Spiced Pork Chops with Garlic and Lime

The ever present fear when cooking pork chops is that they will be dry, tough, and lack flavor. There are a lot of tricks, tips, and ideas to help counteract this problem. The following quick rub/marinade was an easy way for us to both lock in flavor and juiciness of the chop. The best part…

Spiced Salmon and Black Bean and Corn Salsa

We have been trying to incorporate more variety in the proteins we eat for dinner. You can only have chicken breast so many nights in a row. The problem is cost. Often times, we avoid fish or shellfish because it’s expensive. But when it’s on sale, these lean proteins are full of flavor and a…

Flank Steak and Chimichurri Sauce

Its been a very busy past few weeks for me. From traveling for a friend’s bachelorette party, to packing, to moving in 6 days, I’ve been pretty swamped. Yesterday we wanted a simple supper that wouldn’t require tons of cooking time or the oven/crock pot. It’s been in the 90’s all week, with humidity pushing…

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…