• caesar salad
    Basics,  Lunch,  Side Dish

    Tangy Tarragon Caesar

    Caesar dressing is one of those recipes that can take a little bit of trial and error to get right. I have made my own at least two times before this for the blog (recipes here and here). Both of those, came out okay but I always thought I could do better. Well, turns out practice does make perfect and third time is the charm!! I was start from scratch, and use egg yolks for my dressing. You can use mayo as a simplification, but to me that defeats a bit of the point. The nice thing with the egg approach is I can have a better control of the…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • zakarian greek yogurt pasta
    Dinner,  Lunch

    Zakarian’s Yogurt and Herb Pasta

    So, this may be the first time I got a real inspiration from watching the Kitchen on the Food Network. The best part of the show though is definitely Geoffrey Zakarian (just gonna call him GZ going forward). When he makes something on the show, its more often than involves proper technique and flavor pairings. This one actually caught my eye and made me go oooh! I would describe it as basically a Tzaziki Pasta, which just sounded awesome. What’s really great is that the only thing that you need to cook is the pasta. We did cook up some chicken pieces to provide protein but its not required. 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…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • Orange Tarragon Rainbow Carrots
    Side Dish,  Thanksgiving,  Vegetable

    Orange Tarragon Rainbow Carrots

    I really love rainbow carrots, they add a fun pop of color variation that makes them look great.  The purple ones are especially fun as the color changes inside so it provides even more visual interest.  For this recipe, I wanted a bright, fresh note to go with some of the more savory sides and turkey for Thanksgiving.  To do that, I added Tarragon, which has become one of my favorite herbs, and some orange to tie it in with my turkey recipe. What I really love about these carrots is that they are the easiest side to whip up last minute while you let your turkey rest for your…