Simply Recipes

I am blessed to have been raised by two parents who both love to cook, and do it well. Mom was primarily self-taught, figuring out ways to feed her six kids healthy food on dad's teacher salary. Dad grew up during the depression and learned how to make use of anything available. He used to amaze us with stories about shooting squirrels in the forest nearby for squirrel stew. My parents know things that I don't - how to take a pheasant that has just been shot and make a meal out of it, how to gut a fish, or how to butcher a rabbit. Several years ago I moved to Sacramento from the Bay Area to be closer to my folks. Having been too busy with my career to cook much, I wanted to learn how to cook the foods I loved growing up, and document what I was learning for my siblings and friends. I started Simply Recipes, a food blog, that uses many of the recipes and methods of my parents, focusing primarily on home cooking with whole foods in season. I strongly believe that everyone should know how to cook and I especially love teaching the children of my friends the joys of cooking.

Pressure Cooker Chipotle Chicken and Rice Bowls

My husband is a big fan of chipotle – both the spicy, smoky peppers themselves and the restaurant chain. He declared this dish to be better than Chipotle’s fast-casual burrito bowls, so I’m calling it a win! This is certainly more budget-friendly than ordering take-out for four people ....more

American Flag Pie

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Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri

I love a daiquiri, be it frozen or straight, strawberry or banana. It’s all good. Continue reading "Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri" » ...more

Shrimp Quesadilla

Quesadillas have to be my favorite go-to food for lunch. They’re just so easy to make! Especially when you have tortillas and cheese in the fridge, which we almost always do ....more

Classic Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

For years, iceberg lettuce got a real thrashing from chefs who thought of it as tasteless and nothing but texture. What’s wrong with great texture? Cut up a head of iceberg for a classic wedge salad, add blue cheese dressing, smoky bacon, and a few cherry tomatoes, and even the worst kitchen snobs will change their minds! ...more

Greek Chicken Skewers with Flatbread and Yogurt Sauce (Chicken Souvlaki)

Enjoy a virtual visit to the Mediterranean with these Greek-inspired open faced “sandwiches” with grilled chicken. They’re perfect for a summer supper! Souvlaki — small pieces of meat or vegetables grilled on skewers — are popular all over Greece and often served with warm flatbread ....more

Make-Ahead Feta and Spinach Breakfast Wraps

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Lemon Blueberry Scones

I’ve made so many variations of these scones over the years that I can’t even remember which ones were first! The basic dough is extremely adaptable, and I love coming up with different fruit, spice, and glaze combinations depending on the season. For this early summer version, I just folded fresh blueberries right into the dough, then topped the scones with a puckery-sweet lemon glaze ....more

Chocolate Chip Cookies

There were two major influences on this recipe: the Nestle Toll House back-of-the-package recipe (which I think we can all agree is pretty much The Standard as far as chocolate chip cookies go) and a recipe from Christina Tosi’s cookbook Milk Bar Life. It’s thanks to Christina’s recipe that I discovered the wonders of...more

Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

While I’ve certainly heard of making pulled pork by slowly cooking pork shoulder in sugary soda, it’s always seemed like a novelty and not something I particularly wanted to eat. But on a recent jaunt to San Francisco, of all places, I had an unexpected opportunity to try it. You can guess what happened next! ...more
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