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…

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…

Double chocolate brownie cookies

Sometimes you just need a homemade chocolate cookie, perfect for those wicked chocolate cravings that I know absolutely nothing about. Obviously. Double Chocolate Brownie Cookies (Original recipe: Cafe Delites) 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 cup white granulated sugar 1/2 cup melted butter 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 egg 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1…

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Our weather has been very grey, wet, and dreary lately. Homemade soup always seems to take the edge off a soggy day. The only other chicken and rice soup I’ve tried came from a can, and I didn’t love it. The rice is always so mushy. This homemade version is a big improvement. It’s hot, hearty,…

Bûche de Noël

Every Christmas, I challenge myself to at least one cooking/baking challenge. This year, I chose a Bûche de Noël, otherwise known as a Yule Log. It is a traditional French roulade (or jelly roll cake) filled with fruit and/or cream, covered in chocolate and decorated to look like a log. The most well-known in America is…