• 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…

  • roast corn mole
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    Roasted Corn con Mole

    I will start by saying that this is probably not a true Mole sauce. It is definitely strongly inspired with warm Mexican spices and the essential dark chocolate. Mole sauces are really interesting but definitely a little intimidating. In general, I am a little nervous to try very authentic, traditional foods. More often than not there is a subtlety to the technique or the recipe that recipes sometimes just don’t capture. So I stuck to the inspiration. Corn is easily one of my favorite spring-summer side dishes. Its versatile, fun, and a great way to introduce children to cooking. I always remember growing up and shucking corn in the summer.…

  • Tzatziki
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    Tzatziki

    My husband’s family is of Greek decent, so he loves to experiment and make Greek dishes like Tzatziki.  Many of them are fairly simple (like this one), while others can be extremely complex (like pastitsio or spanikopita).  For Tzatziki, all you really need is garlic, cucumber, greek yogurt, lemon, and dill.  I always go with the fat free yogurt since it makes this a super healthy dip option.  The only prep work needed is to really mince the garlic and cucumber.  You can leave the cucumber a bit chunkier, but I prefer it a bit smoother. Tzatziki is one of the easiest recipes to throw together in a pinch and…

  • ina garten green bean gremolata
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    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.  

  • 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…