• Asian,  Flavors,  Grilling,  Recipes,  Sides,  Vegetables

    Grilled Baby Bok Choy

    Bok choy on the grill is so good, flavorful and interesting…and best of all quick, which makes it the perfect candidate for a weeknight dinner side. Of all the Asian ingredients I keep in the fridge, miso paste might be my favorite. I love it’s unami punch and versatility. Grilled Baby Bok Choy Author: Kate Wagner Serves: serves 4 I love bok choy on the grill, it’s just like grilled romaine, unexpectedly good in a way you never anticipated. I know it sounds crazy, but bok choy is actually very kid-friendly. You don’t need to do much for these ingredients, just toss them with a bit of butter or oil,…

  • 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…

  • Asian,  Flavors,  Recipes,  Sauces

    Wasabi Sauce

    Concocting sauces is a particular passion of mine. A simple sauce transforms an ordinary dinner into a special meal. The one constant of WKC sauces is you need Greek yogurt as a creamy base and some fresh herbs for flavor – then you can let your imagination run wild. Loving your leftovers is not only for how to reuse your protein, what about how to adapt a sauce to a second dinner later in the week? This sauce is the perfect compliment to the Grilled Sesame Tuna and the Wasabi Sheet Pan Flank Steak…try both recipes this week! Wasabi Sauce Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 1 1/2 cups This sauce can…

  • Mexican,  Recipes,  Salads,  Vinaigrettes

    Chipotle-Honey Vinaigrette

    I was so blessed to spend a wonderful day last summer with two dear friends. Lyn and Melissa have been my friends since 6th grade, it was so special to get to spend the afternoon with them and have all of our kids – 8 of them – get to know each other. I love cooking for my friends, so I had to volunteer to bring some food. Lunch turned out great, and since we had all told our kids we were having “Mommy time” we were able to chat uninterrupted for 20 minutes at a stretch. Bliss! What a fun picnic table lunch and we even got to catch…

  • Italian,  Recipes,  Salads,  Vinaigrettes

    Caesar Salad Dressing

    Salad dressings are one of my favorite things to concoct. I love the simplicity of the mason jar, the math of the oil versus acid proportion, and the transformation of a handful of herbs tossed into the food processor. Not only are they great on salads, vinaigrettes are one of the fastest ways to answer the what’s for dinner question – marinate a protein in the yummy dressing you have in the fridge and you are halfway to getting a meal on the table. This vinaigrette is so easy to make, all you need is a handful of pantry ingredients and the secret ingredient – Greek whole milk yogurt. Caesar…

  • Asian,  Chicken,  Recipes

    Chicken & Pepper Stir-Fry

    For many years I stayed away from stir-fries, I was intimidated about how fast they cook and trying to have all the ingredients ready to go. Once I got over that fear, my eyes were finally opened to how stir-fries are the answer to a quick and savory weeknight dinner. This stir-fry is one of my favorites, the sauce is simple to make and so yummy, but if you don’t think your children will eat the sauce you have the option to pull some of the chicken and peppers out before adding the sauce at the end of the recipe. Complete this meal with fluffy and tasty Jasmine rice. Jasmine…

  • Italian,  Recipes,  Sauces

    Marinara Sauce

    Marinara sauce is one of the easiest things to make, and takes just a few minutes to put together. Toss with pasta, top a pizza…with a jar in the fridge you always have an answer to the “what’s for dinner” question. Marinara Sauce Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 14 cups I know a lot of marinara recipes call for whole tomatoes that you crush by hand. I like to skip that skip entirely, keep things simple and just buy crushed tomatoes. This recipe makes a big batch that you can store in some repurposed glass jars, remember that tomato sauce stains plastic, so stay away from tuperware for this recipe. Happy…

  • 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 Roasted Meatballs…

  • Asian,  Meat,  Recipes,  Sauces

    Korean Steak Tacos

    Delicious sauces are one of my favorite things to play around with…I just love experimenting with different flavors and seeing the finished result. I have to say this sauce is one of Jeff and my stand-outs – it is soooo good and tastes healthy and clean (which of course it is)! People don’t often think of flank steak as a leftover dinner candidate, but with a little planning you can make two amazing dinners. The key is to make sure you cook your back-up flank steak more rare, it will cook in the microwave when you are re-heating your dinner plates and you don’t want it too well done. Korean…