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…

Caesar Salad from Scratch

This recipe is one of my go to favorites. I took a cooking class several years ago, and this recipe is one that has stuck with me ever since. I love a good Caesar salad, and when I learned how easy this dressing is, I couldn’t stop making it at home. I go so far…

Mitch’s Birthday Dinner: Lamb, Cauliflower, and Chocolate Pie

Mitchell’s 26th birthday was Thursday night. Since we knew he had dek hockey and that we would be packing to head to our respective parents’ houses for the weekend on Thursday night, we decided to celebrate on Wednesday. When I asked Mitch if he would prefer to go out for his birthday or have a…

Grilling in the Summer: Chicken

There’s not much more satisfying and summer-like than the smell of the grill churning away. It is so distinctly summer, seasonal, and it brings back countless memories of family dinners and nights on the porch. While I cannot have a grill in my apartment currently, I make do with a grill pan on the stove…

Thai, Turkey, Lettuce Tacos

I’ve been trying to use a “use it up” mentality in my cooking lately. I recently accepted a new position teaching 10th and 11th grade English in the Des Moines, IA  metro community for the 2017-18 school year. Since I will be moving in the middle-end of July, I have taken on the mentality of…

Rotisserie Chicken Flavor in 30 Minutes and 1 Pan

If you have been following along with my cooking adventures this year, you know I love a good one pot meal. A one pot meal which only takes 30 minutes is even better. And one which only used pantry staples is the best. This recipe hits all three! The trick to success in this dish…

A Tale of Two Meatballs- Buffalo vs Asian

I’ve been on a meatball kick lately. There’s something about the meal being slightly messy and slightly bite sized/finger-food oriented which makes it fun to cook and enjoy. I am also a large fan of the fact that I can whip this kind of meal up in about 20 minutes with tons of pantry staples…

Slow Cooker: Italian Beef Sandwiches

Dinners this week have been a little crazy. Between motivation, work, moving, etc, the willingness to sit down and cook at supper time has been minimal. Tuesday, I went back to my trusty slow cooker and Skinnytaste blog for some supper inspiration. It might just be me, but summer always makes me crave sandwiches and…

Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken

It was one of those weeknight meals where I just wanted magic dinner to be done. If it hadn’t been something I could cook in the crock pot, it would have been one of those nights I would have ordered take out (preferably delivery). Luckily, Skinnytaste came to the rescue with this 3 hour slow…

Weekend Road Trip: Austin’s Booming Food Scene

This weekend, Mitch and I took a semi-impromptu road trip to Austin, TX. Mitch was going to be down there for a conference, and I decided to come down and meet up with him for the remainder of the weekend. Austin has always interested me- especially their growing food scene. As a food nerd, I…