Chow Sauce for Stir Fry

We love stir fry in our home.  We consider it a good healthy meal with lots of veggies, and I love that it’s a whole meal in one dish/pan.  This is a version that I like to make because it’s less spicy for my kids.  If you like more heat you can always drizzle Sriracha…

Waldorf Salad

Credit for the Waldorf Salad is given to Oscar Tschirky.  This salad was supposedly first created and served in 1893 at a charity ball for the St. Mary’s Hospital for Children held at the Waldorf Hotel (thus the name) in New York where Tschirky was employed as Maitre D.  My Mom always used to make…

Garlic Smashed Red Potatoes

Was trying to come up with an accompaniment to my neighbor Jay’s smoked meat he volunteered to bring us from dinner (so good), and I had a bunch of red potatoes that needed using so I sort of followed a recipe on Allrecipes.com/ made a few variations of my own.  They turned out good.  Derek…

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pine Nuts

A few Christmases ago my Mom and George and George’s two kids joined my family at our place for Christmas.  Now I like brussel sprouts to be begin with, and I’m a huge fan of all roasted vegetables.  But Christine’s boyfriend at the time treated us to the best roasted brussel sprouts, and he threw…

Lemon Pepper Red Potatoes

I have to give another shout out to Jenny Sarantis for this idea.  She served these to us for dinner one night, and I thought they were so good.  She basically just boiled red potatoes and dressed them with olive oil, lemon pepper, and fresh dill.  I never would have come up with that combination…

Teriyaki Flank Steak

This is so simple I’m not even sure it’s considered a recipe.  I’m not sure who came up with this first my Dad or my Grandma, but I remember having it at her house the first time I got a taste for it, but she had my Dad cook it.  This is honestly one of…

Knoephla Soup

Pronounced (NEF-la) soup is a midwestern take on Chicken and Dumpling soup.  I guess German settlers brought Knoephla Soup to the Midwest, turning limited resources into a comforting meal.  I was intrigued by the homemade dumplings when I saw this recipe in my Best of America’s Test kitchen magazine and really wanted to give it a…

Spinach Quinoa

This is a recipe I found off the weight watchers site back in the day when Derek was following weight watchers.  I love quinoa and am always trying to come up with new ways to use it.  I love this as a side.  Tonight, I made it on the side of salmon. SPINACH QUINOA Ingredients:…

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

I made something earlier this week that called for tomato juice and then I had a whole huge jug of it left in my fridge.  I hate for things to go to waste and love to repurpose things, so tonight I made it into tomato basil soup.  I found the recipe on Cookpad.  I’ve never…

Pan-Seared Salmon

I saw an article for the best pan-seared salmon in one of my Cooks Illustrated magazines.  I’ve been wanting to try it.  I’ve put it off because it honestly seemed so simple  (just salt and pepper for flavoring) I didn’t think it could be anything special, but I was wrong.  The brine makes it so…

Molten Chocolate Cakes

When Derek and I lived in Eugene, we were fortunate to befriend the Sarantis family in our ward.  Even though they were all grown up and had real jobs and a real house and kids, they would still on occasion invite us poor struggling graduate students over for dinner.  Jenny always made the best food…

Sugar Cookies

For some reason I got it in my brain that it was a good idea to invite all the girls in Liv’s kindergarten class over for a cookie decorating party.  After we had sent invited to all 10 and all 10 had accepted, I realized that I didn’t really have a sugar cookie recipe that…