Past Few Days!

I didn’t realize it would be this hard to keep up with this blog once school started. It’s my last year of “studentdom” so I just have to keep telling myself, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.”

This week was very……varied. I’ll give you the super quick run-down:


Cheese Enchiladas: LOVE. They’re cheesy, gooey, delicious. Home run.

Recipe here.


Red Beans and Rice: Swing and a miss. I’m just not a bean-girl. The texture kills it for me. I’ll pick around the beans and go for the rice though!

Recipe here.


Slow-cooker Chicken Chow Mein. Not what I expected. It was good! But when I think of chow mien, I think of cheap, greasy, mall food courts and soggy noodles. Apparently that’s NOT what chow mean is. They’re crunchy and salty. Delicious! But not what I was expecting.

Recipe here.


Panfried Fish Fillets: Easy, semi-delicious. Looking back, I wish I’d squirted a lemon on top or something to bring out the flavors. It was all very muted. I made a honey butter sauce that Betty Crocker recommended and poured it on top. I didn’t end up eating a whole lot of it, but I can’t wait to try to make it again.

Recipe here.


Crab Cakes: I should rename mine to crap cakes because these were a fail. I tried to include my best one and my worst one in the picture, but in reality, all of them looked like the worst one. I just got a good angle on the other. They all fell apart and I’m not actually a fan of imitation crab meat it turns out.

Recipe here.


Gingersnaps: I wanted to make these to usher in the fall. It worked! These were so good. They stayed soft until I finally finished off the batch and reminded me of gingerbread cookies.

Recipe here.


Ok, last one for tonight.

Parmesan Orzo and Meatballs: Easy and delicious. I saved some to take as lunch this week. I love orzo and I get excited when I get to use it in recipes. The tomatoes were a perfect addition!

Recipe here.


Whew, sorry about that! I’ll try to be better about that!

93/691 recipes!

Orange and Dill Pan-Seared Tuna/Confetti Brown Rice

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Orange juice haters, reconsider this dish. I thought it was going to be disgusting. I’m not a fan of orange juice. It’s just too tangy for my tastes. I was afraid the sauce would ruin the tuna. Nevertheless I poured it over the tuna.

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It was GOOD. The added butter and onion downplayed the flavor of the orange juice a LOT. It still clearly had an orangey taste, but it was much more mild and paired really well with the tuna.

My only pitfall was I had to defrost the tuna and in doing so, I accidentally cooked the corners a little bit. Still delicious!

Recipe here.


This confetti brown rice is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a party in the pan AND in your mouth.

I didn’t have broccoli so I tossed in a bag of frozen onions and various bell peppers. It worked! I bet this recipe would be really easy to modify by adding in whatever vegetables are currently in my fridge.

I’d never had brown rice before and I am pretty apathetic towards it. It was good. But now I have a bunch of brown rice I have to figure out what to do with.

Also, yay for not turning out mushy rice! One of the few times that’s happened!

Recipe here.


86/691 recipes!

Cobb Salad/Lemon and Parmesan Crusted Salmon

Okay, I’m officially declaring myself a “salad girl.”

My thinking before this meal was: “salads…….ew……healthy…….want. chocolate.”

That’s it in a nutshell.

But this was delicious. I had an idea of cobb salad being a dish that includes everything but the kitchen sink and that description about sums it up.

There was bacon, avocado, tomato, blue cheese, hard boiled eggs, and just about anything else you could possibly want to toss in there.

I packed this salad to go so I could meet up with my husband for a school function. At some point I think I blacked out and woke up sitting at his desk, obsessively munching away on it looking for any piece of bacon or avocado I could find and shouting to the world, “I’M A SALAD GIRL.”

You think I’m exaggerating…

This salad was insanely, astonishingly delicious. You normal people out there are probably thinking, “It’s a salad….big whoop…there’s lettuce and dressing, get over it.”

However, my life is forever changed.

The saddest part about all of this is that the salad looked so beautiful after I piled all of the add-ins on top of the lettuce. Silly me thought I could go ahead and shake the container to mix up everything and it would still be beautiful and perfect. Well, it was to me, but not enough for the picture.

Almost forgot to mention: the lemon vinaigrette dressing was literal perfection in a tangily, satisfying, liquidy little package.

Recipe here.


Another day, another delicious salmon recipe that of course is delicious because it’s salmon. If salmon were my child, it would be the perfect first-born that could do no wrong. Or the baby that was even more sweet and perfect than the first-born (shout-out to my parents for secretly thinking I’m their favorite even though they’ve never said it out loud!).

Crunchy bread crumbs…..flaky fillet…..no better combination.

I’m always amazed at how easy salmon is to cook. Toss it in the oven and it comes out 20ish minutes later looking perfect. It’s so versatile. You can marinate it, top it, grill it, literally anything. Maybe I’ll name my first-born Salmon instead of Hershey. I should make a poll……

Anyway, make this dish. It’s fast, easy, and delicious.

Recipe here.


81/691 recipes!

Cornbread and Bacon-Stuffed Pork Chops/Balsamic-Glazed Root Vegetables

Guys, I truly outdid myself with these pork chops. This turned into one of my proudest kitchen moments.

I’m drooling thinking about this dish….

It was sooo delicious. The cornbread and bacon were enough moisture that I didn’t need any sauces to accompany the pork.

I just don’t have enough words to describe this dish.

The hardest part was cutting out the pockets for the stuffing. Worth it.

Recipe here.


In complete opposite news…. These vegetables were a fail. I accidentally burned the veggies (only pieces of them) and the balsamic glaze turned into a scary black goop that reminded me of fern gully.

It was bad. But I tasted it so it counts as done!

Also, I’d never had parsnips before, but I didn’t mind them!

Since this dish was a fail and I had to wait 45 more minutes for the pork chops to cook, I munched on the wheat berry salad from the other day and it was still as delicious as I remembered!

Recipe here.


69/691 recipes!

Wheat Berry Salad/Cheesy Pizza Casserole

I had to go to the nearest whole foods (40 minutes away) just to find these dang wheat berries. And even the cashier didn’t know what they were!

But let me tell you, they were actually really good! It functions similarly to quinoa as a rice or pasta substitute. It had a nuttier flavor.

I really liked it in this dish mixed with all the veggies! The dressing also really tied everything together!

Recipe here.


I’m ashamed to admit I had another doh! moment. My timer went off, I went to take the casserole out of the oven, noticed it wasn’t quite as hot and bubbly as I expected, and realized I turned the oven off at some point. Fail.

Not knowing exactly when I turned the oven off, I reheated it, and put the casserole in the oven for 15 minutes. Since the pasta and beef were already cooked, it turned out okay. Actually, delicious! I’ll never hate a dish that includes pasta sauce and copious amounts of cheese.

My husband got home late and devoured it almost as soon as he smelled it. Success!

Recipe here.


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Caesar Salad/Creamy Chicken and Vegetables with Noodles

Ooo this was a good salad recipe. I have never made dressing from scratch, but it was delicious. I also felt super legit using anchovy paste.

I thought Caesar dressing was needed for a caesar salad, but a quick wikipedia search informed me that the dressing recipe in the cookbook is how it’s traditionally made!

The lemon juice perfectly balanced out the Worcester sauce. I wish I had enough ingredients to make another salad tonight!

Recipe here.


My favorite part about this chicken recipe was the cream cheese required. It clung to the noodles and made everything so creamy! I’d love to find a way to make this a one pot dish!

Recipe here.


47/691 recipes!

Chicken Quesadilla Sandwiches/Asparagus with Parmesan

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Ok, so I’m not sure what makes these chicken quesadilla SANDWICHES. They’re literally just chicken quesadillas. And pretty dang good ones at that. I loved the little green pepper throughout. I’m expanding my palette!

This was super easy, and super quick. The husband loved it!

I just checked and the online recipe just says “Chicken Quesadillas.” The word sandwiches is in the book though! Believe me!

Recipe here.


The last time I tried to roast asparagus in the oven I ended up with a dry, crispy, disgusting fry of an asparagus. So I was a little apprehensive when it came to this dish. It was good though!

Besides, anything smothered in cheese is going to be delicious.

Recipe here.


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