Today’s recipe is one of my go-to Sunday dinners. There are very few meals that are more comforting than a big bowl of spaghetti and meatballs, right? I made this dinner a few weeks ago when my mom was in town visiting and served it alongside a large side salad, crusty garlic bread, and nice bottle of Chianti. To make garlic bread, I typically just lightly coat the thickly sliced bread with olive oil on each side then pop it in the oven for 10-15 minutes at 375 degrees F. After it’s lightly brown on both sides, remove it from the oven and take a whole garlic clove and just slightly rub the top of the bread with the garlic clove. You’d be amazed at how much flavor just the one clove can give your bread!
For the salad, I just washed some spring mix and spinach that I had in my fridge and tossed it with some chopped peppers, local Tomz cherry tomatoes, and freshly grated parmesan cheese. I picked up a Stonewall Kitchen Olive Oil Balsamic Dressing the other day at my local Heinen’s grocery store and placed that on the table so that people could dress it themselves.
Today’s recipe post is a typical Sunday dinner around our house. You also might notice that i’m not the person in the photographs. That’s right, this recipe is a Lyle original. Around our house, I can do roasted beer can chicken, but he’s the real boss that literally uses the chicken to truss itself. Sound impressive? Definitely, but it honestly takes less than 20 minutes to prep and i’m going to talk you through it today…with ALOT of pictures. I apologize in advance for posting pictures of raw chicken but…it’s a good recipe with some good tips.
This is one of those recipes from my childhood that I instantly crave when i’m homesick or having a bad day. It’s relatively quick, easy, cheap and tasty. …Aaaaand it gives you roughly 30 minutes after it goes into the oven where you can pour yourself a glass of wine and put your feet up after a long day before it’s ready to eat.
There are a few foods that we ate growing up that I have since tried changing to make them “my own” as an adult. Spaghetti (recipe coming soon), meatloaf, and pork chops all stand out as great examples. This also happens to be one of Lyle’s favorite meals and i’m 70% sure that it at least semi-influenced his desire to propose…seriously.
This is not your momma’s meatloaf recipe. Let’s face it: meatloaf dinner does not sound very appetizing and i’m guessing that some of you shudder in fear with memories of a gross bland meatloaf you were probably served as a kid. I promise that there is nothing bland about this recipe. Crushed tortilla chips replace 1/2 of the breadcrumbs, and you glaze it with a salsa-brown sugar mix that is equal parts spicy and sweet.
I tried BBQ chicken pizza for the first time several years ago when I was studying abroad in London. It was one of those late night “I need to eat something before we go out” dinners where my roomie ordered it and I was dubious. I don’t normally crave BBQ chicken pizza and we don’t have it often, but the other day I got a craving and couldn’t stop thinking about trying to make my own version.
There are some combinations that just are made for each other: peanut butter and chocolate, red wine and potato chips (don’t knock it till you try it), bacon and cheddar, and slightly spicy-sweet chili and the Super Bowl. In honor of the big game this weekend, here’s a quick and easy chili recipe that will only get better the longer you let it simmer on game day.
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