There’s not much better than coming home from a long day at work, walking in the door and having the house smell amazing because dinner’s ready. At least, that’s my personal opinion, which is why slow cookers (crock pots) are God’s 5- to 7-quart gifts to man. Continue reading →
I’ll be honest, I’ve shared variations on this recipe before, but it’s always been a part of another recipe: salad dressing as part of a salad recipe, dressing for roasted veggies… You get the picture. This recipe is so good and so versatile though, I had to share it on its own. Believe me, once you’ve tried this balsamic vinegar and mustard dressing, you’ll never go back to the bottled stuff from the grocery store.
I don’t know about you, but during the summer, I feel a lot less inclined to get into a hot kitchen to cook up something in the oven – besides easy things like cookies or my peanut butter banana bread, anyway. Lucky for me, my boyfriend Sean is an expert griller, and even better he enjoys doing it. No lie. My dad’s never been a big fan of the grill aside from a few times during the summer, so I didn’t know what I was really missing until we started dating and Sean introduced me to the beauty of a perfectly grilled rib eye. In fact, we grill at least once a week in warm weather. Which brings me to my post for today: the perfect summer salad to compliment your grilled meat.
Today’s recipe comes to you courtesy of my boyfriend Sean.
Actually, it was one of the first things he cooked for me right after we started dating, and to this day whenever we make it together I like to think of that. We’d been going out for just about a month when he invited me over to his house for dinner. My birthday was coming up the following weekend, and in honor of it he was going to cook for me (believe me, I know how lucky I am to have a man who can cook. It’s even better that we enjoying doing it together). I didn’t know what to expect, but I knew he had been following the paleo diet for a while before he met me (my love of baking and sugar served to end that diet in pretty short order), and he made me one of his favorite go-to, hearty recipes. Red chicken curry. And I’ll tell you right now, if the man didn’t already have my heart, he would have had it after that dish. It was delicious, paleo or not!
My boyfriend recently got a new townhouse and in his beautiful new home is a beautiful new stove just begging for us to use it. I’ve been happily obliging, but when I discovered the oven is not only conventional but also a convection oven. I’ve never done convection baking or roasting, but after a quick Google search of how to adjust it, I decided to give it a try. My first experiment: convection roasting an espresso rubbed pork tenderloin.
For my most recent birthday, my thoughtful brother and sister-in-law bought me a veggie slicer. Yes, I asked for it! It’s been on my Amazon wish list for ages but I never got around to ordering one for myself, so imagine my surprise when I opened the Amazon box eagerly (who doesn’t love getting a package in the mail?) to find the Paderno World Cuisine Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer nestled inside.