Butternut squash & sausage stuffed shells

I love the flavors of fall: squash, cinnamon, nutmeg … the list goes on. There’s something incredibly comforting about these flavors. And when you put them together in one dish, it’s like magic. I recently found a recipe for butternut squash and sausage stuffed shells that looked amazing—so of course I had to try it….

Rosemary chicken with sausage and corn fricassee

Very rarely do I find recipes I actually want to make in a magazine. But while flipping through my latest Food + Wine magazine a couple of weeks ago, I came across this amazing photo of chicken sitting atop a bed of some kind of corn gloriousness. I thought, “It looks too good to be…

Summer garden pasta

One of my favorite things about summer is a leisurely visit to the farmer’s market. Bright colors … delicious smells … it’s basically heaven perusing through all of the different types of fresh  produce and fruit. As I flipped through one of my Barefoot Contessa cookbooks a couple of weekends ago, I came across this summer…

Chicken piccata

Doug’s mom recently asked him what his favorite meal was. Most of the time when asked this same question, Doug says “burgers.” But when his mom asks, it’s always his parents’ chicken piccata. So I decided to attempt making this dish for myself. As a side note: I’m not a huge lemon fan, especially when recipes…

Tomato tart with blue cheese

I know I’ve been MIA, but I’ve been a busy little bee: Work stuff, vacation, getting engaged. It’s been a busy couple of months! So it’s about time I shared a new recipe. This one is the result of a long few days of traveling and not really wanting to make anything. As I was…

Spicy honey grilled chicken

It’s grill time! This is Doug and my go-to chicken dish whenever we want chicken on the grill. It starts with a (very) spicy rub that I let sit overnight before placing on the grill. Right before the chicken is done cooking, you brush on a sweet honey vinegar glaze for the perfect combination of…

Maryland crab cakes

Crab cakes scream summertime. And although there’s nothing better than sitting outside near the salty smell of the ocean, savoring crab cakes at a beachside shack, homemade crab cakes can be just as delicious. I tried out a bunch of recipes and wasn’t impressed with any of them.  But then I found this one, which…

Sausage and apple puff pastry roll

I love trying recipes with unexpected flavors. This puff pastry roll filled with a sausage, apple, and onion stuffing is a little bit salty and a little bit sweet. It’s the perfect dish to serve for brunch, lunch, or a snack any time of the day. SAUSAGE AND APPLE PUFF PASTRY ROLL Servings: Makes 2…

Baked chicken fajitas

In the mood for Mexican tonight? Some of the easiest and fun dishes have a southwestern twist–whether you’re thinking of making tacos, enchiladas, or even fajitas. As most of you know, my boyfriend Doug loves his Mexican treats. So when I found this recipe for baked chicken fajitas, I had to try it. It’s got…

Pasta carbonara

Some of the best types of pastas are the simple ones. The kind that isn’t smothered in a super thick tomato sauce with ginormous meatballs on top (not there there is anything wrong with that kind of pasta). If you’re looking for a pasta option that’s still just as delicious, try this recipe for pasta carbonara….

Corned beef hash

It’s St. Patty’s Day weekend, so that can only mean one thing: Corned beef! And what’s better than sitting down to that traditional boiled meat dinner? Oh yes, the day-after-leftover corned beef hash. I found this Saveur recipe for the classic dish, but tweaked it a bit. It would be perfect served with a poached…

Slow cooker sausage and cheese tortellini

Let’s face it: The crock pot was put on this earth to make our lives ten times easier. Throw everything in, set for 4-5 hours, and the smells that waft through the house can only be described as glorious. This Italian dish is the perfect comfort food for anytime of the day (Yes, even breakfast….