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Chana Masala

When I first started blogging (long before attending culinary school), I taught myself how to cook by constantly experimenting. One of my favorite types of cuisine to experiment with was Indian food because of all the great spices and flavors you can play around with. I have always loved Indian food (and Indian culture for that matter)…and one of the first things I bought myself for my newfound love of cooking 7 years ago was a Masala Dhaba (pictured below). A Masala Dhaba is a little tin that contains all the major Indian Spices one needs to create authentic Indian food. Coriander, Cumin, Cumin Seeds, Turmeric, Garam Masala, Curry, and Fenugreek Seeds are what I keep in my Masala Dhaba, fresh and ready to be used! Since I tend to use so much of these spices I buy them in bulk, and keep them in my freezer to keep fresh ...

Easy Dill & Dijon Salmon

Being a new mom with very little time, I have been on a quest for quick, healthy and delicious dinners to make for my hubby and me. I know way too many people who are in a rush at night whether it’s after work or trying to wrangle the kiddos, and they wind up sacrificing a healthy home cooked meal for something quick and usually not so nutritious. This Salmon dish is the perfect meal for someone with very little time to cook, but who wants to eat healthy and quickly! You probably already have all of the seasoning ingredients at home already, so all you need to do is get the fish! I have also made this dish topped with minced shallots before baking, which is delicious. And a shout out to my dad who introduced me to the Dijon marinating method – it’s tasty and helps keep all ...

Bacon & Cheddar Pierogies

If I had to use one dish to describe me as a chef, it would be the Pierogi. I am absolutely obsessed with all things pierogi, so much so that I have made it my culinary mission in life to create various forms of pierogies for the world to enjoy. I have made the Classic Pierogi, the Lobster Pierogi, and the Buffalo Chicken Pierogi so far (all of which are amazing and delicious). Today, I made the Bacon Cheddar Pierogi. BOOM. This may actually be the best Pierogi I have made thus far. I use the same dough recipe for all my pierogies because it is utter perfection – and the filling of mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese, and smokey bacon just knocked this one out of the park! This is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner…. It’s also great for Sunday Football parties, Thanksgiving, Christmas, a random Monday night, whatever! ...

Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

I say this ad nauseum throughout my blog, but I am not a fan of baking. I hate having to measure out every ingredient and all the cleaning that is usually involved with the many tools you need to use to just bake a plain old cookie. However, I do always have a fresh baked good on my kitchen counter for my hubby or our guests to nosh on when they’re here….so when I come up with an easy recipe, that requires very little measuring or very little baking skill, I am ecstatic. This cookie recipe is made in 1 bowl, takes less than 25 minutes to make, and is made with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. Triple win. I like these cookies because they’re not too sweet, and the pecans give a great Fall taste to the mix (I can smell the cooler weather already). You ...

Vegetarian Taquitos

I am a recent mom of a 5-month-old baby girl, and ever since she’s been born, I have made it a point to still cook dinner every night of the week. Even a the day I got home from the hospital with her, I was back in the kitchen cooking up quick dinners like my Steak Fajitas or Basil Pesto to put on a sandwich or on pasta. I am always looking to make something that doesn’t take me all day, but will satisfy the incredible hunger I tend to work up throughout the day running around with my little. I am lucky if I get 30 minutes of time to myself, and usually I take that time to actually bathe, so a quick prep dinner is a must! So when I come up with a recipe that works, tastes delicious, and takes me 30 minutes to cook from start ...

Steak and Vegetable Stir Fry

I made this recipe tonight and was so excited about how well it turned out that I immediately had to blog it after wolfing down two bowls of it. This is such a fun and easy recipe to make and it’s so tasty! I served mine with a side of Rice – but this can also be served with Noodles (buccatini, ramen, soba, whatever you like). The sauce in this recipe yields 1 cup – which is a little more than you will need for just the stir-fry – however if you’re pairing this with noodles, you will need the extra sauce for the noodles! I make the full recipe and if I have any leftover sauce, I save it for future dishes (it’s great to use as a glaze on baked salmon!). If you’re not into steak and want to try something else you can substitute in Thin Chicken ...

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