Deconstructed Chicken Salad

A whimsical dinner that’s easier than it looks! I just love simple food that looks fancy. Have you ever grilled grapes before? It’s so satisfying. It takes just minutes and they become jammy from the heat and add a juicy smokiness to grilled chicken. It isn’t difficult at all so don’t be scared! The Rose…

Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry

Stir fry was one of the very first things I learned how to cook in my college apartment. I was hesitant to cook meat at first so I used pre-cooked chicken, making this a great gateway recipe for beginners! I’ve since upgraded my stir fry with homemade teriyaki sauce and crunchy sesame seeds. The Rose…

Beef Ragout

Is there anything more comforting than a hearty beef stew? I’ve been tweaking this recipe for months to bring you the most delicious beef ragout for Disney Dinners: Beauty and the Beast. This is a great dinner party recipe because it cooks for hours so you can do all of the work in the afternoon…

Mustard Cream Pork Chops and Gnocchi

This is one of my favorite quick dinners. I make this dish all the time and finally took a minute to photograph it so I can post the recipe for you. This is really so simple. You cook the chops for five minutes on each side, deglaze the pan with wine, lower the heat, add…

Chargrilled Oysters

I have been making these for years and have somehow never written about it. Probably because I’ve never measured! These are my favorite oysters in the world. They’re perfectly good with just the cheese mixture but if you’re feeling chef-y, make the quick butter sauce and pour it a bit over on the grill. The…

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

A silky smooth gumbo that can be made days in advance! A traditional gumbo starts with a labor of love: a roux that’s the key to traditional New Orleans style gumbo. That’s the hardest part if this recipe. if the roux burns, you’ll have to start over but don’t let that deter you. It’s not…

Pork Tenderloin

Garlic, ginger, and rosemary make this easy pork tenderloin sing! I really ought to make pork tenderloin more often. It’s easy, inexpensive, requires little work, and feeds a crowd. What’s not to love? Whisk together this quick marinade, pour it over the pork, and let it hang out in the fridge for a couple of…

Garlic and Gruyere Smashed Potatoes

Fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside In general, I don’t love potato recipes that start with boiling water and end with a second process. It just seems like a ton of work compared to rosemary roasted potatoes or grilled potatoes. One bite of these changed my mind. They’re out of this world. They’re…

Chicken Tortilla Soup

You know those blogs where everything is perfectly staged and every day is a photoshoot but when you actually read the recipe, it’s just how to make store bought hot chocolate? This is not that kind of website. What I lack in photography skills, I make up for with awesome from scratch recipes. Like this…

Lamb Meatballs

My regular readers know that Greek food is my absolute favorite. I’ve been making these lamb meatballs since I was a teenager. I can’t believe I’ve never posted this recipe before! I serve lamb meatballs all sorts of ways: with tapas, in gyros, on pasta, and in salads. The key here is fresh mint, fresh…