Super Bowl Party

Okay, so it’s been a few weeks since the Super Bowl.  I am only now coming to terms with the fact that the New England Patriots won yet again.  Fortunately, I was distracted during the game—parties have that effect on me.  If my team had been playing in the big game, you better believe that…

Roasted Tomato & Garlic Spread

This flavorful spread packs an incredible punch.  Roasting the tomatoes and garlic brings out their natural sweetness, while intensifying the tomatoes’ flavor and mellowing out the bite of the garlic.  I highly recommend trying this spread on a burger, sandwich, or as an alternative to pizza sauce.   1 (28 oz) can whole, peeled tomatoes,…

Honey-Balsamic Vinaigrette

This is a simple yet flavorful salad dressing—a little goes a long way.   1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup olive oil 1 Tbsp honey 1/2 tsp kosher salt 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper   Combine the ingredients together in a jar.  With the lid screwed on tightly, shake the jar vigorously to thoroughly…

Roasted Tomato & Garlic Marinara

Roasting tomatoes and garlic brings out the sweetness in each.  The flavor of the tomatoes intensifies, while the garlic mellows.  Each are terrific on their own, but when combined, they make an incredibly flavorful spread which can be used on sandwiches, pizzas, or stirred into pasta sauces.  In this case, I add it to a…

Chicken Soup with Spinach & Barley

It’s officially cold and flu season.  Where I live, it’s also the start of allergy season.  When you feel like crap, soothing food is desirable—enter chicken soup.  If you are tired of the classic chicken noodle, give this variation a try.  Instead of pasta, I used pearled barley, and in a nod to Italian Wedding…

Stupid-Easy Queso Dip

This cheese dip recipe is idiot-proof.  You simply dump the ingredients in a small slow cooker, turn it on, let the cheese melt, and stir it up to combine it all together.  What’s great is that this dip stores well and reheats beautifully.  If you have leftovers, just spoon some into a bowl and heat…

Basic Potato Skins

Potato skins are a classic when it comes to game day spreads.  They are hearty, delicious, and easy to prepare for a crowd.  While they are fantastic in this basic form with cheese, bacon, and sour cream, potato skins are incredibly versatile.  Try topping them with Pulled Pork Barbecue, Chili, or Sloppy Joe Meat—you really can’t lose!…

Sautéed Red Cabbage

Nutritionists love the phrase “eat your colors.”  Vibrant colors equate to lots of good nutrients, with the added bonus that they make your plate look really pretty.  This recipe stars red cabbage, which in my opinion is a hugely under-utilized and under-valued vegetable.  When paired with onions, vinegar, and a little sugar, you get a…

Moules Frites (Mussels & Fries)

Moules Frites, or steamed mussels with a side of fries, is such an elegant dish.  It may seem intimidating to prepare, but it really couldn’t be easier.  All you need is a liquid, preferably something with alcohol (wine or beer), herbs (parsley, basil, tarragon, chives, thyme, and marjoram are all delicious options), shallots, and garlic….

Roasted Green Beans

I love roasting vegetables.  Even green beans.  That is all.  You’re welcome.   12 oz. green beans 1 Tbsp olive oil 1/2 tsp kosher salt 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper   1. Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees.  On a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, toss the green…