Grain and Veggie Bowls with Goat Cheese

I’m going to be totally honest: I’m not sure why I started getting Cook’s Country magazine. I’m guessing that it’s because I’ve covered a lot of America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks for one of the magazines I work for, and my mailing address somehow found it’s way onto the subscription list. But hey, I’m certainly not complaining! I am always looking for new recipes to try, and as I’ve said before, I trust everything put out by America’s Test Kitchen absolutely completely. So this was my first recipe from Cook’s Country: Grain and Vegetable Bowls with Goat Cheese. Continue reading

Curried Chicken and Couscous with Lime-Yogurt Sauce

I love one-pan meals. I don’t usually mind recipes that have multiple steps, but as I’m not cooking in a commercial-grade kitchen, I don’t have endless countertops on which to put dirty cutting boards and mixing bowls when I’m finished with them. This one pan skillet meal has a bunch of steps, but they all take place in the skillet, so I don’t run out of counter space halfway through the recipe or have tons of dishes to wash. Oh, and it’s super delicious! Continue reading

Slow-Roasted Harissa Salmon

I recently added a new magazine to my monthly subscriptions: Bon Appétit! Admittedly, it’s because I was making an online purchase, and at the end there was an offer for a discounted subscription for a number of magazines. So now we get Bon Appétit and Outside magazine. But I was particularly excited about Bon Appétit, resolving to try at least one recipe from each issue in hopes of expanding my cooking skills and recipe repertoire. Last night was my first try; I made the Slow-Roasted Salmon from the April issue. Continue reading

Three-Step Chicken Curry

Growing up, my mom was great at cooking us healthy, balanced meals, complete with a protein, veggie and starch. Most days I try to emulate that in my cooking, though instead of putting together three separate components, I like trying to combine two or all of them into a single step. This super easy chicken curry does that deliciously, with help from one pre-made ingredient. Continue reading

Simple Tamale Pie

Tamale pie is a US-born, casserole-like dish meant to mimic the flavors of a tamale—the cornmeal wrapper, the Mexican spices, the meat and veggie filling—without the more difficult steps involved in making one. This recipe, which we got from Jeff’s mom, takes the simplicity one step further with the use of packaged cornbread mix and tomato soup. Continue reading

Homemade Burrito Bowls

I don’t think I knew what a “burrito bowl” was before I walked into my first Chipotle nearly 10 years ago—was it even a thing before Chipotle made it one? But now, the burrito bowl is as ubiquitous as its wrapped namesake, and in recent years burrito bowls have replaced taco night in our house. This is how we make ours, though every ingredient and topping can be changed to suit your tastes and cravings! Continue reading