Posted on: January 13, 2021 Posted by: Nikita Comments: 0

{Restaurant Knockoff} Homemade Big Macs

Any time we pass a McDonald’s Steve gets wistful about their burgers and fries. He knows if we actually stopped for food he’d be disappointed, but the nostalgia is strong.  At the beginning of the pandemic I decided to make homemade Big Macs to satisfy his craving. I Googled a sauce recipe, made super thin burger patties, shredded some lettuce, minced white onion and even carefully cut burger buns into…

Posted on: January 11, 2021 Posted by: Nikita Comments: 0

A Taste of Home Cooking: No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread

If you didn’t bake bread sometime in the last 10 months were you even living through a global pandemic? Back in March and April, yeast and flour were in short supply because everyone was suddenly making their own bread. I’ll admit to jumping on that train for many of the same reasons everyone else had – I’ve always been afraid of yeast and now I had nothing but time to…

Posted on: January 8, 2021 Posted by: Nikita Comments: 0

A Taste of Home Cooking: Pizza Friday: The Works

This pizza is one of our favorites. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen it actually called “The Works” on a pizzeria menu, but it always reminds me of a pizza I used to love at Pizza Hut, back when I’d get the Book It rewards and go there for dinner with my dad.  The Works contains pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onion, green pepper and black olives. Use as much or as…

Posted on: January 7, 2021 Posted by: Nikita Comments: 0

A Taste of Home Cooking: Chicken Parm Meatballs

I can’t believe I made these Chicken Parm Meatballs months ago and never blogged them. They are utterly amazing and super easy.  Back when the pandemic began, I took a few cookbooks out of the library for inspiration. This was one of the recipes I flagged to make immediately. I even ground my own chicken since ground chicken was so hard to find. I started making my own pizza sauce…

Posted on: January 5, 2021 Posted by: Nikita Comments: 0

Shrimp with Roasted Potatoes and Kale

My friend Chelsea made this dish (which is a Blue Apron recipe) during the early days of the pandemic. It looked so good I figured I’d try recreating it myself.  I’m always looking for new ways to make shrimp and this bowl was perfect. In fact, the method for roasting the potatoes is how I roast potatoes now. The high heat crisps up the outside while keeping the inside of…

Posted on: January 4, 2021 Posted by: Nikita Comments: 0

A Taste of Home Cooking: Zucchini Fritters

I’m always struggling to use up zucchini in the summer and I don’t even grow it in my garden. In 2020, in addition to discovering delectable zucchini muffins, I made a lot of these zucchini fritters. The dipping sauce is what makes them so good (I’m a complete sucker for soy sauce). I found the recipe in a cookbook, but it looks like the author originally posted it on Bon…

Posted on: January 1, 2021 Posted by: Nikita Comments: 0

A Taste of Home Cooking: Restaurant Knockoff: Pooh’s Puffed French Toast

We miss Disney World so much that I’ve taken to making one of our favorite breakfast items from the buffet at Crystal Palace, Pooh’s Puffed French Toast, so we can pretend we’re there. It’s a lot easier to make than it seems and a nice twist on the usual French toast.  And, bonus, the leftovers are pretty good reheated. Not crispy and crunchy, but still delicious. This makes a lot…

Posted on: July 25, 2020 Posted by: Nikita Comments: 0

A Taste of Home Cooking: Pizza Friday: Pierogi Pizza

This is one of the easiest pizzas I make and easily one of the tastiest. That’s saying a lot because you all know how much we love homemade pizza around here. I first saw this pizza over at Dinner: A Love Story. One bite and we all said it tasted just like a pierogi. The soft potatoes, the sharp cheddar, the caramelized onions. Such a great combo. The first time…

Posted on: June 25, 2020 Posted by: Nikita Comments: 0

A Taste of Home Cooking: Zucchini Muffins

I can’t believe I’ve never baked with zucchini. We love zucchini and I use it a lot in savory recipes like Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries, Zucchini Corn Pizza, Cheesy Zucchini Rice, zucchini fritters, on skewers, in summer pastas, etc. But this was my first time baking with it. The result? So good!! None of us could taste the zucchini. Now, I’ll admit this is not exactly the healthiest recipe. If…

Posted on: June 11, 2020 Posted by: Nikita Comments: 0

Tired of warm beer at parties? Enter the NewAir Beer Froster

This post is sponsored by NewAir. I received a Beer Froster in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. Hi folks. Steve here with a guest blog post. Sadly, alcohol doesn’t agree with Sarah (more often than not she’s left battling a nasty migraine) so I’m our household’s official subject matter expert on all things alcohol. When the good folks at NewAir offered us an opportunity to try…