Grandma Lila’s Spinach Squares

Growing up, it was a good night when Mom put a Stouffer’s Spinach Soufflé in the toaster oven. My husband was a bit luckier, as his Grandma Lila made her own, homemade Spinach Squares – a dish that became a staple amongst his family dinners. After getting married, and having to start splitting holidays betweenContinue reading “Grandma Lila’s Spinach Squares”

Pancetta Penna ala Vodka

Everyone’s favorite Penne ala Vodka is very easily made using a store-bought vodka, which if you read my site religiously (A. Thank You and B.), you know I’m totally a fan of taking shortcuts. BUT, and I mean this seriously, BUT there is a HUGE different between a fresh batch of vodka sauce and yourContinue reading “Pancetta Penna ala Vodka”

Blue Cheese Brussels Sprouts Salad

Our first Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad took time (I mean, we blanched the Brussels sprouts, after all) but this simpler approach is almost like the winterized ying to the first salad’s bright, summery yang. WHY? Chunks of blue cheese. Toasted Macadamia Nuts. This is the Brussels sprouts salad for when it’s cold out and yourContinue reading “Blue Cheese Brussels Sprouts Salad”

BASIC Lasagna

There’s a time and a place for everything, right? And sometimes we just don’t have time to make a béchamel and go crazy with our homemade lasagna – but that doesn’t mean it won’t be delicious. Here’s my simple tricks for the BEST basic lasagna. SHOPPING LIST: 2 boxes of lasagna noodles, 1 32 oz.Continue reading “BASIC Lasagna”

Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with Tahini

Usually when we think of grilling we think of quick and easy. Grilling cauliflower steaks does NOT fall into the category of a quick fix, but roasting cauliflower in a conventional oven takes some time too. Whenever you chose to use this type of recipe, get your cauliflower started a good 15-20 minutes before youContinue reading “Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with Tahini”

Grilled Lobster Tails

Grilling lobster SOUNDS simple – just throw the tails on the BBQ like you would do a shell-on shrimp but, no! When heated, the lobster tails actually curl up and because the shells are so thick it takes a while for the meat to actually cook through, and then you have the arduous task ofContinue reading “Grilled Lobster Tails”

Chili Lime Peach Guacamole

Moves to Florida, makes guacamole. Sounds pretty basic, huh? Obviously we try our best to be anything BUT basic around here, nothing a beautiful Florida peach and Tajin seasoning can’t fix. SHOPPING LIST: 3 avocados, 1 tomato, 1 peach, 1 red onion, 1 jalapeño pepper, 1 lime, salt, pepper, tajin seasoning Most important thing whenContinue reading “Chili Lime Peach Guacamole”

Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

I first put this on my Instagram as the “be nice to people or else they’ll make their own Honey Mustard Chicken salad” but the point is that I am re-creating this dish that I have been over-spending on for YEARS. And now you I’m letting you in on my secret. SHOPPING LIST: 1 rotisserieContinue reading “Honey Mustard Chicken Salad”

Sautéed Sichuan String Beans

If you are like me, I feel like 90% of my purchases come from targeted Instagram ads at this point. My favorite thus far being the Sichuan Chili Crisp from FLY BY JING (although I haven’t tried the Momofuku version yet) . I could go on for days how often I use this sauce now,Continue reading “Sautéed Sichuan String Beans”