• Chicken Pot Pie
    Dinner

    Easy Chicken Pot Pie

    Pot Pies are one of my favorite comfort food meals. There is even a food truck that sometimes comes by my office that specializes in pot pies!! Thankfully, I have converted Rob into a big fan. Not that he wasn’t before, but now he actually requested this one. I was working on how to make this easier since having to cook chicken on top of everything else would have been a lot. I decided to go with a rotisserie chicken which takes care of the cooking and adds some base flavor. A basic herb-roasted chicken was perfect and thankfully you can find them for cheap at most grocery stores. The…

  • creamy tomato pasta
    Dinner

    Creamy Tomato Pasta

    This Creamy Tomato Pasta is one of those recipes that is extremely easy, but really flavorful. I love making these kinds of pastas. Don’t get me wrong, I love a big pasta dish or a slow cooked meat sauce, but more often than not, all I really want is something simple like this. The sauce for this pasta is a tomato-infused cream sauce. I didn’t really want to make this very complicated and instead focused on simplicity. This sauce only has about 5 ingredients plus the chicken, pasta, and spinach. I love that because its easy but takes not effort or prep. I am really also starting to enjoy using…

  • BBQ Chicken Pizza
    Dinner,  Lunch

    BBQ Chicken Pizza

    This BBQ Chicken Pizza was pretty new for us. Rob is typically not a big fan of what you might call “adventurous” pizza, but he loved this one. Overall, I love the way this one came out, it didn’t really feel that different than a traditional pizza thanks to the tomato-based BBQ sauce. I used my new standard bread flour-based pizza dough for this pizza. Rolled out nice and thin, it made for a nice crispy crust that held up well. This is definitely a pizza that is perfect for a party situation when cut into smaller pieces. It doesn’t flop around and combines a lot of classic party flavors…

  • moroccan roast chicken
    Dinner

    Moroccan Roasted Chicken

    If you can’t tell from my recipes on here, I really love a roast chicken. I guess Ina Garten and I have that in common. To me, a roast chicken is the ultimate canvas for experimentation. For this one, I decided to go with a Moroccan-inspired spice mix. I really wanted to go with a different flavor than I had made up to this point. And this definitely delivered! For my spice blend, I went with a lot of warm spices like cumin, turmeric, paprika, coriander, and cinnamon. I loved the flavor and the aroma, it was very unique. It had the slightest hint of spiciness but by no means…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Buffalo Chicken Dip
    Appetizer

    Buffalo Chicken Dip

      Buffalo Chicken Dip is a staple at my family’s parties.  I do not think I can remember a party that this didn’t make an appearance before dinner, from holidays to birthdays and game watches.  I love this because its super easy, can be made ahead, and reheats really well. The original recipe for this buffalo chicken dip involved canned chicken meat, but I have started substituting shredded rotisserie chicken for the canned stuff.  Honestly, I find that it adds a bit more flavor and just less processed than the can. The other great this about the dip is that the spiciness is totally adjustable.    Want it mild? Go…

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