Sesame Chicken and Broccolini

This recipe is an easy go-to when I want something lower maintenance and fast. It comes together in about 20 minutes, and even clean up is easy! Sesame Chicken and Broccolini (Original recipe: Mom on Time Out) 2 tbsp peanut oil 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs 1 bunch broccolini, cut into florets 3 green…

Garlic Rosemary Chicken

Some of my favorite home recipes are restaurant copycats. This one, a knock off of an Olive Garden dish, is one of the best. It is deceptively simple; sauteed chicken over spinach. Nothing fancy, right? You guys, it’s the sauce. If you take the time to do this dish right, this pan sauce is to…

Savory Pumpkin Soup

While pumpkin soup is something I typically reserve for autumn and Thanksgiving, I was craving it the other day. But this is not your grandma’s strangely sweet yet weirdly bland pumpkin soup. My recipe is different than most, as I omit all the traditional sweeter spices. No ginger, no cinnamon, no nutmeg. I’m after a…

Peanut Butter Butterscotch Rice Krispies® Treats

This is one of those simple recipes you teach your kids to get them excited about cooking, which is precisely where I learned it. Staying at a friend’s house during summer vacation in middle school, we felt accomplished making these easy treats for ourselves. I still crave these bars from time to time as an…

Italian Sausage and Pepper Risotto

I have recently discovered that some of these meal delivery services post their recipes online. After watching Kay with The Organized Soprano effortlessly make this dish on her YouTube channel, I decided to tackle risotto for the first time. I’d always been intimidated by the idea of risotto being high maintenance and complicated, but using a Home…

Creamy Chicken Sausage and Spinach Soup

Sometimes, you go to a restaurant and enjoy a dish. Other times, you go to a restaurant, and think of all the ways you would alter a dish if you made it at home. This is one of those for me, my version of Olive Garden’s Chicken Gnocchi soup. In this version, I use more-flavorful…

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon in a Balsamic Glaze

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon in a Balsamic Glaze (Original recipe: Tiffani Thiessen) 4 strips of bacon 1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil 10 oz Brussels sprouts (about 18 medium sprouts), trimmed and cut in half 1/2 C water 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons unsalted butter Salt and pepper Fry the bacon until golden and…

Chicken Pot Pie filling

  Chicken Pot Pie is one of my husband’s favorite meals. It’s a recipe I want to master someday. I’m not the best baker (yet!), so decent homemade pastry continues to elude me. But I have developed a pretty killer filling! Adding tarragon, leeks, and white wine to the usual carrots and peas, this recipe…

Cowboy Cookies

After quite a few weeks of trying to meet pressing real estate and work deadlines, I finally crashed and spent most of today nursing a nasty headache. Once I felt well enough to crawl out of bed, I really wanted cookies. Not wanting to have to drive anywhere, I scavenged around my kitchen, finding the…

Honey Dijon Chicken Salad

In thick summer heat, I find having already-made proteins in the fridge is key. They can mean the difference between eating something homemade and (marginally) healthy or getting takeout – again – just to keep from turning on the cook top or oven. Around our house, one of the best is chicken salad. My favorite…