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…

Indoor S’mores…Bars

We have “jeans days” in teaching on rare occasions. It’s the rare days which aren’t fridays that teachers get to relax and feel comfortable for just a little bit. Those days come with stipulations (of course). It could be a price, a survey, or in this case, treats for the team. The annual Iowa Cy-Hawk…

Cubano Chicken Roll Ups

My mom sent this recipe to me via Instagram the other day. It was one of the daily recipes from a blogger I’ve come to love- Skinnytaste. What I loved about this recipe was how simple it was. The ingredients weren’t anything fancy, it took a limited number of dishes and was packed with flavor….

Taste of Home: Tomato Soup

Fall is almost upon us- football is starting up, veggies are coming in from the garden, temperatures are starting to cool off. I love fall. It’s the start of a new school  year, cooler temps, and a load of crock pot recipes, soups, and roasts. Those are the comfort foods of my childhood. And after…

Chicken a la Dean

Cooking for 1 is hard. Cooking for 1 when all the recipes you know how to make serve 15-30 is even harder. My posts have been fewer simply because I haven’t needed to cook as much. Between traveling and eating leftovers, I only need to cook a few times a week. Last week, I was…

Fall off the bone 3 ingredient chicken.

Tonight is open house at school. It’s that really long day where teachers are working from 7am to 9pm making sure rooms, supplies, parents, and kids are ready for day 1. It’s one of those days where takeout is a teacher’s best friend on those precious hours off. The slow cooker is a great substitute…

Fried “Rice” for Everyone!

Mitch recipe shopped and cooked dinner last night. He found a GREAT new skinnytaste recipe for a fried rice. The trick- there’s actually no rice in this dish! This gluten-free, protein packed meal was a great one pot meal which required no special ingredients, time, or effort. The recipe I will link below walks you…

A little repeat on a few busy week!

It’s one of those crazy weeks. With school picking up this week and new classrooms to arrange, building in time for menu planning and cooking has been difficult. I’ve been eating out at lunch with new coworkers, hitting the gym, then getting so excited to think about next week that I leave little time for…