Confetti Slaw

  I have always loved spring. There’s something almost magical about watching nature come alive after a long winter. If you look closely, you can see signs already. To the casual observer, this was just another grey, drab winter morning. But there, on the tips of the dogwood branches, are buds. Hundreds of buds. How…

Margarita Chicken

​You’ve heard of umami, right? It’s been a big buzz word in cooking lately. It’s one of those things that can be really hard to define, but you know it when you taste it. Come to think of it, the other tastes aren’t much easier to describe. What can you say about sweet, other than…it’s…

Best Ever Black Bean Soup for Instant Pot

So, you don’t want to wait all day for Best Ever Black Bean Soup? I can’t blame you! Maybe you still need to pick up some ingredients, or just don’t like leaving the slow cooker on when you’re not home, or maybe you just like how little clean-up is needed with your Instant Pot. Fear…

Grilled Cumin-Sage Pork Tenderloin

  What do you make when your sister is coming for dinner? It’s got to be special (because she is), but not so time-consuming that you’re stuck in the kitchen instead of enjoying her company. I thought I’d be brave and try something new that I found on The Spruce, with very few tweaks. I…

Broccolini Farro Salad

Can we have this every night? It’s that good! As with many of my favorite recipes, this one originated at Smitten Kitchen. I rarely tweak anything from that site — Deb Perelman is just that brilliant — but here I opted for broccolini rather than broccoli. It’s a bit sweeter, and the stems are more tender. Otherwise, it’s…

Pork, Potato, & Fennel Sheet Pan Supper​

​ Today’s sheet pan supper was inspired by a recipe from Cooking Light way back in 2001. It’s delicious, and someday I’ll make it again to post here. But today, I just wasn’t in the mood to sauté. Sometimes, I just wanna pile some stuff on a pan and stuff it in the oven, yeah?…

Carrots With Crispy Shallot Butter

​ Uh-oh, I’m out of chives! I’ve had mixed luck growing them in my Aerogarden because for some reason, they don’t always germinate. I had some leftover carrots from a sheet pan supper, and I wanted a quick and easy way to prepare them for dinner. Carrots With Chive Butter is my go-to for that,…

Madras Shrimp With Rice

​ Madras Shrimp is one of my favorite ways to cook shrimp. So flavorful, and you don’t even have to sauté the shrimp! It turns out to be a pretty easy dish to convert to a freezer meal, too. What a treat, to come home to a quick and easy freezer meal! A note about…