chicken, make ahead / reheat, slow cooker, soups, weeknight cooking

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Yesterday was a bit of a surprise snow day. It was supposed to snow a little bit, but not all day long. I took half the day off to work on some projects around the house, so I knew I wouldn't want to spend a lot of time making dinner at the end of the… Continue reading Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

make ahead / reheat, sides, vegetarian

Garlic & Herb Whipped Potatoes

I served these under braised short ribs on Christmas. I went heavier on the red wine and lighter on the beef stock than what I have previously done for braised short ribs, so I will have to post that recipe soon, too. I also made these on New Year's Day using a different flavor of… Continue reading Garlic & Herb Whipped Potatoes

beef, main courses, weeknight cooking

Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

I made two strip steaks last night, and wanted to do something with the leftovers. I also had a green pepper that needed to be used, probably by tomorrow at the latest. I actually wasn't a fan of the steak last night when I made it - it wasn't salty enough. I normally don't marinate… Continue reading Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

appetizers & snacks, lunch box, vegetarian

Pimento Cheese

I love pimento cheese! We had pimento cheese sandwiches quite a bit as kids. Every time I see a dish with pimento cheese on a restaurant menu (fritters, burgers, dip, etc.), I'm probably going to order it. Most stores sell pimento cheese dip in the prepared food section, but I find it hard to find… Continue reading Pimento Cheese

lunch box, main courses, make ahead / reheat, pasta

Baked Rigatoni

I made this dish because I wanted something easy to reheat for lunch throughout the week. I don't have a toaster oven at work, so anything I make for reheating needs to be something that microwaves well. This dish turned out to be great reheated. Sometimes I needed to add a little water to the… Continue reading Baked Rigatoni

soups

Red Wine Onion Soup 2.0

I made the first version of red wine onion soup about a year ago. My first attempt had too many onions (recipe I posted last year already adjusted for that), and it didn't have enough red wine. I needed to try again with a different ratio of wine to beef stock. I finally got the… Continue reading Red Wine Onion Soup 2.0

main courses, sauces & seasonings

Skirt Steak Tacos with Guacamole and Chipotle Sour Cream

I wanted steak yesterday, but I also had guacamole from earlier in the week that needed to be eaten and a tomato that needed to be used. I also had a couple of ¾ pound packages of outside skirt steak in my freezer that I got on mega sale at Wegmans a couple of weeks… Continue reading Skirt Steak Tacos with Guacamole and Chipotle Sour Cream

appetizers & snacks, vegetarian

Jalapeno Popper Corn Dip

I haven't posted in a while! Right after I made the mint chocolate chip ice cream in the previous post, our fridge died. We were without a fridge for almost 3 weeks (long story), which resulted in eating out a lot. Then we went on vacation. So now I'm back and ready for more cooking… Continue reading Jalapeno Popper Corn Dip

disaster, sauces & seasonings, sides, vegetarian

Southwestern Corn

Ok, so this was a bit of a disaster when I first made it, but I adjusted the recipe. It was way too spicy the first time - too much cayenne. It had a little kick to it when I first tasted it, which was fine. But then I let the sauce sit in the… Continue reading Southwestern Corn

sides

Mashed Potato Casserole

Someone gave me a recipe for a twice baked potato casserole. I liked the concept of a twice baked potato casserole because you don't have to fool with re-stuffing the potato skins. I was planning to make that, but I didn't have the right potatoes. Plus, that recipe didn't have cream cheese, and I decided… Continue reading Mashed Potato Casserole