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)

Short Rib Ravioli
beef, main courses, pasta

Short Rib Ravioli

There is a new local restaurant in an area that desperately needs some good restaurants. One of their specials the first night I went was short rib ravioli, and it was amazing. I knew I needed to try to replicate it at home. I took a major shortcut and used sauce from Wegmans because I… Continue reading Short Rib Ravioli

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, 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

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

disaster, in the kitchen

The Saga of the Seared Scallops with Dragon Fruit Salsa (Disaster)

Dragon fruit looks cool, but it's super boring. Think of it as kiwi's boring cousin. I wanted to see if I could figure out how to liven it up. I like a good challenge, so why not? I saw a recipe on Food Network for seared scallops with dragon fruit salsa. The first red flag… Continue reading The Saga of the Seared Scallops with Dragon Fruit Salsa (Disaster)

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