Smoky Beef and Bean Chili

These picture-perfect fall days are my favorite. The sun is shining, there’s a cool breeze and we can start to curl up on the couch with a bowl of warm soup or stew. Chili is one of the best make-ahead meals, because it’s great for lunch or dinner and it honestly tastes better the longer […]

Meatballs with Blueberry BBQ Sauce

Blueberry season is almost here and it’s one of my favorite things about living in Holland. The fresh blueberries are so sweet and delicious and I always make sure to buy them in bulk and keep them in the freezer to enjoy throughout the year. Adding them to barbecue sauce provides a pop of sweetness […]

Instant Pot Beefy Bean Chili

A while back, I bought some beans from Shady Side Farm at our local farmer’s market ( They have such a wonderful variety of beans and even though I use canned beans often for the convenience, fresh beans just taste better! If you have a pressure cooker, they cook up in under an hour and […]

Cocoa and Red Wine Chili

With frigid temperatures on the horizon this week, I figured a big pot of chili is exactly what we needed. The red wine and cocoa powder add a wonderful rich flavor to this dish. I topped mine with  super sharp white cheddar (cheese, chocolate and wine – what could be better?) but I also like […]

Red Wine Braised Pot Roast

I feel like I’m constantly multi-tasking, so I love recipes where the oven does most of the work for me. Words can’t even describe how good this beef is – the red wine adds a wonderful depth of flavor and provides a perfect pan sauce for the beef. I served ours with celery root puree, […]

Cherry Burgers with Goat Cheese Pesto

It’s cherry season and that means it’s time to scoop some up from the farmers market and grocery store while they are at their sweetest. Adding them to burgers adds great flavor and helps to keep the burgers nice and juicy. The goat cheese and basil pesto helps to compliment the burger by adding another […]

Beef Empanadas with Avocado Lime Crema

I love any appetizer that is bite-sized because it’s great for serving guests without being messy. These beef empanadas pack so much flavor thanks to all the spices in the beef mixture. And the avocado dipping sauce is one of my favorites – it’s also really good on tacos, grilled fish and crab cakes. Serve […]

Hawaiian Skirt Steak with Pineapple Coconut Rice

Skirt steak is a great weeknight meal item because it soaks up marinades and cooks quickly on the grill. I was feeling tropical and will really come up with any excuse to eat coconut rice (yummmm). The combination of sweet, creamy rice and spicy steak is delish. Now all you need to add is a […]

Green Chile Tamale Pie

If you’re looking for a simple and delicious meal that your kids will love, look no further than this tamale pie. I’ve been using this recipe for years for kids cooking classes because it’s the perfect meal for kids to help make. The taco spiced beef mixture and sweet cornbread topping are a one of […]

Asian Beef and Napa Cabbage Slaw Salad

I recently became a Costco member (I know, how did it take me this long?) and I am obsessed with all of their healthy options. Last night I stocked up on all the organic beef, turkey and chicken. This lean ground beef is grass-fed so it has a good amount of omega-3 fatty acids, making […]