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…

Grown-Up Tuna Casserole

Sometimes, you just crave comfort food, even when it’s the dead of summer outside. Fortunately, our air conditioner makes it bearable to turn on the oven and indulge when that happens. Even if that isn’t the case for you, bookmark this deliciousness to try in cooler months, because this hits the spot when all you…

Cheesy Chicken Pot Pie Orzo

One of my husband’s favorite meals is chicken pot pie. However, I have yet to perfect making pastry of any kind. My temporary solution? Substituting pasta. This one-dish meal comes together pretty quickly compared to traditional homemade pot pies, and it seems to temporarily satisfy that comfort food craving when it rages. It also makes…

Mushroom ravioli in rosemary butter sauce

Several weeks ago, a friend’s mother-in-law offered to teach us an old Italian recipe for homemade pasta. We decided to make ravioli, and almost as an afterthought, I realized I’d need a filling. I prepared two: one salmon that was okay, and this one, which turned out to be quite possibly the best ravioli I’ve…