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Serving Washington, DC, Baltimore, Annapolis, Alexandria County, Montgomery County, Anne Arundel County, Prince Georges County, Howard County, Charles County and the surrounding areas.

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September 21, 2018

 There are so many things to love about this recipe. It is hard to know where I should even start. The flavors are bold while still staying very simple, the texture is both crispy and creamy, and the acid from the vingrette cuts through the richness for another layer of flavor. The simplicity of the recipe is another huge advantage. It is perfect for a weeknight. The flank steak takes about 15 minutes to cook and while that is happening you can throw togeth...

June 21, 2018

We are trying to eat more meatless meals in our home this summer. Mostly to ensure we are getting enough vegetables, but also because there are so many delicious things to make that don't have meat in them. I know not everyone loves tofu, so you could skip that part of this recipe. You can either just do the vegetables or add shrimp or chicken to the dish instead. By changing the protein, the cooking time of the dish will change as well, so just keep that i...

June 8, 2018

With a 20 month old and a growing business I love easy dinner ideas as much as the next person. I recently put this one together for a client. Nothing groundbreaking here, but delicious and great for any time of the year. You could do these in the oven or on the grill since they are wrapped in foil. Feel free to play with the ingredients too. These would be great with some fresh rosemary and balsamic vinegar topped with a little goat cheese. Yum, I have to...

February 8, 2018

London broil is not a tender cut of steak, but it is affordable and if you marinate it and cook it right, it can be delicious. This cut of beef is perfect for the grill or broiler (hence the name) and when it is on sale its
fairly inexpensive to feed a family of four. While you will see London broil labeled as such in the store, it actually isn't a specific cut of meat, it is a way of cooking meat. The cut is generally top round steak. So if you don't...

January 15, 2018

Chuck roast is a great cut of beef for feeding a larger group on a smaller budget. You can generally get a 3-4 lb roast for around $15 and it would feed 4-6 people. This is a good cold weather cut of beef. The braising makes the meat fall apart and the fat throughout adds a bunch of flavor to this dish. Chuck roast can be cooked in so many different ways. Another favorite of mine is the Mississippi Pot Roast. Look it up if you haven't tried it before.  This...

October 5, 2017

My recipe research for my clients recently led me to this Creamy Tuscan Salmon dish. So far it has gotten rave reviews. I even enjoy it and I'm not a big fan of salmon. You could also make this dish with shrimp or chicken and it would be delightful!

One of the great things about this dish, besides the amazing flavor, is how simple it is and everything take place in one pan. It is creamy and a bit decadent but it also has it's healthy side. There is the salmo...

August 17, 2017

I have been making different versions of this recipe for clients over the past month or so, finally I decided to give it a try at home since we have so many tomatoes and so much basil in our garden. It's a wonderful recipe because you just throw everything in one baking pan and stick it in the oven until it's done. Couldn't get more simple then that really. You can choose to serve the dish with pretty much anything. I chose green beans and quinoa. You could...

June 20, 2017

I love a good stuffed flank steak. The stuffing possibilities are endless and it is a great alternative to flank steak with a sauce over top (which is generally the other way I enjoy flank steak.) If you want a flavor packed stuffed flank steak recipe check out my Marinated Stuffed Flank Steak , where I stuffed the steak spinach, red peppers and provolone. 

Using the flank steak to create pinwheels is even easier and quicker than stuffing it. I loved al...

June 2, 2017

There are so many wonderful things about summer foods. First, we get to enjoy so many fresh ingredients with all of the fruits and veggies that go straight from the farm to our homes. Or better yet, straight from the garden. Farmers markets are filled with delicious food that you just can't get the rest of the year. Those strong, fresh flavors mean that cooking can be simple. Just let the ingredients do the talking.

Second, food helps to define a lot of the...

January 26, 2017

The extremely cold temperatures on the east coast may have you hiding away in your house. All that time indoors (or maybe the inability to head to the grocery stores) may eventually inspire you to eat your way through your refrigerator and pantry. However, when you take this task on you often don't have all the ingredients you need to completely follow a recipe. This is when you need to get creative. There are a number of things that you can throw together...

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