Slow Roasted Herbed Pork Ribs

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Summer is almost over, but grilling season is still going strong. Unfortunately, my tiny apartment does not have any outside space, so I don’t get to grill out often. But, what I miss in grilling I make up for with my oven game. This week along, we have enjoyed brats, steaks, and now my infamous dry rubbed pork ribs. Every now and then our local grocery store has an amazing deal on pork ribs and I always try to stock up on a rack or two when that happens. I don’t always love ribs, and I almost never enjoy them at a restaurant, but I love them when I make them. I’ve taken the time to perfect my personal recipe and cooking method through lots of trial and error, so I hope you enjoy these bad boys as much as I do. Continue reading


Roasted Carrots With Balsamic and Feta

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I can practically smell it, fall is right around the corner, and I’ve been craving one of my fall favorite recipes lately. I picked this up a few years back at a friends house, they had invite my mother, my new husband, and I over for dinner. They have a beautiful home set on a large plot of land buried in the woods. At night, it was pitch dark. The land used to be used for a summer camp, I think, but they’ve refurbished all of the individuals buildings into a cozy, expansive home. For dinner they smoked Cornish hens in a Big Green Egg, and served it with pickled beets, roasted fingerling potatoes, and these delicious roasted carrots with feta cheese and a balsamic drizzle. I’m not big on beats, and while the bird was absolutely delicious, bone-in meal are never really my favorite, but those carrots were magic. I think I went back for seconds. Continue reading

Netherlands Trip Guide Part 3: What to Eat and Drink in Amsterdam

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It’s that time already, time for part 3 of my Amsterdam trip guide. A year past our honeymoon, feels like well past time to share this information, but I’m still so excited to share all of this information with all of you, and relive my experience while doing so. As a huge shipping port city and tourist destination in the Netherlands, Amsterdam is a melting pot of cultures. This means there is something to eat for everyone. My traveling style is very much food focused. As soon as I finish breakfast, I’m planning lunch, and then, as soon as I finish Lunch, I’m wondering, “What’s for dinner?” We experienced a ton of awesome sights during our visit, and the colors and sounds of our memories are doubly reinforced by the tastes and smells we experienced. As I mentioned in part 1, I originally planned to review my Amsterdam post all in one, however, I found it impossible to fit all of that action into a reasonable sized post. Instead, I decided to break it up into sections. This is part 3, and I am excited to talk about all that there is to see and do in Amsterdam proper. Part 1, covered travel and accommodations, planning and expectations. Part 2 covered the sights and museums to visit, and part 4 will cover day trips from Amsterdam. Let’s get started! Continue reading

Sloppy Joes

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Sloppy Joe ingredientsLately, in my efforts to be healthier, I’ve been looking for sneaky ways to move red meat out of my diet, and more vegetables, while still enjoy the same types of foods I was eating before. I also hate using the seasoning packets at the grocery store because the contain things like MSG, and tons of sugar and salt. This week, my husband and I were both craving sloppy joes, and I remembered this recipe I had created a few years ago that substituted lean ground turkey for the ground beef, snuck in some extra veggies, and with a mostly from scratch sauce. So, I figured I would share it with all of you. Continue reading

Sue’s Pasta Salad

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*Pictures to come when I get back from Mexico*

I don’t know about where you live, but it has been super hot here, which is perfect. This is the season of cold salads, and hot burgers, and I have the perfect side for you to take to every potluck and cook out that you’re invited to this summer. My mother has made this pasta salad for as long as I can remember. I don’t know where she found the recipe, but its presence shapes most of my childhood memories, and some friends know to request this recipe whenever they invite me for dinner. It doesn’t really have a name, we just call it “Sue’s pasta salad,” though I’m sure she didn’t make it up. Hopefully, you’ll love it just as much. Continue reading

Jack’s Caesar Salad

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This post is a long time coming. I’ve mentioned the recipe I’m about to share with you in so many other posts, and now it’s finally here. Caesar salad was the first thing I ever learned how make, and I learned it by watching my daddy make it over and over again. I was always his little sidekick, holding his bowl steady, adding ingredients, taste testing. One year for Christmas, I asked my dad for copies of his recipes as my Christmas gift, I didn’t want anything else. I was a little spoiled, so he was a little confused, but I insisted, all I wanted from him for Christmas was our family recipes. He gave me a few that I cherish, including the Nixon chicken casserole recipe, and his fried chicken recipe, but this is my real pride and joy. Continue reading

How to throw an Epic Dinner Party

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Something I always love doing in the summer is hosting dinner parties! Whether you have outside space or not, it is a great way to get people together, in the midst of all the summer busy-ness, and really connect. It is also a great opportunity to introduce people whom you think would be an interesting match, and I don’t mean romantically, that that can work too. I have a few tips and tricks to hosting an epic dinner party, and keep the night sailing smoothly. Continue reading