Sautéed Artichoke Hearts with pancetta

Per Sara’s easy directions and visuals, this side dish meant cleaning and cutting artichokes for the first time. I use jarred artichokes for dips and other dishes, but have never attempted cutting my own. I’ve seen on cooking shows how challenging the process can be. First, take the whole artichoke down to just the stem…

Spicy Miso Chicken Wings with spicy miso sauce

Chicken wings are something I have never cooked. I am not a fan of them myself and when I watch my boys eat them, it’s always such a mess. I also do not deep fry. I always find the bake option and never fry. Again, mostly because of the mess. But, it is in the…

Oven Baked Creamy Polenta

I made a different polenta recipe one other time and really did not care for it. It was bland and tasteless and took a long time to cook. This version came together much quicker and most of the time was spent in the oven. I did read Sara’s notes on the side and stirred in…

Sal’s Old-School Meatballs

This meatball is made from a ground meat trifecta- beef, pork, and veal. It came together easily and while the meatballs chilled, I made the accompanying tomato and potato sauce. My family is used to a barbecue meatball, so I wasn’t sure how well liked this meal would be. There was definitely a different taste…

Hazelnut-Almond Dacquoise

I’m not much of a baker, but I do okay. However, this recipe caused me days of frustration! I read the recipe multiple times. It seemed like a lot of steps to follow, but it should have come together to make a beautiful dessert. My failures were from my lack of baking experience and had…

Pea Vichyssoise with smoked salmon

Self-isolation continues. Day 59 for our family. We’ve been strangely busy trying to keep our kids active and off the technology as much as possible (failing at this about every fifth day). Finally finding the time to update some recipe blog posts. I made this pea soup knowing that I would be the only one…

Bananas Foster Crepes

I was intimated by this recipe. You always think of bananas foster as being a high end dessert that is sure to be complicated. Sara’s method took me step by step, including great directions on how to make the crepes. My husband was even surprised with this final dish. I had to laugh when I…

Cubano Burgers

With the Caronavirus quarantine, we’ve got plenty of time to have family meals together. Thanks to my Kroger clicklist, I should be able to knock out several recipes over the next couple of weeks. Tonight we tried the cubano burgers. This were tasty and easy to make. After mixing up all the ingredients, they just…

Sweet Potato and Grilled Corn Salad with spicy cilantro dressing

This recipe was the most similar to foods I cooked prior to starting Sara’s book. Sweet potatoes, corn, and black beans are a delicious combination. The cilantro dressing did take this recipe to the next level for us. Derek took the leftovers for lunch the rest of the week. It’s in the side dish chapter,…

Speedy Korean Chicken Noodle Soup

It’s time to start tackling some of the recipes that I feel less comfortable with, starting with this one. I needed kimchi. In the cookbook there is a recipe for making your own kimchi, but I don’t feel ready to go there yet. I did know what kimchi is, but I have never had it….