Tuna Macaroni Salad

I’m psyched to FINALLY bring you a throwback to my childhood, the classic tuna mayo macaroni salad; but this isn’t just any Tuna Macaroni Salad, this salad has a little extra with peas, it’s vinegar punch and dill relish πŸ˜‹. For our Memorial Day, we smoked a pork shoulder (check out my Smoked Pork Shoulder…

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Pork Wontons

Homemade Pork Wontons are a yummy Chinese chopstick food that make for a great ‘treat’, aka appetizer/munchie or even a main dish on a Friday or Saturday night which is exactly what we did! These wontons have all the great flavor of Chinese takeout and are way better than any store bought! This was my…

Carnitas

Mexican Street Tacos have FINALLY returned in our household ❀️ and today I’m bringing them to you, just in time for Cinco de Mayo πŸ‡²πŸ‡½! These tacos are AMAZING and super easy to make in the Instant Pot and you know me, I love Instant Pot recipes! I began creating this dish after being inspired…

Thai Chicken Curry

Oh man, was this dish OUTSTANDING! This dish was inspired by Jet Tila’s Quarantine Collective – Thai Curry and BBQ Chicken with Limited Ingredients video posted on March 30, 2020. Jet made this curry in 20 minutes with a few simple ingredients and I thought, hey I can handle that dish since I’ve got red…

Kebab Sausages

Today’s recipe is inspired by two things: 1) Mark Wiens’ video – Meet the Kebab Kings of Iran and 2) heading to my recipe books after watching that video because we love Radhika’s Kebab Sausage recipe! This recipe is from the Top Chef: The Quickfire Cookbook and Radhika nailed a signature hotdog in this Quickfire…

Kimchi Chicken Lo Mein

Takeout quality Lo Mein, right here! I was drawn to this dish because it’s been too long since we’ve had some great Asian inspired noodles and I had Kimchi in my fridge (don’t forget to check out my scratch Kimchi) and boy did it satisfy! This dish delivered on so many different levels, funk and…

Scottish Stovies

This recipe is delivered today in honor of the Scottish hubby’s birthday πŸŽ‚! This is one of David’s favorites (i.e. both to make and eat) and a total comfort meal. Stovies, aka Stovy Tatties and Stoved Potatoes, is a Scottish stew based on meat and potatoes and very similar to America’s Beef Stew. It’s usually…

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork in the Instant Pot, oh my, what an idea! I was drawn to Pulled Pork for 3 reasons: 1. It seemed to be a perfect accompaniment for my Super Creamy Mac & Cheese and boy was it ever πŸ˜‹! 2. I knew I had a busy week at work and pork always makes…

Super Creamy Mac and Cheese

Here’s a Super Creamy Mac & Cheese recipe for you just in time for Sunday meal planning! This Mac & Cheese was inspired by a Epicurious video I recently viewed, 4 Levels of Mac and Cheese. I like the 4 Levels Series because they breakdown the science of a dish and feature the dish from…

Easy Jambalaya

In honor of Fat Tuesday and the Mardi Gras festival πŸŽ‰πŸŽ­πŸŽŠ, which is February 25th, here’s a one pot Jambalaya! This recipe was inspired because too often I buy Zatarain’s Jambalaya and I wanted to see how easy it was to create Jambalaya from scratch and boy was it ever!! Yes, I know I often…

Beef Braciole

I’m excited to bring you this dish after my first time creating this Italian classic. I was inspired to make this roulade, aka filled meat roll, after researching the differences between Braciole and Spiedini (if you haven’t checked out my Beef Spiedini post, check it out here). I learned that the difference is Braciole is…

Fish Pie

David requested and I delivered, this evening with Fish Pie πŸ˜‰. I was after salmon barbecued on the grill, but David mentioned Fish Pie with mushroom soup, which is a favorite from his home country (i.e. UK). After some thought, he had me sold because it’s winter after all and comfort food is delicious, I…

Beef Spiedini

These beef, parmesan and bread crumb roll-ups are delicious and melt in your mouth πŸ˜‹ and I am so excited to share them with you! I grew up with these Italian morsels and they were a staple each time my Aunt Flo and Uncle Joe (i.e. my godparents) came to visit. Aunt Flo, in fact,…

Chorizo Lasagna

This dish was inspired by a staycation goal to full my freezer with homemade ground chorizo and another Matty Matheson, Just a Dash video, Naughty or Nice Chorizo Lasagne. If you didn’t catch my other Matty Matheson inspired meal I cooked during my staycation, check it out here, Verde Chicken Soup. I know Chorizo Lasagna…

Hash Brown Casserole

I don’t care what you call it Cracker Barrel Potatoes, Funeral Potatoes, Cheesy Potatoes, Party Potatoes; a Hash Brown Casserole hits the spot EVERY TIME. This dish was inspired after a work colleague, thanks Evan (but probably BrookπŸ˜‰), brought a Hash Brown Casserole to FriendsGiving and since then I’ve been waiting patiently for an excuse…

Verde Chicken Soup

This soup is delicious and healthy if you’re kicking the new year off watching your waistline and/or eating healthier, keep reading… This dish was inspired by leftover roast chicken (that needed to be used), stock made from the chicken bones and Matty Matheson. I’m a fan of Matty Matheson and his new collection of cooking…

Chicken & Bacon Alfredo Stuffed Shells

This is a creamy and delicious pasta dish and is perfect for a crowd on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. BTW, if you didn’t catch my New Year’s Celebration post full of yummy munchies, check it out here. Pasta shells are great because you can pack so much goodness into those pasta pouch….

Chili

It’s Chili today created by the hubby featuring my Chili Seasoning Blend. David likes creating comfort food classics like American Chop Suey, Chili and Scottish Stovies (which i need to feature) and I LOVE when I can take a back seat in the kitchen and inspire others ❀. Chili is an American classic and perfect…

Indian Spiced Chicken

Have I mentioned how much we love Indian food ❀. Since we’re having game day Vegetable Pakora, I decided Tandoori Chicken and rice would pair nicely for our evening meal. I don’t have a tandoori oven, but you can still get those yummy flavors simply by cooking in the oven or on the grill. The…

Chorizo Potato Tacos

This is delicious 4 ingredient taco, that is definitely worth the read. I love chorizo and all the spiciness that sausage delivers and if you haven’t checked out my ground chorizo recipe yet, get on over there. This dish was inspired because I have my own garden fresh potatoes and I visited Tendercrop Farms over…

Yogurt Marinated Chicken Gyro

Tonight’s dish is inspired by my husband having food envy because his British friends WhatsApped him their Doner Kebab from the local Fish Fry shop in Newcastle, England πŸ˜‰ A Doner Kebab is seasoned meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie and has inspired similar dishes such as the Greek gyro and Mexican al pastor, check…

Crispy Buffalo Wings

I love chicken wings πŸ˜‹ My version falls off the bone and is super crispy even though they’re cooked in the oven. Chicken wings are the perfect snack for game time. Some of my other favorites include Muffuletta Pinwheels, Nachos, Buffalo Chicken Dip, and Reuben Wontons. What I love about buffalo chicken wings are the…

Chargrilled Oysters

Chargrilled Oysters are a NOLA favorite. David and I fell in love with these when we visited New Orleans a few years ago and after visiting, we challenged ourselves to try to recreate the chargrilled deliciousness we experienced in the Big Easy and this recipe is spot on. These oysters are up there with New…

Vietnamese Meatballs (Bo Vien)

Pho Bo Vien is my absolute favorite pho ❀ What’s better than a piping hot bowl of beef bone broth, meatballs and noodles, topped with chopped cilantro and green onions? In my opinion NOTHING. This is a dreamy bowl of comfort and DELICIOUSNESS πŸ˜‹ As you may remember, I made scratch Vietnamese Instant Pot Beef…

Black Trumpet Mushroom Risotto

Not only did A&J Installation create us a beautiful newly remodeled shower, but I also received forged dehydrated black trumpet mushrooms while the work was happening, talk about know your customer πŸ˜‰ Enough about my gorgeous bathroom and onto the BLACK TRUMPET MUSHROOMSπŸ„ Craterellus cornucopioides, aka the black chanterelle, black trumpet, trompette de la mort…

Spinach & Lemon Hummus Pasta

This pasta is so creamy and delicious, thank you so much Feel Good Foodie for the inspiration. What pulled me into this dish was Yumna’s video that visually displayed the deliciousness of the recipe. I tried this last week after seeing the video and it’s super to make and has a creamy Mediterranean flavor. This…

How to Make Pesto from Scratch

Pesto is one the best sauces on earth and today I’m sharing my secrets to create this classic dish with you ❀ Don’t miss out on this freshness. Here’s my secrets: 1. I start by toasting my pine nuts, this brings out the nuttyness. 2. I add my basil after I’ve blended the other ingredients….

Corn and Leek Bisque

Tis the season for sweet corn 🌽 Over Labor Day weekend we paid a visit to Viel Farm because they have some of the best sweet corn on the seacoast. Fun fact about Viel Farm in Rollinsford, NH, they’re celebrating 100 years of business.  Talk about a milestone  Corn is a super versatile ingredient; corn…

Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff is comfort food at its finest ❀ Since fall seems to be upon us and I had leftover flank steak, fresh mini bellas, sour cream and egg noodles; stroganoff seemed like the perfect Sunday meal. The fall is the perfect time for comfort foods like my Homemade Cheeseburger Helper, Mac & Cheese, Dave’s…

Marinated Grilled Flank Steak

This Marinated Flank Steak recipe is so simple to make and packed with flavor. This dish is inspired by a meal my dad always prepared in the summer months which included Nana’s potato salad and corn on the cob ❀. This flank steak would marinade for at least two days, if not more. My dad…

Chili Lime Grilled Chicken

It’s Labor Day weekend and you know what that means, grill time with friends ❀ This marinade, OH SO DELICIOUS and super easy to create. Yes, I know marinade chicken is nothing special, but this one is AMAZING πŸ˜‹ with it’s lime zest, soy sauce and chili garlic and it completely hits the 5 universal taste…

Sweet & Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps

Summer is the time for light and refreshing meals and I always find that lettuce wraps hit the spot on warm days, like my Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps did a few weeks ago with my own garden greens πŸ˜‹. Today’s spin features ground beef, since we had burgers with the fixin’s, including butter lettuce, over…

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

These Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps taste better than any restaurants (i.e. PF Chang’s) and you need them in your recipe repertoire, trust me! Plus, they can be ready in 20 minutes πŸ‘ I was inspired to create this dish for 3 reasons: We have an overabundance of lettuce ready from our garden and lettuce wraps…

Beer Butt Chicken

My favorite way to prepare a chicken is roasted with garlic butter and wine (check out my Roast Chicken recipe here), but in the summer, Beer Butt is always our go-to. The beer can method steams the inside of the chicken and the result is juicy delicious chicken πŸ˜‹, making it a favorite in our…

The Perfect Grilled Cheeseburger

Last Sunday I saw Jim Gaffigan’s segment on Sunday Morning about cheeseburgers being in “grave danger” and it prompted me to reflect on my own cheeseburger consumption πŸ€” I am with everyone out there, I love a great sloppy cheeseburger; but Jim might have a point. As he stated, “To put it bluntly we need…

Salsa Verde Pulled Pork Enchiladas

This is a winner for sure and one you need to hold onto because it’s super easy to make; and it’s enchiladas stuffed with pulled pork and red onion, smothered with green chiles and salsa verde πŸ˜‹ Please do not be intimidated by the red onion, green chiles or salsa verde because this dish offers…

Smoked Pork Shoulder

Low and slow, is the secret to all great smoking. We love smoked meats (i.e. beef brisket, pork butts, pork ribs) and have even experimented with salmon πŸ˜‹. Sadly, when smoking meats, we are often challenged with the patience of low and slow because we typically start the smoking mid-day. Anywho, in this post, I’ll…

Shakshouka

Shakshouka, aka Shakshuka is traditionally a Middle Eastern dish of eggs poached in a delicious sauce that combines tomatoes with onions, garlic, chili peppers and spices like cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper and nutmeg. My spin will combine some of those spices and I’ll also plan to add sumac, which is a tangy Middle Eastern spice; and…

Birthday Mexican Fiesta

No better way to spend a birthday πŸŽ‚ then poolside with family and friends and I was lucky enough to have that, this weekend! I wanted to plan something special since we were entertaining and as I was searching Pinterest for inspiration and I came across a taco bar. VoilΓ , the evening was masterminded featuring…

Maine Lobster Mac & Cheese

Today I’m featuring a creamy delicious Mac & Cheese my brother made over the weekend. But this ain’t your standard Mac & Cheese, this has a lobster cream sauce and succulent lobster meat to amp up the classic comfort food. While the recipe below features what my brother used for pasta and cheese, you could…