Bread

Cornbread

I am writing this from the audience of a very special wrestling show in my living room. Ellis, a.k.a. Crazy Master has been putting on quite a show against the formidable giant Peep stuffed animal. His special moves are Lightening Shots and the Peep Crasher!

This particular arena has some really excellent ring side snacks, my personal favorite being the cornbread. Steven Michael’s cornbread recipe is so easy to make, and so easy to eat an entire pan of in one sitting. You have been warned!

You just might need to pay Crazy Master to come over and put you in the Peep Crasher when you try to go back for your fourth or fifth piece!

What would your wrestling name/special moves be? Let us know in the comments below!

Dinner

Grilled Salmon on Coconut Rice

As promised, here is a great meal that is only made greater with the addition of Mango Tango Sauce! This has a little bit of everything – savory, sweet, protein, carbs and even fruit!

Even though coconut isn’t my favorite, I still enjoyed eating this (but don’t tell Steven Michael because I don’t want to give him any coco-nutty ideas 🤐). Coconut is tricky for me. Generally speaking, I don’t like it at all. But there have been a few things, usually mixed with a ton of sugar a la coconut cream pie, that make it bearable. Apparently, this rice joins the list as well.

What’s something that you don’t typically enjoy eating but you’ve found okay in some cases – a.k.a. What’s your coconut? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Burrito Fresco

Mango Tango – A Burrito Fresco Recipe

The peaches are here! When we had our restaurant, peach season meant it was time to offer our very popular seasonal sauce, Mango Tango.

This sweet sauce goes really well with fish, pork, or your open mouth and a squeeze bottle. Stay tuned for our next blog showing how to pair this sauce with a delicious meal!

Dinner

Spinach Ricotta Grilled Cheese

You may notice a theme in the next few weeks of our blog – FAST! As I mentioned last week, back to school season has us busy busy busy with little time to plan and execute elaborate meals.

Sometimes, the simplest meals are the best anyway! The recipe this week is a great example of just that. You really can’t go wrong with any form of grilled cheese, and this Spinach Ricotta version did NOT disappoint!

The recipe is written per sandwich, so make sure to gather enough ingredients for however many you plan to eat. Full disclosure, we each ate two of these bad boys because they were truly that good!

TIP – Get a good sourdough bread from a local bakery. It will make alllllll the difference! We got ours from Amazing Grains Bread Co.

What’s your favorite way to dress up a grilled cheese? Let us know in the comments below!

Dinner

Thai Peanut Bowls with Tofu

It’s official, we have a Kindergartener! Ellis started school last week, and is LOVING it so far. He is especially fond of the bus, and has been known to give high fives all the way up the aisle on his way out the door. In other words, Ellis gonna Ellis. 🤷‍♀️

The school year brings us more consistency in our schedule, and therefore, more at home dinners that we can turn into blogs. Lucky you! This week, we’re sharing Thai Peanut Bowls with Tofu that were fantastic! Steven Michael actually tried this a while ago and it wasn’t quite right. So, he took some notes, made some changes and really nailed it!

These were quick to make after a long day, and exceptionally tasty. It has a little bit of everything that you need – fat from the peanut butter, carbs from the noodles, and a load of veggies. It’s also a much better use of Peanut Butter than the Peanut Stew Incident of 2021. Trust me.

What are some of your favorite quick meals during the back to school craziness? Share in the comments below!

Baking, Bread

Pepperoni Bread

Do you ever wake up in the morning and think, how can I eat as many carbs as humanly possible today? Just me? Ok then ….

Well, if you ever do happen to have that particular craving, look no further than Steven Michael’s Pepperoni Bread! We used turkey pepperoni because we’re awesome or lame depending on who you’re asking.

After downing a loaf each, Steven Michael and I sat in our Pepperoni Bread comas watching Dawson’s Creek. Fun fact, we met when a mutual friend discovered our shared love for the Creek and brought us together. Though we’ll never agree on who should have ended up with Joey (clearly Pacey and I won’t hear any of this Dawson nonsense), we like to watch reruns on our date nights and fight about it. True Love (if you get that reference, you’re our kind of people). Steven Michael even proposed to me on the actual creek in Wilmington, NC while we were on a road trip down to Disney. Yes, I was being a jerk about making the extra out of the way stop, and yes, I swiftly put my foot in my mouth.

How did you meet your significant other or best friend? Did you almost ruin your own proposal by being a jerk? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Burrito Fresco, Sides

Mild/Hot Salsa – A Burrito Fresco Recipe

Hello, friends! Summer is winding down, but we’re not quite ready to let go of those summertime vibes. To fully take advantage of the last few weeks of sunshine, we’re sharing the recipe that started it all – The Burrito Fresco Salsa.

For those that don’t know, Steven Michael and I used to own the best restaurant in the world (not at all a biased opinion), Burrito Fresco. We served fresh home made food all day and long into the night from 2012-2016, and this salsa is what ultimately made us decide to open a Burrito Shop.

So here is it for all of you to enjoy! Whether you were a regular customer or are new to our blog, this FRESH salsa will not disappoint!

What is your favorite thing to make with fresh veggies? Let us know in the comments below!

Breakfast

Tater Tot Breakfast Bowls

Sometimes you stumble upon greatness when you least expect it. That’s what happened over the weekend as Steven Michael was cooking us breakfast. What was going to be eggs and tater tots (because they are essentially hash browns) turned into something else entirely. Before we knew it, we were feasting on a bowl of tots, eggs, gravy, cheese and veggies. HECK YES!

We weren’t planning to use this for a blog post, but it was SO GOOD that we just had to share it with you! I’m sorry that we don’t have our usual pictures to accompany the recipe steps, but I promise it will be worth it if you decide to give it a try!

Have you ever discovered something amazing by accident? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Dinner

Big Mac Nachos

Hello, strangers! We took a few weeks off to enjoy some much needed family time. We spent a week with my parents on Long Island, played a lot of basketball, and Ellis started summer camp! Now that we’re refreshed, we’re so happy to be back sharing recipes with all of you!

We’re coming back with a bang … you read that right – BIG MAC NACHOS. Steven Michael has some wacky ideas, and I’ve learned to run with them over the years. Sometimes, wacky is exactly what hits the spot!

I’ll admit that I’ve never actually had a real Big Mac. I’m not a meat person, or a fast food person, so it just never happened for me. I am, however, looking forward to the upcoming Beyond Big Macs that are being teased to compete with the Impossible Whoppers, especially now that I’ve tasted that magical Big Mac Sauce.

I know that I’m late to the party, but let’s talk about Big Mac Sauce. It is SO GOOD! These nachos were fantastic in general, but every saucy bite was just spectacular. We had some left over and used it for Big Mac Pizzas the next day as well. Pair that with caramelized onions and you’ve got me hooked!

What is your favorite fast food staple? Let us know in the comments and Steven Michael just might figure out how to make it at home!

Dinner

Tomato Tortellini Soup

🎶 School’s out for summer! 🎶

That’s right, Ellis is officially done with Preschool! The little dude graduated last week and is off to Kindergarten in the fall. While other children yelled hello to their parents during the ceremony, our special boy waited for complete silence before screaming, “hi, Butts!” (We’re Butts.)

Ellis after graduation with his new “guy” named Ms. Valvo, after his teacher

It’s funny how I have already forgotten what it was like to have him home with me all day in the beginning of the pandemic. We were spoiled with full day Preschool! This week, I got a sharp reminder with 3687 snack requests, 105638 “you gotta see this!” exclamations and 459 potty breaks. Having a child stuck to your butt 24/7 is an experience. Of course, the 3 times he snuggled into my side while I was working made everything ok.

There have been a few wet days here lately, so Steven Michael decided to make a soup to really bring home the cozy rainy day feels. This Tomato Tortellini Soup takes a recipe we used to use for specials in the restaurant (Cheese Quesadillas and Tomato Soup), and kicks it up to another level by adding Tortellini. Fun fact, I used to, and honestly still do, call Tortellini belly buttons – shout out to my mom for turning me into a cannibal. Ellis was very confused when I told him what we were having for dinner, but we all know he wasn’t going to try it anyway.

How are you starting your summer? We would love to hear about it in the comments below!