Sauted Kale

After ringing in the new year with Key West’s finest, I was dreading my car ride home, dreading going back to work, and dreading what I thought I was going to be a baron kitchen. To my surprise, a few trusty staples were awaiting my arrival: Frozen Chicken, Cheese and Crackers, frozen meatballs, and kale….

Twix Holiday Cookies

It’s funny how the holiday season brings out the baker in all of us. Other than pies, I’m not really one for baking. Why? Because unlike cooking— baking is truly a science. Measurements should be exact. Cook times are bible. There’s a ton of focus and patience required that generally I just don’t have. As…

Lemon Green Beans

Sometimes one really has to give credit where it’s due. Today’s post is a major shout out to my roommate Tamara and her Lemon Green Beans! Tam prepared this as a side dish for a dinner party we hosted a few months back and I couldn’t have been happier to finally learn her technique! These…

Chicken Pot Pie

Maybe it’s just me, but no matter how much I love to cook there’s always a sense of dread associated with the activity— especially if it’s a week night. Luckily, Jon and I ended up gifting each other crock pots for Christmas last year which has turned out to be a major game changer. Instead…

Broccoli, Cheese, and Bacon Quiche

From the very first Nancy’s quiche lorraine I had with my mother, I don’t think I’ve ever met a quiche I didn’t like. Over the years the Broccoli Cheese Quiche has become a quick go to breakfast menu item I always keep in my back pocket. And what’s the best part about part about quiche?  Once you’ve mastered one,…

Brownie S’mores

Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday and this year was a welcomed marathon. Instead of the usual low key gig with my mom and sisters, my recent Thanksgivings have evolved into a multi site, high calorie, somewhat exhausting production that I sort of love. After participating in Jon’s very first Turkey Trot, we showered,…

Butternut Squash & Brussel Sprouts

Much like pumpkin, butternut squash has become a quintessential ingredient during the fall. After seeing these little orange cubes sprinkled across magazines, restaurant menus and Pinterest posts, it occurred to me it was time to jump on the band wagon. Prior to the pre-spiraled noodles I used during Whole 30, I’m not even certain I had…

Coconut Cream Salmon

Looking back, I really have to credit my mother with starting my sisters and I on fish at a young age. Beyond the initial introduction (weekend lunches of Gordon’s Fish Sticks and french fries of course) my mother would prepare tilapia and salmon all the time. In fact, fish might have been one of the…

Apple Roasted Chicken

Like most women (for better or worse), being competent in the kitchen is something that’s always been somewhat important to me. In fact, I think for most adults, learning how to host and hold their own is a right of passage we’re all a little intrigued by. For me, the following are a just a…

Roasted Broccoli

It’s funny how everyone assumes their childhood is “normal” until they reach an aha moment of Wait, was just that just us? It wasn’t until I got older and started hanging out at other people’s houses or chatting with friends about what my favorite meals or treats were that I realized maybe my family’s menus…

Pumpkin Soup

Do you ever get cravings for things you’ve never even had before? That is exactly what happened to me last week. Out of the blue, pumpkin soup was on my mind and haunting me for days. Now, on the one hand, I am major soup lover. I’m the sort of person who drinks soup year…

Days 28 – 30

Meal Summary   Day 28 Breakfast: Boiled Egg, Lara Bar Lunch: Grilled Chicken Salad (grilled chicken, boiled egg, bell peppers, onion, raisins, sunflower seeds, balsamic vinegar and olive oil) Snack: Carrot Sticks, Banana Chips Dinner: Jerk Pork (see my post from Days 4-6 for my spice mix), Sweet Potato Chips and Guacamole   Day 29 Breakfast:…