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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 […]

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. […]

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, […]

Chicken Piccata

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 […]

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 […]