Pioneer Woman’s flank steak

I think this is my favorite so far – but I think I say that every time!  This turned out particularly well for some reason – could have been the marinate or just the quality of the steak.  We also grilled some green onions with it – got that idea from another recipe that I can’t seem to locate now.


Black Bottom Cookie Bars

These are incredibly simple and use ingredients I usually have on hand.  Great for when you want something quick, easy and delicious.


Made this tonight and it was amazing.  I had a feeling I would love it as it includes so many of my favorite ingredients.  I thought the cilantro might be weird in the salad but it was really good (if you like cilantro). I used a mixture of Boston lettuce, baby arugula and baby spinach.  We also added crumbled blue cheese.  Some of my other tweaks are noted below.

Dressing – I thought 1/3 cup of sugar seemed like an awful lot so I did a scant 1/3 cup.  Even still, the dressing was quite sweet so I will probably take it down to 1/4 a cup next time.  I didn’t use the minced onion (because I didn’t have any!) and I didn’t include the sesame seeds (seemed like an unnecessary addition that would compete with other flavors).  I also just used olive oil instead of a mix of vegetable and olive oils.

For the nuts, next time I think I will leave out the cinnamon.  While tasty, it just seemed somewhat of an odd flavor with all of the rest of the flavors in the salad.

Cucumber Dill Salad

I made this over the summer and it was great.  We grilled the salmon with a mustard-horseradish glaze (the recipe for which is escaping me now….)

No real recipe for this but inspired by Barefoot Contessa, who is a big fan of roasting vegetables.

Preheat over to 400.  Trim ends off of asparagus.  Drizzle with olive oil and kosher salt.  Roast for about 20 minutes.

Parmesan Chicken Breasts

This is so ghetto but so good.


Perfect Roasted Chicken

Another Barefoot Contessa classic.  I usually skip the fennel for what it’s worth.  Still amazing and so easy.