Chicken Marsala

As I am on Spring Break this week, Mitch has shouldered more of the cooking and is trying out some new recipes and tried and true favorites. Last night, as he was getting ready to cook and I was working, he asked me “What can you do with chicken and mushrooms?” Talk about two ingredients…

Slow-Cooker Picadillo

The author of the Skinnytaste Cookbook swears by this recipe. Frankly, when I looked at the ingredients, I didn’t see it coming together, but man was it delicious. Homolka describes this savory slow cooker meal as one her family requests at least once a month, and I can see why. This is one of “those”…

Baja Steak Salad

Last night was supposed to be a movie night to see Beauty and the Beast. It was sold out, so it waits for another day. In planning on this happening, though, I prepared a 10-minute dinner. I promise it is actually only 10-15 minutes of actual work. This salad was filling, flavorful, and packed with interesting…

Meatless Monday: Panzanella Salad

I know what you’re thinking- Panzanella is a SALAD, a salad made of a bread and tomatoes…there’s no way it makes a meal. I’m going to correct you right there folks- it can (and was) done. If you read a lot of fitness stuff, a lot of the current research promotes cutting out meat for…

A Taste of Ireland at Home

Growing up, March was always a special food month in my parent’s house. It was the time of year Mom always made the dreaded Irish Soda Bread (still not a fan), when Dad would take out one celebratory Guiness out from the basement, and Mom brought out the big silver pot to make corned beef…

Chicken, Bacon, Ranch Mac & Cheese

Mitch lets me pick TV shows often after work. Of course, my go to is Cooking Channel or Food Network. What that means is that I get a mean case of the munchies. A few nights ago, we were watching Best Thing I Ever Ate and it featured some slammin’ bowls of mac & cheese. I…

Taco Night: 5 Ingredient Carne Asada

This recipe is a shout-out to one my mom found a few years ago. I can’t remember which site or magazine we borrowed this from, but whatever it was- it’s amazing. It all started because my mom was looking for a quick steak taco recipe which would pack a flavor punch. Although it seems small…

Sheet Pan Dinners 101

I decided to try this new craze- sheet pan dinners-last night. It was one of those nights where I did not want to do dishes, and honestly, my grocery selection of veggies was pretty slim. I looked up Skinnytaste’s best chicken recipes and this one came up. Seeming relatively simple, I went for it. The…

Weekend Rewind: A Weekend in Naperville

Mitch and I continued our regular weekend excursions with a trip home to visit my parents and brother in Naperville. While partially a family trip, it was also a weekend to celebrate the retirement of a long-time teacher at my high school. Mr. U, as everyone calls him, was preparing to retire after 39 years…

Take Out at Home: Deluxe, Stuffed Burgers

I’ve been on a burger kick lately. After a great workout last night, I was in the mood for some high-quality comfort food. I knew I needed a fast meal, as there was a line of severe weather headed our way, and the Davenport community is prone to losing power (this has happened over dinner…

Restaurant Review: Me & Billy

Ever since I moved to the Quad City area, I have been an avid fan of Downtown Davenport staple, Me and Billy. This quirky, charming restaurant has stolen the heart of countless QCA residents and looks forward to a prosperous future I am sure. The business success is founded on co-owners and team. Billy, the restaurant’s…

Copycat! Chick-fil-A Chicken Without Ordering Out

I have to be honest. I don’t like Chick-fil-A sandwiches. For the longest time, everyone I knew told me I HAD to eat there. So, when one finally opened up near me, I stopped by in a long line for my chicken sandwich. Now, I didn’t like it for one main reason. I hate mayonnaise….