• lemon basil pasta
    Dinner

    Lemon-Basil Chicken Pasta

    A creamy pasta dish is probably the closest thing I have to a go to meal. I have probably have 10+ recipes for them already, but for the summer I was looking for a new version (my last summery one is linked here). We have started a new herb garden since we moved into our new house and its starting to yield some usable herbs. If you have ever grown basil you know it grows super fast, so it was time to use some. With that: this Lemon-Basil Chicken Pasta was born. This pasta recipe follows the basic format for my alfredo-esque sauce that results in a super creamy sauce.…

  • 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…

  • cucumber tom collins
    Cocktails

    Cucumber Tom Collins

    After a weekend off, Rob is back with a new cocktail creation perfect for these hot summer days. Nothing says light and easy like this Cucumber Tom Collins. I love when Rob makes these because they are just so refreshing and with pretty much no sugar or anything. The Tom Collins is the quintessential mid-century American backyard cocktail. I’m sure you can picture it: a citrusy, fizzy cocktail in a tall glass. Think back to any movie involving that time period and they probably are drinking them in it. Its given way to beer in many ways as the cookout drink of choice, but I still love it. It was…

  • lemon vanilla cookie
    Baked Good

    Lemon-Vanilla Cookies

    So Rob decided he wanted to do some baking this weekend. One of his coworkers had been asking him to bring in some cookies like his chocolate-ginger ones, so he set off to do just that. And just to be clear, this was all him, I left him to his own devices in the kitchen (which almost turned out badly when he almost forgot to add the eggs to the dough). Rob was aiming for something like the crinkle cookies, but that isn’t quite what he got in the end. They didn’t really get that crinkly look but more the look of like a drop cookie. This may be on…

  • 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…

  • lemon ricotta basil pasta
    Dinner

    Lemon-Basil-Ricotta Pasta

    I have been looking for ways to come up with some new warm weather pastas. I wanted to get away from cream sauces; however, I really like the flavors I often use in them. This recipe was my first attempt of this year on this. While I made this one with chicken, it was actually a bit of a test bed for what will eventually become a shrimp-based recipe. I really wanted a light flavor but with a little bit of some richness. I loosely based this recipe on one of my favorite cream sauce pastas using similar flavors. For the base flavors, lemon and basil were the natural choices…

  • bellini whiskey sour
    Cocktails

    Cocktail: Bellini Sour

    One of the great things about spring time is the availability of fresh peaches. They pair really well with many classic American flavors for cooking, baking, and drinking. For cocktails, peaches are best known for bellinis. The bellini is classic Sunday brunch favorite; typically made from a peach puree and a sparkling wine. I am personally not a huge fan of champagne or sparkling wine in general. For some reason, they go straight to my head with a buzz and headache. As I have said before, whiskey sours are really my jam. Thankfully, bourbon and peach pair so well with each other. After all, they are both southern US common…

  • orzo pasta salad
    Lunch

    Blue Cheese & Brussels Pasta Salad

    Orzo pasta salad is one of my favorite light summery lunch options. You can do a lot with it and its a really light option for a hot day. Rob and I make cold orzo salads a lot in the summer for weekend lunches and then for work lunches with the leftovers. There is an awesome outdoor concert venue near DC called Wolftrap. Wolftrap allows you to bring a picnic (with alcohol!!!) to enjoy a concert. Our first summer in DC after getting married we went almost every weekend for date nights and orzo pasta salad featured heavily on our picnic menu. The version we brought was actually based on…

  • lemon tarragon pasta
    Dinner

    Lemon-Tarragon Pasta

    This Lemon-Tarragon Pasta is my first warm weather focused pasta of the year. I wanted to focus on bright flavors with a nice creamy pasta (one of my favorites if you can’t tell from like the 10+ recipes I have on the blog). What I really like is that once you master a base sauce, you can start throwing new meats, veggies, or herbs in there to really give a whole new recipe. This one started on the bones of a classic favorite of mine: my Bertucci’s clone pasta. Its a great simple cream sauce that you can make in varying proportions to lighten it up or make it much…

  • sausage broccoli rabe pasta
    Dinner

    Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Pasta

    I have been trying to figure out new ways to mix up my pasta game. While I have many favorite pasta dishes, as a food blogger I have been trying to innovate and develop some new recipes. I have also been trying to explore some new ingredients that I can incorporate. This is somewhat for the blog, but also because I feel like there are so many ingredients that I haven’t tried. I like cream sauces for a base since they serve as a versatile flavor platform. One thing I had not tried before was using sausage with a cream sauce. For whatever reason, I tend to use sausage for…