• trader joe gnocchi
    Dinner

    Trader Joe’s Gorgonzola Gnocchi Pasta

    So, I will admit that I don’t shop at Trader Joe’s that often. For whatever reason, that seems rare for my generation. This is not because I don’t like TJ’s; honestly I actually always find really good things there. It’s actually often a good place to consistently find some odd ingredients. It’s really just out of inconvenience. Its a bit of a hike; I have to drive past at least 3 other grocery stores to get there (not counting the Whole Foods I live above). When it looked like we were going to be placed under a stay home order, we decided to make a TJ’s run. We picked up…

  • 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…

  • peach bourbon pork chop
    Dinner,  Uncategorized

    Rob’s Date Night: Peach-Bourbon Pork Chops

    This is Rob for this post, with my first official Date Night recipe: Peach-Bourbon Pork Chops!! Pork chops are probably not the first thing people would go with on a date night. But if you really want to impress, make a really well cooked pork chop. Plus pork pairs perfectly with the classic Southern flavors I used for this recipe. I view the combination of Peach and Bourbon to be classic. Plus with spring and summer right around the corner now, perfect as the weather warms up. To me peaches have a refreshing sweetness that makes me think of a backyard cookout. And, well, bourbon is pretty much perfect all…

  • Pork Chop
    Dinner,  Side Dish

    Pork Chop with Shallot-Mustard Sauce

    Pork chops are definitely one of those ingredients that can be hit or miss. A well cooked pork chop in a nice sauce can be delicious, while a poorly cooked one pretty much always sucks. The key is to keep the pork chop moist. How you do that can take several forms, but this one is pretty easy and I highly recommend it. The concept for this recipe was inspired by a segment I saw on “The Kitchen” on the Food Network. The recipe basically called for searing the pork, making a sauce, and then finishing with a braise. It looked like a decent technique, if not a little bland.…

  • cheesesteak crostini
    Appetizer

    Cheesesteak Crostini

    This might be my absolutely, all-time favorite happy hour snack!! I am a true Philly girl at heart and that means cheesesteaks are near and dear. Now, turn a cheesesteak into an awesome appetizer and I am in heaven. Cheesesteaks eggrolls are really common, but when Rob and I had a date night out the other day, I saw something new. Cheesesteak Crostini!! We didn’t end up ordering them at the time, but I decided that is something I wanted to try out myself. Thankfully, Rob and I had picked up some perfect ingredients a few days earlier. Trader Joe’s sells thinly shaved beef in a nice vacuum sealed package.…

  • ina garten chicken mash up
    Dinner

    Ina Garten Chicken Mash-up

    Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love Ina Garten’s chicken recipes? She has so many and they are all amazing. They have also served as such an inspiration for me and I have made so many personal variations. There is a reason she is so well know for these recipes. My favorite is easily here skillet roast spatchcock chicken (just search my recipes I have 2-3 on here). I love this cooking method, it is fast and fun to do. You can really have a lot of fun with the ingredients and make so many unique flavors. This time around I wanted something a little crispy. Ina provided the answer with…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • Dinner

    Prosciutto & Brussels Sprout Bucatini

    Salty cured pork and Brussels sprouts are such a natural combination, I am not sure why I hadn’t combined them into a pasta sooner. Thankfully, I finally did in the Prosciutto and Brussels Sprout Bucatini. I went with a lemony wine-cream sauce combining elements of a few of my favorite recipes into one great dish. The end result is what may be one of my favorite pasta dishes yet. I combined elements from 2-3 different pasta recipes that I love for this. From my prosciutto and peas dish, I used the shallot and prosciutto. I mixed that with the wine deglaze from my alfredo and the lemon from creamy rigatoni dish. Throw…

  • NY Strip
    Dinner

    NY Strip Steak with Cabernet-Dijon Reduction

    I love a good NY Strip Steak. They are juice, have excellent natural flavor, and are easy to find at reasonable prices. All of this makes the NY Strip my favorite cut. I personally think a significantly cheeper NY Strip is better than almost any filet. While tender, filet just does not have what is needed to give it a lot of natural flavor. As usual, I prepared the steak in a cast iron skillet as we do not have easy access to a grill. While our apartment does have communal grills, in the winter it is just not fun to have to go use them. Further, I prefer the…