Italian Shrimp

I really enjoy making shrimp dishes. And of course eating them. One of Matt’s favorite is Chipotle Lime Shrimp. While I do enjoy it,  I don’t always want a dish with quite that much kick. And while it is simple to make, I don’t always have the ingredients on hand. A dish I do have ingredients on hand for is Italian Shrimp. Now this is a dish where I don’t have exact measurements for the ingredients. But be bold and enjoy experimenting with amounts. Continue reading


Pigs in a Blanket

Besides Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip, one of my favorite appetizers to make is pigs in a blanket. They’re perfect for the big game, tailgating before a concert, or munchies before a night out. My mom made them frequently when I was growing up so they provide a nice flashback to being a kid. The biggest difference though between the ones my mom made and the ones I make are the addition of brown sugar and butter. The butter and brown sugar mixture adds a little bit of sweetness that may not seem like much but once you start doing it you won’t stop. Continue reading

Apple Cider Mini Donuts

It’s quite ridiculous how much I’ve been slacking on my blog. It’s time to change that and start posting consistently again. Now I won’t call it a New Year’s resolution to post more because let’s face it, it’s almost February. I have been cooking and baking over the past few months but I’ve either forgotten to take photos along the way or just decided not to blog about it. So, to kick off my blog (again), let’s start with a sweet I made multiple times over the holidays – Apple Cider Mini Donuts. I absolutely loved these from the first time I made them. The original recipe comes from Feastie, and I was very excited to see that the author mentions Butler’s Orchard and their apple cider donuts. Matt’s known the family since he was young and took me up there a few years ago. We get our pumpkins there for Halloween and my parents love their pies. You can also pick your own fruit. So a huge shout out to them! You guys rock. Continue reading

Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip

Saturday was University of Maryland’s homecoming game versus Clemson and a large group of us tailgated for it. In honor of homecoming I prepared several dishes: Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie Bars, Chipotle Lime Shrimp, and Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip. By the time we left, every last bite of each dish had been eaten. (Note to self: Make sure you get to eat a little of the food you brought. I wasn’t by the food table much and when I finally went over all the dip had been eaten and there was one cookie bar left. No complaints though! I’m always happy when there are no leftovers.) Continue reading

Soy Garlic Turkey Burgers

A summer staple this year for Matt and I was turkey burgers. Now before you start laughing and cracking jokes about not eating “real” burgers take a moment to read about these. These aren’t the tasteless, dried out turkey burgers that come to mind. Instead, these are moist and flavorful. This recipe is courtesy of Grif’s sister-in-law. We first ate them at a Maryland tailgate last year and immediately wanted the recipe. Continue reading

Greek Quinoa Salad

Sometimes I get bored eating regular salads with lettuce so I was thrilled when I came across this Greek Quinoa Salad from So Very Blessed. It’s very similar to the Mediterranean Chickpea Salad I posted a few months ago. Quinoa seems to be the new “it” food and I’ve recently started eating it within the past few months. It’s high in protein and easy to prepare.

Side note- I can’t help but think of the quinoa Bud Light NFL commercial. I’m not much for Bud Light but I just love this commercial. Continue reading