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Chocolate Pecan Tart

Walking in the door after work this evening I was welcomed by the rich smell of a homemade turkey stock that had been simmering for 24 hours in the crock pot!  The smells catapulted me back to our Friends Thanksgiving this past weekend and seemed to wash away the stresses of my day at work. […]

Pesto Poached Cod Over Green Beans and Farro

We finally went to see Hamilton and boy was it worth the splurge. While I knew it was going to be fantastic, I was blown away by the depth that the staging and choreography added to each song.   Also, this weekend we are celebrating our 9th Friends Thanksgiving!  After a romp in the snow […]

Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs with Roasted Brussels Sprouts over Farro

Growing up I proudly professed the unique fact that my parents, brother, and I all had birthdays that fell on holidays.  Each year I celebrate my birthday on July 4th, my brother was born on Mother’s day, and my father’s birthday occasionally lands on Thanksgiving.  As this story came up at dinner parties my mother […]

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Sliders

Well, it’s a good thing we’ve been keeping a ‘just in case’ house fund because we just gave a large percentage of that over to a plumber.  Of course this is coming right after my post last week where I was fantasizing about finally redecorating our living room.   This clearly meant that it was time […]

General Gau’s Cauliflower

Ever since we moved into our house two years ago we’ve had repainting the living and dining rooms on our upcoming projects list.  However, with our limited decorative talents and general indecisiveness this project hasn’t yet gotten off the ground. We both enjoy bright and vibrant colors but fear that we may regret a bold […]

Simple Sunday Shakshuka

As I’ve written before, several times actually, I love podcasts! Recently a friend suggested I listen to “Happier”, by Gretchen Rubin, which is all about small ways you can make your life just a bit more joyful. Each episode includes some ‘try this at home’ strategies along with the perfect amount of light-hearted banter between […]

Bacon Wrapped Apple Stuffed Pork

Yes, everything is indeed better when it is wrapped in bacon.  We’ve started holding more Sunday evening family dinners, and this past week we served up this delicious stuffed pork loin.   A countertop full of freshly picked apples had us debating between homemade warm chunky applesauce or apple crisp.  While the crisp won out, […]

Roasted Delicata Squash

This evening the hubs and I went to a live taping of “Last Seen”, a podcast detailing the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist.  The facts surrounding this case – the world’s largest art theft in history – are deep and astonishing.  While various detectives, journalists, and art lovers have dedicated their careers to digging […]

Pesto Shrimp and Broccoli over Cauliflower Puree

As winter descends I’m feeling tremendous sadness about not having natural light when cooking in the evenings – particularly after the fun I’ve had and progress I made over the summer with my photography!   Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m still no professional… my pictures are taken from my phone and I don’t do any […]

Chicken Couscous Soup with Turmeric

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen my haiku: Rainy day outside Home sick with a flu-like cold Must eat chicken soup! My energy is low and my appetite is minimal, but there is nothing better than chicken noodle soup to make you feel better when you are home sick.   This soup […]