Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Pasta with Lemon Cream Sauce

 Last week, I made pasta primavera with lemon cream sauce and mint. I found the mint and peas to be completely off-putting. The cream sauce was delish! Today I recreated just the cream sauce and it was great! A hit for 4/5. 


1lb pasta, cooked

1/3 cup pasta water

1/2 C heavy cream

1 C shredded parmesan

Zest of 1-2 lemons

Juice of 1-2 lemons (about 1/3 cup)

Salt & pepper


1. In a large pot, add pasta, water, cream and parmesan. Stir continuously until cheese begins to melt and sauce is thickened.

2. Add lemon zest, juice and salt and pepper to taste. Serve!

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Raspberries & Cream

 I have decided that I am now adult enough to just buy the fruit that I think my kids will eat even if it is a little bit more expensive than I would like.  This week we already went through 2 pints of raspberries but the additional 2 pints we have aren't quite as sweet as the first.  This is my recipe for eating raspberries that aren't quite sweet enough in the most enjoyable but easy way.  My dad told me about using brown sugar vs white sugar because he said it was a thing they had at "The Club" where he dined as a businessman in Chicago in the time that he worked. I think the brown sugar makes this dish really pop.



2 T or less half & half or cream or whole milk in a pinch

1 t or less brown sugar


1. Place raspberries in a bowl. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Pour cream over everything. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Homemade Cheesesteak

 There was too much going on tonight at dinner to take a picture, but I will tell you this, the homemade cheesesteak sandwich I made this evening for myself was delicious.  I loosely followed a recipe I read on the internet earlier and then immediately lost. I was not looking at the recipe while cooking so let's just say I made it up.  I didn't buy hoagie rolls because I already had pretzel rolls in the freezer. They were perfect with this dish!  I also used Colby-Jack cheese instead of the traditional (provolone or perhaps whiz?). I just used what I had but you do you!

Ingredients (serves 2 generous sandwiches)

14 oz shaved beef (they sell this at our grocery store and it comes in the 14oz size for some unknown reason)

Olive oil



1/2 onion, sliced into strips

1/2 bell pepper, sliced into strips

1/4 C Worcestershire sauce

a few shakes hot sauce

2 slices cheese


1. Heat a little olive oil and butter in a skillet. When it is glistening, add the onions and a little salt.  Turn the heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally for 500 agonizing minutes until caramelized. You can and should do this step ahead because it takes  I did not end up getting my onions fully caramelized because I was just hungry.  

2. Once your onions are done, remove them to a plate but keep the pan as it is. Add some oil and butter and brown the meat for 1-2 minutes. 

3. Add the onions back in, the bell peppers, the Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and salt to taste.  Cook, stirring until the meat and peppers are done.  Add the slices of cheese on top and cover. (one thing we do to cover a skillet that doesn't have a lid is put a dinner plate over the top. It doesn't even have to cover the whole pan, just where the cheese is.)

4. Quickly toast your bread if you want to and then serve yourself some of this mix on a bun and enjoy! I added more hot sauce later because I was worried about making it too hot for others!

Chicken & Cheese Baked Taquitos

 Taquitos are one of Hazel's favorite meals but I continuously struggle to master them and make them crunchy enough while still baking vs. frying. Last night, I finally found a method that works for us!  We like chicken & cheese taquitos and also plain cheese taquitos.  I think we'd probably like lots of other fillings, but these are the easiest to make! I made 20 taquitos and this was sufficient for our family of 5. I used the method from this recipe but a different filling.


3 Cups cooked shredded chicken

2 T Olive Oil

1 T garlic powder (or to taste)

1 T salt

2 Cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

20 small corn tortillas

Cooking Spray

Salsa, guac, sour cream for serving


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 large baking trays with foil and generously spray with cooking spray.  Place tortillas on the trays, only slightly overlapping if need and spray with more cooking spray. Bake for 4 minutes to make them soft and pliable. 

2. Meanwhile, toss chicken with garlic powder, salt and olive oil until the mixture is a little bit wet and well seasoned.  Feel free to add other seasonings that your family enjoys.

3. When the tortillas are ready, flip them over into a stack so the sprayed side is facing out.  Re-spray the cookie sheets if they look dry.  Put 2T of chicken and cheese in each tortilla. we also made some just cheese. Roll the tortillas up and place seam side down on the prepared tray. 

4. Spray the tortilla tops with cooking spray and sprinkle on a little bit of salt, if you like. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn taquitos to crisp the other side and add more salt on top if needed.  Bake an additional 10 minutes.  Serve with salsa or guac or sour cream!

Monday, June 21, 2021

Whipped Feta Dip

 Whipped Feta is in vogue right now ever since feta gained popularity when used in that tiktok pasta dish.  I had a little bit of feta left so I decided to try it!  The dip is good!!

Tbh I barely followed the recipe because I had just a bit of feta but here is the link to what I used. I added chives.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Crispy Baked Boneless Pork Chops

Recently we almost exclusively sous vide our meat. It is good but I wanted more flavor today. I decided to bread the pork. So good! Best dinner we have had in weeks!

Crispy Oven Baked Boneless Pork Chops


3 C panko or breadcrumb mix

1/2 cup shredded parmesan

Garlic powder

Dash of chili powder




1 egg

4 boneless pork chops


1. Preheat oven to 425

2. Spread breadcrumb/panko evenly on a parchement lined baking pan and toast for 4 minutes or until brown

3. Remove from oven and combine bread crumbs, garlic powder to taste, cheese and breadcrumbs in a shallow dish. Season with salt.

4. Crack an egg in another shallow bowl and beat slightly with a fork

5. Spray the baking tray with cooking spray

6. Season pork with salt, pepper and dredge in cornstarch, then coat with egg and dredge in breadcrumb mixture. Place each breaded chop on the tray.

7. Spray the chops with cooking spray and bake 20 minutes or until pork registers at 145 degrees. Slice and serve!

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Vegetable & Black Rice Bowl with Coconut Green Goddess Dressing

I was reading my February issue of Martha Stewart magazine last night and saw some Asian-influenced vegetarian recipes I thought would be easy to make for lunch.

Later, ravenous after Hip Hop Class, I went to the grocery store and got the ingredients for the meals. Except, I mixed up two recipes in my head. So I decided to make a bit of a switch.

I really wanted to use the cilantro and coconut milk I had bought to make some kind of dressing or sauce. I decided to riff on a recipe I love for Greener Goddess Dressing from Fit Fork Feed since I have a bounty of avocados from our tree.

This bowl is so delicious, filling and made me feel I was being pretty healthy despite the excess use of avocado. It would also be great with a fried egg on top instead of the rest of the avocado..but how could I let that green beauty sit aside?

This recipe feeds 1 generously

Vegetable & Black Rice Bowl with Coconut Green Goddess Dressing


For Serving:
- Black Rice, prepared (I used some that you just heat in the microwave)
- Generous shake of TJs Everything but the bagel Seasoning

For the Vegetables:
- 1 bunch baby bok choy, washed, roughly chopped and stems and leaves separated
- 1/2 orange bell pepper, sliced
- 5oz sliced shitake mushrooms
- 1 clove garlic, smashed
- 1 t butter
- salt
- 2 T water or coconut milk

For the Coconut Green Goddess Dressing:
- 1/2 large avocado, more to taste
- 1/2 bunch cilantro, stems and leaves
- salt to taste
- 1 t ginger (fresh recommended)
- juice of 1 lime
- 1/4 - 1/2 C coconut milk
- 1 clove garlic, smashed

1. Heat butter in a medium skillet or wok. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds
2. Add bok choy stems, mushrooms, bell pepper and cook until just soft
3. Add salt, coconut milk and bok choy leaves and cook until wilted
4. Meanwhile, in a mini chopper or blender puree cilantro with 2 T coconut milk.
5. Add all other ingredients except additional coconut milk and blend. Slowly add in milk to achieve the texture you prefer.  Adding more milk or more avocado will smooth it.
6. To serve: Put rice in a bowl and mix in a little of the dressing. Top with vegetables, extra avocado, sauce and Everything seasoning.