Basic (and healthy) Tomato Basil Soup

FALL IS IN THE FREAKING AIR. Literally unpacking all the pumpkins, my fall scented candles, and whipping out my crockpot for all the fall goodies. As much as I’m anticipating all that comes with the best season of all, it comes with busy schedules, and no one has time to run out and grocery shop,…

Veggie Bolognese

I’ve recently gotten on the kick of “Meatless Monday’s”, because I honestly didn’t realize how much red meat I was eating until I started looking back at all the meals I’d had the previous week. Being on a health kick has been rough, but the pay offs have been well worth it–I’ve been sleeping better…

Basic Short Ribs and Creamy Polenta

My mouth is literally watering, even as I just type that drool-worthy title. This was a meal I wouldn’t have dared approached, mostly because red meat is not my forte, but YOU requested and I listened! And as someone who isn’t an expert with Short Ribs, let me tell you: this was easy, fun and…

Gnocchi

Out of ALL the date night meals, this has become my  favorite, and one that my boyfriend requests on a weekly basis. It’s simple, inexpensive, and has never failed to be the ideal date night dish (full disclosure: I would 100% eat the entire thing on my own, so no shame if you’re making this…

Mom’s Jambalaya

Cooking hasn’t always been my thing, but it’s always been my Mom’s. Growing up she was always coming up with new creations, impressing my friends and our family with homemade donuts or Coq Au Vin or Beef Wellington or Cioppino…the list goes on, and if it isn’t obvious, we have been WAY spoiled with her…

Bacon Wrapped Mini Meatloaf

Ok, let me level with you: December was rough. I ate my way through the entire month, eating Christmas cookies like it was my job, and downing bottles of good red wine to wash down all the sugar. But…I loved EVERY MINUTE OF IT. How can you not? It’s the one month where everyone is…

Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto

Risotto…just typing this up is making me drool EVERYWHERE. That’s how strong my love is for risotto, because you can’t deny the goodness that is Risotto. Cheap? Good. Easy? Good. Cheese? GOOOOD. (Friends reference, for those of you who have been living under a rock). The most fun part of this Risotto recipe was adding…

Easy Homemade Phở

Let me tell you about my new favorite and freaking delicious Phở recipe!  I researched all kinds of techniques and styles of various Phở recipes, from complicated and flavorful with a LONG process, to a quick 15 minute recipe with minimal ingredients. I ended up doing a little bit of both: easy, but still packed…

Cranberry Rose Sangria

Joy to the World…the wine is here! Is there anything better than sippin’ on wine during the Holidays? Let me one-up your typical glass of wine and bring you the glory that is Cranberry Rose Sangria. I’ve made this little creation the last couple of years for our annual Holiday Party and it’s not only…

Caramelized Pork Ramen Bowls

Cue the drool. It’s finally starting to feel like Fall and with it being all rainy and cold, Ramen was calling my name. You could spend a pretty penny on Ramen when you’re out to eat, or better yet, you can just treat yoself. Don’t get me wrong, when it’s freezing out it’s very un-motivating…