• spinach artichoke pasta
    Dinner

    Spinach & Artichoke Pasta

    The idea for this pasta started at a desire to figure out how to take spinach and artichoke dip, one of my favorite dips, and make a pasta out of it. I will admit that this is clearly not an original idea, just look at Pinterest. I wanted to make the recipe my own though so I didn’t consult any of those other ideas. My challenge was trying to keep the whole thing feeling light. Traditionally, spinach and artichoke dip is a heavy, hot, cheesy dip. While delicious, I didn’t want a super heavy pasta and I wanted a flavor that felt appropriate for spring. So to make sure that…

  • Chicken Pot Pie
    Dinner

    Easy Chicken Pot Pie

    Pot Pies are one of my favorite comfort food meals. There is even a food truck that sometimes comes by my office that specializes in pot pies!! Thankfully, I have converted Rob into a big fan. Not that he wasn’t before, but now he actually requested this one. I was working on how to make this easier since having to cook chicken on top of everything else would have been a lot. I decided to go with a rotisserie chicken which takes care of the cooking and adds some base flavor. A basic herb-roasted chicken was perfect and thankfully you can find them for cheap at most grocery stores. The…

  • 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…

  • veal marsala
    Dinner

    Veal Marsala

    Veal Marsala is a pretty classic Italian meal and makes for an excellent date night dinner. Its reasonably light, but can be very flavorful and filling. It’s also one of Rob’s all time favorite dinners; which is really funny considering how much heat hates mushrooms. I definitely can’t blame him though; the sauce is always super flavorful and its pretty easy to make. The interesting thing about Marsala is that its basically the only wine that you likely wouldn’t drink by itself but still cook with. Almost everyone says, if you wouldn’t drink with it, don’t cook with it. Marsala, on the other hand, has a really great flavor for…

  • pastitsio
    Dinner

    Pastitsio

    Pastitsio is one of Rob’s all-time favorite recipes. It is essentially a Greek lasagna/baked ziti dish. Pastitsio is a layer of pasta topped with a spiced meat layer followed by a bechamel layer. It is definitely a bit labor intensive but it is so delicious. I definitely see why Rob loves it so much. I love this too as it makes for a good make-ahead or leftovers dinner. We did break from tradition a little bit with this version. For this version, we used a ground beef and veal combo instead of traditional lamb. We made it with lamb once; however, lamb has a very strong flavor and competes a…

  • Pizza
    Dinner,  Lunch

    Brussels Sprout and Caramelized Red Onion Pizza

    Now that I have found a pizza dough recipe I really like, I am starting to experiment a bit more with my toppings.  This one is a new take on an older recipe but adds in several new toppings that I haven’t used before plus a really great cheese blend.  Honestly, I couldn’t really fit all of the appropriate descriptors for this pizza in the title.  I don’t think “Four Cheese-Brussels Sprout-Caramelized Red Onion-Pancetta Pizza” is a good post title.  So, I shortened it, but the long version is really what it is. I wanted to add red onion, but Rob wasn’t a big fan of the idea of just…

  • Gorgonzola Butternut Alfredo
    Dinner

    Butternut Squash and Gorgonzola Alfredo

    This Butternut Squash and Gorgonzola Alfredo recipe has a bit of an interesting origin story.  Rob has been bugging me for a little while to work on a variation of a pasta dish he grew up eating.  It is basically a super simple cream sauce not all that different than my prosciutto and pea pasta.  I didn’t really want to just do that, so I was looking for some other flavors.  Inspiration came in the form of a salad I got for lunch from SweetGreen that combined blue cheese and butternut squash.  Rob instantly agreed and here we are! We decided to roast the butternut squash to give it some…

  • 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…