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

vegetarian chili
low-cost, lunch box, soups, vegetarian

Vegetarian Chili (with vegan option)

This recipe follows the basic method of what I usually use to make my chicken tortilla soup and meat chilis. For the first time ever, my chili came out perfectly seasoned without any adjusting needed at all. The recipe itself is vegan - only the toppings take away the vegan-ness and make it vegetarian. Vegetarian… Continue reading Vegetarian Chili (with vegan option)

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

Gnocchi bolognese
beef, main courses, pasta, pork

Gnocchi Bolognese With Braised Short Rib

I have a "book club" with a group of girlfriends that really isn't a book club - we get together and eat good good and drink wine. Why is it called book club, then? Long story! Last week, we were at a restaurant that has some great short rib dishes. One of my friends ordered… Continue reading Gnocchi Bolognese With Braised Short Rib

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

beef, main courses

Braised Short Rib Risotto

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). When my mom was in town for Christmas last year, she ordered this braised short rib risotto when we were out for dinner one night. I tried… Continue reading Braised Short Rib Risotto

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

soups, vegetarian

Red Wine Onion Soup

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). Whenever I eat a dish I love at a restaurant, I love the challenge of trying to make it home. There's a local restaurant near us that has… Continue reading Red Wine Onion Soup