Quinoa Salad

What makes the perfect salad? My husband says it definitely doesn’t involve quinoa. Before I answer the question that everyone wants to know the answer to (yes, I’m being dramatic), I’d like to say that it feels good to be back to blogging. I took a few unintentional weeks off because life got in the way. Work was busy. For those of you who don’t know, I am a full time attorney at a corporation. I was feeling uninspired to find or create new recipes worth sharing here. Plus, I felt my usual winter time blues. Something had to give …

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Sheet Pan Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Potatoes

I’ve got a quick and easy chicken dinner recipe for you. Bonus, it all cooks on one pan. This chicken is a little different than the ones I’ve been sharing lately. This has a crunchy parmesan and herby coating. It’s so yummy. Let’s not forget those potato wedges, which are also covered in parmesan cheese and herbs. I added some steamed broccoli because I’m trying to be a good monkey and have vegetables with every meal. This honey mustard aioli was a last minute addition to the party, but boy I’m glad I did. As with many dips, it really …

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Baked Ziti

When I think of comfort food, pasta is at the top of my list. I’ve made this baked ziti so many times over the past few years. I’ve made it for just me and my husband, a close gathering of 6 friends, and for a crowd of 15 family members and it’s a winner every time. I have a secret about this baked ziti that makes it so amazing. The secret is… You use sour cream and a variety of cheeses. Yup, I said sour cream. Normally I would use ricotta cheese so the Italian in me cringed when I …

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Parmesan Crusted Chicken

If you’re looking for a new and crowd pleasing chicken dinner then I’ve got you covered today. The key to this parmesan crusted chicken is two fold. First, don’t overcook the chicken. We use a Habor thermometer that is very similar to this one linked┬áhere. Second, the chicken breasts should be thin. Is that really necessary? Well, no. This recipe will work with normal size chicken breasts, but then you won’t get that perfect ratio of tender chicken to crispy coating. So if you want what you see here then you will need a tenderizer or kitchen mallet to pound …

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Simple Chickpea Salad

Simple is the name of the game today. Speaking of games, I’m excited for the big football game this Sunday. I’m not rooting for a particular team this year but I love the fun food that goes along with the celebration. Although, this year the game falls on the day before Valentine’s Day. So do we make football food or a romantic dinner for two or a combination of both? I’m still working on that answer, but in the mean time, let me bring your attention to this chickpea salad. This salad is super simple and tasty. It’s a good …

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