Simple Homemade Oatmeal

When I was in my 20s (you know… like 7 months ago) I thought packaged flavored oatmeal was a healthy breakfast. Oops. If I knew then what I know now…. I’ve started making my own oatmeal and it is the easiest thing. If you are trying to be healthier or control your sugar or insulin better,…

Israeli Couscous Salad

Going away on vacation and looking for a meal that’s on the ‘lighter’ side? Or staying in Dodge and needing a mental getaway? Hello Israeli Couscous salad. If you aren’t somewhere tropical you’ll at least be able to imagine that you are. My neighbor/gf Dorothy got me hooked on Israeli couscous one summer evening and I’ve kept a…

Easy Stovetop Mussels

I really like ordering mussels off the appetizer menu at restaurants and having it as my meal. It’s an especially good move for me since I’ve inherited my grandmother’s habit of extremely slow eating. I can get mussels eaten in a reasonable time, it looks like I accomplished a lot, and my dinner companions don’t have to…

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…

Tzatziki or Cucumber Yogurt

First off, let me say that grandparents are amazing. They love you unconditionally and yet without enforcing any rules like a parent. Basically you can do no wrong and every choice you make is fabulous. I remember in Elementary School we had Grandparent’s Day and you could bring a grandparent to school with you. Why…

Cast Iron Chicken Thighs

My culinary world is improving dramatically with my new skillet. I love fish. I love shellfish. I love steak. I love pork. And then… there’s chicken. Meh. At least, that is how I usually feel about it. Don’t get me wrong, I truly enjoy some good wings (mmmm Fat Cat), but when it comes to chicken…

Baked Coconut Shrimp

I first had coconut shrimp in Aruba on my honeymoon so needless to say I simply LOVE it. Shortly before the wedding, while discussing Aruba and some of the seafood I wanted to eat (obvi), my dad mentioned he really liked coconut shrimp and that I should try it. Duly noted pops. After cruising around…

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….

Best Sister-in-Law

A sister-in-law who brings homemade granola when she comes to visit you? PRICELESS

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…

Baba Ghanouj

I love baba ghanouj. Baba ghanouj…it makes you feel exotic just saying it. I’m lucky enough to live near a great Middle Eastern restaurant called Zaytoon’s that got me hooked on baba ghanouj. I took my brother-in-law (who has been abroad) there and he verified their authenticity. If you’ve never had baba ghanouj it is similar…

Shrimp and Vegetable Skewers

I love shrimp. I love that “jumbo shrimp” is a perfect oxymoron. My Grandma makes a mean shrimp scampi and I’ve had some other killer shrimp pasta dishes (Bar Tabac). Shrimp is delish on it’s own too. After getting the best burger, chocolate shake and fries in the world at Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack Friday…