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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 BurritosΒ 

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...

No Waste Challenge

We finally did it. After months of looking, we found our house. It was built in 1951 and the couple we are purchasing it from has lived in it the entire time!Β It needs a little sprucing up but it’s going to be a great home for us. It has a huge back yard that our Boston Terrier will surely frolic and we’ll have space for a garden. I’m also excited to report it has a BIGGER kitchen! The kitchen isn’t...

Chicken and Veggie Quinoa Casserole

Hello! I’m “back” and excited to be cooking and writing again! As some of you may know, I GOT MARRIED! On September 19, I married my other half of nine years in a wonderful and fun ceremony surrounded by our friends and family. It truly was a magical day and we were overwhelmed by the support and love we received. Our guests also gave us many beautiful and generous gifts for our home and new life together. About 80-90% of...

Chicken Tacos on Corn Tortillas

Full disclaimer, Mexican and Italian foods are my absolute favorites. Like can’t-stop-eating-gorge-myself-until-I’m-uncomfortably-full favorites. I think it’s because both “genres” are best when they’re made with simple, fresh ingredients and they’re very customizable (who doesn’t like mushrooms or cucumbers? ME! That’s who). Soft corn tortillas are delicious but after looking at the ingredients and seeing hydrogenated soybean oil in every single tortilla option in the grocery store, I walked out of the aisle thinking I wouldn’t be eating tacos for awhile....

Easy Dinner #1: Low-Carb BLAT

My fiancΓ© is suddenly super motivated to lose weight. This isn’t surprising considering our wedding is a little over two months away. While I’ve been whittling down the pounds and inches over the last 18 months at an agonizingly slow pace, Jason has griped about the food and drink choices I’ve been schlepping in from the grocery store. Now that he’s running and strength training every evening he also wants to eat healthier to maximize his results. This means I’m...

Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce

Chicken Lettuce Wrap

Lettuce wraps might be one of the best things I’ve discovered in my quest to eat healthy, fresh, delicious food. Lettuce wraps are versatile and inexpensive, they offer a great way to incorporate more veggies and less carbs into your diet while still feeling full and satisfied. I’ve made a few different kinds of lettuce wraps and quickly learned the variety of lettuce is an important part of the meal (insert “duhs” here). I chose Butter Lettuce for this recipe...

Berry Good Sangria

Very Berry Sangria

I can honestly say I have never had sangria before. A few years ago, one of my wedding clients was serving their grandmother’s sangria at their wedding and told me to make sure I grabbed myself a glass. Well, I didn’t. Something about getting buzzed at a wedding and then taking professional wedding photos didn’t seem like a good idea at the time. I can’t remember why now… Sangria is a common beverage in Spain and typically consists of fruit,...