Blueberry Cheesecake Bars.

blueberry cheesecake bars

Blueberry cheesecake bars are layer upon layer of happiness – buttery graham cracker crust, a layer of cheesecake that’s thin enough to let the other flavors shine but rich enough not to get lost, sweet-tart blueberry pie filling, and fluffy whipped cream. This recipe is from my mom’s mom, so I think these bars could safely be called “vintage”, although they’re called Blueberry Delight on the typewriter-typed recipe card we have. Continue reading “Blueberry Cheesecake Bars.”

Simple Basil Marinara Sauce.

This simple basil marinara has just a few ingredients, takes about 20 minutes to make, and is the perfect thing to stash in the freezer!

I’m successfully growing basil! (By this I mean I haven’t killed the lone basil plant I bought a few weeks ago. Because my mom waters it for me.) I needed to cut it back a bit, and it was the perfect excuse to make a batch of this simple basil marinara sauce. It’s just a few ingredients, it only takes about 20 minutes, and it’s the perfect thing to stash in the freezer if you don’t need it right away. It’s got a good garlicky kick without being overwhelming, sweetness and acidity from the tomatoes, and that irreplaceable bright, green basil flavor. Continue reading “Simple Basil Marinara Sauce.”

One-Pan Chicken Fajitas.

One skillet, less than 30 minutes, and no seasoning packet required, these chicken fajitas are a great, easy weeknight meal.

I hope your Cinco de Mayo involves a Mexican restaurant and enough chips + salsa + queso to make your jaw ache and your actual meal unnecessary. But if you’re cooking a Mexican feast at home – or you just need an easy weeknight meal – these chicken fajitas are for you, since you only need one skillet and less than 30 minutes to get it on the table! Continue reading “One-Pan Chicken Fajitas.”

Quick & Easy Pan-Seared Chicken.

This quick and easy pan-seared chicken takes less than 15 minutes from fridge to plate. It's juicy, with a salty-seared exterior, and endlessly versatile!

I’m a meal planner, but I’ve tried and failed to be a meal prepper – taking a chunk of time on the weekend to chop veggies, cook a couple things, and set myself up for success during the week. (If you want to be inspired to do this, check out Shutterbean’s meal prep posts.) Mostly if I have a chunk of time on the weekend, I like to do something lazy and/or selfish. ;o) I’ve been loving having citrus kale salad components ready to go, though, and the idea of having some other healthy things available is super appealing. Continue reading “Quick & Easy Pan-Seared Chicken.”

Bacon Grilled Cheese.

Bacon grilled cheese is a faster than fast food meal that makes an ordinary grilled cheese sandwich extra special!

My Nana (you know her – potato soup, spaghetti sauce, and gingersnaps, to name a few) has a few stories that I’ve heard her tell lots of times, but they never get old. One of them is the tale of ordering BLTs at a restaurant. She and her lunch companions asked for the bacon to be extra crispy, and when the BLTs came out, they were perfect. They thanked the waitress and told her the bacon had come out just right, so crisp – and she replied, “Oh, yeah, I just told the kitchen to kill it.” Then Nana makes a little mock-miffed face, like, hmph! Well! And then she chuckles her Nana chuckle. And I just love it. And that’s how I like my bacon, too. Kill it. Continue reading “Bacon Grilled Cheese.”

Bacon in the Oven.

bacon in the oven

When I was in college, I ate a lot of things that I thought were amazing that I can’t eat today, because gross. On this list: chicken fettuccine alfredo from a box (every.thing was included, people), a “milkshake” that involved fat-free, sugar-free chocolate pudding mix, skim milk, and a lot of ice cubes, and turkey bacon that I cooked in the microwave. (For the record, I also ate a lot of things that I can’t eat today because of metabolism issues, such as midnight $5 chicken parmesan pizzas, lots and lots of cookie dough, and two Panera cinnamon crunch bagels + an icy mocha…as a snack.) My philosophy of food has changed a lot since those days, and I would rather occasionally eat the “real thing” than fake milkshakes and turkey bacon. Continue reading “Bacon in the Oven.”

Food for Thought #6: March.

spring blossoms

1.// Have you tried Yummly yet since I said a lot of words about it? :o)

2.// New recipe successes from March: we loved this one pan rotisserie flavored chicken on potato gratin from RecipeTin Eats SO much. The potatoes get an amazing top crust from the chicken juices, and they taste super decadent even though it’s just regular milk and some Parmesan cheese. Continue reading “Food for Thought #6: March.”

Yummly.

Yummly app snapshot

You guys. I think I may be late to the party here, but are you using Yummly? If you like to try new recipes, keep your online recipes organized, or even if you just sometimes realize it’s dinner time and you’ve put off that grocery store trip one day too many, you will LOVE it! It’s a little like Pinterest, but just for recipes, and it has some amazing search functionality and features. Plus, the app is amazing if you want to use it on a phone or tablet! Continue reading “Yummly.”

Easy Roasted Apple Grilled Pork Chops.

Roasted apple grilled pork chops make use of a delicious marinade and sauce that's made from real ingredients.

Grilling season never really ends here in NC, if you have/are a committed griller who doesn’t mind bundling up and braving the cold and dark through the winter – and thankfully, Jay is willing. And although I’ve internally cursed and externally whined about DST and the we-still-haven’t-recovered havoc it wreaks on my children’s sleep habits, I do love how the sunlight in the evenings is like an invitation to fire up the grill. As I’ve probably said an annoying number of times, moving as much dinner preparation outside to the grill as possible is my favorite! Continue reading “Easy Roasted Apple Grilled Pork Chops.”