Sundried Tomato and Basil Meatloaf

We’re officially snowed/iced in for the near future so I’m taking advantage of the cozy time inside to finally post a new recipe.  Since I hit the second trimester, (I’m pregnant with a baby girl due in May!) I’ve been craving cheeseburgers and hot dogs.  It was so out of control last week that I vowed to stop going through the Cookout drive-thru and to … Continue reading Sundried Tomato and Basil Meatloaf

Blackened Sirloin with Pickled Onion and Bell Pepper

This is a simple spice rub that uses ingredients probably already in your cabinet.  The tangy quick-pickled onion and pepper are a nice complement to the savory flavors of the steak.  We made a meal of it with spinach artichoke and cauliflower gratin of sorts.   What to buy (serves 2): 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon brown … Continue reading Blackened Sirloin with Pickled Onion and Bell Pepper

Ginger and Garlic-Marinated Steak with Pickled Cucumbers

Ahhh long time, no blog! Somehow July has almost passed me by without getting in a post but here I am with a simple, versatile marinade recipe.  This marinade stars some of my favorite ingredients, garlic and ginger.  Don’t worry about mincing either too finely and you don’t need to scrape the bits off before cooking.  You’ll want to keep them from burning by adding enough olive oil … Continue reading Ginger and Garlic-Marinated Steak with Pickled Cucumbers

Spice-Rubbed Steak with Garlicky Collard Greens

This is the third recipe I’ve made thanks to ingredients from the Spice Society gourmet line of non-GMO spices. You can find my first recipe for a Four-Spiced Cod dinner here and Spice-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin here.  The Spice Society spices are great, definitely a step up from the ones you find in the grocery aisle. To celebrate Joe’s first Father’s Day I made this super simple spice-rubbed steak.  You can … Continue reading Spice-Rubbed Steak with Garlicky Collard Greens

Sirloin Steak with New Potatoes and Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri is a delicious green sauce of parsley, garlic, olive oil, oregano, and vinegar.   Like pesto, chimichurri never gets old to me and is good on everything especially grilled meat. I thinly sliced the sirloin and served it with a hash of crispy new potatoes and red onions for a hearty, flavorful meal. For the Chimichurri: What to buy: 1 cup packed fresh parsley 3 garlic cloves, minced 1/4 cup … Continue reading Sirloin Steak with New Potatoes and Chimichurri Sauce

Three Cheese Baked Spaghetti

I’ve been in a bit of a cooking rut as a new mom,  relying heavily on my crockpot and simple casseroles to get dinner on the table so I was excited when Tuttorosso invited me to “Celebrate the Sauce!”  The 85-year-old, family-owned and family-run tomato brand (all tomatoes are carefully grown in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio) recently launched a new website ( with recipes, an inspirational … Continue reading Three Cheese Baked Spaghetti

Boeuf Bourguignon {in your Crockpot}

Boeuf Bourguignon is a classic French dish, popularized by the one and only Ms. Julia Child and guaranteed to fill your kitchen with the rich, savory aroma of onions cooking with beef and red wine.  The most important parts of this recipe are the bacon (and the rendered bacon fat) and the red wine.  Both give the dish layers of flavor that set it apart from beef stew. … Continue reading Boeuf Bourguignon {in your Crockpot}

Beef Stew {in your Crockpot}

I made this stew on Sunday and have been re-heating and eating for lunch almost everyday.  It was delicious on Sunday but it’s gotten even better after a couple of days in the fridge.  Traditional beef stew recipes usually call for mushroom and potatoes but I left these out as Joe isn’t a big fan and I used a beer to add liquid and flavor.  Serve … Continue reading Beef Stew {in your Crockpot}