Recipe Index

Homemade Supreme Pizza

When I was young, my mom used to take me and my sister on “fieldtrips”. It would be a weekday during the summer, or a Saturday during the school year […]

Steak, Cilantro, and Caramelized Onion Street Tacos

Mondays are rough. They’re get out of bed early, put on a nice outfit, cram your feet into a pair of heels, and hustle yourself off to work days. I […]

Steak Over Arugula with Basalmic Roasted Pears and Crumbled Blue Cheese

It’s almost fall. There is one week left of summer, although my closet would tell a different story. Right before school started, I made the great closet switch-up, pulling all […]

Greek Quinoa

Last week, I posted a recipe that made me like quinoa. Today, I’m posting another one. It is the exact same thought as the Tropical Quinoa Salad, except it is […]

Zucchini Orzo with Tomatoes

When I first planted my garden, I was nervous about whether or not anything would actually grow. I didn’t have much gardening experience: my mom grew a few fruits and […]

Tropical Quinoa Salad

My friend Francy came to lunch last week. She and I started teaching at our school together, four years ago. We mourned the end of summer with this quinoa salad. […]

French Onion Football Dip

School begins tomorrow. I’m not excited about it, and I definitely haven’t accepted it, but ready-or-not-here-it-comes. The return of school, of brisk mornings, of shortening days, of fantasy football. Uh-huh. […]

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies and an Afternoon of Food Education

I came armed with a basket-full of fresh produce: rainbow carrots, jicama, radishes, varieties of apples, chiogga beets, heirloom tomatoes, and zucchini chocolate chip cookies. I also came prepared with a game. The three teams jumped right in, and we had such a fun afternoon together, trying new vegetables and guessing the names of different vegetables.

Homemade Salsa

Summer is nothing if not a time of indulgence and abundance. Beautiful green and red and purple leafs and orbs and beans sprouting constantly out of the earth. Time off […]

Video Series: Classic Marinara Sauce

Yesterday, I introduced the start of the Blackboard Kitchen Video Series. Today, the Video Series begins! It’s all about classic marinara sauce today. This is one of those staples that […]

No-Knead Pizza Dough, With a No-Measure Technique!

***This giveaway is now closed! Click here to check results.*** My new favorite tool is a kitchen scale. I always thought that a scale was foolish, that it was one […]

Sausages Over Mozzarella

Prom is in five days. Dance day is looming and, while it is sure to be the magical night in many of our students’ young lives, it’s giving me a […]

Chocolate Almond Cheesecake

My sister and I watched every single episode of the 80’s & 90’s television show Full House. I idolized D.J. She was the older sister, and I was too, so […]

Some Things Just Go

Some things just don’t go together. High school freshmen and group work. Taking a daytime allergy pill instead of a Benedryl right before going to bed. Snowy days and spring […]

Chocolate-Dipped Potato Chips

  The only thing better than eating potato chips in front of the TV is eating chocolate-covered potato chips while watching Friday Night Lights with your husband on a Sunday […]

Blueberry Oatmeal Biscuits

Here’s the story: I set out to make blueberry muffins. But then, I decided I wanted to use (much) less butter than my muffin recipe called for. I wanted them […]

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Sriracha-Spiked Yogurt

Last week, I posted about the Lenten Dinner Worship and the team of people that worked together to make dinner. That night, we made this salad. We also made this […]

This Doesn’t Count as a Recipe

Heed the warning, friends! This is not a recipe. It’s just a salad. And it is, indisputably, delicious. So delicious that I ate it for two meals in a row […]

It’s Time to Celebrate

This is going to be a shock, I’m sure, but I don’t typically lay out this kind of spread for breakfast. Shocking! Hold the presses! My breakfasts tend more to […]


= love. Seriously. I’m never much of one for Valentine’s Day. I might be guilty of telling Jason that hebetternotgetmeanythingorelse. Okay, I definitely tell him that. It’s just that I […]

Families are a Pasta Dish

I had student-led-conferences last week. SLC’s, as we call them, are different than your typical night of parent-teacher conferences; the students are required to come to them, and they are […]

Today I’d Like to Talk About Potatoes

Why potatoes, you ask? Great question. And since “because they’re ridiculously, amazingly good” isn’t quite going to cut it here, I’ll offer up a bit more. Potatoes: because we survived […]

Teacher-tested, Student-approved

I seem to always be running late in the morning, which means I do a shoddy job of packing my food for the day. This means I end up taking […]

29.4: Mushroom Swiss Baguettes

  Ingredients: 1 loaf French bread 1 cup grated Swiss cheese 1 lb. sliced mushrooms Fresh or dried thyme 1 tsp. kosher salt 1/8 tsp. black pepper 1 tbs. olive […]

29.3: Roasted Tomato Soup

This is a pretty straight-forward soup. It warms you when you’re cold. It tastes fabulous alongside a grilled cheese sandwich. It can be made thick, thin, or chunky. You can […]

29.2: Parmesan-crusted Chicken with Lemon Spinach Angel Hair

It’s been way too cold here lately. It’s been below 0 degrees a few times this week. It’s been in the single digits for much of the day the last […]

29.1: Open-faced Tuna Melts

My mom isn’t a very adventurous foodie. She refuses to even look at blue cheese, hates seafood, and doesn’t much care for spicy foods. Or raw onions. Or brussels sprouts, […]

Chocolate Drenched Coconut Macaroons

My mom and my sister both took French in high school. My dad and I took Spanish in high school. My sister took French because she was intrigued by French […]

Snack #4: Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

{this is healthy snack #4 for this week’s Personal Wellness Intensive!} Snack #4: Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls Yields 10-12 balls Ingredients: 1 cup dry roasted peanuts, unsalted 10-12 dried […]

Snack #3: Ranch-style Greek Yogurt

Snack #3: Ranch-style Greek Yogurt Yields 1 cup dip Ingredients: 1/2 cup Greek style yogurt 1/3 cup buttermilk 3 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 ½ tbs. seasoning (use a garlic/herb seasoning; I found […]

Snack #2: Homemade Granola-y Trail Mix

{this is snack #2 in this week’s Personal Wellness Intensive!} Snack #2: Granola-y Trail Mix Yields around 2 cups Ingredients: 1 cup rolled oats 1 tbs. honey 1 tbs. maple […]

Snack #1: Homemade Peanut Butter with Sliced Apples

{this is the first healthy snack recipe for this week’s Personal Wellness Intensive!} Snack #1: Homemade Peanut Butter with Sliced Apples Yields 1.5 – 2 cups Ingredients: 3 cups organic […]

BLT Salad

This really isn’t a recipe. I feel the need to warn you about that before you read the rest of this. It’s just tossing a bunch of stuff together in […]

French Onion Soup

I know that onions aren’t everyone’s bag. Luckily for me, they are my cuppa tea and the knees to my bees and all that jazz. If you don’t like onions, this […]

Garlicky Roasted Potatoes with Budget-Friendly Pesto

These potatoes are like baked potatoes’ cooler, more worldly older cousin. These potatoes are hip. They’re pretty. And they have a deep, dark secret. Their secret? Garlic. Butter. Oil. The […]

Roasted Chickpeas

Turns out, chickpeas are made to be roasted. You may not have known this.I didn’t. But, now that I do, I’m never going back. Roasted chickpeas are the bees knees. […]

Snowstorms, Shelter and Chicken Tacos

Monday reached 80 degrees. Today was in the 60’s. Tomorrow? We have a Winter Storm Warning, with expectations of around a foot of snow. How crazy is Denver weather? Answer: […]

Spaghetti Bolognese

One of the biggest differences between Summer and Fall in our house is in the abundance of hearty meals. Summer is all about not using the stove or oven. It’s […]

I’d Eat it Every Day, Forever

My mom isn’t Italian. Her ancestors came over on the Mayflower and originated from Scotland and England. My dad, on the other hand, is first-generation Italian American. My mom introduced […]

Banana Bread Remix

I first posted this recipe about a year ago, but I wanted to give it a little more spotlight because it is so good and it is so easy. I […]

Pillowy Pizza Bundles

So, it turns out I have a thing for bundles. I like crispy bundles. I like sugary bundles. And now I like pillowy bundles. Or maybe I just have a […]

Cake Balls and Big Adventures

This is me and my friend, Michelle. She and I first met while working at summer camp together, over 8 years ago. We stayed good friends all through college, despite […]

When I’m Sick of Eating Just Pasta

I tend to make too much food. It’s a slight issue, really. I make mass quantities, we eat them for a couple days, then we get sick of them so […]

Pasta Bar Recipes

I had a pasta bar dinner party. It only cost 5 dollars. It was delicious. You too can create a gourmet dinner party on the cheap by preparing a pasta […]

The $5 Dinner Party

I love throwing dinner parties. Fabulous friends and delicious food, all in a cozy environment. Don’t get me wrong – I love a good meal out, but there’s nothing quite […]

Mediterranean Couscous (aka Delicious Couscous Surprise)

I asked Jason what I should name this recipe. He wanted me to name it Delicious Couscous Surprise. His second choice was Yummy-Yummy-In-Your-Tummy-Couscous. He is so creative. He also loves […]

The Surprising Connection between Banana Bread and Guitar Chords

I’ve always had a thing for musicians. Drums, guitar, keyboard, vocal percussion, singing…. There’s something about a man with an instrument that really does it for me. My husband, Jason, […]

White Bean Dip with Toasted Almonds

Sometimes I like trying new things. Over the last year or so, I’ve tried a lot of new things. I’ve tried boxing. I’ve tried a new school. I’ve tried making […]

A Case of the Present Participles (And Grilled Buffalo Chicken Salad)

Marinating Soaking Grilling Waiting Still waiting Resting Spicing Tossing Plating Eating Eating as leftovers (the next day) Drooling. {Get the basic recipe for buffalo chicken salad here.} It’s Friiiiiiiiiiday! Print […]

Eggs That Chickens Only Dream Of

I had a friend in college named Kendra. Or maybe it was Brooke. No. Wait…it was Melissa. Her name seriously escaped me for the first three minutes of composing this […]

Crispy Little Bundles Of Joy

Crispy on the outside. Chewy, flavorful, and fresh on the inside. This is just how I like my bundles of joy. I’m not talking about babies, in case you couldn’t […]

Dinner is Served

Raw: Chicken brushed with Chinese barbecue sauce. Everything cooking on the grill: Grilled: Plated: Romaine drizzled with garlic vinaigrette and sprinkled with parmesan cheese. Dinner is served. Clean-up? Practically takes care of […]

The Power of Eating Produce in Season: Roasted Tomato Pesto

We had Jason’s 12 year-old cousin from Ohio staying with us recently. While she was here, we took a trip to the weekend farmer’s market. She had never been to […]

Primo Stuffed Zucchini

This isn’t the first time I’ve made stuffed zucchini. But it is the tastiest time I’ve made stuffed zucchini. This is another little meal that I made last week, as […]

The Vegan Meal Your Husband (or Boyfriend or Girlfriend or Children or Parents or Friends) Will Want to Eat

You know me. I love a good trick. I also love a good deal. This meal is both. Really, this recipe is all about taking that old standby classic of […]

The Perfect Cucumber Martini

Ingredients: 6 shots high-quality vodka, such as Tito’s Vodka 1/2 oz. dry vermouth 1/4 cucumber, sliced thinly 1/4 cucumber, peeled and sliced into strips ice Directions: Fill 2 martini glasses […]

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

It all started with a trip to Penzey’s Spices, where I picked up a little tube of vanilla beans. What better thing to make with real vanilla beans than vanilla […]

Zucchini: The Trickster Ingredient

  I like zucchini. I like zucchini when it is stuffed, shredded, and fried. I like zucchini when it is on top of a big ol’ pile of cheese and […]

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple Salsa

I were a pork tenderloin, this is the way I would want to be eaten. Too weird? Probably. But I’m okay with that. This pork tenderloin is marinated in the […]

The Best Asian Salad You’ll Ever Eat

Seriously. The title don’t lie. This salad was first inspired by Old Chicago’s Asian Chicken Salad which, I must be honest, has gotten progressively worse over the years. The last […]

No-Cook Summer Salad

It’s summer. It’s hot in our house. It’s the first time Jason has lived in a house without air conditioning. (He’s from the great air-conditioned state of Texas.) (He can […]

The Perfect Summer Salad

Have you ever heard of the perfect summer outfit? Or the perfect summer date? The perfect bikini body? Perhaps the perfect summer vacation? This is like that. Except it’s the […]

The Martini Olive that Launched a Thousand Pretzels

I’m a thief. I stole more than just a recipe this time. I stole a martini olive. Now normally this might not sound like such a big deal, but you […]

Brie, Fig Spread, Jalapeno, and Turkey Baguette Sandwiches

This sandwich is super easy. It’s also super good. It’s like the Wonder Woman of sandwiches. Or the Superman of sandwiches. Or the Incredible Hulk of sandwiches. Is the Incredible […]

Recipe 27.3: Zucchini and Red Pepper Stir-Fry

A quick, vegetarian stir-fry is always a great option for busy weeknight. The rice will take a while to cook, but you can prepare and cook all the remaining ingredients […]

Recipe 27.1: Street Tacos

Recipe 27.1:  Street Tacos The fresh Mexican flavors of these street tacos all come together to create a spicy, smoky, fresh taste that will make you feel like you have […]

Recipe 27.2: Chicken Fingers with Loaded Salad

This salad reminds me of the salads at Old Chicago, which I always loved. Pair a small serving of chicken fingers alongside this loaded up salad for ultimate deliciousness. It’s […]

Recipe 27.4: Blackened Chicken Sandwiches with Onion Rings and Broccoli

This is a really fun meal. It all came together quickly and the flavors on everything are simply outstanding! And the onion rings? Seriously good eats. Who would have thought […]

1554 Steak Sandwiches

Beer, steak, and bread – the three basic food groups – all come together in this meal to make the most tender, delicious, and flavorful open-faced steak sandwiches. You could […]

Crispy Pita Chips

Crispy pita chips are to paper as soft pita bread is to rock. That is to say, paper beats rock. Or crispy pita chips beat soft pita bread. Or pita […]

Recipe 26.4: Cheesy Polenta with Bacon and Shrimp

Recipe adapted from Jenna at Eat, Live, Run This meal was satisfying on every level: hearty, crispy, melty, and chewy. It was quick meal to make – just about 30 minutes […]

Recipe 26.3: Thai Chicken Wraps

These wraps are excellent for a quick dinner and the leftovers are perfect for lunch. Pair these with fruit, salad, or fresh potato chips for a larger meal. I could […]

Recipe 26.2: Crispy Apricot Pork Chops with Angel Hair Broccoli

This recipe is definitely my new favorite way to make pork. It is a fresh and delicious spin on the typical oven-baked pork chop, with a crispy crust and sweet […]

Recipe 26.1: Spring Salad with Chicken and Tart Green Apple

This salad is a bit different that usual, because instead of piling all the toppings on the lettuce, you just crush/cut/crumble them into small pieces and in they go, right […]

Recipe 25.4: Blackened Chicken Penne

This meal is so good. Seriously so good – the kind of so good that you don’t mind when the recipe ends up producing six portions and you don’t have […]

Recipe 25.3: Southwestern Burgers with Roasted Red Potatoes

Have you ever tried putting a fried egg on a burger? No? You should! It takes the classic burger and knocks it up a few notches. The runny yolk runs […]

Recipe 25.2: Greek Salad with Grilled Shrimp and Grilled Bread

We have a charcoal grill, which Jason is the operator of. We try to grill fairly substantial things, or to grill multiple things every time, so that we aren’t wasting […]

Recipe 25.1: Sesame Ginger Pork with Soba Noodles

The first time I ever had soba noodles was at the prompting of my father-in-law, who bought us a bag and insisted that we would love them. I was hesitant […]

Egg in a Hole

It’s back to work for me today, which means that Spring Break is over and the interminable march to summer is beginning. To keep my work-week blues in check, I’ll […]

Recipe 24.4: Grilled Pizza with Sausages, Peppers, and Onions

This isn’t just any pizza; this is pizza grilled, drizzled, and kicked up more than just a couple of notches. Sweet peppers, spicy sausage, creamy cheese, and a tangy basalmic […]

Recipe 24.3: Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

These sandwiches are a riff on the classic grilled cheese – like a grilled cheese sandwich and a cheese pizza got together and had a baby. A delicious little food […]

Recipe 24.2: Gemelli with Ricotta, Spinach, and Capers

From Rachael Ray magazine This is a delicious pasta dish that takes you away from more traditional red and white sauces. The sauce is made from creamy ricotta spiked with […]

Recipe 24.1: Chicken Lettuce Wraps

These lettuce wraps cure all kinds of cravings – cravings for the fresh, the spicy, the salty and, of course, the cravings for P.F. Changs famous lettuce wraps. These are […]

Stovetop Popcorn

Stovetop popcorn: light, fluffy, crisp, and everything that you always think that microwave popcorn is going to be (but isn’t). Add to that a combo of sweet, salty, and spicy […]

Simple Salad Dressings

I love a good salad. Fresh, green, tangy, sweet, crunchy, creamy – a salad is the perfect accompaniment to any meal. The key to a great salad is homemade dressing. […]

Recipe 23.4: Italian Cheese Tortellini

What is there not to love about tortellini? Tender little pillows of cheese, just waiting to burst as soon as you bite into them. Make that a couple boxes of […]

Recipe 23.3: Smoky Pulled Pork Sandwiches

I made these sandwiches to feed our moving day helpers and it was the perfect meal. I started it the night before, let the meat rest overnight, then threw it […]

Recipe 23.2: Cheese Enchiladas with Beans

From Pioneer Woman Cooks Oh. My. Mexican. That Pioneer Woman is my hero. These enchiladas are crazy, ridiculous kinds of good. Anyone who knows my family knows that we are nuts […]

Recipe 23.1: Spaghetti and Meatballs

I like to joke that the best Italian restaurant in Denver is in my house; while that is obviously a joke, these meatballs are no laughing matter! Moist, flavorful, delightful […]

Chocolate is for Everyone

Valentine’s Day, the day of overpriced chocolates and wilty flowers might not be for everyone, but chocolate definitely is. We don’t do much for the big V-day around here, but […]

Recipe 22.3: Smoky Potato Pancakes

These potato pancakes make for a hearty and satisfying meal when served over baby spinach and topped with sweet, tangy, smoky, and spicy foods. It reminded me of one of […]

Recipe 22.4: Portabella Mushroom Sandwiches

These sandwiches were inspired by my favorite go-to sandwich at the Whole Foods sandwich bar, a sandwich that is much bigger and much pricier. Everytime I ordered it I’d have […]

Recipe 22.2: Crostini with White Bean Puree and Diced Tomatoes

We ate this meal on an evening when we were looking for something a bit lighter than usual and it truly was the perfect meal. This would also be great […]

Recipe 22.1: Vegetable Peanut Noodles

I call my husband the “sauce man” and, cheesy as it may sound, he truly is. He whips up some good sauces, especially for my Asian dishes; this one is […]

Recipe 21.4: Cheesy Mini Meatloafs with Salad

Jason has been asking for meatloaf for a while and I decided (finally) to oblige him. I found this recipe in my latest issue of Cooking Light and we’re actually […]

Recipe 21.3: Pizza with Tomato Sauce, Pineapple, and Jalapeno

I was looking through my pizza recipes the other day, and I realized that, while I often make pizza, I rarely make pizza with a classic red sauce, so I […]

Recipe 21.2: Chicken with Mushroom Sauce over Mashed Potatoes with Brussels Sprouts

I know…I just introduced roasted brussels sprouts last week, and here I am serving them again! You’ll have to forgive me; I just love them so much and this meal […]

Recipe 21.1: Chicken Caesar Wraps

Chicken caesar wraps were the first meal that I “made up” and became good at making. This stroke of culinary genius occurred in my sophomore year of college, the first […]

Italian Beef Sandwiches

Today I would like to tell you about a fabulous little recipe for these fabulous little enormous sandwiches. Seriously, they’re huge. I ate just a fourth of one once and […]

Recipe 20.4: Sour Cream Chicken with Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I made brussels sprouts for the first time ever this winter and, to my honest surprise…I liked them! This cooking method is really delicious; I know you probably won’t believe […]

Recipe 20.3: Pasta with Spinach Pesto

I love pesto and am always sad when the basil season is over. This dish lets you enjoy the flavors of pesto with a much more affordable and in-season vegetable. […]

Recipe 20.2: Thai Chicken Pizza

This pizza is absolute comfort food to us here at Blackboard Kitchen. It’s one of the first recipes I learned how to do well and now it’s a meal that […]

Recipe 20.1: Chili with Jalapeno Scones

This recipe stars two great things: a satisfying, classic bowl of chili, plus a delicious and fresh take on cornbread with these jalapeno scones. I loved the way the scones […]

There’s Flour in My Eyes

I’m looking at the world through flour-covered lashes (I threw my rose-colored glasses away). My friend Kate, the Parade Princess and soon-to-be Mrs. (!), came over on Sunday and we had […]

Recipe 19.4: Pizza with Chicken Apple Sausage, Onion, and Fennel

We made this pizza with our friends Jon and Kate before we went to the Parade of Lights a couple weeks ago. Have you ever had fennel before? I hadn’t, […]

Recipe 19.3: Gnocchi Alfredo with Mediterranean Salad

Gnocchi is such a comfort food for me; it reminds me of my grandparents, and of dinners growing up. Even more comforting than a big bowl of tiny potato dumplings? […]

Recipe 19.2: Turkey Sandwiches with Homemade Potoato Chips

Remember that fig jam we used in back in Recipe 11.3 for the Prosciutto, Fig, and Arugula Sandwiches? We’re making good use of it again here, along with those same […]

Recipe 19.1: Hearty Winter Salad

Jason was helping me start this meal by prepping the beets and potatoes to roast. While he was doing his prep, I could literally see the uncertainty about this meal […]

A Little Bit of Cranberries in My Life

So I might have had “Mambo No. 5” by Bela Lugosi stuck in my head this morning. He’s dreaming about girls, I’m dreaming about cranberries. We have a lot in […]

Choose Your Own Adventure Cheesecake

I’ve always been a sucker for decadent desserts, spicy food, and choose-your-own-adventure-novels (and handsome men, but that’s a whole other blog post). This recipe combines the best of all worlds […]

Week 18 Menu Recaps

For the second week in a row…I did not cook. The tally of my cooking this week: 1 pasta dish, 1 pan of stuffing, 10 baby artichokes, 1 loaf of […]

Recipe 17.4: Stuffed Zucchini with Pasta

Recipe 3.3:  Stuffed Zucchinis with Pasta We are at the tail end of the zucchini season, and I wanted to get this recipe in one more time before their time […]

Recipe 17.3: Warm Shrimp and Spinach Salad

Recipe 6.4:  Warm Shrimp and Spinach Salad This is a meal that is light, yet satisfying, delicious, yet healthy, and an all-around meal that is ready and on the table […]

Recipe 17.2: Chicken Caesar Salad

Recipe 4.3:  Chicken Caesar Salad I love a good Caesar salad, but I never order them at restaurants because the dressing is always way too salty. They’re great to make […]

Recipe 17.1: Fettucine with Walnuts

Adapted from Elie Krieger This recipe was the very first recipe for Blackboard Kitchen; it was Recipe 1.1! I had a lot of great feedback after it was posted. In […]

Recipe 16.4: Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Adapted from Ina Garten Who doesn’t crave a creamy bowl of macaroni and cheese from time to time? I know that this is an ultimate comfort-food item for me and […]

Recipe 16.3: Shrimp Po’Boys

You all know how much I love sandwiches, and this little beauty is no exception! It is similar to the popular catfish po’boy that I featured way back in Week […]

Recipe 16.2: Sesame Soy Meatballs with Brown Rice and Sugar Snap Peas

Adapted from Cooking Light These meatballs are sweet and savory and, when served alongside stir-fried snap peas and brown rice, they make a really delicious and filling meal. Ingredients: Meatballs: […]

Recipe 16.1: Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Every now and then I plan for a meal that I end up feeling really unexcited about (like the amazing Warm Shrimp and Spinach Salad from Week 6). When this […]

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Here is one of my favorite (and easiest!) appetizers. I’ve always been a big fan of spinach artichoke dip, but I’m picky when it comes to it…I like it creamy, […]

Recipe 15.4: Pasta with Vodka Cream Sauce

Mr. Blackboard Kitchen made a fine showing of his kitchen skills the other night with his vodka cream sauce. So fine, in fact, that I’m including the recipe here for […]

Recipe 15.3: Sweet and Spicy Glazed Chicken Thighs with Scallion Rice

Adapted from Cooking Light Holy yum. I have been craving Asian food like crazy lately, but haven’t fulfilled it…until last night, when I made this delicious dish. The flavors here […]

Recipe 15.2: Chicken Quesadillas with Homemade Pico de Gallo

These quesadillas are warm, crispy, gooey, spicy, and oh-so-good. Although there are only two of us, I made 5 quesadillas (there were 10 tortillas in the bag! I couldn’t let […]

Recipe 15.1: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Apples and Salad with Bleu Cheese

I know, I know…you’ve had grilled cheese before! You don’t need me to tell you how I did it. Well…too bad. I’m tellin’ ya anyway! 🙂 Sometimes nothing beats a […]

Recipe 14.4: Game-day Nachos

We love a plate of good nachos, but never tend to order them when we go out. Instead, we like to make them ourselves. This particular plate of nachos came […]

Recipe 14.3: Steakhouse Chicken Burger

We don’t typically make burgers, mainly because we can’t have a grill where we live. So the grill is relegated to my parents’ backyard and burgers are relegated to restaurants […]

Recipe 14.2: Chicken Tender Salad with Honey Mustard

I have to admit to a huge fondness for chicken tenders with honey mustard. Had my parents allowed it, I would have survived solely on this meal when I was […]

Recipe 14.1: Mushroom Swiss Pizza

About four years ago, I had dinner at my friend Lindsey’s house. We made a pizza with mushrooms and swiss. It was amazing. I’ve been in love with it ever […]

Banana-yum Bread

Yes, you read that right. I did indeed craftily insert the word “yum” into the name of this post. So clever, I know. Anyway… This bread is seriously delicious. It […]

Recipe 13.1: Sirloin Steak with Mustard Sauce and Steak Fries

Adapted from Elie Krieger’s So Easy Have I told you yet how much I love Elie Krieger? Because I really, really do. I don’t think that I have ever been […]

Recipe 13.3: Pizza with Sausage, Onions, and Sun-dried Tomatoes

We love homemade pizza and, although it takes a bit more time, I always think it is worth it to make homemade dough. It tastes better, cooks fabulously, and has […]

Recipe 13.2: Mexican Salad with Chicken

Every once in a while we have a meal that was not originally on the menu, but arose out of necessity. This meal came because it was almost 8 pm […]

Recipe 13.4: Pork Medallions with Cherry Sauce, Polenta, and Green Beans

Pork recipe from Elie Krieger This pork is amazing. We absolutely love this recipe and it is delicious when served alongside simple, easy sides. If you’re not sure about the […]

Recipe Thief

Today I wonder…how many times do you have to make a recipe before it ceases being someone elses and begins being yours? Some of the recipes that I make started […]

How to: Roast Garlic and Keep the Vampires Away

It is October, after all: the month of bewitching and blood-sucking and things that go bump in the night. Your best defense, other than a wooden stake? Roasted garlic, of […]

Recipe 12.1: Savory Peach Chicken with Broccoli

Adapted from Elie Krieger’s So Easy This dish is definitely one of my new favorite recipes. I had never made this before, but now I’m already planning to make it […]

Recipe 12.2: Penne with Pumpkin Cream Sauce

Adapted from Rachael Ray This is a great recipe for fall! It is warm, hearty, and creamy. It is also an incredibly quick meal: it takes just as long as […]

Recipe 12.3: Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

You know how much we love our buffalo chicken over here! Sometimes I get such a craving for it; when it strikes, I always avoid the greasy, fatty, wings and […]

Recipe 12.4: Green Chili Bowls

While at the farmer’s market last Saturday, we were enticed by the smell of the roasting green chilis; we decided, on the spot, to buy some to make a roasted […]

Recipe 11.1: Homemade Tostadas with Tomatillo Salsa

This salsa is one of our favorites! It is rich, smoky, and oh-so-delish. But…beware, as it can get a bit spicy. I’ll put down the ingredients that we use, and […]

Recipe 11.2: Baked Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

While you can just make regular spaghetti with meat sauce, I like to mix it up sometimes and change it into a baked dish. When you bake this spaghetti it […]

Recipe 11.3: Prosciutto, Fig, and Manchego Cheese Sandwiches with Potato Chips

Sandwich recipe comes from Cooking Light magazine I tend to be a little wary of arugula, but something about these sandwiches caught my eye and so I decided to try […]

Recipe 11.4: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Salad and Bread Toasts

We were out with some friends last weekend and we got talking about butternut squash soup and how much we loved it (this was after we saw this GIANT pumpkin […]

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

From Cooking Light‘s feature of First Foods: Baby Steps to a Lifetime of Healthy Eating So, you might have already noticed that this is a recipe from a baby food […]

Recipe 10.1: Fresh Pasta with Creamy Tomato Sauce and Garlic Bread

Recipe 10.1: Fresh Pasta with Creamy Tomato Sauce and Garlic Bread Can you tell that I was craving carbs on the night that we made this? I was, and this […]

Recipe 10.2: Spicy Black Bean Cakes

Recipe 10.2: Spicy Black Bean Cakes Adapted from Martha Stewart These cakes are crispy, sweet, and satisfying. Serve topped with jalapeno-lime sour cream and atop a salad of field greens, […]

Recipe 10.3: Steak Sandwiches and Pears

Recipe 10.3: Steak Sandwiches and Pears I was standing the checkout line at Sunflower Market a couple weeks ago and a magazine about tailgate food caught my eye. I had […]

Recipe 10.4: Chicken, Spinach, and Sun-Dried Tomato Calzones

Recipe 10.4: Chicken, Spinach, and Sun-Dried Tomato Calzones These calzones are so good…also great is the fact that you could use this as a base recipe and wrap up any […]

Cooking the (Im)Possible: Recipe 9.1: Homemade Pita and Falafel

“‘There’s no use trying,’ Alice said.  ‘One can’t believe impossible things.’ ‘I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it […]

Recipe 9.2: Chili-rubbed Steak Salad

Jason has decided that (other than beets) steak is his new favorite thing to have on a salad…and I think I agree! This salad seriously hit the spot. It was the […]

Recipe 9.3: Zucchini Orzo

Adapted from Barbara Kingsolver I did this meal as part of the week 2 menu and now it is back by popular demand! I have several friends who have home […]

Recipe 9.4: Crunchy Chicken Taquitos with Black Beans

We are big suckers for taquitos – we used to buy boxes of frozen taquitos weekly and eat them for lunch (and snacks, and maybe even sometimes for dinner…). Now […]

Recipe 8.1: Cobb Salad

Recipe 8.1:  Cobb Salad I love a good salad and this one hit all the cravings. I used all the traditional cobb salad ingredients and added sunflower seeds and bleu […]

Recipe 8.2: Chicken Fried Rice

Recipe 8.2: Chicken Fried Rice Jason loves fried rice and is always asking me to make it. Finally, I did! I made a huge batch and he was happy. 🙂 […]

Recipe 8.3: Barbecue Chicken Pizza

Recipe 8.3: Barbecue Chicken Pizza We recently starting eating at little restaurant called Modmarket in Boulder which is one of our new favorite places. Their ingredients are all fresh, natural, […]

Recipe 8.4: Whole-grain Spaghetti with Prosciutto and Romano

Recipe 8.4: Whole-grain Spaghetti with Prosciutto and Romano This dish was really tasty – the salty prosciutto and sharp romano complement the heartiness of the pasta and the sweet garlic. […]

Recipe 7.1: Buffalo Chicken Salad

Recipe 6.1:  Buffalo Chicken Salad The evolution of the buffalo chicken salad is quite a story, and it starts off in the Chili’s restaurant chain. Rewind 6 or so years […]

Recipe 7.2: Summer Club Sandwiches with Green Beans

Recipe 6.2:  Summer Club Sandwiches with Green Beans I am such a sucker for fresh baked bread. I think up sandwich recipes just so I can eat the bread. As […]

Recipe 7.3: Pork Chops with Zucchini Fritters and Roasted Beet Salad

Recipe 7.3: Pork Chops with Zucchini Fritters and Roasted Beet Salad Jason makes a mean pork tenderloin and his pork chops are no laughing matter either. Part of what makes […]

Recipe 7.4: Crispy Ravioli with Green Salad

Recipe 7.4: Crispy Ravioli with Green Salad We went to the Festival Italiano last Saturday. It was a fun time with lots of great people and good (but expensive) food. […]

Hello, peach cobbler, good-bye excess of peaches!

There is seriously nothing better than Labor Day weekend…a few weeks into the start of school and a long weekend…it was glorious. We had a great weekend in the Blackboard […]

Recipe 6.1: Italian Stromboli

Recipe 6.1:  Italian Stromboli This is the first time I made Stromboli exactly like this and it was seriously so good; we had leftovers for a couple of days and I […]

Recipe 6.2: Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

Recipe 6.2:  Beet and Goat Cheese Salad I have to say that roasted beets are my new favorite food! They are ridiculously easy to prepare, healthy, delicious, and oh-so-good for […]

Recipe 6.3: Beef and Broccoli

Recipe 6.3:  Beef and Broccoli Oh, beef and broccoli, how I love thee! I could wax poetically about my love for this dish, but I’ll just write the recipe and […]

Recipe 6.4: Warm Shrimp and Spinach Salad

Recipe 6.4:  Warm Shrimp and Spinach Salad Sometimes I have meals that I plan and shop for over the weekend, but then once the appropriate night arrives I don’t want […]

Recipe 5.1: Chicken Stir-Fry with Brown Rice

Recipe 5.1:  Chicken Stir-Fry with Brown Rice We always crave Chinese food, but we’re never completely satisfied when we order take-out; instead, we make our own, which is not only […]

Recipe 5.2: Spaghetti with Creamy Tomato Sauce

Recipe 5.2:  Spaghetti with Creamy Tomato Sauce Spaghetti sauce is a staple in our house, but sometimes I like to mix it up a bit. Adding just a dollop of […]

Recipe 5.3: Breakfast Bagels

Recipe 5.3:  Breakfast Bagels Mr. Blackboard Kitchen (aka my husband Jason) took on the task of meal cooking this week since I had a weeknight meeting and Back to School […]

Recipe 5.4: Tacos with spicy beans and sautéed onions

Recipe 5.4:  Tacos with refried beans and sautéed onions A busy week called for an old standby meal: tacos! These are always a great meal to add into any meal […]

Recipe 5.5: Crispy pizza with ricotta, spinach, and bacon

Recipe 5.5:  Crispy pizza with ricotta, spinach, and bacon Dough recipe from Giada DeLaurentis You will want to make this recipe on a day when you have a few hours; […]

Recipe 4.1: Penne with Lemon, Walnut, and Basil Pesto

Recipe 4.1:  Penne with Lemon, Walnut, and Basil Pesto I made this recipe as part of a pasta bar for our good friends’ going-away party a week ago. I loved […]

Recipe 4.2: Veggie Quesadilla with Jalapeno Creamed Corn

Recipe 4.2:  Veggie Quesadilla with Jalapeno Creamed Corn Oh my vegetable! These quesadillas are so good – I even had a leftover quesadilla the next day when I (and my […]

Recipe 4.3: Chicken Caesar Salad

Recipe 4.3:  Chicken Caesar Salad I love a good Caesar salad, but I never order them at restaurants because the dressing is always way too salty. They’re great to make […]

Recipe 4.4: Summer Vegetable Casserole with Penne

Recipe 4.4:  Summer Vegetable Casserole with Penne This recipe comes thanks to several people: my friend Teresa who brought in zucchinis, tomatoes, and eggplant from her garden; my friend Jeri […]

Recipe 4.5: Chicken Parmigiana with Field Greens

Recipe 4.5:  Chicken Parmigiana with Field Greens We love a good Italian dish, but we (I mean, I) don’t always love eating a massive dish of carbs in order to […]

Recipe 3.1: Caprese Sandwiches with Potato Fries

Recipe 3.1:  Caprese Sandwiches with Potato Fries These sandwiches are everything I’ve ever wanted in a sandwich! They are lightly crisp, soft, chewy, juicy, meaty, fresh, and filled with garlicky […]

Recipe 3.2: Flank Steak Tacos with Guacamole

Recipe 3.2:  Flank Steak Tacos with Guacamole These tacos make me wish that I was a cow with four stomachs…I just want to keep eating them! The fresh Mexican flavors […]

Recipe 3.3: Stuffed Zucchinis with Pasta

Recipe 3.3:  Stuffed Zucchinis with Pasta When I was growing up, my mom planted fruits and vegetables in the big garden we had in our backyard. I remember one year […]

Recipe 3.4: Bruschetta Pasta

Recipe 3.4:  Bruschetta Pasta The Italians say that Tomato and Basil were once lovers. I say that Bruschetta is their love child, and this recipe is homage to their story. […]

Recipe 3.5: Strawberry Fields Salad

Recipe 3.5:  Strawberry Fields Salad This salad has it all – tangy and sweet berries, salty feta cheese, crisp lettuce, and moist chicken. Pair it with a crisp white wine […]

Recipe 2.1: Catfish Po’Boys

Recipe 2.1:  Catfish Po’Boys with spicy remoulade We decided to make this meal the same day we went grocery shopping – it’s always best to use fish right away (or […]

Recipe 2.2: Savory Summer Salad

Recipe 2.2:  Savory Summer Salad This salad was a bit of an experiment – but it paid off in spades!  The salad is savory, sweet, and salty, and filled with […]

Recipe 2.3: Zucchini Pasta

Recipe 2.3:  Zucchini Pasta Adapted from Barbara Kingsolver Well, we have a new favorite pasta dish in our house!  This dish is so delicious, filling, and good for you!  It […]

Recipe 2.4: Chicken Cashew Stir-Fry

Recipe 2.4:  Chicken Cashew Stir-fry Adapted from Martha Stewart Living Forget about Chinese take-out!  With this dish in your repertoire you’ll never need to leave your house when the Chinese […]

Recipe 2.5: Chicken Sausages with Lemon-Chive Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Green Beans

Recipe 2.5:  Chicken Sausages with Lemon-Chive Smashed Potatoes and Roasted Green Beans Side dishes adapted from Tyler Florence This recipe makes the most delicious green beans – you’ll want to […]

Recipe 1.1: Fettucine with Walnuts

Recipe 1.1:  Fettuccine with Walnut Adapted from Elie Krieger My husband Jason and I love this dish because the flavors are so unexpected and delicious.  Jason used to joke that […]

Recipe 1.2: Tacos with Onions and Spicy Beans

Recipe 1.2: Tacos with Onions and Spicy Beans A Mexican feast! Tacos are a fairly basic meal, but make it with these easy additions to add a new dimension and […]

Recipe 1.3: Summer Chicken Sandwiches with Homestyle Potatoes

Recipe 1.3: Summer Chicken Sandwiches with Homestyle Potatoes Sandwiches adapted from Rachel Ray The first time I ever made this dish was as a welcome home dinner for my then-boyfriend, […]

Recipe 1.4: Chili-stuffed Baked Potatoes

Recipe 1.4: Chili-stuffed Baked Potatoes This is a great meal to make for three reasons: 1. It’s a great anytime meal, since it is made with ingredients that you usually […]

Recipe 1.5: Breakfast Burritos

Recipe 1.5:  Breakfast Burritos Don’t be fooled by the “breakfast” title! This meal is a great way to end the week, as it uses up all the leftovers from Week […]

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