Chicken Quesadillas

Work nights can be the worst- a late day at work, then errands afterwords, and you are left wondering “what about dinner” right around 9pm. Which is promptly followed by falling asleep immediately. This dinner was inspired by one of those nights. All of these components could be made ahead of time and assembled last…

Cooking With Ketchup: Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

We tried recipe #2 from Cooking with Ketchup last night. Anyone who has read my blog for a while (or who knows me at all) knows that I love a good slow cooker recipe. Especially in summer, you don’t want to turn the oven on heat up the whole house. Instead, the slow cooker can…

Cooking with Ketchup: 20 minute Jambalya

Mitch got a cookbook last year called Cooking with ketchup. As the name implies, every recipe uses ketchup as a key ingredient. This recipe was simple and flavorful to whip up out of virtually nothing. This recipe was easy, foolproof honestly, and took pretty much no ingredients and time. Plus it was flavorful and tasted…

Happy 4th of July!

Hopefully all of your days have been as filled with family time and food as mine has been. We have been living at the grill and at Naperville Ribfest. Check out this festival if you are in the Chicago area next  4th of July weekend. Tons of great BBQ, games, and music for the whole…

Korean Marinated Chicken

For our Sunday night supper, we decided to go clean and simple for dinner. In a cross between east meets west, we made risotto and a quick Korean Marinated Chicken. I love what I call “one bag marinades.” A) there aren’t dishes because you can make up the marinade in the bag and B) that…

Dinner Date Night- Parmesan Crusted Steak

Mitch and I decided to put our cooking skills to the test in a high quality dinner date night. We decided to try our hand at a Parmesan crusted steak. There’s not much that screams luxury more than a crusted steak at the steakhouse- bubbling and brown with flavor. A few months back, my mom…

Summer Dinner Salads: Shrimp and Tortellini

We all know that point in the summer, where the heat is unbearable, and for Midwestern folks like me, the humidity is pretty much a constant. Thinking of turning on the oven, the stove, or even the slow cooker just sounds like signing your own death wish. We all want that crisp, fresh flavor that…

Breakfast for Dinner- Refrigerator Leftover Hash

Mitch has been in charge of the menu this week, and he came up with the idea of doing breakfast for dinner. We had some eggs to use up, some potatoes, and some random veggies left from different meals. Add some bacon (which was on sale this week) and you have yourself a high quality…

Teriyaki, Pineapple Chicken Drumsticks

Moving and traveling have had my cooking skills limited for a while here. Last night was back to work on the “use it up” recipe hunt though. I found myself with lots of soy sauce, and when I saw this recipe, I knew it was the right fit for me. Not only was it based…

A Weekend with Friends

My cooking and posting schedule has definitely been off of late. I spent the past long weekend visiting with friends. I snapped some great photos, but unfortunately none of our food! If you haven’t been outside at the grill this summer yet, or you haven’t had the chance to see some friends, take that time…