• beurre blanc salmon
    Basics,  Dinner

    Rob’s Date Night: Beurre Blanc Sauce

    Something with a fancy French name, like Beurre Blanc, tends to be pretty intimidating to many people. I don’t really blame those people; the French for all of their contributions to the culinary world were not simple. Their flavors tend to be complex and their techniques to get those flavors are similarly involved (all of which I love). Amy routinely has to reign in some of my ingredient selections though and finds my love of tackling of some of these recipes funny, given my inability to multi-task in the kitchen. But, I figured I would take a run at teaching myself something new for a date night. Beurre Blanc sounds…

  • lamb chops
    Dinner

    Blackberry-Red Wine Roast Lamb Chops

    So, I will admit this Lamb Chops recipe is actually pretty old. I first made it last summer but never posted the recipe (it was about when I took a break from blogging). But with Easter and Passover upon us and being limited in our ability to get together with family and friends, a good small portion lamb dish seemed fitting. So, a little background: Rob’s family background is Greek. That means lamb must be on the table for Easter. Traditionally that is a roast leg of lamb, Greek-style green beans, and normally roasted/mashed potatoes (links HERE and HERE, respectively). The problem is a leg of lamb is a big…

  • provencal piccata chicken thigh
    Dinner

    “Provencal Piccata” Roast Chicken Thigh

    This roast chicken thigh dish is what I would consider an elevated pantry pantry meal (at least for me). I called this “Provencal Piccata” since its got elements from both of those styles for a fun French-Italian mash-up. This may not be what you would traditionally consider a “pantry meal.” Normally, that calls to mind some kind of basic pasta dish or other hodge-podge type meal. This is a really nice pantry meal that is also a really cohesive dish. All of the ingredients for this are items that will be in my fridge, freezer, or pantry at any given time. Chicken thighs are one of my favorite proteins and…

  • mac and cheese
    Dinner

    30th Birthday Mac & Cheese

    Mac and Cheese is definitely one of my favorite recipes and Rob knows that well. I have several versions including Instant Pot easy versions (link here) and my go-to baked version (links here and here). Between these, we probably make it about every other week. For my 30th birthday, Rob pulled out all the stops and made what he considers the ultimate baked version! This version is a combination of four cheeses in a creamy roux based sauce. Rob picked out the cheeses to provide a good mixture of flavors, aromas, and textures. The key is good melting cheeses that compliment each other (I would really use gouda or chevre,…

  • chicken dijon sauce
    Dinner

    Chicken with Dijon Pan Sauce

    I learned the basic technique of this recipe very early in my cooking experience. I ended up taking a Sur la Table cooking class with my sister and the basic recipe was the primary focus of the class. Pan sauces might just be one of the simplest but most versatile techniques out there. You really just need some good brown bit in your pan, an acidic liquid, and some basic flavor elements. The technique really does require those first two elements though. The brown bits from your meat (usually chicken, often dusted with flour) is basically pure flavor and are a cook’s best friend. The acid helps to grab all…

  • dijon brussels sprouts
    Side Dish,  Thanksgiving

    Dijon Brussels Sprouts

    I am finally back with a real recipe post!!! Its been almost a week now I think, but it was a super busy one. Between visiting family and a lot of work stuff, this week wasn’t really a “let’s try something new” week. I did a lot of recipe revisiting to find some favorites again (plus a little take out). But last night we tried a few new things! Have you ever been out to a restaurant and thought “all the sides sound so good, can I just have them?” Well, thats what we did last night! I started with some Brussels Sprouts inspired by our last trip to NYC…

  • steamed mussels
    Dinner

    Classic Steamed Mussels

    This recipe was the first time I had every cooked mussels. I had tried them once before at a work happy hour event and liked them, to my surprise. Rob grew up eating them, but typically doesn’t order them if we are out for dinner. I had never gotten around to making them though. Rob and I decided that we would give it a shot and they came out perfectly. So a few a few basics and tips first. If a mussel is open and you try to press it shut but it won’t close, throw it out! That mussel is dead and shouldn’t be eaten. Also, Ina’s trick of…

  • 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…

  • french skillet steak
    Dinner

    French Skillet Steak

    Its been a little while since we made a steak and we felt like having a bit of a special dinner in. Rob has been prepping steaks with a lot of reduction sauces and we wanted to mix it up. This time around, Rob went back to the classic butter basting technique and an multi-herb aoli for topping. While grilling steak can be fun, I have really grown to love the skillet. The crust that you form with this method really adds a nice texture. Even more than the texture, if really helps to lock in the juices. The butter basting adds a nice little bit of flavor at the…

  • oven roasted potato
    Side Dish

    Oven Roasted Potatoes

    These Oven Roasted Potatoes are a tradition for Rob. They were a big dinner staple growing up and he routinely makes them now for special occasions. The recipe is fairly simple; however, the daunting thing about them is the timing and the fact that they take up the oven. At its core, this recipe is actually probably about as basic as you can get. Chop some potatoes into smallish pieces, coat them in olive oil, toss in some garlic and herbs, and roast. As I mentioned, the hardest aspect is the timing. This recipe can take between 30-50 minutes to complete depending on size, pan, and oven temp which makes…