Make Ahead Breakfast: Frittata

I had the first day of my (new!) full-time job today, so this post is going to be a quick one! I think in addition to providing you all with some quality recipes, I’d also like to occasionally provide you with some that can be altered based on your mood/tastes/what you have in the fridge.
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Baked Swai with Mediterranean Salsa

Sometimes recipes are inspired by complex ideas, and other times… you just have to use up what’s in your pantry. My parents brought us a generous supply of garden-fresh tomatoes when they came to visit a few weekends ago, and the last few needed to be used. I’d also been in the mood for olives (I think at this point I’ve gone through three 16 oz cans in as many days?), and thus, this mediterranean “salsa” idea was born.My husband, Jay, and I also stock up on frozen Swai… it’s a really under-appreciated white fish in my opinion! It’s fatty, buttery, and cheap. (You can get “river farmed” swai for $3-4 a pound.) I like to think of it as a fattier version of tilapia, but it’s apparently a catfish-like fish found in Southeast Asia. Anyway, yum. Continue reading

Spaghetti Squash with Sage and Walnut Sauce

Spaghetti squash, like eggs, is one of those foods that gets me so pumped about what food is.  It’s a squash like any other squash, but then you run your fork through it after baking and BAM!  Perfectly formed spaghetti strands.  Food can be amazing, and spaghetti squash needs no embellishment, which is why I paired mine with a simple and quick sage and walnut butter sauce.  This is a classic sauce…you don’t always have to reinvent the wheel in the kitchen. But it pairs so perfectly with the delicate squash, and it’s so yummy to boot.  Vegetarian or not, this is a fantastic Fall supper.  Continue reading

Slow Cooker/Pressure Cooker Chicken Broth

I think it’s a definite staple for every home cook to know how to make their own stock. In the fall/winter, I make so much soup, stew, etc. that we literally buy cartons upon cartons of the grocery store variety. With the recent arrival of Jay’s new pressure cooker (which I, of course, quickly stole and learned how to use), I figured I should probably start making my own. Armed with a couple of chicken carcasses left over from roasting, and a basic knowledge of how not to kill myself with the pressure cooker, I have to say I’m really pleased with how it turned out! Continue reading

Herbed Olive Oil Potatoes

Sometimes when bags of potatoes are on sale buy-one-get-one free at the market, my husband and I have to indulge, even though it leaves us with 6-10 lbs. of potatoes on our hands.  Our worst fear is that we’ll decide against it, but then next week we’ll need potatoes and feel like total chumps because we missed out on a free bag!  However, that leaves us with a bunch of potatoes, and in need of recipes! Continue reading

Dinner Party Delectables, Part 2

I don’t know a lot of ways to start a week off that are better than dessert!  So with that, let’s dive right into these Peanut Butter Crispy Bars that are making another appearance from their Dinner Party debut.Every so often when I have spare reading time (which is NEVER now that I’m in graduate school) I get a cookbook out of the library, just to peruse even while I’m watching tv.  One of my favorites is the book that Food & Wine Magazine puts out every year, Best of the Best Cookbook RecipesContinue reading

Dinner Party Delectables, Part 1

I’m going to keep this brief, mostly because I’m smack in the middle of midterms for grad school, and also mostly because I wrote up this post around 9:00 this morning and it somehow deleted itself…Anyway, let us rejoice, because it is Thursday, and Thursday is a good friend of Friday.  And let us rejoice by checking out an awesome recipe for Spanish Manchego Stuffed Pork Burgers, which I made for my Dinner Party last weekend and which were requested to appear on the blog in recipe form! Continue reading

DIY Tartan and Lace Infinity Scarf Tutorial: Two Ways!

While browsing Pinterest recently I came across this lovely little jersey and lace infinity scarf, which (of course) linked directly to one of those subscription-only shopping sites. Boo.

That scarf (even without a direct link to buy) appeared to be extremely popular with my fellow pinners: it has been repinned 47 times since I pinned it myself!  I wanted one, but I thought that I could easily come up with a tutorial for something similar… and I have!Below, you can see that I came up with two different styles based on mixing jersey and lace (mine was actually rayon, oh well), which you could easily make up with some scrap fabric or some old t-shirts. I put both of them together this morning, and they didn’t take much fabric. Keep reading for a full tutorial on how to make each one, complete with pictures.   Continue reading

Adventures in Upstate New York (or “My Favorite Place on Earth”)

Note: This is a very picture-heavy post, so apologies for the slow load time!
My husband’s family has had a “Great Camp” in Upstate New York since the late 1800’s, tucked away in the Adirondack Park. It’s a gorgeous, isolated place with a lake, myriad hiking trails, and the most breathtaking views I’ve ever seen. We have been extremely blessed to spend a lot of time there over the years, and even more blessed to have had our wedding there in July of 2011.Most recently, we had the opportunity to make a spur-of-the-moment trip to Camp with my graduate school friends (whom I’ve missed dearly ever since moving back to Virginia). The driveway alone is a 30 minute drive, so we hardly ever leave once we’re up there. It was a lovely, lazy weekend, and I can’t wait to head back up that way for Thanksgiving.The weekend started off with the obligatory jump in the lake…   Continue reading

A Little Dinner Party

Good morning to all! Bringing you a different kind of post on this dreary October Monday.  My husband and I had another couple over for dinner on Saturday night, and I thought I’d highlight a few items from our evening and share some tips on hosting, cooking, and making a lovely little tablescape that is NOT fussy, NOT obnoxious, and not hard at all to do!First of all, try to do as much of the prepping, cooking, table-setting as early in the day as you can.  You might think this goes without saying, but not for me.  I am often guilty of making several things that have to be done right before serving, or having two separate dishes that have to have the finishing touches at the same time, right before they hit the table.  Soon I’m a sweating, stressed mess.  Why do this to yourself if you don’t have to??  Same goes with setting a pretty little table. Continue reading