Category Archives: Main Dish

Baked Macaroni & Cheese

The weather in Duluth is quite unpredictable, especially when the seasons are about to change. This week has been no exception. In the 80’s and 90’s with nothing but sunshine over the weekend, down to 50 and rain by Tuesday. I took full advantage of the dreary cold weather and used an appliance that is completely off limits during the summer months: my oven. We don’t have air conditioning and when it’s 80 outside, it’s 85 inside, so use of the oven is a strict no-no. When the high barely reaches 50 degrees, though, it’s my favorite appliance. And it makes one of my new favorite things: Continue reading Baked Macaroni & Cheese


Himalayan Salt Plate

Husband’s 30th birthday was about a week ago and his former boss gave him a Himalayan Salt Plate. Neither of us had any idea what it was or what it could be used for so we did some Interweb sleuthing and ended up with Surf ‘n’ Surf Dinner of Epicness, and our New Thing for October.
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Sardine and Avocado Toast

Inspired by Alton Brown’s “4 Lists” from his show, Good Eats (episode “Live and let diet “) I set out to add more oily fish to my diet (omega-3 fatty acids and other health benefits). I used his recipe for a sardine and avocado toast, which was incredibly delicious.
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Spanish style Chicken & Rice with a cool mint dressing

Spanish Chicken & Rice with Cool Mint Dressing

This was a Pinterest find and an excellent one at that!
The original recipe can be found at It uses some metric measurements, says “coriander” instead of “cilantro” and talks about some ingredients that are either not available in the States, or I just didn’t know what they are, so I took some liberties with it. It turned out to be one of my and my husband’s favorite meals! Continue reading Spanish Chicken & Rice with Cool Mint Dressing

Home-made pizza with chicken, zucchini, mushrooms, basil and alfredo sauce

Home-made Chicken & Veg Pizza

It’s happened to all of us. We go grocery shopping after work and by the time we’re done it’s 8pm and you don’t have the time or energy to cook anything you just bought. So while we’re at the store, we look around and add to our carts something that will be quick and easy to eat when we get home. This happened on our last grocery trip but instead of doing what we usually do—fried chicken from the deli that just needs to go in the microwave—we decided on home-made pizza. It still required a bit of prep and cooking, but it was quicker than other meals and healthier than fried chicken.
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Easy, Versatile Chicken Dinner Wrapped in Foil

Cooking does not have to be difficult or time consuming! My husband heard this method of cooking while listening to a program on Minnesota Public Radio.

The basic recipe is this:

Coat chicken breasts with olive oil (a tsp or so for each piece; just enough so it’s coated). Place them in a foil packet and bake at 400°F for 15-20 minutes or until the internal temp reaches 162°F

Simple, right? Not to mention versatile. You can add vegetables and spices to your liking and have an easy clean-up dinner in 20 minutes. We added half a bay leaf per breast, fresh basil from our garden, onion, and thin slices of garlic with a bit of salt and pepper. While the chicken is cooking, make some rice to go with it! Add a little butter and lemon juice to the rice while it’s cooking.

Easy peasy, Lemon Squeazy!