Main Dishes

Pinterest entrees and side dishes we tested.

Katie’s Chicken Asparagus Quinoa Bake

I love when my family comes to visit! I’m about a 7-hour drive from where most of them live in Pennsylvania, so it’s a bit of a hike. BUT… at the end of the trip, at least they’re at the beach. Plus I always tempt them when really yummy food. Perks of being related to […]

Honey Crusted Pork Chops with Honey Soy Sauce

This is a sponsored post for Honey Bunches of Oats. All opinions are my own. I blame my love of pork on my German heritage. Pork chops are definitely a family favorite. Recently, I was tasked with creating a recipe using Honey Bunches of Oats. Now, you might at first think that a sweet breakfast […]

Asian Sesame Salmon #HotSummerEats

I grew up in the very land-locked state of Pennsylvania, so we didn’t eat much seafood. When I did have it, it was typically some kind of frozen fish patty. Appetizing, I know. On special occasions, my mom would make shrimp (YUM), but it wasn’t until I moved to Virginia that fish became a regular […]

Budget-Friendly Seafood Salad #HotSummerEats

I love fresh seafood salad in the summer. It makes such a perfect lunch alone or stuffed in a pita pocket. But… Seafood is expensive. I’d love to eat seafood several times per week, but our monthly food budget would be maxed out in a week if we did that. When I joined #HotSummerEats (read […]

Oven Roasted Herb Potatoes #HotSummerEats

There are few side dishes I’d rather eat than potatoes. Just call me the Queen of Carbs. If anything is worth the carbs, it’s this recipe for Oven Roasted Herb Potatoes, which I made as part of #HotSummerEats. One of our awesome sponsors is Gourmet Gardens, which I mentioned before when I posted this Bacon […]

BBQ Chicken Quesadillas #HotSummerEats

What is the flavor of summer? Is it watermelon? Maybe corn on the cob? How about s’mores? Yes, yes, and yes…but for me, the top flavor of summer has got to be barbeque! I love making my own BBQ sauce (awesome on meatballs), and taste-testing packaged sauces in a variety of flavors. As part of […]

Honey BBQ Chicken Legs

I love a good deal at the grocery store. And last week, there was a great deal on chicken legs. But I was lacking a little inspiration. To Pinterest! There was one recipe that caught my eye – it was billed as “so good you’ll want to slap your grandmother.” I don’t know what my […]

Kale Salad with Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing

As you can probably tell by our archives, we like cookies better than salads. But this salad is the bomb diggity. People still say “bomb diggity,” right? In our last post, my mom talked about how she works at a winery and we posted an awesome wine jelly recipe that you really need to check […]

Beef Bolognese with Asiago Cheese

One cannot talk about Beef Bolognese without talking about Julia Child. If there’s one word that describes Julia, it is: fearless. “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” – Julia Child I love how she wasn’t afraid to make waves and try new things. […]

Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad (Plus, a $50 Giveaway!)

Today I am posting an old recipe from my family that has been passed around and revised to suit our tastes. Aren’t those old family recipes the best? (Plus, scroll to the end to enter a $50 giveaway!) This old fashioned macaroni salad is a Pennsylvania Dutch recipe (like our PA Dutch Pot Pie). The […]

Orange Sesame Beef

Confession time: we order Chinese food at least every other week. We’d probably order it every week, but we always have lots of leftovers. I know, I know. I’m a food blogger. Why order take out when I can whip something up myself? But truth be told, I just haven’t been able to replicate some […]

Wild Greens and Quinoa Salad – #EatSmartVeggies

Okay, I’ll say it: Salads are way too high-maintenance. Come on, we were all thinking it. Unless you want a boring bowl of sad lettuce, salad requires you to purchase extremely perishable ingredients that need to be washed, chopped, and tossed before eating. And you need to eat those same ingredients several days in a […]

The Ultimate List of Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipes

Once upon a time, I didn’t like stuffing. I know. I thought it was just warm, slightly soggy bread. But since those dark ages, I’ve learned to really enjoy stuffing. I even occasionally make it without Stovetop’s help. This year, I’m hosting an “orphan” Thanksgiving. We live in a military town and a lot of […]

Buffalo Chicken Ring Recipe

Y’all know how much I love quick and easy recipes, right? Our blog is filled with them: Korean Beef, S’mores Dessert, Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins, Pain Au Chocolat, Thin Crust Pizza… the list goes on and on. It seems like I’m always short on time, so a recipe that doesn’t take all day is going to […]

Mushroom Bacon Spinach Salad

Food blogging is all about trying new recipes, but sometimes the old favorites are what we crave most. The other day I made some chili and wanted a salad to go with the chili. I like to make the Strawberry Spinach Salad that was posted here on The PinterTest Kitchen about 2 years ago. It […]

Breaded Lamb with Brown Butter Sauce (Or, How Lamb is Not Like Sour Cream)

I have a confession, dear readers: I don’t like lamb. I know, I know. Crucify me if you will! Here, have my food blogger badge and my food lover badge and my sane person badge. But I’ve given lamb a fair shake, I promise. Every time I try it, I think, “Maybe this time my […]