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)

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
chicken, 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

garlic & herb whipped potatoes
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

Pimento cheese
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, 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

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I earn a commission if you make a purchase using the link (click here for more information). 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 was… Continue reading Red Wine Onion Soup 2.0

main courses, sauces & seasonings

Skirt Steak Tacos with Guacamole and Chipotle Sour Cream

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I earn a commission if you make a purchase using the link (click here for more information). 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… 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

Italian Pasta Salad
lunch box, sides, vegetarian

Italian Pasta Salad

Italian Pasta Salad With tri-colored rotini, fresh mozzarella pearls, and pepperoni. 1 box tri-colored rotini2 cups chopped pepperoni8 oz mozzarella pearls⅔ cup shaved parmesan½ pint grape tomatoes (cut into quarters)4 to 6 pepperoncini peppers (seeds removed and roughly chopped)1 orange or yellow bell pepper (diced)½ cup white vinegar2 tbsp white wine¼ cup mayonnaise⅓ cup olive… Continue reading Italian Pasta Salad