• mrs bensons baked chicken
    Dinner

    “Mrs. Benson’s” Baked Chicken

    This recipe is named for an old family friend and was a comfort food staple of my family growing up. I introduced Rob to and he loved it. It’s pretty funny but despite all of its simplicity, it is one of his favorites. I guess it just goes to show the power of good simple flavor. We have modified the recipe a bit to suite our growing taste and to work on making it a bit healthier. This is essentially a baked, breaded chicken breast, but it packs a lot of flavor into the sauce. At first glance, its a little odd, but it packs a lot of that “umami”…

  • Souvlaki Bowl
    Dinner,  Lunch

    Chicken Souvlaki Rice Plate

    Chicken Souvlaki is one of Rob’s favorite lunch options. Rob is of Greek decent so souvlaki is something he grew up eating and has a simple, healthy recipe for making it. This is a make-at-home version of the rice plates that you can get at many of the quick service restaurants that have popped up recently. These also make for a great get together meal since they are DIY! We made this rice plate with a cucumber-radicchio slaw and tzatziki. If you wanted to make it dairy free you could easily use a hummus topping as well. This also pretty closely mirrors Rob’s usual order when eating out. For the…

  • bruschetta
    Appetizer

    Classic Bruschetta

    One of my favorite appetizers has got to be Bruschetta. It’s super easy and hard to dislike because of the simplicity. I also love that it has a bright, fresh flavor; you can eat a lot of it and not really feel all that full. Generally, I stick to a pretty classic recipe, but every so often I will do something to mix it up. Variations for me tend to come from using a flavored balsamic or olive oil to give it a subtle pop of flavor. To me, bruschetta is an awesome party food. It requires minimal prep work and if you want you can just do a self-serve…

  • Dinner,  Instant Pot

    Beef and Sausage Shepherd’s Pie

    Maybe its the Irish girl in me, but I just love a meat and potatoes dish like this Beef and Sausage Shepherd’s Pie. Recipes like shepherd’s pie and chicken pot pie are the ultimate comfort food to me. They are hearty, tasty and generally are served as a single dish! Another perk is they are hard to mess up, you can do almost anything and it’ll be pretty tasty. I kept joking with Rob while we were cooking this that it was a meat-meat and potatoes dish. When coming up with the recipe, I was looking for ways to mix up the basic dish a bit and came across some…

  • Cacio e Pepe
    Dinner

    Cacio e Pepe

    Cacio e Pepe (literally, cheese and pepper) is a very simple recipe in theory. To me, these are the best kind as you can do little tweaks to make them take on a whole new, personalized flavor. Cacio e Pepe is something that almost every chef seems to have a version of as you can easily throw it together and eat in when in a rush. I actually frequently make this as a lunch or when I need a personal-size dinner if Rob is on work travel. Since its so simple and the ingredients tend to already be in my pantry, it’s great when I don’t feel like going to…

  • Instant Pot Chicken Taco
    Dinner,  Instant Pot

    Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos

    Time for another “the Instant Pot makes it way easier” recipes with these Shredded Chicken Tacos.  This basic recipe is based on an old slow cooker one I would make, only now it doesn’t take all day.  I love the mix of flavors that goes into this recipe.  I basically braise the chicken in beer and citrus with a few other key ingredients for flavor.  You really can’t go too wrong. There really isn’t too much to say about this recipe, its pretty straight forward.  I do have a few pieces of advice though.  For the beer, I use either a white ale (Dogfish Head Namaste in this case) or…

  • Panang chicken
    Dinner

    Panang-Braised Chicken

    This Panang-Braised Chicken definitely fits into the easy weeknight meal category. I will admit up front that I did not make Panang curry sauce from scratch. I found a good looking Panang Curry base at Williams-Sonoma that I bought on the spot since I hadn’t see anything like it elsewhere. To round out the recipe, I combined the chicken with some snap peas and roasted cauliflower and served it over a bed of coconut-lime rice that I made in the Instant Pot. Rob loves Panang curry, but honestly trying to make something like this from scratch made me a little nervous. I love Asian flavors a lot, especially the complexity…

  • Dinner

    Prosciutto & Brussels Sprout Bucatini

    Salty cured pork and Brussels sprouts are such a natural combination, I am not sure why I hadn’t combined them into a pasta sooner. Thankfully, I finally did in the Prosciutto and Brussels Sprout Bucatini. I went with a lemony wine-cream sauce combining elements of a few of my favorite recipes into one great dish. The end result is what may be one of my favorite pasta dishes yet. I combined elements from 2-3 different pasta recipes that I love for this. From my prosciutto and peas dish, I used the shallot and prosciutto. I mixed that with the wine deglaze from my alfredo and the lemon from creamy rigatoni dish. Throw…

  • Chipotle Salsa
    Side Dish

    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…

  • Old Fashioned Whiskey Sour
    Cocktails

    Masterpiece Cocktail: Tarragon-Orange Old Fashioned Sour

    As always, cocktails are brought to you by my husband, Rob. I have mentioned my love of Bourbon cocktails on here before. Typically, I like a classic whiskey sour, but we didn’t quite have the right ingredients. So, Rob improvised a little bit and we ended up with an interesting cross between a Sour and an Old Fashioned. A tart cocktail is my ideal and Rob has occasionally made them too sweet. We had some oranges in our fridge that Rob used, but oranges tend to be sweeter than other citrus. So, I asked Rob to go easy on the simple syrup. Rob also remembered we had some Aromatic bitters…

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