chocolate, desserts, vegetarian, weeknight cooking

Cherry & Brandy Chocolate Chip Brownies

Confession: I didn't make these completely from scratch. Nope. I used a box of Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge Brownie Mix as the base. Just didn't feel like fooling with the cocoa powder and everything. I think if I make these again, I will probably use regular dried cherries instead of the candied ones to give… Continue reading Cherry & Brandy Chocolate Chip Brownies

low-cost, soups, weeknight cooking

Simple Chili (for low-budget food challenge)

One of the meals I made to last most of the week for the low-budget food challenge was a simple chili. I was surprised I was able to pull this off without my usual poblano and jalapeno peppers, among other ingredients. This isn't the best chili I've made, but it tasted good and it was… Continue reading Simple Chili (for low-budget food challenge)

sides, vegetarian, weeknight cooking

Sauteed Rustic Herb Green Beans

This is one of the sides I made the other night to go with the steak. This uses one of the seasoning blends from Tastefully Simple*. Sometimes people ask why I buy seasoning blends like that when I like cooking from scratch so much. Well, there are times when I just don't want to have… Continue reading Sauteed Rustic Herb Green Beans

chicken, main courses, weeknight cooking

Chicken Fried Rice Tacos

I ate at a restaurant last time I was in Charleston that had hibachi tacos on the menu. They were so good, so I decided I needed to try to make something similar at home. I'll definitely be making these again! You could easily make this vegetarian by nixing the chicken and increasing the proportion… Continue reading Chicken Fried Rice Tacos

beef, main courses, weeknight cooking

Perfect Steak

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (marked wth *), which means I receive compensation for purchases made using the links. We had someone over for dinner last night, and steak is usually the go-to when we have meat eating friends over for dinner. Steak is a good weeknight dinner, too, because it's easy and fast.… Continue reading Perfect Steak

lunch box, soups, vegetarian, weeknight cooking

Curried Tomato Soup

I've been a lot better about packing my lunch lately instead of going out. I get bored with sandwiches day after day, even if they're different types. I'm also not a morning person, so if I'm going to pack a lunch I really need to prepare a week's worth of lunches on Sunday. This soup… Continue reading Curried Tomato Soup

cookies, desserts, vegetarian, weeknight cooking

1972 Sugar Cookies

I have a boatload of cookbooks, but I have to admit, my 1972 Betty Crocker is my go-to for cookie recipes. I made these one night last week after dinner to take to work the next day. So yeah, I didn't chill the dough for 2-3 hours like I was supposed to. I took a shortcut,… Continue reading 1972 Sugar Cookies