Side Dishes

Wild Rice and Vegetable Pilaf

Fall is in full swing. The tree in our front yard is a gorgeous red color, and although our gargantuan backyard cottonwood has already dropped a ton of leaves, there is an alarming amount still on the tree. The house I grew up in had a large yard with lots of leaves, so raking leaves always… Continue reading Wild Rice and Vegetable Pilaf

Appetizers · Fish and Shellfish

Spring Rolls with Peanut Hoisin Dipping Sauce

September is here, yet fall has not quite arrived with it. Though this is on the whole quite irritating, it does mean a bit of an extended harvest. My mint patch is still going strong, and spring rolls have become my favorite way to use it up. I don’t have a very long history with… Continue reading Spring Rolls with Peanut Hoisin Dipping Sauce


One Pot Greek Chicken and Orzo

Another semester of school has started, which means once again my evening free time has shriveled. Therefore, quick, easy, pre-planned meals like this one pot recipe are a life saver. And if I haven’t planned ahead, cereal is usually what’s for dinner. I love me some cereal, as does Alejandro. However, my responsible adult self… Continue reading One Pot Greek Chicken and Orzo

Pies, Tarts, Crisps, and Cobblers

Peach Raspberry Pie

We’re at the point in the summer where we’re getting ridiculous amounts of produce. And when I say produce I’m really talking about cucumbers and tomatoes. I am once again in awe at how many cucumbers a single plant can produce. Granted I’m not great at picking them daily, but every few days when I… Continue reading Peach Raspberry Pie

Game Meat

Slow Cooker Venison Barbacoa

As I’m sure you all know, lately the weather has been ungodly hot. I know I’m lucky to live in a mountain state that at least cools off a little each night, but my morning runs have been miserably warm, and even our dogs no longer want to hang out outside. All this heat makes… Continue reading Slow Cooker Venison Barbacoa

Pies, Tarts, Crisps, and Cobblers

Banana Cream Pie

Hi, my name is Danielle, and I am a rusher. It is my worst habit. Even though I know I tend to underestimate the time it will take me to do things, I still try and squeeze in too much and end up rushing out the door to work. Every. Single. Day. I have yet… Continue reading Banana Cream Pie


Viola and Strawberry Arugula Salad with Feta

Those of you who know me well know that I abhor salads. Detest them. Despise them. Loathe, scorn, and shun them. And yet…well…I have a confession. I’m starting to like them. I know, I’m pretty shocked myself. I’ve always hated raw leafy greens in any form and have gone far lengths to avoid them. Each… Continue reading Viola and Strawberry Arugula Salad with Feta