Main Dishes

Swedish Meatballs with Cashew Pesto Arugula Salad

There is one place on Earth that rivals Disney World for me. It can’t match the magic of the Magic Kingdom, but it brings joy to a grown-up’s heart, is filled with the scent of delectable Swedish cooking, and when you are able to show restraint, it’s less expensive than Disney. Have you guessed it yet? Yes, I can only be talking about one place: Ikea. The mecca of affordable furnishings and masters of maximizing small spaces. Who doesn’t enjoy perusing Pinterest-worthy room setups while wiping the remnants of a sticky cinnamon bun from your hand? It’s pure joy. (more…)

Rosemary and Balsamic Steak

The week after Christmas each year, the girls’ daycare is closed for a solid week. Including the actual holidays, this gives us ten days together. Sounds amazing, right? It is, but we also go a little stir crazy and by the mid-point suffer from a bit too much togetherness. I also start suffering from a little too many meals including mac and cheese and chicken nuggets. So, on an unseasonably warm day (about 40 degrees), I decided to break out the charcoal and fire up the grill. Not only were we going to diverge from chicken nuggets for dinner, but I would also get to step out of the house of togetherness for a blissful few minutes. (more…)

Alsatian Tart

I was excited for this month’s dinner. Of course, I am always excited for our NHN family dinners, but this month I was particularly looking forward to it. Why? I was making one of my all-time favorite dishes, which includes the mother of all delicious secret ingredients – Crème Fraîche. Crème Fraîche is a wonderful French soured buttercream. While it may sound like Amercian sour cream, it is much more on the creamy side and less on the sour side. And just all-around amazing. I was confident in my meal choice and very confident that Lesley would also find this dish heavenly. Not to mention, the only meat that I would have to cook was bacon, and I can definitely do that. (more…)

Lasagna Cups

Lasagna is by far one of the world’s best foods. It doesn’t get much better than the multiple layers of multiple cheeses sandwiched together by pasta and flavored with garlic. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it. The problem with lasagna, though, is the time that it takes to cook it. I don’t want to wait that long for its cheesy goodness, and my girls certainly do not want to wait that long.  (more…)

Chicken and Bacon Pot Pie

Last year I experimented with turkey and rediscovered that any dinner that was wrapped in pie crust is one of the world’s best dinners. As kids, we would sometimes be treated to a frozen dinner of chicken pot pies. Trust me, as a kid it was a treat. Although, I could have done without the squishy peas and nasty cooked carrots. The best part about being an adult is that you don’t have to follow recipes exactly and can buck convention anytime you want when it comes to cooking. (more…)