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

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

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

Chicken Stew with Herbed Dumplings

Talk about some comfort food!Okay, so comfort food is something we all crave when the weather turns.  I don’t know if it’s from childhood memories or it’s more primal than that, but something in our bellies wants stick-to-your-ribs goodness this time of year.  Unfortunately, that goodness comes at the price of pants buttons popping and food-induced comas.  So I wondered to myself, does comfort food have to give us that feeling that we never want to even look at food again?That being said, I decided to tackle the classic Southern American dish, chicken and dumplings, and make it a little less heavy.  By creating a broth-based soup, instead of a thick gravy, and by adding tons of veggies and fresh herbs, I think I may have done just that! Continue reading

French Bacon and Onion Tart

My husband and I recently spent a long weekend in Quebec, and of course a lot of their food is French-inspired.  We didn’t have a meal that wasn’t completely delicious while we were there (but that’s a different blog post!) and as soon as we returned home I was hankering to bring French cuisine into my kitchen.  Which brings me to the French bacon and onion tart.The savory, mouth-watering, transcendant, tart…  This dish is honestly one of the best I’ve cooked in a while.  It is absolutely fantastic, and while it does take a little time, you will be HIGHLY rewarded for your efforts!  This recipe is brought to you, via me, via America’s Test KitchenContinue reading

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Let’s just get one thing straight: I’m a fan of Swiss Miss hot chocolate.  I am, and I’ve had those more “gourmet” brands that come in their individual pouches and cost probably much more than a cup of hot cocoa ever should…but, when I came across this recipe 2 years ago that promised super thick and creamy hot chocolate, and it was right in the middle of a cold and bleak Pennsylvania February, I knew I had to try it.  And I’m so glad I did because it. is. unbelievable.  Give this recipe a try once.  Like I said, I’ve saved this cut-out from a magazine for 2 years, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.  Continue reading

Parmesan Pasta Gratin

I have a wonderful friend who is a vegetarian, and she lives in New York, where my husband and I try to make several trips a year to visit.  For my birthday this summer she got me a book full of recipes from beloved NYC restaurants, and I wanted to cook up a vegetarian entrée from it and use it on the blog in her honor, but the pasta I liked the most had prosciutto in it.  Now, I happen to love this tasty little cured ham, but I knew that would not fly for a veggie-only eater, so I figured I could just remove the meat and we’d be good to go…except that left literally just the pasta and the cheese sauce, which would make for a heavy, coma-inducing meal.The prosciutto, besides being awesome, does the important job of cutting through all that dairy with a salty bite, so I knew it was a simple question of adding in ingredients that would do that same job, but instead of the pig, I’d turn to veggies instead for the task!  Continue reading

Milwaukee and Beyond

As promised (a month ago…okay, okay) I am giving you some more pictures and details from the rest of my trip to Wisconsin, which centered in and around Milwaukee!  Continue reading

20* Minute Autumn Supper

Ah the chicken breast.  One of the greatest gifts to weeknight dinners, and also one of the worst.  There are literally thousands of chicken breast recipes in existence, but a lot of them are really bland or boring.  Yet since this staple is healthy, easy to prepare, and usually relatively inexpensive, I’m always trying to think of ways to keep it interesting in the kitchen.Those ways usually involve flour dredges and wine reductions and pan sauces, but sometimes that is too much work and too much of a mess, especially when it’s Wednesday night at 6:30 and we haven’t eaten yet.  Luckily, I stumbled into this great and easy recipe for Maple Dijon Chicken that takes about 20 minutes from start to finish to prepare, not to mention the fact of how yummy it is.  And paired with a DELICIOUS, no frills, perfectly baked sweet potato (**Which doestake 50 minutes to bake, hence the asterisk in the title of this post), this is an awesome quick and easy Autumn Supper!  Continue reading