• ina garten green bean gremolata
    Side Dish

    Ina Garten’s Green Beans Gremolata

    Upfront, since this is Ina’s recipe I will not post the recipe here but I will give everyone the link to this awesome side dish. Ina Garten makes some of my favorite recipes and I have often used them as a jumping off point for new flavors. What I really love though are some of her side dishes. I often feel that I struggle to come up with creative side dish ideas. Thankfully, Ina’s cookbooks tend to provide a lot of really awesome ideas to replicate to build on. My favorite part of her recipes is that they tend to look really pretty too. When trying to decide on a…

  • Salsa Verde
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    Salsa Verde

    Who doesn’t like salsa? Not may people I am guessing. A Salsa Verde is a really great way to mix up your salsa game. It tends to be really bright and the flavor is a little different than a traditional tomato salsa. Tomatillos provide that difference. Tomatillos are a lot of fun to use. They look really funny when they have their husk on them. Tomatillos comes from the “ground cherry” family of plants. The fruit is enclosed in a papery husk that needs to be removed before use. Something else to look out for is that tomatillos is that under that husk is a sticky, waxy residue that you…

  • Dinner,  Side Dish

    Dijon-Crusted Rack of Lamb

    So, I will start by saying that this Dijon-Crusted Rack of Lamb was largely Rob’s creation; he even did the cooking. Its always nice when I can take a night off and let him do the work, it makes for a very romantic date night. In fact, many of our big weekend date night-in meals are his creations. There isn’t much better than a husband who can prepare a nice dinner is there? This kind of recipe is really Rob’s bread and butter though. Its overall very simple to make but really deep in flavor and textural elements. Rob definitely tends to stay away from complex techniques but roasting meat…

  • Classic Guacamole
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    Classic Guacamole

    I am fairly confident that Guacamole is pretty close to universal at this point.  It makes a great topping for tacos, nachos, or just by itself as a dip. For me, I make it just about any time I am doing a Mexican inspired dish.  It adds s cool refreshing note to the dish, while generally being a lot healthier than other toppings.   What is also great about guacamole is the ability to really vary it up.  You can just about make it with whatever you’ve got.  Just about any onion type works and can bring different flavors.  Want to throw in some tomato, go ahead!!  Don’t like cilantro, you can make…

  • Chipotle Salsa
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    Chipotle Salsa

    If I could eat chips and salsa everyday, I would be a happy girl.  I could easily polish off an entire basket of chips and salsa from Chili’s given the opportunity; which is dangerous since they are bottomless.  To erase any doubt, NO, this recipe is not inspired by the restaurant Chipotle.  I use canned chipotles to add a delicious smoky spice to the salsa.  I just love the flavor the peppers provide it contrasts so nicely with the typical brightness of salsa. Print Recipe Chipotle Salsa Prep Time10 minsTotal Time10 mins Course: SnackCuisine: Mexican Servings: 8 People Ingredients1 can tomatoes whole peeled2 large chipotles in adobo sauce1 lime juiced and zested1/4…

  • Chicken Platter
    Dinner,  Instant Pot,  Side Dish

    Dijon-Tarragon Roast Chicken Platter

    If there is anything I have in common with Ina Garten, its a love for roast chicken. It’s easy, tasty, and allows for near infinite variation. As a side benefit, roast chicken can be an easy weeknight meal for the family or romantic date night special. Normally, I do a pretty basic butter-herb mixture to spread over the chicken, but I wanted to mix that up a bit for this meal. I also was looking to have a complete meal where the core flavors were tied into all of the dishes. So, I ended up with a Dijon-Tarragon Roast Chicken along side Tarragon Mashed Potatoes and Charred Brussels Sprouts in…

  • Instant Pot Risotto
    Instant Pot,  Side Dish

    Instant Pot Risotto

    Alright, I have to backtrack on some previous statements about making risotto. It turns out that there is a bit of a “hack” for making it with less effort: the Instant Pot. The Instant Pot has been a pretty awesome purchase for us after only a few uses. It took the entire arm workout aspect out of risotto making and honestly came out really very well. The nice thing with the Instant Pot was being able to do the very simple and quick prep phase and then just letting the machine take care of actually cooking the rice. I was concerned that it would really work out and would be…

  • Make Ahead Mashed Potato
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    Make-Ahead Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

    As I have previously mentioned back around Thanksgiving , mashed potatoes are easily the food Rob has the strongest opinions about.  This was another of his mashed potato creations.  He wanted to make a slightly more simple flavor profile and focused on doing a “make-ahead” style. If you are anything like Rob and I, the holidays can involve a lot of travel and celebrations in different places, at different times so that you can see all of your family.  We needed a good dish that could be prepped in advance and easily reheated a few days later.  Enter these potatoes. Rob roasted a whole bulb of garlic to go into…

  • Risotto
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    Shallot-Asparagus Risotto

    I absolutely love Risotto.  Is it an arm workout?  YES! But it is so worth the time and effort to make.  The key is to stir almost constantly while adding liquid a little bit at a time so that it properly absorbs.  This was a bit a mash up of other recipes that I have made to match a new main coarse and I really liked how it came out.  I wanted to include a veggie with some elements of a black pepper and sage version I made a long time ago.  Thats one of the great things about risotto, you can pretty much add whatever to it and it…