Category Lunchbox

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 […]

Spicy Sweet Potato and Beef Stuffed Peppers

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, […]

Paprika Beef Chili

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 […]

One Pot Chicken Sausage and Spinach Bowtie Pasta

“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 […]

Lemon Basil Chicken Quinoa Bowl

Dinner time feels a bit different now that there is another little being living in the house with us.   For starters we are preparing and eating dinner far earlier than ever before. Previously we were the type to start cooking in the 7 range when we both were home from work and would eat […]

Salsa and Spinach Egg Muffins

100 years ago, here in my hometown of Boston, Massachusetts, there was a tank explosion which sent a 15 foot wave of molasses careening into the city at 50 feet per second.  The North End, which is now filled with cannolis and restaurants making fresh pasta, was shut down for weeks after the flood killed […]

Steak Cobb Salad with Quinoa

2019 is back in action and this year will be a year of slowing down, noticing and celebrating small joys, and of course adding new recipes into the portfolio! Taking a mini internet hiatus over the December break gave me some much needed time to pause, reflect on, and notice many of the positive things […]

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 […]