5 for $20 Challenge: Carbonnade

The first protein we chose to use in the 5 for $20 Challenge was the package of two beef chuck tenderloin steaks. These weighed in at about 13 ounces, so our attempt at this recipe was a bit light on meat. Despite that, the finished product was absolutely amazing. Note that the beer I used […]

Lemony Chicken and Orzo

This recipe has everything I love going for it. It’s low fat, super high protein, delicious, and comes together easily in 30 minutes or less. It’s very protein dense if you follow the original recipe, but I’ve been known to keep the chicken ratio where it is (have you seen chicken breasts in the grocery […]

Potato Salad with Sour Cream and Dill

B. and I used to pay $6.99 a pound back in the day to get a version of this potato salad at Giant-Eagle’s deli. This recipe is as good as, if not better, than Giant-Eagle’s. It’s also considerably less expensive to make. The nice thing about this potato salad is that it doesn’t really need […]

Jello Poke Cake

This was the first recipe I helped my mother to make. When I was a kid, she did all the baking and my father did all the cooking. Given that he didn’t trust me with a rusty butter-knife, I never got a chance to cook as a child; however, Mom let me help with baking […]

Apple-Cream Cheese Bundt Cake

B. had a hankering one weekend for an apple bundt cake. Now, our go-to apple bundt cake has always been the Jewish Apple Cake, but she wanted something more interesting this time, so she found this recipe. It turns out that this cake is even better than the Jewish Apple Cake, and looks like something […]

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken and Fried Rice

I have to admit, my luck is a bit hit or miss when it comes to trying to reproduce Asian recipes that I see on Pinterest. Sometimes things that look awesome on camera turn out tasting like an abomination that ends up in the garbage can, pin deleted never to be seen again (I’m looking […]

Chocolate Cherry Croissant Bread Pudding

To me, bread pudding (whether savory or sweet) is definitely a cold weather dish. There’s nothing quite like waking up on a cold morning to eat something warm and filling. A little goes a long way, and this is one of those dishes where it doesn’t pack much nutritional quality, so I enjoy it in […]

Lazy Sunday Casserole

I love to try new recipes, and most often, my favorites are ones that use ingredients I already have on hand. This recipe, in particular, uses a ton of root vegetables. We always have sausage in the freezer (yay, Costco), and the only ingredient we had to go out and get was the fennel. Great […]

Pioneer Woman’s Salisbury Steak

Continuing in a week where all I’ve craved is comfort food and hearty meals, this Salisbury Steak recipe by Ree Drummond is one we use again and again. Because of the gravy. We Ohioans are lucky to have a House of Meats in the Anderson’s Market in Dublin that makes their own Salisbury Steak patties. […]