simply seared pork tenderloin with perfect dripping gravy

Here’s an oldie but a goodie. A recipe I made a few weeks ago (so excuse the bad photography!), here’s a great meal to make on a cold, snowy night…

I’ll be honest, this meal almost got scratched completely. I was all sorts of happy to show off my risotto skills (recipe blog to follow soon!) until almost all the way through cooking I noticed little, black rice bugs in the pan, yuck! My pork was almost fully cooked and making the kitchen smell so sensational that I had to quick fix a new side. Creamy Parmesan mushroom risotto became creamy Parmesan mushroom orzo “risotto” and, although delicious, pleasantly sat back and let this incredible tenderloin be the star. The recipe couldn’t be simpler and could easily be jazzed up by changing the spices, adding sauteed mushrooms or onions, or even using red wine for your gravy! Here’s simple Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Perfect dripping Gravy.

Seared and seasoned to perfection! (And the gravy couldn't be easier :) )

Seared and seasoned to perfection! (And the gravy couldn’t be easier!)

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restaurant style cold weather french onion soup

So I have been practicing my soup making skills. A dish that seems to be simple, I have always had a hard time getting the perfect flavor. So, like anything, practice makes perfect. This week I tried one of my favorite soups to order out: French Onion. The way the cheese chars over the sides of the crock and encases all the yummy sweet and tangy onion flavor is a staple in any pub. With a little deconstructing skills, here’s my take on restaurant style French Onion Soup.

Cold weather classic! (and now you can make it at home, too)

Cold weather classic! (and now you can make it at home, too)

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brick + wood and one happy baby

Ok, so I admit, my husband and I are creatures of habit. We like to stick with what we know and what we know is good. These days, our date nights are less frequent, and we like knowing that these rarities will be spent at a place we love. This past weekend, we’ve found a place we’re adding to the list. Brick + Wood is an up and coming spot that’s making a name for itself in a tough restaurant market. With a ton of great places to eat in Fairfield, CT, it’s hard to be the new kid on the block, but Brick + Wood is making it look (and taste!) good! We enjoyed it so much, even our little guy gives it a rave review! Here’s the scoop…

Brick + Wood Post Road Fairfield

Brick + Wood 1275 Post Road Fairfield, CT

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the easiest penne alla vodka you’ll ever make

Penne alla Vodka is one of my ultimate favorite dishes. Its sweet tasting basil mixed with tangy Parmesan always gives me the feeling of sitting on a terrace overlooking an Italian vineyard, smelling the crisp evening air. Crusty bread for dipping and you have the ultimate Sunday dinner. Here is my ultimately easy Penne alla Vodka.

Classic Penne alla Vodka

Classic Penne alla Vodka

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a favorite game day snack to please the crowd

Superbowl is right around the corner and I love, love, love party food. Sure, game day rolls around and we over eat, over drink, and only half of us leave the party happy, but what a fun day to celebrate with food! This recipe is one that just about everyone loves and it’s way easier than you’d think! Better than the prepared ones you get in the frozen food aisle, this recipe for Fried Mozzarella will leave all of your guests drooling.

Fried Mozzarella

Fried Mozzarella

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the broiler: a winter cooks best friend

I love grill flavor. You know the one I’m talking about. Charred to perfection. Juicy center. Smokey notes, not too over-bearing, not too understated. I appreciate the art of the perfect grill taste. Unfortunately, a New England native, the grill isn’t always an option…ah hem, can you say snow? I am on the hunt for a great grill pan, suggestions welcome!, but until then, meet…my broiler. Here’s 5 ways this under appreciated kitchen gem will make your meal better tonight.

The broiler is an at-home pizza makers best friend!

The broiler is an at-home pizza makers best friend!

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herbed whole wheat linguini in garlicky lemon dressing

While you may be thinking this enticing title is my attempt at fulfilling my duty as a foodie by posting a “healthy new year’s dish,” you would be right…sort of. I started making pasta like this when searching for a compromise dressing for my husband and I. He, the traditional Sunday gravy pasta dresser and I, the simplier cacio e pepe (olive oil, cheese, and pepper), this recipe is flavored with enough depth to satisfy his hearty appetite while using light, fresh ingredients to keep my taste buds smiling. Here is Herbed Whole Wheat Linguini in Garlicky Lemon Dressing, with a couple of tips on herb storing (especially when they are a rare and expensive commodity in these long, chilly winter months).

Herbed Whole Wheat Linguini with Garlicky Lemon Dressing

Herbed Whole Wheat Linguini with Garlicky Lemon Dressing

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