• blueberry vodka mojito
    Cocktails

    Blueberry Vodka Mojito

    This cocktail is a throwback to our honeymoon in Maui years ago. We spent a week at the Four Seasons; which was absolute heaven and may still be the best hotel experience we have ever had. One of our favorite parts of the hotel was the swim-up bar at the adult pool area. They had many awesome cocktails, but one of Rob’s favorites was a Blueberry Mojito. It’s not a true “mojito” per se. It doesn’t use rum, which is a perk to me. Rum is just so sugary and with alcohol that doesn’t always create a great mixture. So, its vodka based! If you don’t mind buying it, it…

  • picnic pasta salad
    Dinner,  Lunch

    Picnic Pasta Salad

    This recipe is probably at the top of the list of favorite recipes for me and Rob. Its got good flavor, is light, and best of all packs well! That last one is really important because, for years now, this has been our go to picnic food. I am not even sure how many times we have made this recipe, but it makes for a great weekend lunch, picnic main, or packable workday lunch! For Memorial Day weekend, we went to a place in the DC area called Wolf Trap. It’s a national park that focuses on performing arts and every year the Marine Corps Band does a free concert.…

  • cacio pepe milanese
    Dinner

    Brown Butter Cacio e Pepe

    Cacio e Pepe is a pretty classic, easy pasta recipe which is what I love about it. The problem I have with it is, for a dinner, it can almost be TOO simple. I wanted to find a way to make it a little more interesting and also incorporate a protein source with the recipe. The answer is this Brown Butter Cacio e Pepe with Parmesan-Milanese Chicken. This chicken breasts are pretty straight forward. I started with some thin pieces, gave them a quick egg coating, and then into a breadcrumb/parmesan mixture. Then its just a simple pan fry in an oil/butter mixture. See, pretty simple! Now is the fun…

  • lemon mustard chicken
    Dinner

    Mustard-Lemon Braised Chicken

    Now that Memorial Day Weekend is in the past its time to start getting back to more of my classic cooking (don’t worry though, I will have more weekend/potluck/cookout recipes coming soon). I’m kicking off this return to normalcy with these Mustard-Lemon Braised Chicken Thighs. They were on the heartier side without being heavy really bringing some great summary flavors to one of my favorite winter dishes. The flavors in this one were a bit of a hodgepodge of ideas. Mustard and lemon form the backbone obviously and are pretty traditional flavors for us. I had actually gotten to the point where I stopped using mustard in recipes because it…

  • burger
    Dinner,  Lunch

    Caramelized Onion & Bleu Cheese Burger

    When it comes to Memorial Day, cookouts are probably king and burgers are probably the ultimate in cookout food. A juicy burger piled high with toppings is a great thing and my favorite is this bleu cheese and caramelized onion burger. I did a whole post on how to make perfect soft and sweet caramelized onions a while ago. On a burger with something like a tangy bleu cheese, they are awesome. For the burgers themselves, I actually used home ground beef for this. It was a mix of brisket, sirloin, and chuck. To that I added, some salt, pepper, dijon, and Worcestershire sauce. The burgers are soft, juicy, and,…

  • Durrell Cocktail
    Cocktails

    The Durrell Cocktail

    The Durrells in Corfu is one of Rob and me’s favorite TV shows. Its pretty nerdy as its a PBS period piece comedy, but the show is really solid and has good humor. If you haven’t seen the show check it out, its so good that it actually has been referenced multiple times on Brooklyn 99 (another of our favorite shows)! Rob wanted to make a cocktail that was inspired by the show so thats what he did. Kumquats feature heavily in the show and Rob found them at the store the other day. If you aren’t familiar they are a tiny little citrus fruit that is basically entirely edible.…

  • Dinner,  Instant Pot

    Instant Pot Pork Carnitas Tacos

    Memorial Day is this weekend and that often means big get togethers. A popular get together option for my family is always the taco spread. You get bowls of all the toppings and let people do what they want with it. My slow cooker Pork Carnitas are on of my favorite taco meat options. They taste awesome and in reality are pretty simple. That said, trying to get the slow cooker ready in the morning on top of my workout and getting ready for work is a struggle. Enter the Instant Pot!!!! The Instant Pot take what would otherwise be a 8+ hour cook time and all the headache in…

  • classic brownies
    Baked Good

    Classic Brownies

    I had a big meeting at work and wanted to get good participation. So, I promised baked goods because that was sure to get my co-workers excited. To decide what to bring, I bounced ideas of Rob since he likes most baked goods. My first thought was cupcakes, but we realized they would be far more work and harder for me to take to work on the Metro. Rob then gave me the idea of brownies. Brownies are one of Rob’s favorite desserts, then again just about anything with chocolate is his favorite. He loves the classic brownies from the boxed mix, so I set out to make something like…

  • chicken bolognese
    Dinner

    Summery Chicken Bolognese

    Now that it basically feels like summer here in DC, its seemed like the right time to look at lightening up some of my favorite recipes. A prime target is one of my favorite pasta sauces: bolognese. When you think of bolognese typically a heavy, hearty meat sauce comes to mind, so I wanted to go after that. So, I started with the meat selection. Normally, I go for pork, beef, or lamb which all tend to be a bit heavier. This time I went with chicken; chicken sausage to be specific. I like cooking with sausage since it helps give a good base flavor to the sauce since its…

  • pomegranate gin fizz
    Cocktails

    Pomegranate Gin Fizz

    With the Memorial Day holiday weekend coming up, its time to start thinking good summery cocktails. Rob’s answer to this was to go with one of his favorites: the Gin Fizz. But with a twist! Gin is one of Rob’s favorite liquors; its got more natural flavor than vodka but isn’t overly sugary like tequila or rum. Rob used a mixture of basil and mint along with fresh pomegranate seeds to make this one. It was really pretty simple, some fresh squeezed lime juice, and the gin, muddle everything up, stir, and top with seltzer. DONE!! It’s super refreshing for something like a cookout or barbecue (which according to Rob…