Monthly Archives: March 2016

Garlic & Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Apparently I cook with lots of potatoes! Since the blog’s inception, tags have been at the heart of this portfolio for me.   On nights without a meal plan I’m now able to open the fridge, pick out some ingredient staples, and click around to see what I’ve previously made. I am slowly building my own […]


As my comfort in the kitchen expands, I’m finding more and more joy in planning, preparing, and serving a full meal to family and friends.  Sunday was my first year hosting Easter.  My father made a traditional Ukrainian Easter bread (paska) and the hubs and I prepared a non-traditional dinner of pot roast, jalapeno cornbread […]

White Chicken Chili

Last night we hosted Wednesday friend dinner and my risk of cooking a new dish paid off! Every drop of chili was gone after the 6 of us enjoyed this hearty meal.   I’ve been looking for a reason to cook The Pioneer Woman’s White Chili for some time and I chose it last night […]

Mom’s Corn Chowder

As I noted in my Lentils Monastery post, part of my plans this year with the blog are to cook the recipes that my mother left for me. With the start of spring, I figured it was time for corn chowder!  When reading her recipe however, I realized that she forgot to add a liquid […]

The Zucchini Fritter Experiment

The hubs is away this weekend and I took full advantage of the chance to experiment with ingredients he hates.  So, here we have it, I’m officially outing him as a zucchini hater! But, no need to dwell on his losses, I was more than happy to eat all of these myself! In preparation for […]

Basil & Parsley Pesto

With LOADS of fresh parsley this week I was excited to make a sauce that I could freeze and/or keep in the fridge a bit longer than the fresh herbs would survive.  After browsing through several recipes I landed on this one that was an equal ratio of basil to parsley.  I’m going to keep […]

Chicken and Lentil Burgers

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  I love seeing all of the Irish soda bread variations, creative corned beef ideas (umm how amazing does this look!), and recipes utilizing Guinness! I had grand plans to make my Mom’s Corn Chowder tonight, but came home to realize that we had finished all of the potatoes earlier this week […]

Acqua Pazza

This is another recipe that the hubs had perfected before we met and used it to successfully woo me in our early years.  When asked about the origin of this dish he shares a story he learned from an Italian chef at a restaurant he worked in post-college. “Back in the day, in Naples, the […]

Spaghetti Squash Bolognese (Post #50!)

  Wow. I am so proud and excited to be writing my 50th entry here on my Pantry Portfolio!  This has been a space for me to reflect, to document, and to meet many other wonderful folks from around the globe who share a love of food creation and experimentation. This afternoon we came home […]

The Roasted Buttermilk Chicken Experiment

Every week I receive MANY emails from various blogs, websites, and magazines with ideas of recipes to cook for the week. I actually think it’s about time for me to organize my ‘to make’ list, particularly as the seasons start to make an early change up here in New England! I had some leftover buttermilk […]