Norwegian Meatballs

Not to be confused with Swedish Meatballs, this family tradition recipe renders a tender, moist meatball that melts in your mouth. Christmas Dinner would not be complete without these meatballs sitting on a plate of mashed potatoes and topped with a creamy mushroom sauce. The ingredient list is for one pound of meat, or roughly…

Grilled Balsamic Dijon Pork Tenderloin

Grilling pork tenderloin has become our go-to “fancy” but easy dinner. This is a non-fussy prep yet the pork has so much flavor. Marinating the pork is key. Prep the tenderloin in the morning and just remember to take it out of the refrigerator a half-hour before grilling. When buying the pork tenderloin, ask the…

Tomato Balsamic Chicken

A simple, healthy & delicious meal does not get much easier than this roasted tomato chicken. I often prep it ahead of time while the baby is napping and then throw it in the oven while reading bedtime stories. The roasting of the tomatoes adds such a depth of flavor which is only enhanced with…

Autumn Wild Rice

I started making this in September when the cooler air started blowing in off of Lake Michigan. Now with the cooler northern air making its way south to Florida, I have begun shifting our dinner menus to autumn flavors again. The nutty flavor of the wild rice is complimented by the soft, sweet flavors of…

Roasted Delicata Squash

I started cooking delicata squash several years ago after coming across it at a Farmer’s Market in Boston. I’ve been in love with it since. Like other autumn squashes, the sweet squash is absolutely delish. Unlike the other autumn squashes though, you can eat the skin. Yay to not having to peel the squash! The…

Beef & Brown Rice Stuffed Peppers

This dish is one that stays on rotation in our home. It’s easy, flavorful, can be made in advance and makes for great leftovers. Historically, I have only added the cheese on the top of the peppers. As of late though, I have found myself adding cheese with each bite (calcium craving?!). Next time I…

Green, Eggs & Ham Crêpes

Perfect for a summer lunch or brunch, this delicate dish is full of flavor, impressive and easy to pull together. They are especially simple if you use pre-made crêpes, which are often available in the produce section of the grocery store. The dish also lends itself to using what you have on-hand, allowing you to…

Slow-Roasted Leg of Lamb Provençal

Until I started dating my husband, I had never cooked lamb. Being that it is one of his absolute favorite meats though, I have since found some go-to recipes, as well as created my own. Taking the flavor profile of a Barefoot Contessa recipe, I turned it into a slow-roasted, fork-tender leg of lamb dish….

Tuscan Soffritto Capellini

This pasta will transport you to the rustic hillsides of Tuscany with it’s earthy yet lite vegetable sauce. Complex with many layers of flavors, the earthy base of the sauce is contrasted perfectly with the salty toppings. Inspired by the desire to cook a flavorful but vegetarian pasta, I started with the base of a…

Crispy Roasted Smashed Potatoes

I’ve been making these potatoes for so many years, I cannot remember if I found it in a recipe book, if it was inspired by a friend, or created based on something I ate out at a restaurant. It’s possible it’s a combo of all the above! I do know that on our honeymoon in…

Savory Chicken Crêpes with White Wine Cream Sauce

My husband loves crêpes. Sweet or savory, chances are if it’s on the menu, he’s ordering it. I had never made a savory crêpe until I adapted this modified version from a recipe I came across on Pinterest. Wow. So flavorful and fairly easy to prepare. The hardest aspect of this recipe is keeping the…

Dirty Snapper in Parchment

If a martini can be dirty & delicious with the addition of olives, why can’t fish? No need to shake or stir – let the steam inside the parchment pouch do the work of infusing the olive flavors into the fish. Snapper in parchment is a dinner host’s best friend. The fish can be completely…