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My Week in Mealsย 

As you may remember, I heavily rely on meal planning to stay within my grocery budget (or close to it!) and to avoid the dreaded “What should we make for dinner?” conversation. Every Sunday morning, I pour myself a cup of coffee, turn on an episode of Chopped, and start flipping through the ads in the paper searching for anything on sale and in season. I also check the weather for the week so I can customize my meals, for...

Broccoli Tomato Feta Salad

Broccoli Tomato Feta Salad

Summer is in full effect in my corner of the globe which means the whir of lawnmowers and cicadas are a constant soundtrack in the background of summer get togethers around the grill. Even though the weather has warmed up significantly, I still haven’t gotten many fresh veggies out of the garden…yet. I carefully examine all the plants in my garden every morning but still only have skinny zucchinis and green tomatoes. It’s become quite the obsession and will, sooner...

Shrimp and Artichoke Risotto

Shrimp and Artichoke Risotto

I must say, this summer has fully and completely KICKED ASS. Last year, my husband and I spent most of the summer planning and preparing for our wedding so this year we have been going going going. We’ve camped at three new places (once during an epic thunderstorm), we’ve gotten to see some of our favorite bands play at amazing venues, and we’re visiting new places in our home state that we’ve never even seen before! All this while taking...

The Secret to the BEST Fried Rice

Easy Fried Rice

On Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays, I have the best of intentions. I look at Sunday newspaper ads, create a meal plan based on what’s on sale, go shopping, and pretty well stick to the meals I prepped during those days. Heck, I even do the dishes after dinner! Then Wednesday starts to get a little lazier, maybe the dishes are left in the sink or some of the ingredients don’t make it in the dish. Then Thursday and Friday give...

Easy, Homemade Chicken and Rice Soupย 

Sometimes, the simplest recipes are the best. Don’t get me wrong, I love a cooking challenge. But everyone has those reliable recipes to consistently fall back on when there isn’t time or energy to cook. These recipes tend to be easy and have limited ingredients so a large shopping list isn’t required. We’ve made these dishes so many times we could make make them blindfolded with a screaming child clinging to our leg during a blizzard.ย Hopefully, you aren’t making this...

Mini Cottage Pies

I actually can’t say or think the words “Mini Cottage Pie” without an English accent. It just sounds so cute and dainty right? Cottage Pie is actually just Shepherd’s Pie but with beef instead of lamb and it’s damn good. This dish represents comfort food and all that is right in my world. Unfortunately, two people eating an entire pie tin full of meat, vegetables, and gravy wasn’t exactly “good” for our waistlines or our wallets. My husband and I...

3 Ways To Use Leftover Produce

A few weeks ago, I challenged myself to dramatically reduce the waste in my kitchen as a way to cut down on my grocery bill (which made my husband ecstatic). My biggest source of waste tends to be unused food in my refrigerator. In general, I’m making a larger effort to use produce before it goes bad. Here are three things I was able to do right away with leftovers in my fridge: 1). Broth Vegetable broth is a staple...

Pear Ginger Sangria

Pear Ginger Sangria

  Have you every bought something by accident then realized your mistake when you were unpacking your grocery bags? Yeah, me neither… More than once I have come home with decaf coffee, conditioner instead of shampoo, or one-ply toilet paper (seriously, why do they even make this stuff?). This is how I ended up with a bottle of red zinfandel wine recently. I was supposed to pick up an inexpensive red wine for the Irish Beef Stew my husband was...

Leftovers: Tri-Tip Breakfast Burritosย 

The first time I heard the words “Tri-Tip Breakfast Burrito,” my heart sang. Of course! Why wouldn’t you chop up the remains of that delicious, grilled steak and put it inside of a carb blanket?! With cheese and salsa and eggs!! Frankly, I’m ashamed I didn’t think of it first. We actually first heard about this mouth-watering concoction during a Sunday lunch at one of our current favorite restaurants, Elk Horn Brewery. The next time I had leftover tri-tip, I...