A Classic Steak Dinner


I’ve been making steak dinners for Chris for over two years, and the main thing I’ve discovered is the only thing you need is salt, pepper, butter, and a good cast iron skillet. Without a grill, the meat makes more even contact and gets a much better crust. I also prefer to serve steak with mashed potatoes since they soak up resting juices or pan sauce better than just about anything. The steak itself also doesn’t need to be an expensive cut as long as it is cooked and cut correctly to avoid chewiness. This dinner all together cost less than ten dollars for 2 hungry people.
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Aloo Gobi


This is the start of me trying to return to meatless Mondays. I might have cheated a little and made a chicken kabob for Chris, but getting him to eat vegan is like trying to feed Ellie green baby food. It just doesn’t work. I figure if I go meatless a few nights a week, it’ll even out. I find the trick to enjoying a vegan dinner is to have a lot of variety and a lot of color on the plate. I served this indian stew with spinach rice and salted heirloom tomatoes, and it was amazing.

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Thanksgiving Turkey


My family had served deep fried turkey at Thanksgiving for several years until I made this. (You know, the method that causes so many house fires every year.) This recipe is just as good if not better than fried turkey (in my opinion), and you don’t even need a fire extinguisher. The brine makes it super juicy and tender, but the most important thing is to use a meat thermometer and keep an eye on it. The secret to a juicy, tender turkey is to not overcook it!!

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Perfect Stir Fried Noodles


I make stir fry at least once a week, because it’s cheap, full of vegetables, cooks very quickly, and is absolutely delicious. I’ve tried a million different recipes, and I’ve found that a good stir fry is all about the sauce. Some people just add soy sauce until the meat and vegetables are well seasoned, but this way is so much better. You can serve it with rice instead of noodles, but the noodles soak up the sauce much better in my opinion. 

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Schweinebraten mit Semmelknödel (Bavarian Pork Roast with Bread Dumplings)


So since Chris and I are moving soon, I decided I needed to practice some Bavarian classics that I can make at home in the US. This recipe is dead simple, but I will say scoring the skin on the roast is pretty hard. The best tool would be a box cutter, but if you don’t want to bother, just ask your butcher nicely.

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Bacon Pumpkin Pasta


Since we have 800 pounds of pumpkin (or at least it feels like that much), I had to make something with pumpkin for lunch. And this was really yummy! Pumpkin is super nutritious and can work well in savory and sweet dishes, but you never see it in savory dishes! (at least I’ve never seen it) Pumpkin can do so much more than just become pie, and this pasta is the tip of the iceberg!

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Spinach Stuffed Chicken


I thought this dish would be way harder than it is, but it turned out to be pretty simple! I’d say the hardest part about this recipe is cutting the chicken breasts in half. I felt like I almost cut my hand a couple times, but I didn’t, so there! The only thing that might make this more delicious is to add cheese to the stuffing, but I didn’t have any. Since Chris and I are about to move, I thought it would be a good idea to attempt to clear out our pantry, so I’ll be cooking very simply for the next month. This recipe is great because it uses things I always have: frozen spinach, shelf stable heavy cream, bread crumbs, and egg. Turned out great!

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Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca


Translated from Italian, this dish is “whore’s pasta.” Different sources say different things, but my favorite reason behind the name is that since all of the ingredients can come from the pantry or the back of your fridge, it’s a dish for lazy whores. So it’s good enough for me! Traditionally it has some anchovies, but I don’t have any, so vegan it is! You can replace the fresh tomato and tomato paste for half a can of diced tomatoes. You can also leave the red pepper flakes if you don’t like spicey food, or double the amount if are like me!

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