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Dinners

Classic Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

Classic Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

  Having lived in Chicago for almost a year after college, it should come as no surprise that we quickly became deep dish fanatics. We lived literally a block from Giordano’s flagship location so, really, it was inevitable. Even though we have been back in […]

Whole Roasted Duck with Blood Orange Glaze

Whole Roasted Duck with Blood Orange Glaze

We’ve been really into whole-roasting things lately and this was a recipe we have been dying to tackle for years! Marc’s parents make a similar recipe a lot and they always rave about how amazing it is, and also how easy. So one cozy Sunday […]

Cilantro Lime Whole Roasted Chicken

Cilantro Lime Whole Roasted Chicken

  In my opinion, the best weeknight dinners are the ones that end up being so much easier than you expect. Especially now that I’m a working Mom and time is my most valuable commodity! This whole roasted chicken is the perfect example of one […]

Pressure Cooker Beef Chili

Pressure Cooker Beef Chili

Yesterday’s super bowl was one of the best “edge of your seat” football games I’ve seen in a long time! But for me, the excitement and anticipation started at least a week earlier with menu planning for our super bowl party. The central dish was, […]

Rustic Grano Arso Pasta

Rustic Grano Arso Pasta

This dish is one we’ve been dying to create ever since we discovered the “art” to this unique form of pasta. Grano arso (“burnt grain”) may not be familiar to you now, but I’m fairly confident it soon will be; word on the street is that […]

Crispy Skin Salmon with Lemon Brown Butter Sauce

Crispy Skin Salmon with Lemon Brown Butter Sauce

This might be one of my favorite ways to cook salmon, or any fish for that matter. In addition to it’s photogenic qualities (I think this might have been our most liked photo on Instagram to date!), there’s just something so satisfying about biting into […]

Scallops with Leek ‘Noodles’ in White Wine Sauce

Scallops with Leek ‘Noodles’ in White Wine Sauce

This recipe is a perfect example of why on some nights, we love to wing it. You just never know what you’ll learn and discover along the way. Here is our story of how the “loodle” came to be: It all started innocently enough, at […]

Oscar Party Menu

Oscar Party Menu

We love to entertain in our house, especially because entertaining usually means we have an excuse to go all out and cook something really fun and creative. And having a theme, like the Oscars, just takes it to the next level. We loved throwing theme […]

Fried Chicken Fridays

Fried Chicken Fridays

Just when you thought Fridays couldn’t get any better, we introduce fried chicken Fridays!  Sure, it’s an indulgence, so I’m not saying do this every Friday, but there’s no reason you can’t enjoy this every now and then. And this may sound crazy but I […]

Chicken Enchiladas with Easy Homemade Mole Sauce

Chicken Enchiladas with Easy Homemade Mole Sauce

We are big believers in using up whatever’s in our kitchen and this particular week we had to use up those giant dried ancho chile peppers that were left over from our Chicken Tortilla Soup. I got in my head that I wanted to try […]

Easy Chicken & Vegetable Parmesan Pasta

Easy Chicken & Vegetable Parmesan Pasta

After a week of holiday travels and celebrations (and LOTS of eating out!) it’s so nice to be home in our kitchen and back to cooking some homecooked meals. In particular, we love this easy no-fuss pasta dish – it’s the perfect thing to whip up […]

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Looks like another cold and wintry week in the ‘burbs, which means you should all stop whatever you’re doing right this second and make this soup! This is one of those recipes that we spent endless hours researching, tweaking and perfecting because we were determined […]

Stuffed Meatballs

Stuffed Meatballs

A few weeks back, I posted my Mom’s family spaghetti and meatball recipe and now that the weather has turned, this cozy dish is going to be making a lot of recurring appearances at our table. But you know us, we’re ever-experimenting in the kitchen, […]

Hanukkah Themed Menu

Hanukkah Themed Menu

The holidays are the perfect occasion for more themed menus and we’re kicking it off this year with Hanukkah! I was in a panic yesterday that I hadn’t had a chance to post my Hanukkah recipes (we are so behind on posting!), but thankfully Hanukkah […]

Buttermilk Brined Cornish Hens

Buttermilk Brined Cornish Hens

Somehow, I don’t think I really discovered Cornish hens until I was in my twenties. And even then, I think I only really ever ate them at restaurants. Hard to believe, I know, but it didn’t really occur to me that this was something we […]

Pan-Seared Scallops with Avocado Gnocchi

Pan-Seared Scallops with Avocado Gnocchi

I can’t believe that this is the first scallop dish we’ve posted! I am a scallop fanatic – it’s one of my favorite seafoods – and Marc is a pro at cooking them (thanks to our idol, Gordon Ramsay) so this protein was a go-to […]

Chili Honey Shrimp Scampi

Chili Honey Shrimp Scampi

We are big believers in carving out time for “date night” in our family, and now that we have a baby on board – we have learned to make time whenever we can.  Even what may seem like just a random Tuesday evening can be […]

Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs

Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs

My Mom’s spaghetti and meatballs are a legacy in our house, as they should be in any Italian household.  If I’m craving any dish from childhood it’s usually a tie between this recipe (or chicken on the bone).  This meal was always comforting to me […]

Pan-Fried Duck Breast with Apple Compote

Pan-Fried Duck Breast with Apple Compote

Thinking of entertaining on this beautiful fall evening?  When in doubt, turn to duck.  Once you’ve mastered the cooking technique, duck is one of those dishes that will impress even the pickiest of dinner guests.  Don’t get me wrong, cooking duck breasts requires a certain […]

Bacon and Saffron Mussels

Bacon and Saffron Mussels

Mussels are one of those dishes that I find so versatile.  The broth is like your canvas, you can add almost anything to it to spice it up and make it your own. Our combination here of bacon with saffron is unconventional, I know, but […]

Pan-Fried Porgy with Tomatoes & Basil

Pan-Fried Porgy with Tomatoes & Basil

The last time I tried to experiment with a new fish, it was a monkfish, and I can tell you one thing – that will not be making a reappearance in our household! (To this day when I mention it, Marc still cringes!) So, you […]

Veal Francese

Veal Francese

This is one of those simply elegant dinners that you can easily replicate for a weeknight or anytime you’re entertaining and want to impress. For those who are curious, Francese means just what you think – “in the French manner,” but it really refers to a […]

Cedar Plank Salmon

Cedar Plank Salmon

In our house, grill season lasts until the first snow (or if you’re really adventurous, all year round) and grilling on a cedar plank is such a great way to cook fish on the barbecue. “Planking” (as I like to call it) gives the fish […]

Beer Can Chicken

Beer Can Chicken

Marc’s parents make this dish on a regular basis so we finally took the plunge and decided to make it ourselves.  It’s a great Sunday night dish to try when you have a little extra time on your hands to tackle the prep and allow […]

Eggplant Parmigiana Pizza

Eggplant Parmigiana Pizza

I feel like we are going through a pizza kick at our house lately. We have owned a pizza stone for years, but now that Marc learned how to make fresh pizza dough in his bread maker (the absolutely hands down best gadget in our […]

Duck Confit

Duck Confit

The leaves are starting to change and Friday’s the first day of fall, so I am already dreaming up cozy fall dinners to feature on the blog. Duck Confit is one of those dishes that I will definitely be serving up as the temperature drops. […]

Chicken on the Bone

Chicken on the Bone

In any good recipe archive, there should always be a few old favorites. This recipe for crisp-crusted chicken (referred to as “chicken on the bone” in our house), is one of those tried and true classics. I used to beg my Mom to make it […]

Prosciutto Wrapped Cod with Sautéed Kale

Prosciutto Wrapped Cod with Sautéed Kale

Cod isn’t usually my go to fish, but I’m a sucker for wrapping anything with prosciutto.  Having to live 9 months without cured meats when I was pregnant was torture!  I swear, giving up certain foods was way harder than giving up wine.  (Never thought […]

Linguine with Clam Sauce

Linguine with Clam Sauce

Marc called me at work one afternoon and instead of the usual back and forth about “what should we have for dinner” he announced we were having linguine with white clam sauce.  He’d already gotten the ingredients and we were ready to go. What a […]

Chicken “Pizza” Margherita

Chicken “Pizza” Margherita

If you want to try a new take on the traditional chicken parm, look no further than this “pizza” recipe.  There’s actually no dough or crust on the pizza, just a glorious base of breaded and *lightly* fried chicken.  I could seriously devour this myself […]

Chicken Under a Brick/Rock

Chicken Under a Brick/Rock

This recipe is one of our all time favorites, so it was a no-brainer that we would kick off our blog with this.  We’d seen chicken under a brick on restaurant menus over the years and were intrigued/intimated by the concept.  It wasn’t easy to wrap our […]