Blackened Chicken Sandwiches with Pesto, Tomato, Bacon, and Cheese
One of the perks of our new place is that we’ll be closer to Costco. Yes, I consider that a perk! We’re going to try heading over during the week after we move, in hopes that it will be less crazy than during the crowded weekends. I figure we can pick up a pizza on the way out for dinner too! Speaking of Costco, it seems like torta roll samples are almost always up for grabs. No complaints here about that; they are pretty tasty! I particularly like toasting them up for breakfast sandwiches, but I also recently used them for these delicious sandwiches. The title of this recipe says » [continue]
Mexican Zucchini Boats
I’ve been inspired by all the fresh summer produce to cook a little more often during the week. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I love zucchini and yellow summer squash and can’t wait until we have a garden overflowing with them! Miss Greta likes them too. While I was picking out the zucchini for this recipe at the store, she managed to get her hands on a summer squash and took a little bite at the top. So, the summer squash went into our cart as well! This is the kind of meal I make when we’ve indulged a bit too much over the weekend or when I know I have a pint of Ben a» [continue]
Blueberry Lemon Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting
Is anyone else in denial that July is already half way over? I suppose I should attempt to post some of the summer recipes I’ve made lately, before it’s time to start baking with, here we go! Today’s recipe is a lovely blueberry lemon cake that is a perfect way to enjoy fresh ripe berries. We haven’t been berry picking yet this year, but I will keep this recipe in mind when we do. I brought this cake in for a birthday celebration for my colleague who loves cream cheese frosting. I wanted something a bit lighter and summery though, so I stirred up a version of this a» [continue]
Mediterranean Couscous with Chicken Sausage
Today I’m sharing a recipe for a mouth-watering 30 minute meal! We have a lot of moving parts that will hopefully all be coming together this summer, so I’ve been all about quick and easy meals lately. Most of our weekends this spring were spent at open houses, and the last several weeks we’ve been busy meeting with contractors and checking out appliances at Home Depot, because we’re going to close on our first house in July! The housing market in the Boston area is a little crazy, so it’s been quite the process. We have a number of renovation projects to work on, but the house i» [continue]
Coconut Cupcakes with Nutella Cream Cheese Frosting
I recently heard that Top Chef will be filming their next season in Boston this summer! So, to all the producers out there – I wanted to officially let you know that I’m up for sampling food at any challenge...haha. Seriously though, I love the show and can’t wait to watch! I read this exciting news on twitter. I usually consider myself a little ahead of the foodie curve due to twitter and all the food blogs I follow. Apolinaras surprised me a couple months ago though when he requested I pick up some coconut oil from Trader Joe’s. I had been meaning to try baking with coconut o» [continue]
Quadruple Berry Pancakes
It’s time for pancakes! I’ve been whipping up these berry pancakes almost every weekend for a few months now, and I finally got around to taking a few pictures! This recipe makes the perfect amount for our family of three, and Greta always enjoys helping me stir the batter and flip the pancakes. I have very fond memories of helping my mom make pancakes growing up, and I’m so happy to continue the tradition with my daughter! This may actually be the recipe I’ve made the most number of times on my blog. They are delicious and fairly healthy. Be sure to add the almond extract, sinc» [continue]
Chicken over Pumpkin, Mushroom, and Spinach Risotto
Whenever we’re out and about north of the city, we try to squeeze in a visit to Wilson Farm in Lexington. It’s a very popular farm stand that is so large it’s more like a market in a huge barn. They always have beautiful local produce, a wide selection of lovely artisan cheese, a bakery, and tons more. I love just wandering around. In the fall, they have a really fun pumpkin patch and delicious fresh apple cider and donuts. They also host cool foodie events. For example, next weekend is Grilled Cheese Weekend, where you can make a small donation to sample a variety of creative grille» [continue]
Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Bars
I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day! We went out for sushi, and Greta and I made the cutest Valentine’s Day cards with her footprints in the shape of hearts. Of course, we also had more wine and chocolate than usual! I used to bake a huge oatmeal cookie for Apolinaras every year in a heart-shaped pan. I always spelled out cheesy messages on top with raisins too. It was a cheap pan though and got scratched up really quickly, so I had to get rid of it a few years ago, booo. Actually, I bet heart-shaped pans are on sale right now, so I should look for a replacement tomorrow» [continue]
Mediterranean Turkey Meatloaf
Greta has been insisting on using a fork to feed herself lately.  She’s successful about half the time now, which is a big improvement from when she first started.  She finally understands the food falls off the fork if she flips it over!  If I try and help her in an attempt to speed things up, I get the stink eye and/or shrieks of protest.  It’s pretty cute. Anyway, she takes after her tete (daddy in Lithuanian) and loves my meatloaf.  I’m always up for it as well because it’s such great comfort food and it only takes about 20 minutes to prep.  Plus, leftovers are even be» [continue]
Pumpkin Apple Crumble Coffee Cake
Well, hello, and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! We met my parents in Orlando for Christmas, where Greta had a blast being spoiled by her grandparents, splashing around in the pool, visiting the Magic Kingdom, and meeting Santa in Downtown Disney. Greta takes after her parents and already loves Disney. She was a trooper and took a few naps in Apolinaras’ arms while we waited in lines for some of the rides since we were there all day. It was soo cute watching her reaction to flying on the Dumbo ride and spinning around in the Teacups. Her favorite rid» [continue]