Loaded Baked Potato Soup {in your Crockpot} and Advice for the Bride

Happy Friday everyone and I hope you had a good week.  This week has flown by for me  with last minute wedding planning as I get ready  to head to NC next week to get married! I’m so excited!  On one hand I can’t believe the weekend is almost here and on the other I feel like it will never come. Of course I’m obsessively checking the … Continue reading Loaded Baked Potato Soup {in your Crockpot} and Advice for the Bride

Sweet and Sour Chicken

I’m excited to share this sweet and easy recipe. Sweet and Sour Chicken is an addition to my take-out, fake-out repertoire which so-far includes Chicken Fried Rice, Crockpot Cashew Chicken and Chicken and Broccoli.  When I was growing up, sweet and sour chicken was my all time favorite Chinese takeout menu item.   This is a grown-up version without breaded and deep-fried chicken and with less sugar. Frozen … Continue reading Sweet and Sour Chicken

BBQ Pork Tenderloin {in your Crockpot}

Another Monday, another simple and delicious crockpot recipe, this one with pork tenderloin.  I made the BBQ sauce on the stovetop but if you’re pressed for time you could combine all the ingredients in your slow cooker and let it work its magic.  Truthfully, I’m excited about new wedding presents like the flame orange Le Creuset pot in these pictures and looking for any excuse … Continue reading BBQ Pork Tenderloin {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

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

Rotini with Chicken Sausage, Spinach and Olives

I’m trying not to eat much pasta these days (moderation, right?) but some nights I want to dive into a big bowl of it.  I blame seeing this ad on my metro stop everyday. Thanks Panera You can serve this warm or cold;  I served it for dinner warm, first picture above, and had it for lunch the next day, cold, picture below.  You can … Continue reading Rotini with Chicken Sausage, Spinach and Olives

Sriracha Salmon

This is a spicy way to cook salmon, adapted from Self Magazine’s recipe feature from Gwyneth Paltrow’s latest: It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great.  I left off the cilantro and added lemon, ginger and a tiny bit of olive oil mayonnaise so that the sriracha wouldn’t overpower.  I served the salmon with roasted brussels and corn for … Continue reading Sriracha Salmon

Pulled Pork {in your Crockpot}

This is the perfect recipe to make when you don’t really feel like cooking.  You can put it together in your crock pot, walk away and come back six hours later to dinner. The flavor comes from coating the pork with a spice rub of  brown sugar, chili, cumin, and cinnamon, then cooking it on a fragrant bed of garlic and onions covered with chicken broth. Enjoy the … Continue reading Pulled Pork {in your Crockpot}