chicken burrito bowl

I’ve done several stupid things recently. When I found out I was going to be working from home, I figured all I would need is a laptop and I could just carry it around the house and work from wherever. Uhh, not so much. I have so much crap already. And by ‘crap,’ I mean…

guest post: tuscan rib-eye steak

I am SO excited to announce that I have a guest blogger on Spill the Beans today. This makes the whole blogging thing feel very legit. My special guest is Jay, whom I have known forever and ever because our families used to vacation together. Actually, we still vacation together, but sometimes Jay is too…

sweet potato sausage egg stack

I just typed out a whole post about how this recipe was accidentally Paleo, even though I’m not on the Paleo diet and have no interest in being on the Paleo diet. Then I Google’d the Paleo diet, and realized that I was wrong about what exactly qualifies as Paleo. This is what happens when…

tortilla crusted chicken

200 days until Kelly and Aaron tie the knot! (It works out really well that it’s a nice number, implying that I really planned ahead here. Spoiler alert: I didn’t.) A midst all of the planning for the event itself, everyone in the family is thinking about looking their best for the big day. Mom and…

white bean and arugula stew

I know what you’re thinking. Can you make anything other than soup? No. This weather is just friggin’ freezing and I have no interest in foods that aren’t steamy and comforting. The GS came into town last weekend and we made a fancy surf’n’turf dinner. One swordfish steak and one hanger steak, split. Talk about…

beef & barley stew

Another round of frozen soup to warm your soul! This whole freezer meal thing came at a very opportune time because unfortunately the GS broke his hand last weekend, and is having surgery this week. I went down to visit this weekend (with about 15 pounds of frozen soup in tow) and his hand legitimately…

creamy chicken taco soup

It’s barely 2015 and I’m already over winter. Yes, I did grow up in Syracuse, NY, but to be fair I spent the better part of the last 7 winters in Maryland. While not exactly tropical, Baltimore is just a little bit warmer which makes the winter more bearable, in my opinion. When I walked…

steak salad

My apartment is officially a sweat shop. A freezing sweat shop, because I don’t want to pay for heat. But there is back-breaking work going on in there for sure. One of my co-workers (whom I adore) commissioned me to make three quilts- one for each of her daughters- for Christmas. Her husband passed away…

turkey florentine soup

Your leftover turkey is already gone, isn’t it? Damn. Again, my timing is the worst. We typically have 8 million people for Thanksgiving (okay, like 50), but this year was a much smaller affair with a meager 24 joining us for dinner. We did a 21 pound turkey (which I slathered with a homemade compound…

on make-ahead meals

I bet you’re thrilled that I’ve decided to discuss make-ahead meals during the biggest leftover food week of the year. The time of the year when you would be least likely to stock your fridge and freezer with backup meals. My timing is impeccable, I know. This weekend I went down to Baltimore, mainly to…