• tri tip taco instant pot
    Dinner,  Instant Pot

    Instant Pot Tri Tip Tacos

    I finally have another Taco Tuesday post for you all!! This time its a super easy tri tip taco made easy with the Instant Pot. It’s got loads of flavor, is super tender, and requires minimal effort. Rob and I made one of our not so common trips to Trader Joe’s recently. I love Trader Joe’s, you can find some great stuff for pretty cheap, its just not a particularly convenient location for us so our trips are somewhat more sporadic. On this particular trip, we spotted some vacuum sealed tri tip roast and decided to give it a try. Tri Tip comes from the sirloin of a cow and…

  • basil pesto pasta
    Lunch

    Classic Basil Pesto

    I have probably posted 2 or 3 different kinds of pesto on the blog now, but I have yet to post about simple classic Basil Pesto. Basil is pretty much the standard and produces a fresh, bright flavored pesto that is perfect for a summer day. Its light, pretty healthy and tasty, so what’s not to love? Our AeroGarden basil plants had started getting a little out of control; so Rob basically harvested every decent basil leaf from them to make the pesto. We ended up with a pretty big pile of leaves (which in reality isn’t all that much). The nice thing was we new the basil was fresh…

  • chelsea sidecar
    Cocktails

    July 4th Chelsea Sidecar

    I love that I have a husband who likes helping with things like cooking, cleaning, blogging, and, best of all, bartending!! He has been really exploring the bartending recently, coming up with some great cocktail combos for the blog. With it being the 4th of July, there were so many possible fruit/drink combos that fit with the theme. He has a book with a whole bunch of cocktails in it, so he went looking for something classically American. He found one pretty quickly that seemed like a great starting place: the Chelsea Sidecar. The classic Sidecar is associated with the Ritz Hotel in Paris and is made with Brandy or…

  • white chocolate strawberries
    Baked Good

    Red, White, and Blue Strawberries

    There isn’t really a recipe for this since its really more about technique and just a fun decorating job. So I have some pictures and discussion about what I did for fun! Chocolate-Covered Strawberries are one of my favorite guilty pleasure desserts. I don’t eat them all that often, but every so often for a special occasion they make for a really great little treat. I think what I like about them is that they are basically fruit with some richness. That’s why I personally prefer a dark chocolate coating, it helps tame the sweetness of the fruit and create a more balanced dessert. So, this version ended up being…

  • chocolate macadamia brownie
    Baked Good

    Chocolate Chip-Macadamia Nut Brownies

    I feel like I am finally starting to get into baking. For a long time I didn’t really feel like it allowed me to explore variety or experiments. This is one of my favorite things about other kinds of cooking; that freedom to just kind of wing it and throw flavors together. Baking always felt a little too regimented. You need to use precise proportions to make sure you get the consistency just so and things like that. I typically found this intimidating and to be honest a little boring. What I am finding now is that, baking is really about mastering a core set of proportions for certain ingredients…

  • strawberry kiwi margarita
    Cocktails

    Strawberry-Kiwi Margarita

    Rob is back again with another Sunday happy hour cocktail. This time it’s all about a classic fruit combo to make a fresh new marg variation. Strawberry and kiwi are a pretty natural flavor combo; I mean who didn’t grow up drinking some juice drink with that combo? I like that Rob kept a good lime base so that the cocktail wouldn’t end up too sweet. If you have looked at any of the other cocktail posts on the blog, you know I prefer tart to sweet. The overall flavor was really great, slightly sweet and reminiscent of those classic childhood drinks. For margs, I almost always prefer them on…

  • chicken nachos
    Dinner

    Tequila-Lime Chicken Nachos

    I love nachos!! I’m not sure if its the finger food aspect or what, but there are times I like them more than tacos. This version is a ground chicken version using one of my favorite flavor combos for Mexican food: tequila and lime!!! Rob and I have been making something along these lines for a while, but haven’t really ever made them pretty like this. Historically, we just used those store-bought taco seasoning packs. There is just something about those things that is hard to replicate. Plus they are just so easy, I don’t always feeling like trying. Anyway this time around, we did make our own spice mix.…

  • caesar pasta salad
    Lunch

    Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

    Caesar Salad is probably one of the most universal salads out there. The problem is there is really only so much to do with it. That’s where this idea for the pasta salad came from. I love a good pasta salad for lunch so this recipe was born. I made caesar salad dressing a little while back and was definitely looking to give it a try again. I went with the traditional method (basically making mayo from scratch). The proportions this time around worked out even better. I also kept it a little simpler leaving out extra vinegar and capers, but added a little grainy mustard. The great thing about…

  • watermelon gimlet
    Cocktails

    Watermelon-Basil Gimlet

    Rob’s finally back with another one of his cocktail creations. This one is a perfect summer refresher perfect for a warm night on your porch or by the pool: a Watermelon-Basil Gimlet. The Gimlet is a very classic gin-based cocktail. It ultimately boils down to gin and lime juice as its base, add seltzer and you get a Gin Fizz. See pretty simple. Whats great is its a nice tart drink without a lot of sweetness. Now that simplicity can make it a little boring, so time to mix it up a bit. We have what is now basically an overgrown bush of a basil plant in our AeroGarden. I…

  • lemon vanilla cookie
    Baked Good

    Lemon-Vanilla Cookies

    So Rob decided he wanted to do some baking this weekend. One of his coworkers had been asking him to bring in some cookies like his chocolate-ginger ones, so he set off to do just that. And just to be clear, this was all him, I left him to his own devices in the kitchen (which almost turned out badly when he almost forgot to add the eggs to the dough). Rob was aiming for something like the crinkle cookies, but that isn’t quite what he got in the end. They didn’t really get that crinkly look but more the look of like a drop cookie. This may be on…

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