• 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…

  • moroccan chicken
    Dinner

    Moroccan Roast Chicken Thighs

    Roasted chicken thighs are probably one of my favorite recipes. The reason I love them is just how versatile the concept is. If you can master the technique you can literally do almost any flavor style you can imagine. My recommendation is start French (like these) and then experiment from there. This time around I decided to take this in the direction of Moroccan. Rob actually suggested the concept based on a dish I had last time we were in Sonoma. We went to Glen Ellen Star, which is an awesome little restaurant in Glen Ellen (shocking, I know) that is one of our all-time favorites. Anyway, I had ordered…

  • NY Strip Fajita
    Dinner

    New York Strip “Fajitas”

    These are not what you’d call traditional fajitas, but we were looking to mix up our Mexican-inspired menu a bit. We have done plenty of taco/enchilada variants so it was time for something along the vein of Taco Tuesday, just elevated. Enter this awesome New York Strip recipe. Rob really took the lead for the steak, as usual. It’s something he really enjoys cooking and experimenting with, so I am going to let him keep going with it. The steak cooking technique is old-school European in style. Rob took the traditional French butter basting technique but added a lot of Mexican inspired flavor. First was the spice rub for the…

  • 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…

  • adobo roast chicken
    Dinner

    Adobo Roast Chicken

    I have been looking for ways to make my roast chickens a little crispier. Normally, I just pat the chicken dry and use a little oil or butter. This generally leads to a pretty crispy skin, but not to the level that I have been wanting. So to the internet I went. The solution I tried this time around is a dry brine of the chicken. If you aren’t familiar, its basically rub the bird in salt and let it sit in your fridge for a while. By a while, I mean like hours; so this a weekend or prep the night before kind of recipe. Its a little more…

  • sausage potato apple hash
    Breakfast

    Potato and Sausage Hash

    Rob and I are not really “breakfast people.” We just generally do not put a lot of effort into making a big deal out of breakfast. We both leave for work early and on weekends we like to get up and get going. As a result we tend to do very simple things like cereal or bagels (I love a good bagel). So when we do decide to make a bigger breakfast, its a pretty big deal for us. Rob really wanted to do something with breakfast sausage. We had made a stop at our local butcher and Rob got THREE different kinds of sausage. If you live in the…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…