On Baked Ziti

As we start to get into that fall weather, there is really nothing more satisfying or soul warming than a baked pasta dish. What’s even better is when you’re able to cut some corners (there are only a few times that I’ll go ahead and use a specific jarred marinara instead of making my own…

On Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup

I’ve definitely been on an Instant Pot binge lately, and another soup I tried to make once before when I was doing Whole30 with Frankie was a Stuffed Pepper Soup. Now, that I’ve recreated it on the stove, saving time by making the soup in the Instant Pot is a no brainer for lunch meal…

On One-Pot Homemade Hamburger Helper [UPDATED]

I won’t lie to you, but there are definitely some days after work that I’m absolutely beat and I really don’t want to cook, but then those seem to also be the days that I don’t have anything in my fridge and I really don’t want to spend the money on takeout (Chicago is pretty…

Cooking with Coworkers: On Steak & Guinness Pie

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but Steak & Guinness Pie is so delightful! Yes, tis’ the season to bake hearty meals that warm the deepest parts of your soul, and this is a good un’. This is another coworker recipe made by our chef master leader Victoria, and this was an absolute home run,…

Cooking with Coworkers: On Beef Stir Fry

Once again, I’m sharing one fo the recipes from our weekly cooking sessions with the coworkers from my day job! This was super easy, and incredibly tasty. No joke, there were NO leftovers! No matter your cooking level or prowess, this is definitely a hearty and delicious meal that the whole family can enjoy! Change…

On Mini Big Macs

Once again, on a weekend where rain is pouring down, our need for fast food without the risk of exposure came upon us again. And while, yes, a normal burger would be just fine, the hubby was craving a Big Mac, and I was looking to avoid overeating, so we compromised and made them MINI!!!…

On Copy Cat Chipotle Burrito Bowl

I, like many, enjoy a meal from Chipotle every once in a while, but as I was home and wanting to make take out in my own kitchen, I thought, there has to be a way to make Chipotle at home. And, of course, there is! Sure, it’s not IDENTICAL, but we got pretty darn close!…

On Mexican Sloppy Joe Nachos

HAPPY TASTY TUESDAY EVERYONE!!! What. A. Weekend! Frankie and I were busy pretty much all of the time, but we did make some time to revisit our favorite movie theatre (Captain Marvel – quite good I think!) and go for a very long night walk in the warming Chicago weather! And it was the first…

On Gingerbread Sheet Cake & Christmas

It’s that time of year, when we pull out our most festive threads, put up & decorate the tree (which I think Frankie did a TERRIFIC job of doing this year), and deck our home in Christmas lights and ornaments in all the vases I almost never put any flowers into. Let’s just say, I am…

On Homemade Pasta Noodles & Lasagna

As a lot of you saw on Instagram a couple weeks ago, I made fresh pasta with mia madre, and it was FABULOUS! So, I used the Amazon gift card that we got as a wedding gift from my cousin and his girlfriend to purchase my own set of Kitchenaid Pasta Rollers! Now, I can…

On BA’s Best Lasagna

I was hoping there would be an opportunity for me to host some friends and cook with them, and thankfully, when my friend Melissa asked for help in making bachelorette goodies/crafts, I figured we’d go ahead and make dinner too! We decided that we would make lasagna! Mm mm yay!!! There was one recipe in…

On Whole30

November 14, 2019: I had to clean up my blog and grab some storage back from all the various posts, so below is the COMPLETE compilation of Frankie’s and my Whole30 experience. All the recipes are listed in alphabetical order at the very bottom. Week 1 I’m sorry for the length, but I did warn…