• Peanut Noodles with Asian Pork Chops

    Marinated Asian Pork Chops & Sesame Peanut Noodles

    I found some really meaty pork chops at the grocery store last weekend, on sale for an ungodly price – about $3 for two 1″ thick, bone-in, steak-like chops. In the mood for something different last night, I decided to go with Asian flavors, which isn’t typical for my style of cooking although I intend to master using my wok and learn to make sushi with the kit I was given years ago, despite the fact that we do a lot of Asian takeout. The pork chop marinade was thrown together on a whim out of pantry items, but the noodles are based off of a recipe from my aunt,…

  • Simple Grilled Chili Shrimp Tacos

    Simple Grilled Chili Shrimp Soft Tacos

    I’ve mentioned my love of frozen raw shrimp before. Purchase them on sale (usually buy one/get one), use what you need, keep the rest frozen for a future meal! Need dinner in less than 30 minutes? Who doesn’t. What I love most about these simple grilled chili shrimp soft tacos is that dinner’s basically ready once the shrimp are seared – so, like, 5 minutes. I mean, you can’t grab fast food any quicker than that! The shrimp are a little crispy around the edges, but melt in your mouth with each bite (a really hot pan can be thanked for that). Here’s one of my go-to recipes that start…

  • Sauteed Garlic Kale and Polenta

    Creamy Parmesan Polenta with Sautéed Garlic Kale

    Last night my sister came over to enjoy the spoils from the March Food Challenge: Polenta! There was a winner of course, Parmesan polenta, but no recipe to go with it. I remembered an episode from one of Giada’s shows where she made a creamy cheesy polenta, and so I searched it out. And found it. Lucky for me, Giada’s ended up being a Parmesan polenta AND it doesn’t use any broth or stock, which meant I could follow verbatim and still please my vegetarian sister. To see Giada’s Cheesy Polenta recipe, click here. A creamy, rich, perfect accompaniment to roast chicken, grilled shrimp, or even a simple sautéed kale – it…

  • Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

    Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

    Corned beef and cabbage is a quintessential St. Patrick’s Day meal, but I’d argue it can be enjoyed any time of the year! Yum! Despite only making corned beef and cabbage once a year (and sometimes never), it’s easily one of my favorite meals. Seriously. Tender, fall apart meat. Silky soft potatoes, carrots, and cabbage that blend together like magic (especially when slathered with topped with a little butter). And the leftovers. Mmm… This recipe starts out in the slow cooker, which I love because it’s so easy and makes the meat super tender (I need to play around with converting it to my Instant Pot, though … that would be even…

  • Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Spaghetti

    Last Sunday, I posed a question: “It’s 2:30 on Sunday afternoon. What’s everyone planning to make for dinner?” And one reply caught my eye. From @JusticeFergie. “I’m thinking @thepioneerwoman‘s chicken spaghetti.” I didn’t make the chicken spaghetti on Sunday. But I DID make it on Tuesday night. And boy, oh boy…was it good. Leftovers last night? Even better. I did have to tweak her recipe a little, not because I wanted to, but because of the ingredients I had on hand. No olives, less mushrooms, regular spaghetti instead of thin, added broth instead of white wine. Still fabulous. Want the full recipe? Click here for the link to Ree’s site. No…

  • Crispy tender roast potatoes are the kind of versatile side you can enjoy for breakfast as much as you will for dinner!

    Crispy Tender Roast Potatoes

    Crispy tender roast potatoes are the kind of versatile side you can enjoy for breakfast as much as you will for dinner! Does this ever happen to you? You’re staring at the pantry, wondering what sort of side to make with your steak, or chicken, or whatever, when you notice a half-gone bag of almost-soft potatoes sitting on the bottom shelf. Whoops. A savvy grocery shopper would’ve meal-planned well enough to have the potatoes long since used. Me? I make a last minute meal plan and turn the bag of almost gone potatoes and a few other ingredients into a yummy side! The simplicity of roast potatoes is absolutely delightful.…

  • These juicy, savory, tender seared pork chops with a simple pan gravy are ready in fewer than fifteen minutes!

    Juicy 8-Minute Pork Chops With Easy Skillet Gravy

    These juicy, savory, tender seared pork chops with easy skillet gravy are ready in under fifteen minutes. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to get the recipe card and some of my other favorite recipes made with pork! Pork chops … the “other white meat,” right? I love pork chops … they’re often on sale at budget-friendly prices, very versatile flavor-wise, and quick to prepare.  My favorite pork chops cuts have a bone and are close to an inch thick. Generally a bone-in, thicker chop has more fat and they tend to stay juicier than their thinner counterparts. There’s nothing worse than frying up a couple of super lean chops,…

  • Perfect Everyday Roast Chicken

    It’s Saturday and in Maryland we’re under a wind advisory – 50mph gusts. It’s February days like today that scream, “COMFORT FOOD!!!”  I have a few favorite comfort foods, but none can compare with a juicy roast chicken whose seasoned skin is baked to crispy goodness. Served with mashed potatoes and gravy…MMMMMmmmm! How can you compete with that? Perfect Everyday Roast Chicken Ingredients1 3lb chicken, rinsed and patted dry2 cups water1/4 cup olive oil2 tablespoons butter, melted1 tablespoon garlic salt1 teaspoon pepper1 medium onion, quartered1 garlic bulb, halved1 lemon, quartered Directions Preheat the oven to 425°F. Place the chicken breast side up on the rack of a roasting pan. Pour…