• Butternut Squash Risotto
    Instant Pot,  Side Dish

    Easy Butternut Squash and Sage Instant Pot Risotto

    ‘Tis the Season for everything pumpkin flavored! It is not officially Fall yet and still feels like Summer in the Northeast. But I am leaning into all the Fall flavors now and cooking with Butternut Squash. Maybe that will help 2020 go faster or at least make it feel more normal. Although I am not a fan of the Pumpkin Spice Latte (I know, blasphemy!), I love adding Fall touches to some of my favorite recipes. Some of my favorite Autumn ingredients are butternut squash, apples, cinnamon, and acorn squash to name a few. If you follow my blog or instagram, be prepared to see a lot more recipes with…

  • shrimp skewers
    Dinner,  Grilling

    Jalapeno-Lime Shrimp Skewers

    Shrimp are probably one of the ingredients that I am most iffy on (I have only tried them once or twice). Maybe it was too many times growing up having over-cooked shrimp. I’m sure you know what I am talking about, those chewy/rubbery examples that don’t taste like anything. Plus, I wasn’t a fan of seafood in general until relatively recently. The key for shrimp for me is a good flavor and the perfect cooking. So some grilled shrimp skewers were a little new for me! One thing I will recommend: if you can just buy the peeled and deveined shrimp. We bought some really good looking shell on shrimp…

  • caesar salad
    Basics,  Lunch,  Side Dish

    Tangy Tarragon Caesar

    Caesar dressing is one of those recipes that can take a little bit of trial and error to get right. I have made my own at least two times before this for the blog (recipes here and here). Both of those, came out okay but I always thought I could do better. Well, turns out practice does make perfect and third time is the charm!! I was start from scratch, and use egg yolks for my dressing. You can use mayo as a simplification, but to me that defeats a bit of the point. The nice thing with the egg approach is I can have a better control of the…

  • beurre blanc salmon
    Basics,  Dinner

    Rob’s Date Night: Beurre Blanc Sauce

    Something with a fancy French name, like Beurre Blanc, tends to be pretty intimidating to many people. I don’t really blame those people; the French for all of their contributions to the culinary world were not simple. Their flavors tend to be complex and their techniques to get those flavors are similarly involved (all of which I love). Amy routinely has to reign in some of my ingredient selections though and finds my love of tackling of some of these recipes funny, given my inability to multi-task in the kitchen. But, I figured I would take a run at teaching myself something new for a date night. Beurre Blanc sounds…

  • trader joe gnocchi
    Dinner

    Trader Joe’s Gorgonzola Gnocchi Pasta

    So, I will admit that I don’t shop at Trader Joe’s that often. For whatever reason, that seems rare for my generation. This is not because I don’t like TJ’s; honestly I actually always find really good things there. It’s actually often a good place to consistently find some odd ingredients. It’s really just out of inconvenience. Its a bit of a hike; I have to drive past at least 3 other grocery stores to get there (not counting the Whole Foods I live above). When it looked like we were going to be placed under a stay home order, we decided to make a TJ’s run. We picked up…

  • fried fish taco
    Dinner,  Lunch

    Beer-Battered Fried Fish Tacos

    Maybe its the Irish girl in me or just that frying makes a lot of things pretty awesome. Either way, Fried Fish Tacos are pretty great. My first exposure to good fish tacos wash a few years ago when we went to San Diego. We went to this taco place in La Jolla called Puesto. They served a wide variety of smaller tacos but they all came on freshly made blue corn tortillas. Ultimately, these tacos draw inspiration from those tacos. I decided to go for beer battered cod (might not be Guinness, but still a good Irish tradition). We used a hazy IPA since it brings a good effervescence…

  • summery bolognese
    Dinner

    Summery Bolognese 3.0

    As this is now my third version (Versions 1 and 2 are available HERE and HERE) of what might as well be a series on Bolognese, it should be clear that I love a good pasta sauce. I mean really whats not to love about a flavorful bolognese and pasta when you want an easy, low fuss dinner. As a result, I have made many varieties over the years to suite almost any situations. This particular version was born out of a desire to use ingredients we had on hand from a variety of store runs before they went bad. So we had a bunch of ground meats, some stuffed…

  • lamb chops
    Dinner

    Blackberry-Red Wine Roast Lamb Chops

    So, I will admit this Lamb Chops recipe is actually pretty old. I first made it last summer but never posted the recipe (it was about when I took a break from blogging). But with Easter and Passover upon us and being limited in our ability to get together with family and friends, a good small portion lamb dish seemed fitting. So, a little background: Rob’s family background is Greek. That means lamb must be on the table for Easter. Traditionally that is a roast leg of lamb, Greek-style green beans, and normally roasted/mashed potatoes (links HERE and HERE, respectively). The problem is a leg of lamb is a big…

  • irish boxty
    Side Dish

    Irish Boxty

    Have you ever seen a dish or recipe on TV or social media and just gone, I have to try that? For me, the Irish Boxty was one of those things. Now, I know it’s not the traditional “WOW!” item; it’s not particularly pretty and definitely not fancy. But I am an Irish girl at heart and the idea of this potato pancake called to me. So, let’s start with what the hell is a “Boxty”? I learned about this watching Phil Rosenthal’s “Somebody Feed Phil” show on Netflix. When he went to Dublin, he ate at a restaurant that specialized in this potato pancake. I was so mad when…

  • milanese pesto caprese
    Dinner

    Milanese with Pesto & Caprese

    So tonight’s post doesn’t really have a recipe with, but combines a few of my favorites from the blog for a nice, cohesive plating. The recipes for tonight are my Chicken Milanese (link here) and a variety of Pesto (links here, here, and here, if you can’t tell I like pesto). Separately, these make for great, versatile elements of a meal; combined they make for an excellent easy meal. When trying to come up with a cohesive meal, my general approach looks to versatile techniques that can be adapted easily. This way I am able to weave common flavors throughout the plate. Most of the time a good meal pairing…