Dinner

  • Spinach dip pasta has all the creamy, garlic-y, Parmesan goodness you love about a spinach dip appetizer!

    Spinach Dip Pasta

    Spinach dip pasta has all the creamy, garlic-y, Parmesan goodness you love about the spinach dip appetizer! Spinach dip is one of my favorite appetizers to order out. It’s creamy and usually loaded with Parmesan, which — in my book — you can’t have enough of. The best spinach dips are served bubbling at the table, golden and crusty on top, and perfect for dipping fresh and warm tortilla chips. Mmm… The other night I perused my fridge to figure out what to make for dinner. This is a regular occurrence over here at mealtime. I’ve always been less “meal planner” and more “Chopped” when it comes to making dinner…

  • Instant Pot chili tastes like you've made a batch that's simmered all day long—and surprise!—it's ready in less than an hour.

    Instant Pot Chili

    Instant Pot chili tastes like you’ve made a batch that’s simmered all day long — and surprise! — it’s ready in less than an hour. Yesterday I made my first batch of Instant Pot chili. It was Sunday and FREEZING (actually, below freezing) and I was home all day long, so I could’ve had a simmering pot of chili on the stove for hours, or a batch in the slow cooker. Instead, I thought it’d be a fine time to test out another recipe in the Instant Pot, because … why not? I can’t say enough about how much I love this gadget. It’s quite the multi-tasker, which is a requirement…

  • Instant Pot chicken stock is ready in an hour and tastes just like a slow cooked stock that's been simmering away for hours and hours.

    Instant Pot Chicken Stock

    This homemade chicken stock is ready in an hour, thanks to the Instant Pot, and tastes just like a slow cooked stock that’s been simmering away for hours and hours. I’ve been watching friends rave about their pressure cookers for years, noticing in the past couple an extreme fondness for the Instant Pot in particular. It’s like the work horse of pressure cookers, operating via electric cord instead of on top of the stove … similar to a slow cooker. But not a slow cooker. Not at first blush, anyway. One of the coolest things about an Instant Pot is that it *can* be used as a slow cooker ……

  • This simple recipe is chock full of flavor with generous chunks of ripe avocado, and savory cubed roast chicken. Avocado chicken salad is great eaten on its own, or atop toasted crusty bread to make a hearty, delectable sandwich!

    Avocado Chicken Salad

    This simple recipe is chock full of flavor with generous chunks of ripe avocado and savory cubed roast chicken. Avocado chicken salad is great eaten on its own, or atop toasted crusty bread to make a hearty, delectable sandwich! The other day I roasted a chicken. It’s not an uncommon occurrence, since one whole roasted chicken can fill a myriad of needs, from chicken stock to lunch leftovers, to framing up a few different dinners through out the week (roast chicken, fajitas, chicken noodle casserole, etc.). Whole roaster chickens are also super inexpensive, with a four-pound bird averaging between six and ten dollars, depending on the brand, store, whether you…

  • The 10 Best Things About Picking Maryland Crabs!

    The 10 Best Things About Picking Maryland Crabs

    Obviously there are plenty of places along the East Coast (and around the world, for that matter) where you can enjoy a fine plate of fresh seafood. Even with all that at our fingertips, there is nothing — I repeat, nothing — that can bring a Marylander more joy than picking blue crabs. Or, rather, Maryland crabs. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links. I think I was in elementary school when I picked my first crabs — a late bloomer, by our state’s standards. As far as I can remember, though, I was hooked as soon as I had my first taste…

  • Lasagna Rolls in a Cast Iron Skillet!

    Lasagna Rolls in a Cast Iron Skillet

    Lasagna rolls in a cast iron skillet are a simple and tasty way to tweak your traditional Italian casserole recipe. Using jarred sauce as a base means you can spend less time cooking, and more time drinking a glass of wine, binge-watching a favorite show, or catching up on laundry. I’ve mentioned time and time again how much I love pasta. The truth is — yes, I’m going to say it again — I could eat it just about every day. My daughter feels the same, and lately I’d wager she would eat it even more often that I’d care to … if that’s even possible. So, given the fact…

  • Weeknight Spaghetti with Chicken Sausage: perfect quick dinner after a busy workday!

    Weeknight Spaghetti With Chicken Sausage

    Weeknight spaghetti with chicken sausage is the perfect quick dinner to end a busy workday. And, today was one of those days: back-to-back meetings, with barely a break to fill my water glass and grab lunch. By the time I walked in the door, it was nearly six o’clock, and the last thing I felt like doing was throwing together a laborious dinner — no matter how good it would have tasted. Plus, due to circumstances that are completely my fault, I’m also exhausted by dinnertime, which doesn’t help foster inspiration in the kitchen. (Read: I’m currently binge-watching Sons of Anarchy every night until midnight — I’m midway through season six,…

  • Roast Pork Loin is sooo easy to make and super yummy!

    Roast Pork Loin

    Roast pork loin is so easy to make and so yummy to eat! Make sure to pair it with easy homemade gravy and mashed potatoes. We all have our favorite birthday meals growing up, varying from simple (delivery PIZZA!!!!) to ornate (reservations at the fanciest French restaurant in D.C.). For years I asked for the same thing. Birthday after birthday it was always pork roast with mashed potatoes and gravy. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases. It’s the type of meal, like roast chicken, that feels like home. It’s a comfort food like no other. Well, except for maybe fried chicken, meatloaf,…