Ham and Parmesan Sandwiches with Jam

---- If this post is not displaying properly, view it in your browser here: Ham and Parmesan Sandwiches with Jam --- Things that are good to have: Friends who go to Italy and bring you back giant pieces of incredible parmigiana cheese. You know who you are, and giant hugs to you. Jars of Stonewall Kitchen jam ....more

Almond Cookies

---- If this post is not displaying properly, view it in your browser here: Almond Cookies --- This recipe for sweet little almond cookies came via my teeny tiny role in the Chinese New Year dinner extravaganza we just had. Chinese New Year is officially February 8 this year, but in order to celebrate properly we did it a couple of days early this year. A Chinese New Year feast is definitely now one of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday night, especially when someone else is doing 99% of the cooking (more on that later) and all I am responsible for is bringing easy little almond cookies and my appetite ....more

Chicken Butternut Soup

---- If this post is not displaying properly, view it in your browser here: Chicken Butternut Soup --- Before I start on this easy recipe for chicken butternut soup, I'll just admit right here and now that I know that butternut squash can be intimidating. More than once I've regretfully push my cart past the pile of butternuts in the supermarket (okay, the Southern husband was pushing the cart, but the butternut abandonment was all mine. I own that.) because it just looked so dang hard to handle ....more

Brie Monte Cristo Sandwich

---- If this post is not displaying properly, view it in your browser here: Brie Monte Cristo Sandwich --- There are grilled cheese sandwiches, and then there are Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. I have always been helplessly enthralled with any menu that has the words Croque Monsieur on it. Because that basically translates to a rocking great grilled cheese sandwich that involves thin-sliced ham, swiss cheese, an egg batter that the whole thing has been dipped in, and some deep-frying ....more

One Pan Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

---- If this post is not displaying properly, view it in your browser here: One Pan Roasted Chicken and Vegetables --- My favorite part of this recipe for one page roasted chicken and vegetables is the fact that it gives me a delectable, feels-like-Sunday-dinner combination of tender roasted chicken and scrumptious veggies in practically no time. My second favorite part is that this scrumptious combo of eats roasts up all on one pan. One pan that is lined with foil ....more

Prosciutto Asparagus

---- If this post is not displaying properly, view it in your browser here: Prosciutto Asparagus --- This recipe for crispy prosciutto asparagus is a lovely little appetizer for any occasion, from your next swanky dinner party to yes, the Super Bowl (hey, Super Bowl appetizers are allowed to be elegant!) but in my case they also come in handy when I don't feel like a regular supper. You know those days when you just feel like lounging around with a glass of wine and some finger food? I'll be honest and say most of the time that finger food ends up being a bowl of popcorn, but with only a little bit more effort you can whip up a plate of these ....more

Overnight Oatmeal

---- If this post is not displaying properly, view it in your browser here: Overnight Oatmeal --- I think I am overdue in terms of singing the praises of one of my very favorite kitchen appliances, which is my beloved, faithful, trustworthy slow cooker. I've had the same slow cooker for years and years now - it's a basic Rival Crockpot model - and I've made everything from the best beef barley soup in the world to a really incredible chocolate pudding cake and a lot of stuff in between. There's nothing quite like the feeling you get when you toss a bunch of stuff in the crockpot in the morning, go out to work, and then come home hours later to a house that smells like heaven and the glorious knowledge that dinner is already made! ...more

Chicken with White Wine Gravy

---- If this post is not displaying properly, view it in your browser here: Chicken with White Wine Gravy --- This chicken with white wine gravy recipe was born of the fact that if there are two things I always have in my house, they are chicken and wine. And the fact that during the week I don't want to spend a ton of time in the kitchen, but I also don't want to give up a little elegance in my dinner even if it IS Wednesday. So if you want to have your cake and eat it too, elegant but super easy dinner-wise, break out your own chicken and a bottle of white wine, and let's make chicken with white wine gravy! ...more

Chicken Farro Salad with Roasted Vegetables

---- If this post is not displaying properly, view it in your browser here: Chicken Farro Salad with Roasted Vegetables --- This recipe for chicken farro salad with roasted vegetables comes from two things: the fact that I had leftover chicken in my fridge, and the second fact that I had gone way too long without brussels sprouts. The Southern husband doesn't like brussels sprouts, and so I don't ever make them just by themselves. I keep telling myself though that if I can just come up with a recipe that uses them as an ingredient, he will realize the error of his ways and starting adoring brussels sprouts the way I do ....more

Pineapple Pork Tacos

---- If this post is not displaying properly, view it in your browser here: Pineapple Pork Tacos --- This recipe for pineapple pork tacos came from my perverse love for all things summery and tropical in the middle of winter. (This also works in reverse, when I crave beef barley soup in the middle of July. At least I'm consistent!) Anyway, the good news is that unlike when I get a hankering for ripe local tomatoes in January, which is never going to happen, all the ingredients for pineapple pork tacos are just a trip to the supermarket away ....more