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…

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…

Rosemary Grilled Salmon

Practically everyone who’s had dinner at my house has had my Rosemary Grilled Salmon. I make it all the time because I don’t have to think twice about it and it always turns out perfect. This recipe easily doubles or halves. You can even make just one packet for yourself! I often pair this main…

Easy Swiss Chard Pasta

I’m going to be honest with you. I’ve never cooked Swiss chard before making this pasta. And it turned out perfectly! That’s how simple this method is. I don’t even particularly LIKE Swiss chard but I decided to grow some after being inspired by The Beekman Boys last spring. It just looked so pretty in…

Cherrywood Smoked Bacon Potatoes

It’s cold outside and when you’re half German, half Irish, that means one thing: potatoes to warm the soul. My love affair with potatoes is getting serious. I honestly think I could eat potatoes morning, noon, and night. I have tons of favorite ways to prepare potatoes depending on my mood, but this one takes…

Autumn Pasta with Grilled Broccoli and Leeks

If you’re looking for a culinary hug, you’ve come to the right place. This sounds weird but trust me, it’s warm and cheesy and comforting. As always, if you don’t have something listed here, IMPROVISE! Just be sure and let me know how you made it in a comment. ­čÖé Autumn Pasta with Grilled Broccoli…

Happy Accident Chicken

Some of the best discoveries were made through happy accident and this dish is no exception. Over the weekend, I wanted to throw together my favorite stove top chicken recipe to simmer away while I exercised. Unfortunately, I realized after I was committed that I was out of the two essential ingredients for the dish:…

Creamy, Dreamy Salmon

Cream cheese is rarely a bad idea, especially in a salmon dish. If you want a healthy fish dinner than you can forget about after you throw it in the oven, you’ll love this recipe. Creamy, Dreamy Salmon Two 4 oz. pieces of salmon One lemon Two Yukon gold potatoes, cut into small pieces 2…

Chicken Noodle Soup

I’ve been sick all weekend and had no soup at my house. Luckily, I always have the necessary ingredients for chicken noodle soup! Here’s what I did yesterday: Chicken Noodle Soup 1 c. diced celery 1 c. diced onion 1 c. diced carrots 3-5 sprigs fresh thyme 2 quarts chicken broth, homemade or otherwise (I…

How to Enjoy Fresh Herbs All Winter

I can’t take credit for this idea but I also can’t remember where I saw it. I know a Facebook page I’d “liked” shared this, but I can’t remember who. I do, however, remember being completely gobsmacked by the idea.┬áSlaps forehead. Of course! It’s so simple! Freeze herbs in olive oil and pop them out…

Simple Summer Salads

I love salads. I often find myself defending salads. Why does salad have a reputation for being boring? Salad is anything but boring! Every bite is a different combination of ingredients. I eat salad several nights a week for dinner because it’s fast and easy. Here are some of my favorites to inspire your own…