Oven roasted herb potatoes
sides, vegetarian

Oven Roasted Herb Potatoes

I was going to make these on the grill, but didn't really plan properly to allow them enough time to start cooking ahead of everything else, so in the oven they went. We had these with grilled strip steak and grilled asparagus. I used the leftovers for breakfast potatoes - just added some onion and… Continue reading Oven Roasted Herb Potatoes

sauces & seasonings

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning ¼ cup cumin¼ cup paprika¼ cup garlic powder¼ cup onion powder¼ cup dried cilantro¼ cup chili powder1 tsp cayenne ((optional, use if you want spicy taco seasoning)) Combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container.

Mustard Tarragon Marinade
sauces & seasonings

Mustard Tarragon Marinade

I was going to make this as a dry rub for filet kabobs last night, but I discovered my steak was bad. I changed this into a marinade for grilled chicken and it did not disappoint. The mustard and tarragon are a great pairing! I ended up also using it on the grilled peppers and… Continue reading Mustard Tarragon Marinade

BBQ Chicken Salad Melt (sandwich)
chicken, main courses

BBQ Chicken Salad Melts

My boyfriend and I grilled bone-in chicken breasts with BBQ sauce the other night, and I took home some leftovers. I was going to make a chicken salad, but I wanted to do a warm sandwich. The chicken salad I made would be good cold, too, especially in a wrap. I'm going to be adding… Continue reading BBQ Chicken Salad Melts

appetizers & snacks

Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

I made these lettuce wraps for a light dinner the other night. The filling is similar to the sweet & spicy shrimp, but it's not spicy. They would have been good with some crispy rice noodles. You could add some sriracha to these to give them a little kick. The flavor was great, but unfortunately… Continue reading Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

parmesan & basil orzo
sides

Parmesan & Basil Orzo

This is a great recipe for fresh basil. My boyfriend has a few basil plants, so it was nice to be able to go right outside and clip off some leaves. This is also a really good recipe for summer. It's still a warm side, but it's also very light. We had this with the… Continue reading Parmesan & Basil Orzo

Grilled Chicken Caprese
chicken, main courses

Grilled Chicken Caprese

I can't take all of the credit for the delicious chicken you see pictured. My boyfriend first made this for me a year ago. I was a little skeptical that I'd like it since I'm not a huge fan of balsamic vinegar, but I loved it. It had just enough balsamic to give it some… Continue reading Grilled Chicken Caprese

sides

Coleslaw with Greek Yogurt

My boyfriend and I got together with some friends last weekend. We went out for a few drinks on the water, and came back to have pulled pork that he'd had in the slow cooker all day. I offered to bring slaw to go with the pulled pork, and I also brought the cheese spaetzle… Continue reading Coleslaw with Greek Yogurt

Kase spaetzle, "mac & cheese" dumplings
sides, vegetarian

Kase Spaetzle (“Mac & Cheese” Dumplings)

Spaetzle, small German dumplings, is one of my favorite foods of all time. We used to have spaetzle all the time with goulash when I was little. There's a German restaurant not too far from my house that does spaetzle with cheese (like a mac and cheese) and ham. I wanted to do my own… Continue reading Kase Spaetzle (“Mac & Cheese” Dumplings)

Southern Deviled Egg Potato Salad
sides, vegetarian

Southern Deviled Egg Potato Salad

This recipe combines two of my favorite foods - deviled eggs and potato salad! I brought this to my horseback riding club's monthly potluck last night, and there was hardly any left. The dressing is creamy and tangy, and the ingredients provide a nice contrast of textures. The dressing uses mayo, but I'd also really… Continue reading Southern Deviled Egg Potato Salad