number of grills and not really being able to let things cook for long times, I have to find other ways. Baking makes for a pretty sure-fire bet when you are limited by equipment. Chicken definitely bakes well so the only thing you maybe loose is some char or smokiness. I tried a few new techniques for this baked BBQ chicken to experiment. Thankfully everything worked out great. So if you have the time and want to try something new, I highly recommend these. First, we ended up breaking down…

  • blackberry whiskey sour
    Cocktails

    Blackberry Ward 8

    Rob’s got a new variation on my favorite cocktail of all time: the Whiskey Sour. The whiskey sour is a super versatile cocktail base and there are some classic variations that have become their own classics. The Ward 8 is one such off-shoot that has stood the test of time. It traces its history back to turn-of-the-century Boston, where it takes its name from one of the voting divisions of the city. Its one of those old cocktails that have a number of origin stories surrounding it. Rob loves that kind of cocktail, they are well established, but don’t necessarily have a “right/wrong” recipe. Traditionally, the mixers for the Ward…

  • old bay latke
    Appetizer,  Side Dish

    “Crab Fry” (Old Bay) Latkes

    So this is another Philly inspired dish that we recently tried out. One of my favorite things to get at Phillies games are something called “Crab Fries” from one of the many Chickie’s & Pete’s locations. They are Philly favorite and are basically french fries coated in Old Bay crab seasoning. Nothing complicated but super tasty. Rob and I have been talking about making Latkes for a while, but to be honest it was a bit intimidating and seemed like a decent amount of work. If you aren’t familiar, latkes are basically a fried potato pancake, so whats not to love about that. They are probably best known for being…

  • cheesesteak crostini
    Appetizer

    Cheesesteak Crostini

    This might be my absolutely, all-time favorite happy hour snack!! I am a true Philly girl at heart and that means cheesesteaks are near and dear. Now, turn a cheesesteak into an awesome appetizer and I am in heaven. Cheesesteaks eggrolls are really common, but when Rob and I had a date night out the other day, I saw something new. Cheesesteak Crostini!! We didn’t end up ordering them at the time, but I decided that is something I wanted to try out myself. Thankfully, Rob and I had picked up some perfect ingredients a few days earlier. Trader Joe’s sells thinly shaved beef in a nice vacuum sealed package.…

  • tri tip taco instant pot
    Dinner,  Instant Pot

    Instant Pot Tri Tip Tacos

    I finally have another Taco Tuesday post for you all!! This time its a super easy tri tip taco made easy with the Instant Pot. It’s got loads of flavor, is super tender, and requires minimal effort. Rob and I made one of our not so common trips to Trader Joe’s recently. I love Trader Joe’s, you can find some great stuff for pretty cheap, its just not a particularly convenient location for us so our trips are somewhat more sporadic. On this particular trip, we spotted some vacuum sealed tri tip roast and decided to give it a try. Tri Tip comes from the sirloin of a cow and…

  • basil pesto pasta
    Lunch

    Classic Basil Pesto

    I have probably posted 2 or 3 different kinds of pesto on the blog now, but I have yet to post about simple classic Basil Pesto. Basil is pretty much the standard and produces a fresh, bright flavored pesto that is perfect for a summer day. Its light, pretty healthy and tasty, so what’s not to love? Our AeroGarden basil plants had started getting a little out of control; so Rob basically harvested every decent basil leaf from them to make the pesto. We ended up with a pretty big pile of leaves (which in reality isn’t all that much). The nice thing was we new the basil was fresh…

  • chelsea sidecar
    Cocktails

    July 4th Chelsea Sidecar

    I love that I have a husband who likes helping with things like cooking, cleaning, blogging, and, best of all, bartending!! He has been really exploring the bartending recently, coming up with some great cocktail combos for the blog. With it being the 4th of July, there were so many possible fruit/drink combos that fit with the theme. He has a book with a whole bunch of cocktails in it, so he went looking for something classically American. He found one pretty quickly that seemed like a great starting place: the Chelsea Sidecar. The classic Sidecar is associated with the Ritz Hotel in Paris and is made with Brandy or…

  • white chocolate strawberries
    Baked Good

    Red, White, and Blue Strawberries

    There isn’t really a recipe for this since its really more about technique and just a fun decorating job. So I have some pictures and discussion about what I did for fun! Chocolate-Covered Strawberries are one of my favorite guilty pleasure desserts. I don’t eat them all that often, but every so often for a special occasion they make for a really great little treat. I think what I like about them is that they are basically fruit with some richness. That’s why I personally prefer a dark chocolate coating, it helps tame the sweetness of the fruit and create a more balanced dessert. So, this version ended up being…

  • chocolate macadamia brownie
    Baked Good

    Chocolate Chip-Macadamia Nut Brownies

    I feel like I am finally starting to get into baking. For a long time I didn’t really feel like it allowed me to explore variety or experiments. This is one of my favorite things about other kinds of cooking; that freedom to just kind of wing it and throw flavors together. Baking always felt a little too regimented. You need to use precise proportions to make sure you get the consistency just so and things like that. I typically found this intimidating and to be honest a little boring. What I am finding now is that, baking is really about mastering a core set of proportions for certain ingredients…

  • strawberry kiwi margarita
    Cocktails

    Strawberry-Kiwi Margarita

    Rob is back again with another Sunday happy hour cocktail. This time it’s all about a classic fruit combo to make a fresh new marg variation. Strawberry and kiwi are a pretty natural flavor combo; I mean who didn’t grow up drinking some juice drink with that combo? I like that Rob kept a good lime base so that the cocktail wouldn’t end up too sweet. If you have looked at any of the other cocktail posts on the blog, you know I prefer tart to sweet. The overall flavor was really great, slightly sweet and reminiscent of those classic childhood drinks. For margs, I almost always prefer them on…