Author Archives: PantryPortfolio

Jalapeno Poppers

Growing up we never had much fanfare on mother’s day; my mother would say that all she really wanted was to “just be together.” As we did with most holidays, we would sit around the table, while my grandmother and great-grandmother recounted family tales, drive each other slightly crazy, but most of all meticulously talk […]

Honey Sriracha Tofu Tacos

Jalapeno Turkey Meatballs

It has been a while since I’ve posted here and so much has changed. Across the globe we are confined to our homes, juggling work, parenting and connection, and just taking life one day at a time. Sleep isn’t as restorative as it was a few months ago (which says a lot coming from someone […]

Pulled Beef Braised in Red Wine and Tomatoes

200 posts! The Pantry Portfolio is now officially filled with 200 of my experiments in the kitchen as I’ve learned to become a confident at-home cook.  It feels fitting that I take this post today to award some Superlatives. So – here we go! Best fish dish – AquaPazza: I first blogged this dish in […]

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts

As with all things parenting, there is far too much information out there. Camps of people who adamantly swear that their seven step method is sure to cure any sleep challenges, or that certain activities are the best brain boosters. Over our last 6 months of new parenthood we’ve walked cautiously and occasionally unsteadily through […]

Instant Pot Chicken, Mushroom, and Rice

On the eve of a new decade I sit here celebrating that which closes and the many ways that it will leave indelible marks on all to come.  I’ve never been a fan of ‘top ten’ lists – and always find creative ways to avoid that topic when it comes up at dinner parties, but at […]

Crock Pot Chicken and Lentil Stew

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 Polish Hoagie Experiment

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 […]

Chicken Cacciatore

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. […]