Peas & Pancetta

This is a perfect side dish to almost anything. My latest time making this was with roasted garlic shrimp and herbed basmati rice. The salty pancetta plays wonderfully with the sweetness of the peas. Boxed peas makes this recipe a breeze to pull together for a last minute side. To make the pancetta easier to […]

Roasted Red Potatoes & Peppers

While chicken is on the grill in your back yard, pop this gorgeous side dish in the oven to make a complete meal.  I made this tonight and am using the small amount of leftovers for an egg scramble tomorrow morning. That is if don’t get lazy and press snooze too many times. Here are a […]

Chicken Enchiladas

My sister bought me the Dinnertime cookbook from the Pioneer Woman for Chrismas and I have been trying out several recipes over the last few weeks. I brought dinner to a good friend who recently had her sixth child. If you think you are a busy mom, just think of her! I used a short […]

Family Lasagna

Mark this down as your new lasagna recipe. It has all the components- plenty of meat, cheese, and noodles. My sister found this recipe on Allrecipes.com listed as “The World’s Best Lasagna” and has a over 9000 reviews! She tried it for her family and it was a hit all around. She graciously split the […]

Tequila Lime Chicken

Here is yet another option for grilling this summer. This is chicken you can let sit and marinate while you go about your day. When you are ready for dinner, simply take it out of the marinade and grill it up! I served this with a fresh green salad and a big fruit salad. Another […]

Grilled Mahi Mahi

Summer is the time to grill! I suggest giving fish a try. It is healthy and easy to cook as long as you follow a few rules. Here are a few: -Make sure your grill is clean so the fish does not stick to it. -Before placing the fish on the grill, be sure to […]

Go To Authentic Marinara Sauce

My husband does a golf league every Tuesday after work in the summer. I made this last night and texted him a picture to tease him and let him know the girls and I were enjoying a good dinner! He came home starving and finished it off….along with a bowl of cereal and an ice cream […]

Asian Salmon

Isaac loves eating Asian food. For me, I could take it or leave it and I have been known to order chicken quesadillas from PF Changs. But, I am always on the lookout for new ways to prepare salmon. I enjoy cooking fish because it makes a healthy dinner entree and quick dinner for busy weeknights. […]

Perfect Grilled Chicken

Grilled chicken-everyone has a recipe and everyone is looking for another one. Why? Because it’s the first thing you think of grilling for weeknight dinners and it’s so easy yet surprisingly easy to mess up. Here’s a recipe my family likes. It uses fresh herbs and healthy ingredients. It also has both a marinade and […]

Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken

It’s spring which means my husband’s calendar revolves around playoff NBA basketball. BOO! It allows me extra time to blog I guess. I try hard to sit next to him and pretend to care. I try so hard. But I just can’t get into Atlanta sports. I am a Chicago girl at heart and not […]

Italian Chicken & Rice

My parents are in Italy traveling through Positano, Rome, and Naples. Rough life. My dad keeps texting me pictures of pasta, pizza, pastries, and wine. I reminded him several times that he promised me last year on my death bed that he would take me back to Italy one day. Now you see it in […]

Easy Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry

Isaac loves Chinese food so I try to cook it for him every once in a while. I have grown to like it more over the years, and this recipe is one I will go to over and over again. It has over 500 comments and ratings on Food.com! I tweaked the recipe slightly to […]

Rebecca’s Famous Pork Tacos

On Tuesday nights Isaac and I go to a dinner club with some friends from college. Most of the couples are former runners from Wheaton College. Maybe they needed a boost of self esteem by inviting us, the resident chubby friends, to the group! They are all in great shape even being out of college […]

The Best Mini Ham Sandwiches

I had a ton of leftover Honey Baked Ham from Easter so I made mini ham sandwiches for a casual dinner with friends on Tuesday. There were none left! They are a breeze to put together and they are a versatile dish you could make for any occasion. The original recipe calls for Virginia ham. Just […]

Mexican Chalupas

This is a dinner that Isaac gets excited about. I can hardly call it cooking dinner when I make it because it’s basically assembling at it’s finest. Fried corn tortillas are brushed with refried beans and then topped with any toppings you like. Serve with chips and a cold beer, and you have dinner ready in no […]