• apple mustard chicken thigh
    Dinner

    Apple-Mustard Roast Chicken Thighs

    I love roast chicken thighs. They are one of the first recipes I started cooking when I really got into it. That said, being one of my oldest recipes it can sometimes feel a little stale. Thankfully, Instagram actually helped me get some inspiration. I saw this post from Stephanie at Girl with the Iron Cast and wanted to try something like it. So, thanks so much for the inspo!! I liked the lemon and asparagus idea and combined that with my apple and mustard. For a while I was using mustard all of the time, but recently I had stopped. Rob was bugging me to use it so more…

  • moroccan seared sworfish
    Dinner

    Seared Moroccan Swordfish

    Rob finally got to make swordfish for me!!! Rob went with a new preparation on this version similar to how he likes to cook a steak in a skillet. Turns out it works just as well for fish as it does red meat. I have to say I really like this cooking method. A fish with a nice crispy crust on the outside is easily my favorite. Texture is definitely my biggest problem with fish and a good sear definitely does the trick. While a grill or grill pan provide nice grill marks, I often find that the consist color of a skillet more appealing. As for the culinary style,…

  • ny strip steak fig balsamic
    Dinner

    Skillet NY Strip with Balsamic-Fig Reduction

    Rob has been on fire recently with his recipe ideas. He has come up with a couple of different ways to make a Skillet Steak with a sauce. This was something that Rob had been talking about cooking for a while, but we hadn’t really gotten around to it. We ended up having a couple of opportunities pop up recently for celebratory or date night dinners. These steak recipes fit the occasions perfectly. Like I said, Rob did all of the cooking. He made the steak with a fairly simple preparation. Start by searing in a skillet on each side to lock in the flavor and then stick in the…

  • roast chicken thigh
    Dinner

    Peach-Bourbon Chicken Thighs

    It’s finally starting to feel like Spring. The weather is warming up and new ingredients are starting to show up in stores. To me this means it’s time to bring out some lighter, brighter flavors to correspond to the season. As a go transition into Spring, I wanted a slightly hearty but brightly flavored recipe. This roast chicken thigh dish was my solution. I historically have braised chicken thighs, but to make life a little easier I wanted to try a simple, classic French style roast. I love this style of cooking, its just so simple and you can really explore flavors. Lesson learned though, make sure to baste a…

  • Provencal Roast Branzino
    Dinner

    Provencal Roast Branzino

    This Roast Branzino was Rob’s other fish experiment when I was on work travel last week. He was looking for a new flavor profile and preparation to try out since he knows that I do actually like Branzino. I actually ordered it once when we were in New York and I loved it, so Rob has been wanting to make it again for me. For this roasted recipe, he was looking to mix things up with a French flavor profile. He had done a pretty standard Mediterranean-style before; plus with Branzino being a very Italian fish, he wanted to make it different. When he texted me with how he was…

  • Pork Chop
    Dinner

    Lemon-Mustard Pork Chops

    For whatever reason, I don’t cook pork chops very often. Maybe it’s that growing up, they tended to either be super bland and dry or they were breaded and baked (Shake-n-Bake being the classic). Honestly, that doesn’t necessarily make you want to eat it. I will say that there are good ways to prepare things reminiscent of those childhood versions. Take schnitzel, its awesome! Roasting though has its challenges, I have really had to look at the technique and flavors for cooking pork. For this recipe, I wanted to go with a pretty classic French flavor. Dijon (my favorite ingredient) served as the base. To that I added shallot, tarragon,…

  • French Dip
    Dinner,  Instant Pot,  Lunch

    Instant Pot French Dip Sandwich

    The French Dip is easily one of my favorite sandwiches. Unfortunately, they had always been pretty labor intensive and took a long time to make properly. As a result, I had never made them before and they were generally something I would get if we ate lunch out. On one of the recent snow days here in DC, Rob was home so we decided to try it out with the Instant Pot. Have I said how much I love that I keep fining new ways to use the Instant Pot? I definitely do not miss the slow cooker, which got less use in a year than our instant pot has…

  • 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…

  • French Onion Soup
    Dinner,  Lunch

    French Onion Soup

    So if you have seen my previous post, you know my love of caramelized onion. I ended up making a huge batch of caramelized onions and French Onion Soup was the natural next step. Rob was initially hesitant but in the end was slurping up the remaining broth at the bottom of his bowl. For perspective, Rob rarely likes to just eat the leftover soup broth. I stuck very classic with this one: caramelized onions in a beef broth topped with baguette and gruyere cheese. To cook, I stuck in in the oven under the broiler to allow cheese to melt and brown. The result, a perfectly sweet and gooey…