Zucchini Noodle Chicken Pomodoro 

Sometimes you can get bored with the typical red sauce or cream sauce, so you want to switch it up. I have just the sauce for you – pomodoro! I only recently discovered it, but J insists it’s basically just really fresh marinara with a fancy name lol. Pomodoro is different (IMO) because you don’t…

Roman-Style Cacio e Pepe

My trip to Italy was the most amazing experience, and obviously the food played a gigantic role in my impression of the beautiful country. Being able to try Bistecca Fiorentina in Florence, fresh lobster and squid ink pasta in Venice, and cacio e pepe in Rome was such a treat. Well, the last one was…

Veggie Chow Mein with Crispy Pork Belly 

Half healthy and half decadent is just the way to go sometimes, so let’s talk about veggies AND let’s talk about juicy, salty pork belly! This recipe is a little different from my usual spaghetti squash meals because I love serving it right inside of the squash bowl. This time you’ll be pulling out the…

Vanilla Bourbon Cherry Blueberry Pie 

A big slice of pie is the BEST, and I have a great recipe for a new and interesting one to share today! I’d tell you this is my favorite pie or that it tastes so delicious… but I can’t… because I didn’t eat even one bite of it! However, I know it’s worth sharing…

Smokey Spatchcocked Herb Butter Grilled Chicken

It’s a beautiful day, so turn on the grill! This is one of the juiciest, smokiest chickens we have ever made, and you will NOT regret taking the time to hone your butchering skills to prepare this bird. Spatchcocking a chicken serves the purpose of allowing all of the chicken parts to be on a…

Zucchini Chicken Enchiladas (“Zuccinchiladas”)

Not every cool food idea I see on Pinterest actually works, but when they do, I feel like all of the time I waste on that app hasn’t gone to waste! The Zucchini Enchilada is a testament to productive procrastination (I’ve also seen this idea on Delish, Flipboard, Facebook, etc). This recipe can be easily…

Middle Eastern Herbed Garlic Chicken with Israeli Couscous

Chicken thighs are my favorite because they have so much flavor for such an affordable cut of meat. I like to get a crispy skin on bone-in thighs, and then simmer them in rich sauces with tons of veggies or stuff them with cheese and herbs. This recipe is a bit different because it uses…

Buffalo Chicken-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

This week I made a legitimate effort to meal plan for lunch. Today is Wednesday, and I have succeeded (so far)! Buying lunch in downtown Chicago everyday is SO expensive, and it’s an easy area in which we working millenials can save a little cash. (Now, don’t ask me about my lunch intentions for the…

Balsamic Glazed Caprese Chicken

I used to love watching Rachel Ray’s “30 Minute Meals” on Food Network back in the day, but I could never understand why she was always in such a hurry to get dinner on the table! I mean, she is a professional chef, so shouldn’t she always be making fancy, complex 3-course meals and thinking…

Southern Peach Cobbler

When I need a quick and versatile dessert that basically never fails, I usually think of cobbler. There are so many options for fruit to fill it with – blackberry, raspberry, pear, strawberry, apple… but my favorite is the southern classic… PEACH!  Now, I used to be a stickler for using fresh fruit in everything,…

Pork Chili Verde 

I like dishes that take me out of my comfort zone, and this is certainly one of them. I wanted a big batch meal that would be easy to make and good for leftovers. Chili is the obvious choice, but I wanted something new! That’s where chili verde comes in. Here I go with one of…