A few weeks ago my blog turned 4! Four whole years of teaching myself to cook and building my confidence in the kitchen. Over the course of almost 200 recipes I’ve built a battery of weeknight dishes, learned how to prepare healthy lunches for the week, experimented with the instant pot, and become more and […]

The ‘experiment’ category here on the blog is a place where I keep the records of recipes that I’ve thrown together on the fly. Sometimes these are things that I make up when digging through the pantry, or they are an idea I have in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep. I’ve […]

I feel so lucky to have friends that love to come over and cook with me. Well, since L was born it’s been more like “for me” but hey, that’s what good friends are for! My friend Ellen came over recently and suggested we cook up one of her family’s favorite dishes – chicken cacciatore. […]

Fall is one of the absolute best cooking seasons, and I’ve been hard at work.  Stay tuned for chicken cacciatore, “polish hoagies” ie kielbasa and peppers on a sub roll, and a crockpot chicken and lentil stew that was so easy and flavorful I made it twice in one week! I’m starting with these, however, […]

Cooking with someone else offers a fascinating window into their brain! The other night Dad and I sat down to make chicken piccata and I couldn’t help but chuckle at the variation in how we approach dinner preparation. Prior to cooking, Dad sensibly read through the entire recipe, pre-chopped all of the vegetables and organized […]

Chicken piccata is one of those comfort food dishes that tastes best after a long, hard day.  Thank goodness Dad and I had plans to cook piccata together because after this wild day I was in need of some comfort! When I rolled over on Thursday morning and saw 9:00am blinking on the clock I […]

Recently on a pantry clean out I found FOUR containers of paprika. FOUR! So – I set out to make a few dishes with hearty servings of this spice in order to whittle down my stash.  The first dish I made was a paprika roasted sheet pan chicken. I had high hopes of this one […]

“Read 1000 books before Kindergarten!” says a small sign at our local library highlighting a program encouraging early literacy. YES! We are in! I grabbed a bag and examined the rules. They allow for flexibility saying that its ok to re-read books or track discrete books, whatever works for you. All they ask is that […]

Writing today while standing up at my kitchen island with a sleeping baby strapped to my chest.  How do other newborn parents find time to write and keep up with blogging? I have ideas swirling around in my head but L’s nap time is precious and each minute must be utilized with great intention! Naps […]