Braised Short Ribs {in your Crockpot}

Admittedly one of my cooking weaknesses or areas of inexperience is cooking meat on the bone.   I’ve never roasted a whole chicken (it is on my cooking to-do list) and  we didn’t eat much meat on the bone growing up like ribs or wings so it never became something I craved.  I love the ease of cooking chicken breasts but I need to branch … Continue reading Braised Short Ribs {in your Crockpot}

Chicken with Sticky (Honey-Beer) Sauce

On most nights when I’m making dinner I’ll have some wine in one of our recycled wine bottle glasses.   I like their shape;  they’re hardy in the dishwasher and I don’t worry about tipping over a stemmed wine glass when I’m working in the kitchen.  I recently discovered the same company makes tumblers out of recycled beer bottles and I got Joe a set from … Continue reading Chicken with Sticky (Honey-Beer) Sauce

Honey Apple Pork {in your Crockpot}

I haven’t posted a crockpot recipe in almost a month so it is time!  While browsing Pinterest I came across this method for cooking a pork loin.  I like this recipe because it has 4 ingredients and results in tender and flavorful pork after it cooks all day with the apples. I’ll admit cooking with apples has a fall flair but the weather in Virginia lately has everyone … Continue reading Honey Apple Pork {in your Crockpot}

Simple Whipped Cheesecake Dip

This recipe was born one day last week when we wanted some cheesecake but I didn’t have the ingredients on hand to make a graham cracker crust.  So, with my favorite cheesecake recipe (Godmother’s Cheesecake) as my guide, I whipped up a cheesecake dip so good that I promise you won’t miss the crust.  This would be a great party appetizer or dessert when you don’t have time … Continue reading Simple Whipped Cheesecake Dip

Mango Salsa Skillet Chicken

One of my favorite cookbook authors is Sara Foster and while this isn’t one of her recipes,  it reminds me of the simple, healthy food she serves at her restaurant in Durham, NC and writes about in her many cookbooks.    This is a great way to make grilled chicken more exciting;  adding mango to your marinade and salsa gives this dish a sweetness that is … Continue reading Mango Salsa Skillet Chicken

Molten Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

This decadent cake is a sister recipe to one I’ve posted before: 6-Ingredient Gooey Brownie Pudding but this one has peanut butter for all of you PB lovers.   You can’t go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate!  Serve with ice-cream, whipped cream or just break out a couple of spoons and enjoy with a glass of cold milk. What to buy: 1 stick unsalted butter 1/2 … Continue reading Molten Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

Spicy Coconut Chicken Curry

Coconut milk made from fresh shredded coconut that is simmered in water then strained to form a rich liquid is one of those ingredients that can take a recipe over the top.  It is creamy, aromatic and pairs well with other foods like the spicy red curry paste and jalapenos in this recipe.  You should be able to find coconut milk and red curry paste in the Thai … Continue reading Spicy Coconut Chicken Curry

Garlic Lemon Grilled Kale and Mahi-Mahi

In the quest to eat more vegetables, I picked up a bunch of kale at the grocery store this week.  I’ve made kale smoothies,  kale chips and a kale caesar but I’ve never grilled kale.  I did some research and found that grilled kale is savory and delicious with leaves that are crispy and charred in some spots, tender and chewy in others.  With Joe manning the grill … Continue reading Garlic Lemon Grilled Kale and Mahi-Mahi