• baked potato wedges
    Side Dish

    Baked Potato Wedges

    A little while back we made a what felt like a burger place classic meal. We did burgers (obviously), but we also wanted a side. Fries were a little obvious, but both Rob and I had another classic favorite growing up: Potato Wedges. To make life a little easier and avoid some headache, we decided to go with a baked approach with olive oil. This has the side benefit of feeling a lot healthier than something like frying. A few tips though that we learned. First, don’t overcrowd your sheet pan. You can cause more of a steaming with this approach which makes the potatoes soft but not crispy. Which…

  • cauliflower gratin
    Side Dish

    Sheet Pan Cauliflower Gratin

    This is such an easy to throw together side dish. I call it a gratin because its topped with cheese but its basically a sheet pan roast with some cheese on top. Roasted cauliflower has become one of my favorite sides because of the simplicity, but also the taste and texture. Cauliflower crisps so nicely when you roast it, giving it a nice slightly crunchy note. It also serves as a really nice flavor canvas since it doesn’t have a strong natural flavor. For this we went pretty basic, I did a simple olive oil and garlic. The cauliflower got the perfect browning and a nice subtle flavor. Topped it…

  • 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…

  • provencal lamb rack
    Dinner

    Provencal Crusted Rack of Lamb

    When I asked Rob what he wanted for his birthday dinner, he immediately gravitated toward some kind of red meat. We were watching Ina Garten on TV that morning and saw her make a rack of lamb. Rob almost immediately said “let’s do that.” So off to the butcher we went to get the meat. Rob almost called an audible and went with some boar chops, but in the end we stuck with lamb. Lamb can be a bit of a heavy meat; it’s naturally fatty and has a bit of a gamey taste. Rob really wanted to aimed for a lighter flavor, so he aimed for Southern French. He…

  • roast corn mole
    Side Dish

    Roasted Corn con Mole

    I will start by saying that this is probably not a true Mole sauce. It is definitely strongly inspired with warm Mexican spices and the essential dark chocolate. Mole sauces are really interesting but definitely a little intimidating. In general, I am a little nervous to try very authentic, traditional foods. More often than not there is a subtlety to the technique or the recipe that recipes sometimes just don’t capture. So I stuck to the inspiration. Corn is easily one of my favorite spring-summer side dishes. Its versatile, fun, and a great way to introduce children to cooking. I always remember growing up and shucking corn in the summer.…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Roasted Chickpeas
    Appetizer

    Roasted Chipotle Chickpeas

    Today is the start of March Madness. For me, its a time for snacking and watching games. Sometimes those games lead to stress which leads to more snacking. That means I need a snack I can just keep munching on that is healthy and flavorful. Roasted Chickpeas are the ultimate healthy snack that you can munch on all day. Personally, I love a flavorful snack that isn’t sweet. Roasted Chickpeas make a really great canvas for flavor since on their own they are pretty bland. I have made them in a variety of styles in the past. You can go pretty basic or really experiment. My first batch years ago…

  • 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…