homemade breadcrumbs

Kitchen Tip: How to Make Breadcrumbs

No more buying bread crumbs in canisters with “Italian seasoning” or other such artificial nonsense. I decided it was high time I learned to make bread crumbs from scratch. It seems simple enough. I bake a loaf of whole wheat bread about once a week and occasionally we don’t get through the whole loaf or…

chai banana smoothie

Chai Banana Smoothie

I saw a post recently for a chai smoothie and knew I had to try to make my own. Not only do we love smoothies for breakfast, but Jeff is a HUGE chai tea fan. Huge. So a little googling reminded me of all those delicious chai spices, many of which were in my pantry. The bananas…

Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs

Slow Cooker Asian Short Ribs

Making short ribs was a new cooking adventure for me. I was looking to branch out and try some new cuts of meat, and I kept seeing slow cooker short rib recipes everywhere I looked. I love my slow cooker and am always happy to discover new recipes that take me 5 minutes to prep…

spicy garlic broccoli

Broccoli with Spicy Garlic Sauce

This recipe is an adaptation of an old Weight Watchers recipe from the Take-Out Tonight cookbook, which was a stand-by in our household for many years, especially for Asian recipes. Recently I’ve started adapting a lot of old favorite recipes with real food ingredients. This dish is fast and pretty simple, with ingredients you probably…

spicy baked chicken wings

Spicy Baked Chicken Wings

I didn’t become a chicken wing fan until my late twenties, and now I know why people love them so much! We enjoyed ordering them out at restaurants, served with creamy blue cheese dressing and crisp celery, but I had never tried making them at home. Frying is something I’ve always kept off-limits in my house.…

Wonton Soup

We’ve had chilly nights off and on as the weather tries to decide if it’s actually springtime or not. I thought this steaming hot soup would be perfect for one of our lingering wintry evenings (we did have 20-degree weather and 3 inches of snow this past week…). Unfortunately, the night I planned to make this…

Shrimp & Broccoli Pesto Orzo

Shrimp & Broccoli Pesto Orzo

I’ve been pretty in love with this kale pesto recipe since I first made it last month, and I decided to use it as inspiration for two dishes this week – this Shrimp & Broccoli Pesto Orzo and Pesto Pita Pizzas with Mozzarella and Spicy Sausage. I had extra kale, so I made a double…