Tilapia Piccata

This recipe is one my mom found a while back. I love it for weeks like these. First, it’s a 30 minute meal. Second, it has virtually no prep work. Third, it uses frozen tilapia fillets (which come individually wrapped in the bag). On weeks like this, where I’m traveling and don’t want leftovers getting…

So Addicted Enchiladas

When I opened up the skinnytaste cookbook and read “so addicted enchiladas” I had to try it out. The ingredients seemed straight forward, the process easy, and the picture of the book looked amazing. I honestly  thought the picture looked too good to be true. These were, hands down, some of the best enchiladas I…

Cinnamon Rolls

I love a warm and gooey cinnamon roll. The sweet and savory rolls, steaming out the oven, drizzled in delicious icing- it’s the stuff weekend mornings are made of. I decided to be ambitious last weekend and make my own cinnamon rolls from scratch. I am usually the person who goes rock the Pillsbury tube,…

Fall Butternut Squash Soup

Now that my heart has stopped pounding from the Iowa State upset of TCU, I can finally write about my delicious supper tonight. Fall decided that it didn’t want to show up in Iowa this year, so we went straight from 70 to 30 degrees this week. I’ve been shivering for two days. I planned…

Breakfast for all hours of the day

It’s final exams time for the kids which means a grading marathon for teachers and the longest chain of emails back and forth. As it got cold and windy today, I couldn’t help but cook up some comfort food- pancakes. Sure, I had the ingredients ready for teriyaki glazed pork chops (check out tomorrow). Chocolate…

Chicken thighs with mushrooms

We got our first real taste of fall today. I woke up to temperatures that never left the low 40’s, and there was a distinctive chill in the air. It’s the kind of weather that begs for warm soups, stews, and sautéed dishes. I tried this new chicken thigh and mushroom sauce dish and I…

French Dip Sliders

My mom made these yummy sandwiches as a late night dinner during one of my travel days home. I love how simple they are and how it pretty much requires “1 of everything.” They also only take about 15 minutes to assemble and cook which makes them a great go to for any occasion. These…

Short Ribs (Also Short a Picture)

I realized today that I made a delicious new recipe and forgot to take a picture. I tried cooking short ribs for the first time today. They are like wonderful morsels of yummy savory beef flavor braised low and slow for hours. Yes it’s still 100 degrees today, but I’ve been feeling more and more…

Pesto and Pasta

I decided to bravely try to make pesto from scratch. I will say it was about 80% successful. I needed more basil- but that’s an easy fix for next time. I mostly had been thinking about how unnecessarily expensive buying premade pesto is when it can easily be whipped up for half the price at…

Greek Salad-Updated

A while back, I was doing some reading about the value of trying to watch portions and frequency of when meat is included in your diet. It makes sense: at some point in our history, meat was rare, and at another point, meat was expensive. We learned how to survive and thrive without it. Nowadays,…

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

I love a good slow cooker night, and this soup was an amazing find. It’s packed full of yummy veggies, beans, and chicken. Talk about a great and hearty fall meal which won’t break the bank. It makes tons of soup too- we got at least 8 portions out of a regulapr recipe. After cooking,…

Spicy, Lemon Shrimp

It was a busy Saturday for us. We decided to head up to the Iowa “Super Bowl”- known to the rest of the world as the Iowa/Iowa State football game. This tradition awards the Cy-Hawk Corn trophy and a year’s worth of bragging rights to whoever wins. The Cyclones (ever the underdogs) ALMOST WON. They…