• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • provencal piccata chicken thigh
    Dinner

    “Provencal Piccata” Roast Chicken Thigh

    This roast chicken thigh dish is what I would consider an elevated pantry pantry meal (at least for me). I called this “Provencal Piccata” since its got elements from both of those styles for a fun French-Italian mash-up. This may not be what you would traditionally consider a “pantry meal.” Normally, that calls to mind some kind of basic pasta dish or other hodge-podge type meal. This is a really nice pantry meal that is also a really cohesive dish. All of the ingredients for this are items that will be in my fridge, freezer, or pantry at any given time. Chicken thighs are one of my favorite proteins and…

  • creamy tomato basil pasta
    Dinner

    Creamy Tomato-Basil Pasta

    This is one of those recipes that basically came about on accident. Rob and I were brain storming how to best use some of the stuff we had bought. There were a few things we knew we wanted which was it would have chicken and a cream sauce. We originally started with a creamy pesto pasta, but I wasn’t feeling that. I wanted something a little bit different. That was about when I remembered the package of small tomatoes we had picked up. We decided to roast them up to really break them down and make them tasty. This then led to the next key ingredient decision which was to…

  • peach bourbon pork chop
    Dinner,  Uncategorized

    Rob’s Date Night: Peach-Bourbon Pork Chops

    This is Rob for this post, with my first official Date Night recipe: Peach-Bourbon Pork Chops!! Pork chops are probably not the first thing people would go with on a date night. But if you really want to impress, make a really well cooked pork chop. Plus pork pairs perfectly with the classic Southern flavors I used for this recipe. I view the combination of Peach and Bourbon to be classic. Plus with spring and summer right around the corner now, perfect as the weather warms up. To me peaches have a refreshing sweetness that makes me think of a backyard cookout. And, well, bourbon is pretty much perfect all…