Month: July 2018

BBQ Ribs – Slow Cooker Version

Last week, my husband & I celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary. Most people would go out to a restaurant and spend hundreds of dollars for a special dinner, but we wanted a quiet night at home. This is a bittersweet time for our family because days after our wedding (and while we were away on our honeymoon cruise), my husband’s father unexpectedly passed away. While my husband mourns, he also knows that his last memory of his father is smiling and laughing during our wedding, and that’s good enough for him. Because of the bittersweet mood, it only felt appropriate to have a home cooked meal, comfort food theme, so I made my husband’s favorite foods: bbq ribs, mac & cheese, mashed potatoes, and glazed green beans. Have you ever wanted to make really delicious bbq ribs but you don’t have a grill (or even if you have one, you’re too lazy to clean it)? Well today I have the answer to your prayers and good God it is so stinkin’ easy to make! There’s …

Grilled Corn Salad with Spicy Honey-Lime Dressing

You may ask, “Did the world freeze over? Is Donna really about to post a SALAD recipe?” The answer is yes, I am going to post a salad recipe. If you know me, you know that I am anti-salad. Okay. Those are strong words. I like salad, but I really don’t like preparing salad at home. I end up with way too much greens that I cannot consume fast enough before they wilt and turn brown. But this recipe is 98% GRILED corn, so I’m going to devour it all of it. The dressing is delicious, and it has THE most simple ingredients (no mayo, I promise!). Don’t get turned off by “grilled”. You don’t need an actual grill to make this. As long as you have an oven, foil, and a baking sheet, you’ll be making this everyday. Fun Fact: I’m actually allergic to corn amongst other weird food items. Fortunately, none of my allergies are life-threatening. If I eat too much of food I’m allergic to, I’ll start getting hives on my chest, …

Steak, Snap Peas, & Asparagus Stir Fry

I always appreciate a good stir fry recipe because they are usually quick & easy. Today, I’m going to share my ultimate favorite stir-fry recipe! It involves steak, snap peas, asparagus, and a reaaallly delicious sauce. I recently started cooking with red meat more often than usual. In the past, I’ve stuck to chicken and seafood dishes, but lately, I’ve been enjoying trying new recipes with beef. When marinated with the right ingredients, I think it makes the most flavorful dishes. I know there’s a big debacle about red meat – how bad it is for you, the environment, etc. but hey, it couldn’t hurt once in a while, right? If it’s any consolation, I do believe in only purchasing grass-fed beef. It’s a little more pricy than the regular stuff, but you can really tell the difference in both the smell and taste. Here’s the recipe! INGREDIENTS 1 lb grass-fed/grass-finished sirloin steak 1 tablespoon cornstarch 2 tablespoons soy sauce, divided 4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided 8 oz sugar snap peas 1 bunch asparagus 6 …

Clean Kitchen – Tips & Tricks

It’s Saturday! Call me crazy, but one of my most favorite things about the weekend is actually spending time at home, taking lots of naps, binge watching Supernatural on Netflix, and having plenty of time to experiment on a new recipe! However, no matter how much time I have, one of my least favorite things about cooking is how messy the whole business gets. Onion skins everywhere, my hands are smelly, my whole apartment smells even worse… ugh… Today, I want to share some of my favorite tips & tricks about keeping a clean (and good-smelling) kitchen before, during, and after cooking! The following “hacks” are things that I’ve picked up along the way from personal experience, things I’ve Googled, and things I’ve been taught by people. They are tried & true, I promise! I really hope you find some of these useful! REALLY FAST CLEANUP. This one might be silly for you, but I use this method every single time I cook for easy cleanup. Don’t get rid of those plastic produce bags you …