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.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

It seems like everyone has their own particular version of Buffalo Chicken Dip – it’s a must-have appetizer for any football...more

Spicy Paleo Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin pancakes and cinnamon rolls...more

Grilled Chicken Nachos in Foil with Sour Cream BBQ Sauce

When the fine folks of Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q reached out to us about developing recipes using their BBQ sauce, I practically jumped out of my chair with an enthusiastic YES! I love Stubb’s....more

Slow Cooker Cajun-Spiced Stuffed Peppers

Have you ever tried making stuffed peppers in your slow cooker? These slow cooker Cajun stuffed peppers are great alternative to the usual oven-cooked method for busy weeknights. Just pop them into your slow cooker for a few hours, and you’ll have a tasty meal waiting for you ....more

Classic Buttermilk Waffles

Waffles are a serious business in my breakfast-loving household, and I...more

3 Tips for Making Crispy Waffles

If you, like me, have a true passion for Saturday morning waffles, then you understand the importance of crispiness. Golden, crispy waffles,...more

Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro lime rice is the best rice for burrito bowls, and pretty much any Mexican food, right? (Cilantro haters, please look away, this one’s not for you.) It works well with Asian dishes too. But you don’t want to just toss plain rice with cilantro and lime juice and call it a day ....more

Vegetable Shakshuka with Pesto

Have you ever had shakshuka? It’s a North African specialty similar to the Italian dish Eggs in Purgatory (Uova in Purgatorio). Shakshuka is...more

Halibut with Fennel, Peppers, and Tomatoes

My mom used to say that by the 4th of July, summer was over. Thanks for that, Mom. Never mind ....more

Summer Squash Green Chile Stir Fry

It’s still officially summer right? Even though the days are noticeably shorter and the kids all seem to be...more
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