• Chicken,  Dinner,  Flavors,  Grilling,  Proteins,  Recipes,  Southern

    Grilled Honey Barbecue Chicken

    A perfectly grilled, juicy chicken breast is a thing of beauty – and once you have mastered this take-it-slow technique, chicken success on the grill will be guaranteed, every time! Don’t be afraid of the lightly spiced paste, I was worried my children wouldn’t go for it. But slathered in the sweet honey glaze? They gobbled dinner right up! Print Honey Barbecue Chicken Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 6   Consider making a double batch of the spice paste and honey glaze. With dinner insurance in the fridge, you are just a step away from a savory dinner - simply brush some on grilled or seared meat, pork, fish or shrimp. The flavor…

  • Asian,  Dinner,  Flavors,  Meat,  Proteins,  Recipes

    Sheet Pan Wasabi Flank Steak

    This meal idea originally began life as a grill recipe, but when you look outside and see your grill literally in flames – it needed to be completely cleaned – a fast pivot was necessary. Thank goodness for sheet pans! And a sheet pan with aluminum foil? That’s complete no-dishes-to-wash heaven! Back to the recipe…I had some leftover wasabi sauce that I wanted to use and I thought it could be perfect on the side of an Asian flavored flank steak. This marinade could not be simpler, it’s TWO ingredients, and the kids really enjoyed it. We are mostly a chicken and pork family, but when we do eat red…

  • Cooking for a Crowd,  Dinner,  Flavors,  Grilling,  Pork,  Proteins,  Recipes,  Spanish

    Spanish-Style Grilled Pork Loin

    Pork loin is always a  big hit in our house. It’s delicious, lean, healthy and lends itself to all types of savory flavors. When it’s cold outside I sear and then roast the pork, but as soon as Spring arrives I head out to the grill. Not only am I fascinated by the alchemy of the grill, I love not having dishes to wash, so I am always trying to figure out how to make our entire dinner outside. The tasty marinade bastes the pork and then transforms into a delicious sauce for your dinner…and a vinaigrette for a quick salad later in the week. Now that’s getting some serious…

  • Asian,  Dinner,  Flavors,  Grilling,  Proteins,  Recipes,  Seafood

    Grilled Sesame Tuna

    Seared ahi tuna is one of those fabulous meals that exists somewhere between dreams and reality…this recipe was born from a sushi craving. I love to feed my kids as much seafood as possible, but the reality is that means frozen shrimp or seafood on sale. I saw yellowtail on sale at Wegmans last week, so I snapped it right up. My kids really like seafood, so it wasn’t hard to get them to try tuna. However, the sesame seeds are completely strange to them and I definitely got some pushback, so I adjusted accordingly. I made one of the tuna steaks sesame seed free – and everyone ate their…

  • Chicken,  Cooking for a Crowd,  Dinner,  Recipes,  Soup

    Chicken & Lemon Stew

    At this time of year there’s still some uncertainty in the weather, lots of warm days hint of Spring, but the nights can be chilly and some days you need warm socks and a jacket. This stew is the last one I make each year, it’s fresh and light, and chock full of vibrant flavors – cumin, turmeric, dried red chiles, olives and lots of lemon. While this stew is great for a family dinner, it’s also special enough to serve for a cozy dinner with friends. Don’t be scared away from the long recipe – it’s very simple actually. I also included some technique notes that hopefully will add…

  • Cooking for a Crowd,  Dinner,  Italian,  Meat,  Pasta,  Recipes

    Roasted Meatballs

    I have never been one for frying meatballs (too messy!), so I am constantly tinkering around with baking meatballs instead. This recipe was inspired by Ina Garten’s new cookbook. I have always baked my meatballs, but usually at a low temperature. I still make meatballs that way from time to time, but I really appreciate the speed with which these meatballs come together. The additional breadcrumbs and higher heat help the meatballs keep their shape and cooks them all the way through…then all you need is a quick simmer in the sauce and dinner is ready! Have a few extra minutes? Make my delicious marinara sauce! Marinara Sauce Print Roasted…

  • Cooking for a Crowd,  Dinner,  Pork,  Recipes

    Healthy Pulled Pork

    This recipe thunderbolt really happened by accident. I was trying to make pulled pork last minute and the grocery store was out of pork butt. Tragedy! I know, not a horrible thing, but what was I going to do? Well, I decided to grab a pork loin and see what I could do with it. Turns out the pork loin made a delicious and much healthier pulled pork. The one change, since it has so little fat, you really want the shredded pork to sit overnight in the braising liquid. So, this is a recipe you need to start 1 day before you want to eat it. Try my barbecue…

  • Chicken,  Dinner,  Recipes

    Honey-Dijon Sheet Pan Chicken & Sweet Potatoes

    Sheet pan dinners are all the rage, and it’s easy to see why – a delicious meal and only one pan? What’s not to love? However, when you’re feeding 6 people you normally can’t make an entire meal on one sheet pan. My solution is to make my chicken and potatoes on one sheet pan and steam some veggies – so, yes, there’s 2 dishes to wash, but dinner tasted great and everyone ate their food. Ah the small victories…Sweet potatoes can be a tough sell in my house, if your family doesn’t love sweet potatoes, try my solution. Roast half sweet potatoes and half redskin potatoes, and make a deal…

  • Chicken,  Dinner,  Recipes

    Perfect Roast Chicken

    I don’t use the word “perfect” lightly, but here I am confident in saying this is the most delicious roast chicken EVER! I have spent years simplifying and testing roast chicken recipes, and this chicken has it all – crispy skin, succulent white AND dark meat – and best of all it’s so easy to prepare. Roast chicken for this weekend – it’s simple enough your kids will love it, yet it will be so perfectly cooked, impressive even, that you could serve this chicken as part of a casual dinner with friends. Print Perfect Roast Chicken Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 8   The secret to this recipe is planning ahead. It sounds like…

  • Asian,  Chicken,  Dinner,  Recipes

    Teriyaki Chicken

    We are big fans of Asian food in my house, and chicken teriyaki’s one of our favorites. If you haven’t introduced your children to Asian flavors, this recipe is a great place to start. The chicken’s firm texture and sweetness from the brown sugar and honey will make this meal a kid home run. Once you’ve made this quick, easy and healthy sauce you will never buy teriyaki at the store, it’s so delicious! Print Teriyaki Chicken Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 4   I'm so excited for share this recipe. I love making Asian at home, most recipes are quick, lots are str-fries...tailor-made for busy weeknights. Plus cooking Asian food at home…