Swamp Yankee Dutch Potatoes

I descend from a long lineage of Swamp Yankees. We believe in practicality, simplicity, and stoicism. We think people talk too much and should listen more. We pay more attention to the weather and birds than TV or electronics. We live to ripe old ages because we mostly eat at home and try to go…

Custard Skillet Cornbread

Cornbread is comforting. Cornbread is fancier than toast. Corn is a vegetable. These are all clear reasons why you should enjoy cornbread more regularly. Just ask LC. I think she makes a different cornbread each time we are in DC (most memorable so far? cheesy corn bread). My mom, who gives me probably 75% of…

Roast Vegetables

My sister made these vegetables for her friend’s baby shower and they were delicious. They are really easy to make and super healthy. It’s amazing how heat can transform a vegetable, because raw these vegetables are not all that interesting. She found this recipe on Food.com. I just simplified it a little more. You can…

Crock-Pot Chicken Chili

It’s cold. It’s dark. And I don’t want to do anything when I get home from work besides put on my pjs and enjoy some Parks & Recreation and chips and salsa (Stacy’s Hint of Salt Chips and Green Mountain Gringo…mmmm). Is that too much to ask?

Slow Cooker Jambalaya

“shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey’s uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That- that’s…

French Onion Soup

The first time I ever had French onion soup I was at my teacher Mrs. Mahoney’s house for a French Club holiday party – Yankee swap style. I was one of the only freshman there and felt really awkward. Would people want the gift I brought? Who can I talk to? What jerk stepped in dog poop…

Pistachio Crusted Lamb Chops

I had never cooked lamb before but decided it was high time I checked this off my cooking bucket list. Honestly I was a little embarrassed I had never even attempted it. Plus with the tzatziki I made yesterday hubs and I were clearly having a Middle Eastern themed meal and I tend to think…

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

I distinctly remember the first time I ate chicken pot pie. My sister’s best friend’s mother (thanks Jane!) dropped off some chicken pot pie and I fell in love with the comforting combo of warm bread, gooey chicken, and even those unfamiliar (at the time) items called vegetables. With the cold weather and busy days…

Easy Homemade Applesauce

Autumn is in the air! How about some homemade applesauce? I almost feel silly blogging this because it is so ridiculously easy. It came out delicious! A few weeks ago I had pork and apple rings with the hubs when he started reminiscing about when he was a kid and his mother made homemade applesauce….

Ratatouille

Sacre bleu! Until last night I had never eaten ratatouille. I knew it was a French peasant dish and decided to try making it. I was nervous it wouldn’t taste all that great or be filling since the whole dish is vegetables (no offense to vegetables), but my reaction was similar to this food critic:…

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers are the ONE recipe I have ever made that came out AWFUL (Dan can attest to that). I made them back at our old apartment and they were just completely flavorless and gross. I think we threw them out and ordered Albanese pizza. Fail. However, my mom made great stuffed peppers for me…

Tortellini with Mushroom Cream Sauce

The last time I saw my friend Annette from college we went to this great french cafe called Cafe Luluc. It’s close by in Cobble Hill and typically their brunch line on weekends is out the door. They had (have?) this killer dish with mushrooms and tortellini that I decided to try replicating since I…

Fannie Farmer’s Pork Chops and Apple Rings

I’m back! After more than a month being at my parent’s house in Massachusetts I have finally returned to my tiny Brooklyn apartment. It has been nice being spoiled by my mom who is a great cook, so I must admit I felt some trepidation returning to my little galley kitchenette. The first night I…