July 20, 2016

Mediterranean Stuffed Chicken Breasts


You guys! These Mediterranean stuffed chicken breasts are amazing! I am seriously drooling looking at the picture because they were so yummy. I just made them last week and I think I need to make them again tomorrow.

I love stuffing anything – chicken breasts, pork chops, zucchini boats. It is just a great way to take something boring and make it sparkle a wee bit. (Sorry, I’ve been watching too much Outlander). The options are truly endless for what to stuff them with – gouda/bacon/breadcrumbs? (super good in pork chops), sautéd veggies/kale/parm?, olives/mushrooms/fontina? But I seriously love these Mediterranean flavors. I first made it for my husband who loves sun-dried tomatoes and spinach. And my love of feta knows no bounds. So it was pretty easy to combine them.

When I first split the breasts open, I tenderize them with a meat hammer (free therapy). This makes the …

July 14, 2016

Shrimp Ceviche


Is there anything better to eat on a hot summer night then ceviche?

The first time I ever tasted ceviche was on my Honeymoon in Aruba, and I have been in love ever since (both with the dish and my husband).

I went to a tapas party last night, and decided to make ceviche because holy humidity. When I got there, it was the most amazing spread, filled with families from all over the globe, and the best food I have ever eaten. Rice and beans with octopus and mussels, garbanzo beans with spinach and buttered bread crumbs, stuffed fried sardines, manchego and olives and dates, spicy cheese fondu-type dips with cubes of bread, something amazing and creamy with chicken and mushrooms that was supposed to go into a tortilla but I ate it without and it was delicious, and flan for dessert. Plus there was plenty of Spanish wine and …

June 29, 2016

Summer Eats

As I type this I am getting ready to travel down to DC and then the Outer Banks with my family for a real beach house vacation where the beach is in the back yard (we’ve never really done one since we live 15-20 minutes from the beach here in NH). We are going with 9 other families all staying in one gigantic house so I am envisioning tons of belly laughs and a volume level at meals that rivals a grade school cafeteria.

And of course, good food.

As one friend wrote on one of the several email chains that are flying around “I keep thinking about how many eggs and bacon we will need for one breakfast”. Luckily these friends are super organized and we are all taking turns cooking dinner one night. You know you are going on vacation with the right people when someone has already ordered half a pig. So if …

June 22, 2016

{Broccoli & Cheese} or {Turkey, Spinach and Cheese} Calzones


I can’t believe this is the first time I am posting the recipe for freeze & bake calzones on THO! It might be my longest running favorite in real life, and the recipe I get asked for the most.

This is my go-to dish whenever anyone has a baby, surgery, or funeral and you want to send a meal. I love this tradition so much, and I know how it feels to get them. You feel so loved!

Because you use store bought pizza dough, it is so easy to make and easy to re-freeze. You just wrap them up in little cling-wrap pockets, freeze on a cookie sheet, and then once frozen you can throw them into zip lock bags. I write the cooking directions (bake 35-40 at 400) on the bag to make is super easy for the family to cook. I love how this dish gives them zero clean up …

June 8, 2016

End-of-the-Week Vegetable Curry


“There is a prevailing theory that we need to know much more than we do to feed ourselves well. It isn’t true.” – Tamara Adler

Oh, serendipity, I love you.

I need to gush/share with you all that I just discovered the book The Everlasting Meal by Tamara Adler. It came in the mail on Monday, and from the first pages, her cooking philosophy so sang to me since it feels really close to what is happening in my brain in the kitchen when I cook. So much so that her third chapter ends with a kind of end of the week vegetable curry. I had just made this curry you see in these pictures on the Friday before I read her book, almost exactly according to her recipe, with all the leftover veggies in my fridge, while the kids ate pizza.

If that is not serendipity, I don’t know what is.

It …

June 5, 2016

Lentil & Quinoa Salad

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I fell in love with this salad when I tried it at a pot luck a few years ago. I tracked down the person who brought the dish to get the recipe at the party because it was so good.

I fell in love with it again when I made it for a bbq last year. It perfectly compliments all grilled food and other salads on your plate, like a sort of pot luck glue.

And then I made it again this week, when its combination of textures and flavors and it’s perfect kick of vinegar called to me. And I fell in love with it all over again.

I have to admit I think this salad looks like a snooze. But that is part of the delight, because appearances can be deceiving. When you bite into it, you get a total play on textures – the quinoa feels creamy, the lentils …