• This Mediterranean take on tacos—like a twist on gyros—is served with pita bread and full of yummy ingredients and dips, like spiced turkey, hummus, tomato salad, seasoned yogurt.

    Spiced Turkey With Hummus on Pita Bread

    Today we have a treat, my friends! Nicole from a family that eats together: from Foodie to kid friendly in one dish is guest posting one of her amazing recipes! What I enjoy about Nicole is that she manages to accomplish the something we parents strive for: combining adult food into something the kids not only eat … they enjoy eating. Her food is fun, but sophisticated. Healthy, but yummy. What’s not to love? Cheers and enjoy! Spiced Turkey With Hummus on Pita Bread This Mediterranean take on tacos—like a twist on gyros—is served with pita bread an full of yummy ingredients and dips, like spiced turkey, hummus, tomato salad, seasoned…

  • Roast Chicken with Clementines

    Weeknight Roast Chicken With Clementines

    Sometimes even a weeknight calls for a roast chicken. It’s true. I know, I know. It feels like a Sunday meal…one that you’ve slaved over for hours. But really, roast chicken with Clementines falls under the “set it and forget it” category. And I love that about a weeknight meal. Scared to roast a chicken? Don’t be. It’s simple. At first you’ll be all, “Omigosh…! How can I tell if it’s done?? What’s the temp??!!” And then after a few roasts under your belt, you won’t even need a thermometer anymore. Really.

  • These rustic skillet potatoes with paprika are crispy around the edges and pillowy soft in the center. This recipe's a great way to stretch a few potatoes to feed a crowd!

    Rustic Skillet Potatoes With Paprika

    These rustic skillet potatoes with paprika are crispy around the edges and pillowy soft in the center. This recipe’s a great way to stretch a few potatoes to feed a crowd!  Last week at Smith Mountain Lake, the time came to figure out the rest of the meal to go along with the beautiful striped bass we were drooling over. I realized we had a problem. Eight people and *only one quart* of small red potatoes. What to do, what to do… Well, if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past couple of years, it’s how to stretch certain ingredients when push comes to shove. Potatoes are one of…

  • Pan seared striped bass, freshly caught from Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia!

    Pan Seared Striped Bass

    This pan seared striped bass, marinated in an aromatic blend of citrus and herbs, is a simple and flavorful addition to your weeknight meal plan! We just returned to reality from Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia. Gorgeous dark green trees line the five hundred miles of shoreline, and houses play hide and seek along the steep hills that surround the water. An ideal relaxation spot, and a throwback to the good ol’ days when swimming, fishing and wild imaginations were enough to make kids happy during a family vacation. Our rental house had a whimsical view of the lake, almost as though we were perched high up in a tree…

  • Seared Almond Chicken

    Seared Almond Chicken

    Chicken breasts – easy to cook, easy to freeze. I know I’ve said it before, but I can’t help but repeat it! Last night I was looking for something to cook for dinner. Just getting back from vacation this past Saturday, and getting ready to head out for a business trip this afternoon, our fridge is (basically) bare. So, at times like this, the freezer can be your best friend – as long as you stock it properly. Typically you can find a good deal on a package of chicken breasts every couple of weeks, and when I see those lower prices, I buy a couple packs and freeze them,…

  • Seared lemon balm chicken on a white plate.

    Seared Lemon Balm Chicken

    Enjoy this simple seared chicken breast, seasoned only with fresh lemon balm, green onion, salt and pepper. Lemon balm is a frequent summer herb addition to CSA bags in the Mid-Atlantic. It’s super versatile — a little like basil, but with a strong fresh scent of lemon — and I’ve used it as a garnish on salads, to make some seriously delicious lemon-lime curd tartlettes and to season savory dishes, too! Lemon balm’s even yummy steeped in tea! The other night it went perfectly with green onions and a simple seared chicken breast, seasoned only with salt and pepper.  All I did was warm a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat…

  • Baked Chicken Mozzarella For Two In About 45 Minutes

    Even though we’re a family of four, there are many times my husband and I find ourselves eating without the kids. You know, when my husband’s headed for a late afternoon of fishing that bleeds into evening after a long day at work, when we don’t have a chance to sit down until our youngest is already in bed. On these kinds of days, rather than cook a full meal for the kids and then save the leftovers for us to eat late, I’ll make something fun for the kids (breakfast for dinner, for example) and then a regular dinner for the two of us. Not that the kids don’t love this…

  • Seared Chicken Fajitas

    Seared Chicken Fajitas

    Looking for a way to stretch a couple of chicken breasts? Sometimes I buy one of those big packs of chicken, and the portions don’t quite break up evenly. When you need a meal for four people, but only have two chicken breasts…well, the math doesn’t quite work out. Except, there are certain chicken recipes that can take two modest chicken breasts and morph them into something much more substantial. One of our favorites? Seared Chicken Fajitas.  Mmmm…. Along with sauteed onions and peppers – likely already on hand, and if not, inexpensive to pick up. Something that could feed an small army average family of four, and maybe even have leftovers to…