Philly Foodie

If you’ve never visited Philadelphia, it’s definitely an awesome place to see.  Even if you don’t do the historical touristy thing, it’s worth it to go just for the food.  I spent almost 6 years in the area, and didn’t take full advantage of it.  So, when I recently got the chance to visit again,…

Veggie Sauce for Pasta

One very distinct memory I have from my childhood is the smell of spaghetti sauce simmering on the stove.  A homemade meat sauce, it is a definite contributor as to why spaghetti is still my favorite meal to this day.  As a kid, I used to think the reason I loved it so much was…

Steak Fajita Sauce

Fajitas aren’t something we eat often at our house, so when I was looking for something different to do with some beef, it seems like a good enough reason to to make my own sauce. For the sauce : ¼ cup mayo 1 tsp chili powder 2 tsp garlic powder ¼ tsp sugar Salt/pepper to…

Black Bean and Quinoa

What tricks or lessons have you learned in your cooking experience?  One that continues to elude me is planning the size of the pot or pan I will use.  Don’t underestimate the volume of this one. You’ve been warned…. 😛 Ingredients ½ cup black beans 1 cup quinoa 1 can chicken broth (14.5 oz) 1…

Gazpacho-style Chicken

Gazpacho is a soup that is served cold.  It typically consists of onion, cucumber, tomato, and Italian spices.  In this recipe, I experimented with using this as a hot topping or sauce-like addition to baked chicken.   Ingredients: 2 garlic cloves, chopped 1/2 onion, chopped 1/2 cucumber, cut into quarter-inch thick sliced, then quartered 2…

Yoga and Salt

I’ve always loved doing yoga as a way to relax and well as strengthen my body.   It’s like an old friend I should see more often than I do.  So today, I’m visiting. One day last summer, I went to one of those yoga in the park type deals.  There were 5 of us on…

Vegetable-Infused Meatballs

So, I was originally hoping this recipe would be one I could share as a toddler-approved meal, but mine wouldn’t even attempt it the day I made these, so no such luck.  Typical toddler. Oh well, still a great way to add more veggies to your meal!   Ingredients: 1 T. olive oil 2 clove…

Monday Night Italian Chicken and Veggie Stew

It’s a bit cliche, but you don’t realize how many minutes you’ve squandered away in your life until you have kids.  I have had this thought many times when trying to figure out how to balance work, cooking, and taking care of a baby.  And now that he’s older, entertaining a toddler. This easy crock…

Grown Up Macaroni and Cheese

Looking for something more interesting to serve with your fish as Good Friday approaches?   I love this recipe because it is so simple and also a bit more sophisticated than your typical macaroni and cheese.  That’s one nice thing about this dish – you can be creative with your cheese choices!   Ingredients: 1 1/2…

Salsa-Ranch Chicken over Brown Rice

Fun fact about brown rice:  it takes much longer to cook than white rice.  I learned this the hard way, one evening after a long day at work.  I was proud of myself for actually planning out the timing for a meal. I believe it was some sort of baked chicken, with zucchini and brown…

Third Time’s the Charm

  Who am I? I’m your everyday woman; wife, mother, working professional, and millennial are just a few ways to describe me. Why should you follow me? I’m not a chef, trained in the culinary arts. I’ve never taken a photography class.  I dabble in yoga and dance, but I’m no expert.  I love to…

Memorial Day Eats

Memorial Day is a day that’s notorious for it’s hamburger-and-hot dog-filled cookouts and picnics. Well, as usual, I went on a quest for something different to make for baby’s first picnic.  Not that he’s eating hamburgers and hot dogs. Of course, another requirement was that it had to be quick and easy.  Enter Pulled Barbeque…