Cleaned-Up Cheeseburger Macaroni

Another successful cleaned up version of a boxed meal from my childhood! If you sometimes crave Hamburger Helper the way I do, while still wanting to eat clean ingredients, this recipe is for you. This is delicious, cheesy comfort food 101!   Cleaned-Up Cheeseburger Macaroni (Original Recipe: The Cozy Cook) 2 cups shredded extra-sharp cheddar…

Cookies with fall flavors

Every fall, I challenge myself to try at least one new cookie recipe. This year, however, Pinterest’s overabundance of delicious-looking options inspired me to try two! The first is an Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal cookie. They celebrate that apple-y goodness you want in the fall. And with less than one cup of brown sugar, you can…

Chicken Fricassee

This just looks like some chicken and mushrooms, huh? Believe me when I tell you this particular plate of chicken and mushrooms is creamy and delicious and has shot up to the top of my meal plan list. Even my hard-to-impress husband requested these leftovers in his work lunch the next day. A fricassee refers…

Ten years of learning to cook

“Yeah, but I can’t cook like you.” Quite a few people have said that to me lately, and it always makes me smile. It was ten years ago that a light bulb went on in my head. Amidst growing health concerns, I knew I was going to have to start eating primarily homemade food in…

Easy Blueberry Pie

Last week, I went blueberry picking with a friend. We did what friends do, got to chatting, and before I realized it, I had seven pounds of blueberries! Considering there are only two people in my household, it’s going to take awhile to get through seven pounds of blueberries. So summer baking, it is! After…

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Upon learning about the legendary New York Times/Jacques Torres chocolate chip cookies, I knew I had to taste them! However, I live on the opposite coast from Manhattan. So it was up to me to create them. The original recipe is a bit more complicated than your average cookie. It uses equal weight of bread…

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…