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Phyllo dough Quiche

In the past I’ve been going to Whole Foods and buying their frozen pie crust. Recently, I started buying phyllo dough to get a lighter quiche. Now this is my go to. You can change the veggies and add meats. I just prefer veggie quiches. Note- If you use onions or mushrooms make sure to … Continue reading »

Spaghetti Squash and Italian Meat Sauce

Here’s a new favorite in my household. I found this recipe on Facebook and after a few tries I’ve changed it to make it my own. This is my new and healthy take on Spaghetti and Meat Balls. However, rather than spaghetti I use spaghetti squash and instead of meat balls, Turkey and Mushroom Italian … Continue reading »

Chicken Matzo Ball Soup

Okay I had to post this soup because I make it so often that I had  to share it.  It’s very similar to my Veggie + Noodle Soup with a twist.  Like that soup it came about from the abundance of veggies in my fridge at all time due to my weekly farmers co-op delivery. … Continue reading »

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

So it’s been a while since I posted something. So here’s an easy go to side dish, Garlic Mashed Potatoes. It’s a great go to and a great way to use those potatoes that you have lying around.  You can use any type of potato you desire.  I used colorful fingerling potatoes because those are … Continue reading »

Seared Duck Liver Snack

Here’s a simple dish that doesn’t take much effort.  It’s so easy and delicious that I can’t believe I haven’t done this sooner.  If you’re a fan of liver, pate or fois gras than this is for you.  If your not a fan, just give it a try.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised. So the other … Continue reading »

Homemade Pizza Sauce

Who doesn’t love pizza?  Well, it’s even better when homemade because you get exactly what you want on top.  However, it does take some time if you want to do it right.  The only way is by making your very own pizza sauce.  Plus it comes extremely handy if you have tomatoes that need to … Continue reading »

Hog Island Oysters Co.

This post is WAY over due. I’ve been collecting recipes and places to eat but I just haven’t had time to post anything. So let me start off with one of my FAVORITES!  It’s such a favorite that I’m going to post it in my top 1o list.  The Hog Island Oyster Co. has to be … Continue reading »

Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup

So I just got a Vitamix 750 today and LOVE IT!   It makes everything you could ever want; soup, sauces, smoothies, juices, ice cream and so much more.  The beauty of it is that it makes professional quality recipes!  The soup I made was creamy, thick and amazing without using one bit of cream. … Continue reading »

Roasted Quail Anyone?

Here’s a dish that will make you look like a pro, even if you have no idea how to cook.  Growing up, when my parents didn’t have time to cook something, they usually made us a simple roasted chicken dish with vegetables using the broiler.  The chicken always came out crispy and juicy.  The vegetables … Continue reading »

Avocado Salad with Tomato and Radish

If you love avocados, this recipe is for you.  If you love tomatoes, this recipe is for you.  If you love radishes, this recipe if for you.  If you love all three…then this recipe is REALLY for you.   In the September/October 2012 issue of Cooks Illustrated,  author Celeste Rogers stops her reader in their tracks with … Continue reading »

Sautéed Sole with Lemon Beurre Blanc

This recipe is really fun to make and somewhat simple.  I discovered it while dining in Napa and have been addicted ever since.  It’s light but with a ton of flavor.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Ingredients: 2 large pieces of sole 2/3 cup of dry white wine (like a … Continue reading »

Hearty French Potato Casserole

Again, another AMAZING recipe from Cook’s Illustrated Magazine: Issue 115, March + April 2012.  The subtitle to this recipe is what intrigued us, “In the old days, this rich dish got its deep flavor and silky texture from meat drippings.  Could we get the same luxurious results without a roast?”  I don’t know about you but that … Continue reading »

Italian Wedding Soup

I really wanted Minestrone soup so my fiancé decided to whip up this gem instead.  Like Minestrone, it’s very hardy but with a twist.  Check it out and see if it intrigues you like it intrigued us.  This recipe was from Cook’s Illustrated Magazine: Issue 115, March + April 2012. Note: This isn’t a recipe for the faint of hearts.  It takes … Continue reading »

Orzo, Kale + Portobello Mushroom Pasta

I honestly didn’t know what to make for dinner tonight.  All I knew was that I had kale and I needed to use it before it went bad.  Kale is not only a superfood but very tasty when cooked correctly.  So I found a recipe and made it my own.  Adapted from, allrecipes.com, this Orzo … Continue reading »

social foods version of a Cobb salad

Who says that a Cobb salad has to be a certain way.  Well, we say NO to that notion!  So we decided to make our own version of a Cobb salad.  Instead of the “standard” mixture of iceberg and romaine lettuce, watercress, avocado, blue cheese, chicken, chives, hard-boiled eggs and tomatoes we did it a bit differently.  We decided to … Continue reading »

Baked Mac + Cheese with Cauliflower

Who doesn’t love Mac + Cheese.  No matter how old you are it never gets old.  However, the key to this dish is making it homemade.  Instead of using my normal recipe that isn’t the healthiest,  I decided to tried this alternative compliments of Penzeys Spices.  It was definitely a crowd favorite.  I didn’t use any of their spices … Continue reading »

Three Cheese Grits and Shrimp

I’ve never been a fan of grits until I visited my future mother-in-law who made me cheese grits and shrimp in Nashville, Tennessee.  I fell in love.  So I figured if I’m going to marry a southern man, I might as well learn to cook a few southern recipes.  Luckily, my southern man likes to … Continue reading »

Mushroom Soup

This is soup for a true mushroom lover.  If you enjoy mushrooms but don’t really love them, this isn’t the recipe for you! I say this because I loved the soup but my fiancé was not a fan.  He would have wanted more of a Cream of Mushroom Soup.  Alas, I did not make a … Continue reading »

Roasted Carrot + Cauliflower Soup

Inspired by Bin38 Carrot Soup, I decided to make my own adaption of this delicious soup.  I’m so happy I did because it turned out better than expected.  It’s actually pretty easy to make and oh so good. Garnished with Sautéed Mushrooms Ingredients:  7 medium carrots, peeled 1.5/2 cups of cauliflower florets 1 medium onion, chopped … Continue reading »

Easy Turkey Chili

This is a simple recipe that anyone can make and not mess up.  The reason being is because you can make it your own.  You do not have to follow the recipe to an exact tee.  Truth be told, I usually take a recipe and make it my own by seeing what’s in my pantry. … Continue reading »

Redo Guacamole

  This is how your guacamole should look when your avocados are ripe! (above) What you need: 3 avocados 1 teaspoon of lemon juice 1 teaspoon of salt + pepper 1  shallot 1 medium tomato optional: 3 tablespoons of chopped of fresh cilantro   How To: Chop everything up Throw it into a bowl and mash up … Continue reading »

Best Caesar Salad

The secret to a great caesar salad are in two major elements: the dressing and croutons (both need to be homemade).  If you have those nailed down, you can make any boring caesar salad amazing.    Ingredients: Caesar Dressing 5-6 cloves of garlic 6 anchovy (more if you feel risky) 1/4 olive oil 1/2 of … Continue reading »

The Perfect Scrambled Eggs

I love scrambled eggs.  I could eat them everyday at every meal. However, I’m constantly amazed how this simple dish is ruined so frequently.  I do not understand why people would choose to cook them so improperly when you can have amazing, fluffy and delicious eggs in minutes with a little love.  The technique shown is thanks the brillant … Continue reading »

Guacamole Night

Why buy store packaged guacamole when you can make ten times better at home.  It’s simple, easy and quick.  You’ll look like an amazing chef with such a basic dish.  I usually prepare this dish when we’re having taco night or have some tortilla chips that need a little company.  So here’s your how to on this … Continue reading »