• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Pork Chop
    Dinner,  Side Dish

    Pork Chop with Shallot-Mustard Sauce

    Pork chops are definitely one of those ingredients that can be hit or miss. A well cooked pork chop in a nice sauce can be delicious, while a poorly cooked one pretty much always sucks. The key is to keep the pork chop moist. How you do that can take several forms, but this one is pretty easy and I highly recommend it. The concept for this recipe was inspired by a segment I saw on “The Kitchen” on the Food Network. The recipe basically called for searing the pork, making a sauce, and then finishing with a braise. It looked like a decent technique, if not a little bland.…

  • Elote
    Side Dish

    Elote (Street Corn) Salad

    This is the last of my California-related food posts for now. Elote is basically a creamy corn salad dish that was all over the place in Sonoma. We had it at least twice and its was great both times. It also turns out that it is super versatile; we had it for breakfast and dinner! You can really make the dish in a few different ways to give it different flavors. The first step is deciding how you want to cook the corn. You can roast it or grill it; if you have access to a grill I would go that way. Grilling gives the great addition of the charred…

  • 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…

  • baked potato wedges
    Side Dish

    Baked Potato Wedges

    A little while back we made a what felt like a burger place classic meal. We did burgers (obviously), but we also wanted a side. Fries were a little obvious, but both Rob and I had another classic favorite growing up: Potato Wedges. To make life a little easier and avoid some headache, we decided to go with a baked approach with olive oil. This has the side benefit of feeling a lot healthier than something like frying. A few tips though that we learned. First, don’t overcrowd your sheet pan. You can cause more of a steaming with this approach which makes the potatoes soft but not crispy. Which…

  • dijon brussels sprouts
    Side Dish

    Dijon Brussels Sprouts

    I am finally back with a real recipe post!!! Its been almost a week now I think, but it was a super busy one. Between visiting family and a lot of work stuff, this week wasn’t really a “let’s try something new” week. I did a lot of recipe revisiting to find some favorites again (plus a little take out). But last night we tried a few new things! Have you ever been out to a restaurant and thought “all the sides sound so good, can I just have them?” Well, thats what we did last night! I started with some Brussels Sprouts inspired by our last trip to NYC…

  • cauliflower gratin
    Side Dish

    Sheet Pan Cauliflower Gratin

    This is such an easy to throw together side dish. I call it a gratin because its topped with cheese but its basically a sheet pan roast with some cheese on top. Roasted cauliflower has become one of my favorite sides because of the simplicity, but also the taste and texture. Cauliflower crisps so nicely when you roast it, giving it a nice slightly crunchy note. It also serves as a really nice flavor canvas since it doesn’t have a strong natural flavor. For this we went pretty basic, I did a simple olive oil and garlic. The cauliflower got the perfect browning and a nice subtle flavor. Topped it…

  • oven roasted potato
    Side Dish

    Oven Roasted Potatoes

    These Oven Roasted Potatoes are a tradition for Rob. They were a big dinner staple growing up and he routinely makes them now for special occasions. The recipe is fairly simple; however, the daunting thing about them is the timing and the fact that they take up the oven. At its core, this recipe is actually probably about as basic as you can get. Chop some potatoes into smallish pieces, coat them in olive oil, toss in some garlic and herbs, and roast. As I mentioned, the hardest aspect is the timing. This recipe can take between 30-50 minutes to complete depending on size, pan, and oven temp which makes…