Mom’s Renowned Sourdough Bread

Ever since I was little, my Mom has been baking this bread. She used to call it “Miss Katie’s Bread,” so I assume we have a kind someone named Katie to thank for this. It’s a dense, savory loaf that smells like pure comfort while it bakes. The recipe looks complex but I promise it’s…

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Grilled Chicken alla Diavolo

The name, Chicken alla Diavolo, means “chicken of the devil.” Some say the name is from the hot coals the chicken is usually cooked over; others say it’s for the amount of black pepper used in the recipe. Whatever the origin, it’s an excellent reason to fire up the grill on a nice night. The result…

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Go-To Side Salad (Insalata Mista)

Anytime I reach for a basic but delicious side salad, I find myself looking up this classic Italian Insalata Mista. It’s unassuming but pretty and always gets compliments – even when it doesn’t mean to steal the show. Lightly Adapted from Italian Classics by Cooks Illustrated. Prep Time: 10 minutes | Serves: 4-6 as a side Salad…

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DINNER INSPIRATION

Weeknight Zucchini Boats

This is my super fast (well, relatively fast) version of stuffed zucchini boats. It’s one of the few ways I’ve been able to make zucchini disappear at the dinner table, it requires minimal prep, and it’s pretty versatile. All of that makes it one my favorite “back pocket” recipes for when zucchini’s on sale and I…

Turkey Thighs with Olives and Dried Cherries

i uncovered this recipe last winter in a Cooking Light slow cooker cookbook. when i saw cumin and cinnamon in the ingredient list, it immediately went on the weeknight meal list. i wasn’t disappointed! serve with mashed potatoes or couscous. Prep Time: 10 min | Cooking Time: 5 hours | Serves: 4-6 servings Ingredients: 1 cup thinly sliced onion 1 cup ruby…


SHAREABLE SIDES

Cheddar Chive Olive Oil Drop Biscuits

I used to think that whipping up biscuits for dinner was a grandma thing. As in, I would eventually figure out how to do it by the time I was a grandma. While that may be true for the thick, flaky rolls I remember from childhood, these quick drop biscuits are a delicious stand-in for…

Easy Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes

from Matthew Kenney’s ‘Mediterranean Cooking’. i’ve been head-over-heels for all kinds of mashed potatoes ever since i can remember. this recipe, though, with it’s spice and simplicity, is one of my all-time favorites. Prep Time: 35 minutes | Cook Time: 10 min | Serves: 4 Ingredients 1 tsp anise seeds (note: not star anise) kosher salt 2…


WORTH THE CALORIES 

The Easiest Baked French Toast

When we have guests stay with us, I always like the idea – but never the execution – of french toast. This Smitten Kitchen approach totally changed that. As Deb notes, it’s a bit more bread pudding than french toast but I’m pretty sure if you say, “hey who wants baked french toast for breakfast tomorrow?”…

Decadent Chocolate + Peanut Butter Cookies

I’ve never been a big cookie maker. I usually only eat one or two (even fresh out of the oven – don’t disown me) and I’m pretty sure I know no less than 15 women who love baking 25x more than I do. Nevertheless, we had guests over one night and these manifested themselves from…