Chicken with Jerk Sauce and Pineapple Salsa

Chicken breasts are…not terribly exciting. We eat a fair amount of them because they’re healthy and basically a blank canvas but they are certainly no one’s protein of choice in this household, if I’m...more

Slow Cooker Brazilian Black Bean and Pork Stew

Moving to the suburbs is when needing slow cooker meals the most became...more

Chicken and Prosciutto Salad with Arugula and Asiago

This salad quickly became one of our favorite meals this summer. Tom goes crazy for arugula (and the boys actually like it too). Everyone thinks prosciutto is the bee’s knees, and what makes a salad better than homemade croutons? ...more

Pasta with Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes, Bacon, and Manchego Cheese

Summer is starting to wind down, and I’ll greatly miss its bountiful produce. Since we had a late start to summer this year, everything in our garden was pushed back a bit and tomatoes are both plentiful and reeeeally wonderful right now. We’ve been throwing them on everything ....more

Swedish Meatballs

I held off on posting this for a little bit because I figured you guys were MEATBALLED OUT. But then some time passed, and last week we ...more

Linzer Cookies

Just a reminder, the reader survey is still open, but will only be open through the end of the month. If you haven’t already filled it out, please do! I’m so surprised (and pleased!) with the number of responses received, so thanks to those who have already completed it ....more

Salmon with Roasted Red Pepper and Hazelnut Salsa

For his birthday (way back in early June) Tom requested salmon. I kind of knew he was going to request some sort of seafood since he loves it and we don’t eat it much (thanks to me) but I was kind of hoping for…not salmon. I’m just not a big fan of it ....more

Caribbean Chicken Bowls

We got back from our mini vacation on a Wednesday, and I decided to take Thursday and Friday off because why not? I have a good amount of PTO this year since my kids are at the age where they don’t really get sick often and have officially fought every daycare/school illness known to man. (I totally just jinxed myself, didn’t I?) I wish I could tell you I used those 2 days for something really fun and interesting but actually what I did was…organize my pajamas ....more

Roasted Jalapeño-Tomato Salsa

This was the first year we were able to plant a garden (and by “we” I really mean Tom, since he and the kids did all the work). We had a great yield of tomatoes and spinach, a small yield of green beans, and like 2 jalapeños. Not sure what happened with our peppers (in addition to jalapenos, we also planted poblanos and red bell peppers), buuut...more

Maple Blueberry Tea Cake with Maple Glaze

On our way home from our mini vacation on Lake Michigan, we stopped to pick blueberries. The kids really enjoyed it (and were very meticulous about which “good” blueberries should get picked and placed in the bucket) and we got about 7 lbs. of delicious berries for a crazy good price (though my husband is still complaining we didn’t get more like 20 lbs.). Afterward, one of the employees showed Zachary how the machines separate and package the berries for stores, including how the mushy or unripe ones are tossed, and in my head I imagined a golden egg/Veruca Salt situation ....more