Crock Pot Chicken Tikka Masala and Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

  This dish accomplishes three ever-important objectives. 1) Delicious taste. 2) The kitchen is filled with a wonderfully unique and enticing aroma. 3) Easy to make.  Three objectives met. One adjective needed. Magical. Indian food is all about the spices. While there are numerous spices to choose from, I brought this particular taste of India […]

Spinach and Cheesy Chicken Roll-Ups

  Admit it.  Unless it’s fried, chicken is pretty boring.  Or as I like to say, BOOORING. I can’t help myself from going off on a little Emily side tangent here: Using the proper pronunciation of the word ‘BOOORING’ is always key. Make sure your voice is low, and then say those two words.  BOW, […]

Zucchini Noodles and Spaghetti with Pesto, Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic and Shrimp

  I’m a pesto loving fool.  I’m also a tomato loving fool.  Thankfully, this dish has ’em both (plus super cool spiraled zucchini noodles).  I’m a fool in love, and in this particular instance I’m referring to my dinner. What do I love about this dish (other than the pesto and tomatoes?): The harmonious balance […]

Crock Pot Pulled Pork Sliders with Classic Buttermilk Coleslaw

  With August approaching and temperatures rising, I’m getting use out of my crock pot.  Sound like a strange concept? Allow me to explain. The galley kitchen in my apartment heats up quickly when I’m using the oven.  My solution to this issue is simple. Get porky perfection simmering away on the counter top!  This […]

Turkey Taco Zucchini Boats

  Aside from having a name that sounds like the title of an old Grateful Dead concert tour, these turkey taco zucchini (or “Zuk” if you love abbreviating like I do) boats are fun and oh so tasty. Weeknight summer dinners are all about simplicity, beauty, and the use of the freshest ingredients.  Zucchini is […]

Steamed Clams and Shrimp in Beer Infused Broth

  Lazy summer Sundays revolve around food.  That’s just a cardinal rule, (don’t ever break it). Where should we go for brunch?  What should we make for dinner?  A walk to the ice cream shop for dessert?  At the risk of sounding too “foodie-philosophical,” it’s always about the next meal for me.  Summer Sundays just […]

Mushroom Risotto

  I woke up Saturday morning thinking about what I was going to make for dinner.   8 am … I was thinking about dinner (per usual).  A quick tidying up of the apartment, and off to the farmers market.  Boyfriend, coffee, and dog in tow (still thinking about dinner). The second I gazed upon […]

Spinach and Ricotta Turkey Meatloaf with Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles)

Here I go again.  Overhauling one of Grandma’s classic recipes.  I just can’t help myself. Grandma’s consists of ground beef, a pack of onion soup mix, and a ketchup-brown sugar glaze.  I lightened it up, and increased the flavor (sign of the times).  Mine has ground turkey, spinach, ricotta, parmesan, onion, garlic, herbs and spices. […]

Lubia: Lebanese Stewed Beef, Tomatoes, and Green Beans

  My dear grandmother just turned 95 years old.  A trip to Florida was in order! I love listening to my grandma’s stories.  Especially when they involve family history and traditions.  My grandma learned to cook from her Lebanese mother-in-law.  After my grandparents wedding, a crash course in Lebanese cooking quickly ensued.  Lubia was grandpa’s favorite […]

Chicken Caesar Salad Flatbread

  If a chicken Caesar salad wrap is on the menu, they’re ordering it.  This is an unwritten dining out rule for my sisters.  Also proper protocol for the girls is purchasing Haagen-Dazs caramel cone ice cream whenever the opportunity presents itself.  If you are unfamiliar with this amazing ice cream flavor, go buy it now.  After you read this […]