• Foundation Recipe,  Recipes,  Seafood

    Roasted Shrimp

    What’s for dinner? It’s the question we all struggle to answer on a busy weeknight. Shrimp answers that question and delivers in spades – quick, tasty, cost-effective and kids love it! I personally love any recipe I can make in the oven, it’s hands-off and I know I won’t burn anything while I’m helping my kids with their homework. Consider this less of a recipe and more of a guide, once you master this technique, you can tailor the flavor of the dish to suit your family’s preferences. Oregano Marinade Print Roasted Shrimp Author: Kate Wagner Serves: serves 4   Try any of my marinades with this technique. If you are using…

  • Foundation Recipe,  Recipes

    Poached Chicken Breasts

    Having a couple of poached chicken breasts on hand means an open door to so many dinner options…salads, soups, quesadillas, sandwiches, lettuce wraps…the possibilities are endless. Below is a basic technique for poaching tender and perfectly cooked chicken breasts. This recipe doubles easily. Beyond 4 chicken breasts, you are not guaranteed that the breasts will cook through, so it would be better at that point to make 2 batches. Why the Kosher salt and garlic powder? They do not impart a distinct flavor, but add a perfect amount of seasoning that’s ready for all types of flavor profiles. 2 Chicken breasts, skinless, boneless, trimmed if needed 1/2 tsp Kosher salt 1…

  • Breakfast,  Foundation Recipe,  Recipes

    Veggie Egg Scramble

    My new favorite breakfast! Jeff is the omelet maker in our house, but that’s only on the weekends, and I get bored with regular scrambled eggs with cheese. Enter a veggie egg scramble. I have made these several mornings this week…I love that I grab a few veggies and make a yummy breakfast! Just like a stir-fry the cooking time goes quickly, so have everything ready to go. I start with a little bit of minced shallot, garlic or onion. I saute the shallot in a tablespoon of olive oil. Next I add Campari tomatoes that I have seeded, scooped out the insides and roughly chopped. I throw the tomatoes,…

  • Foundation Recipe,  Recipes,  Vegetables

    Refrigerator Pickles

    Somehow it’s taken me all these years to make pickles and now that I have, and perfected this super easy recipe, I’m wondering what took me so long! We love pickles in our house, for snacking and also on sandwiches, so homemade pickles make a great addition to our fridge. Plus, the flavor is sooo much better, and of course they taste so fresh. It also occurs to me that making a quick jar of pickles is an excellent way to make sure all those cucumbers we are always buying (we love to snack on cucumbers) never go to waste. And if you are farmers market regulars you can also…

  • Breakfast,  Foundation Recipe,  Recipes

    Weekend Pancakes

    When it’s the weekend and time for a lazy morning at home, make these pancakes! It’s really just a tiny amount more work then a box mix and they are sooo delicious! Plus, there’s just something fun about making them from scratch. These recipe makes a lot, so you can freeze the extras for a busy weekday morning.   Print Weekend Pancakes Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 28 pancakes   Think of this as a pancake foundation recipe. Go ahead and add blueberries, cinnamon, whatever your family loves. My crew happens to like them pretty basic. Happy cooking! Ingredients 3 cups All-purpose flour 6 tbsp Sugar 1½ tsp Salt 1½ tsp Baking powder…

  • Chicken,  Foundation Recipe

    Poached Chicken

    I can not empathize enough how crucial it is to have a building block skill like this in your back pocket! Knowing how to properly poach chicken opens the door to a vast array of recipes – from sandwiches and salads to soups and casseroles – and tons of dishes in between! I was inspired by a Martha Stewart Cooking School recipe, I went ahead and simplified it down to the basics. Use this recipe as a guideline, these two ingredients would flavor chicken that could work in any recipe Italian – Thai and every cuisine in between. Print Poached Chicken Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 4-8   If I know what type of…

  • Foundation Recipe,  Recipes,  Sides,  Starches

    Springtime Risotto

    Years ago I discovered the most amazing fact – risotto is so much easier to make when you start it on the stovetop and move it to the oven. I first tried the technique in one of my favorite “winter” cookbooks, Martha Stewart’s Favorite Comfort Foods. I loved the results so much, that any time I make risotto, whatever time of year, I always start use the oven technique and then adapt my flavors and ingredients to the season. Print Springtime Risotto Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 8   This really is a true foundation recipe. Get comfortable with the technique and then make this recipe your own – herb combinations, different vegetables,…

  • Dinner,  Foundation Recipe,  Recipes,  Seafood

    Oven-baked Shrimp

    When you are having a fried shrimp craving make this recipe! These shrimp are super simple, healthy and delicious! This is a very simple recipe with very little seasoning. I really was trying to develop this recipe with my kids in mind and they like simple food! You could jazz the seasonings up in so many ways, let your creativity run wild! Print Oven-baked Shrimp Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 4   This would be a great recipe to double for leftovers or if you are serving more that 4. I made this for myself and my three children and there was not a shrimp left, so 1½ or 2 lbs is going…

  • Foundation Recipe,  Recipes,  Sides,  Vegetables

    Ridgely’s Brussel Sprouts

    This past Christmas, and for her 7th birthday in January, Ridgely asked for “real” cooking stuff. You can imagine how happy I was! She and I have the best time cooking, she has her own cabinets and loves to be in the kitchen with me! I promised Ridgely that if she started to measure her ingredients, I would post her recipes. She was so excited! We love Brussel sprouts with bacon in our house – it’s one of our favorite winter sides. For spring, Ridgely decided to switch to shallots. Ridgely will tell you that salads and brussel sprouts are her favorite things to make. And as this picture shows,…

  • Foundation Recipe,  Recipes,  Sides,  Starches

    Roasted Potatoes

    How do you make terrific roast potatoes? The secret is in the two different temperatures! This recipe will become a family favorite – they go with everything and kids love them! I am not exaggerating to I say that I make these twice a week – all the kids request them and they work, whatever time of year. In the winter roasted potatoes are my go-to starch with roast chicken, meatloaf, all types of yummy comfort food. In the summer I change it up to burgers, grilled chicken…you name it, roasted potatoes are on the table at my house! Print Roasted Potatoes Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 6-8   The high temp crisps…