Cioppino From My Very Own Kitchen!

A few years ago while I was in San Francisco, a friend of mine insisted I try this seafood dish in the Italian District. When he described the dish, it didn’t take long for me to say yes! After returning, I’ve thought about trying to make this dish again. It is very similar to Bouillabaisse to me, but it’s the Italian version. Cioppino starts off with a very rich and thick tomato base, while Bouillabaisse is a fish stock base. Well, I finally had some time of my hands to…

New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp!

A few weeks ago, my cousin in law from WI emailed an article on BBQ shrimp. It totally brought me back to Mr. B’s in New Orleans, sitting inside the immaculately decorated dining room, wearing a white bib and using my fingers to eat shrimp! My husband had mentioned he’d never had it before. I knew we had to remedy this right away. Don’t let the name fool you, this isn’t your typical BBQ. Instead, it’s a thick sauce that envelopes all the shrimp and you use crusty French bread…

Ground Chicken Tacos

I’ve found lately that I rarely cook with ground meat. I’m not sure why to be honest. But while strolling through the grocery store with my 16 month old, I found tortillas were on sale and that made me crave tacos. I’m pretty bad at meal planning; but I do enjoy grocery shopping daily though. It’s not great on the budget, but at least I don’t buy a whole weeks worth of groceries and end up tossing out old produce or wasted ingredients, so in a sense, I’m saving myself…

Easy and healthy Paella

I just want to start off by saying that I may be taking some short cuts here. I don’t believe I’m making true paella, but sometimes when it’s late in the afternoon and trying to get dinner on the table for 2 hangry toddlers, short cuts come in handy! And in attempt to cut out some carbs, I’m forgoing the rice and using quinoa instead. I feel that the smoky sweet paprika and saffron will still give this dish a paella feel, but I won’t have to wait to get…

Vegetable Soup to Accompany a Grown Up Grilled Cheese Sandwich!

It’s really rainy and cold today, but April showers do bring May flowers, so I don’t mind it too much. The weather is making me crave some good ole comfort food though, a la grilled cheese and tomato soup! But since I’m feeding my husband and toddler too, I wanted to step it up a notch. I found a picture on Pinterest for a grilled Swiss cheese and spinach sandwich. I loved it and thought that was the perfect sandwich. So I decided to make some vegetable soup to accompany…

Zucchini Lasagna, an Attempt at No Carbs for Dinner

I’m not sure what has possessed me to try this, but we haven’t eaten a strict Paleo meal in a few days and I wanted something in between. I wanted to do no carbs, but have something a little unhealthy. So I decided to try my hand at making zucchini lasagna, but throwing in some cheese as an indulgence. I’ve used zucchini in lieu of noodles before, and really quite like it, so figured, tonight’s dinner shouldn’t turn out that bad. It was actually really hard for me to find…

Orecchiette pasta with Chicken and Broccoli

I haven’t made pasta recently, with the exception of spaghetti and meatballs. And with the temperatures getting warmer, I wanted to find a dish that wasn’t too heavy, but filling at the same time. I remember my sister making an orecchiette pasta with sausage dish, so I decided to take that as an inspiration and use the chicken breast I already had on hand, instead of sausage. Serving Size: 4 Cook Time: 20 minutes Ingredients: 2 broccoli crowns, cut into florets Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup…

Asian Inspired Salt and Pepper Shrimp

It’s Monday and after a long day, I wanted something quick and easy to make for dinner. I’ve also been craving an Asian dish as well. So what better to make than salt and pepper shrimp using easy peel shrimp! I’m trying to get my 17 month old son used to a variety of cuisine as well. Large shrimp would be great finger food for him, and I could even chop it up and toss with some rice if he wanted to use a spoon. I love using the easy…

Homemade Apple Cider

Over Columbus Day holiday, we took our son to Butler’s Orchard in MD and had his very first apple picking experience. It was a beautiful Fall day, and after being cooped up inside, due to 4 days of straight rain, it was nice to finally get out and about again. I think he had a pretty good time. The actual picking apple of the trees wasn’t the best experience for him; but he did enjoy putting apples in the bag. So we came home with about 8 pounds of apples.…

Beef Short Ribs to Kick off Football Season

When my husband and I were at the Leesburg Farmer’s Market, we picked up some incredible looking beef short ribs. I’ve made short ribs before and I happen to like the deep beefy flavor of slowing cooking them or braising them. What impressed me about these beef ribs were that they were not cut into individual ribs, instead, they were kept together in 3 rib pieces. I liked that idea a lot, that way I can have just a huge chunk of beef sitting on my plate! A few months…