Brussels Sprout Gratin


Friends, it is my call of duty in life to get these darn kids to EAT THEIR BRUSSELS! It’s debatable, no? I mean is it really required? Sure they love plenty of the veggies we serve around here, great, fantastic, I’ll take it! But they just don’t do the whole Brussels Sprout deal. They cringe at just the mere sight of them…before even a taste.

But Im a giant fan…and so is Nick…and it has been my 6-year long quest to find a way for these kiddos to see that they really are yummy. We roast them, throw maple syrup on them, butter them to the nines, even shred them and still, nothing. Nada. “Mom, I tried them but I just don’t care for them” is usually the response I get when they are served.

So, it is with great accomplishment and near tears of joy that I present to you the recipe that has done it. They are believers. They are Brussels Sprout believers!  Continue reading

One Pan Lebanese Chicken + Lentil Pilaf

SONY DSCI have been hardcore craving Lebanese food.  And I’m not talking just a yummy shawarma I can get from a local food truck.  I want the real deal…mamas cooking, preferably.  The authentic flavors, the comfort, all of it.  So I did a little playing around in my kitchen this past week and man have I seen the light!

This One Pan Lebanese Chicken and Lentil Pilaf is not a traditional Lebanese dish.  It is a lazy-cooks version of a couple of dishes combined and can I just say that it’s the best lazy-move I may have ever made in the kitchen?  The most tender, flavorful chicken paired with a savory lentil pilaf is a match made in heaven.  Continue reading

Potato Gratin with Poblanos, Pancetta and Corn

SONY DSCHow about this weather, friends?  It’s so random this time of year.  Mornings feel like fall at its finest:  cool, crisp air perfect for that cozy sweater.  Head into afternoon and the sun is blazing and the temps are rising forcing you to tear that sweater off as quickly as you can.  Part summer, part fall, no?

And this gratin is right there with the weather these days.  Part summer with those farm fresh poblanos, potatoes and corn.  Part fall with that comfort an warmth.

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One-Pot Southwest Chicken and Rice

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Far, far, FAR too often I end up with boneless, skinless chicken breasts in my fridge with no plan in sight.  Then, what happens is I avoid them…like the plague.  They sort of bore me and man is it easy to fall into ruts of grilling or pasta-ing them.  No clue why I continue to put them in my cart at the beginning of the week but I do…likely because they force me to get creative.  So the end of the week comes and all I’ve got left in the fridge is those poor little chick-a-dees and a bunch of randomness in the veggie drawer, freezer and pantry to work with.  Continue reading

Potato, Ham and Broccoli Gratin

SONY DSCThis number was inspired by an awesome side dish, my sisters “cheesy potato” recipe, on a I-dont-feel-like-cooking kind of day.  Because, well, sometimes we need an easy side dish to turn into a complete meal.  It’s quite possibly the most effortless dinner to put together in the entire universe and my family goes nuts for it.  Cheesy, gooey, comfort mania, right here folks. Continue reading

Cauliflower, Broccoli and Ham Gratin

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If you’re down with cheesy, gooey, comforty goodness this ones for you.  Adult devoured and kid approved around here.  I like this recipe because of its simplicity…there are very few ingredients and it requires very little work.  The sauce and veggies cook together which makes clean up a breeze and the ham is precooked which saves crazy amounts of time.  And an extra thumbs up in my book because theres no cream of anything soup and no flour for thickening.  A wonderful dish to ring in the cool fall days ahead…was that the fastest summer ever, by the way?  Ill take fall any day of the week…bring. it. on.  apples…pumpkins…stews…gratins…oh my!! Continue reading