Garlic Butter Mushroom Risotto


Date: November 17th, 2018


Time to table: About 15-20 minutes of chopping time, 30 minutes of cook time

Servings: I increased it a bit from the original recipe, ours would have served at least 8 adults

Modifications: I added an onion because I don’t know why you wouldn’t have one here. I also put some of the mushrooms in while cooking the risotto. I added the onion to the pot first, then the garlic, then mushrooms. Once those were cooked, added the rice and then the white wine (I always use vermouth for risotto), and then proceeded with the broth/stirring steps until it was done. Then I did the butter, garlic, and the rest of the mushrooms with the spinach and topped with that.

Erin: Love

Ben: Like

Kids: They hate rice. I don’t get it either. They all tried one bite and proclaimed it disgusting, even though I gave them just the plain risotto without the mushrooms and spinach. WHATEVER CHILDREN.

Notes: I really loved this and it was a great side dish for pork. Would also work with steak, or on it’s own. I am very proud of myself for finally enjoying mushrooms (although I still chop them very small because I don’t like the huge hunks)

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Instant Pot Beef Stew


Date: October 28th, 2018


Time to table: Her estimates are always insanely off. I think it took probably 20 minutes to prep (depends on how fast you chop), and over an hour total in the instant pot including coming to pressure and cooking, and resting. I didn’t do the oven step because the oven was occupied.

Servings: Would be 2 dinners for our family

Modifications: I added more veggies than it called for by a bit, used a can of tomato sauce (instead of juice) and maybe a can of broth. The recipe as written sounds dicey with the low amount of liquid but I shouldn’t have messed with it quite so much because ours got pretty soupy. I did thicken it with the cornstarch slurry and simmered a bit at the end and the consistency was pretty good. I also added some garlic powder and pepper and I think it could benefit from some additional spices during cooking too.

Erin: Like (but I liked this one better – the beef was kind of tough, and I prefer it to get really tender)

Ben: Like

Kids: Surprisingly pretty okay with it.

Notes: This was decent, but my main issue was the tenderness of the beef. I think maybe giving it like 10 more minutes at high pressure would have helped. Definitely liked it with potatoes, and without would not feel like a complete meal to me.

Also, we keep just not posting the recipes we make, and then I forget if we’ve made them… trying to be better about it!

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Classic Waffles


Date: Many times

Recipe: The only recipe I have was from this picture (from my mother-in-law), which I always have a hard time finding, so I needed to type it out! (This was the first or second day of Luke potty training so not great memories!! But what a cute little Luke!)

Grandma's waffle recipe

Time to table: maybe 20 minutes

Servings: Perfect amount for our family of five.


2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
pinch of salt
2 cups milk (+ 2 egg yolks)
A little vanilla
1/2 stick of butter melted
2 egg whites, whipped


  1. Mix the dry ingredients
  2. Add egg yolks to 2 cups milk, add in a bit of vanilla
  3. Mix milk/yolk/vanilla to the dry ingredients, mix together loosely
  4. Mix in melted butter
  5. Beat egg whites in a mixer until stiff peaks form
  6. Fold egg whites into mixture

Erin: Love

Ben: Tolerates but prefers pancakes

Luke: Love

Annie: Meh?

Charlie: Love


I have a WaringPro waffle maker, which I love, but it is huge and a bit cumbersome to store (we keep ours in the laundry room because we don’t have a lot of storage in the kitchen) – I couldn’t find it on amazon anymore so it may be discontinued, but anyway. It’s great!

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Date: Many, many times.


Time to table: 15 minutes prep, and then you eat while you cook

Servings: Perfect amount for our family of five.

Modifications: Four tablespoons of butter. 1 1/2 cups of milk to make the pancakes thinner. I’m pasting the recipe in its entirety here in case the source site ever goes away:


2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3⁄4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar


  1. Beat the eggs, milk, and vanilla until light and foamy, about 3 minute at high speed of a mixer (I do this step in blender and mix the rest in bowl with a large whisk).
  2. Stir in butter or oil.
  3. Whisk the dry ingredients together and gently, but quickly, mix into the egg and milk mixture.
  4. Let the batter relax while griddle is heating (or overnight in refrigerator) The batter will thicken upon resting.
  5. Grease and preheat griddle.
  6. The griddle is ready if a drop of water will skitter across the surface, evaporating immediately.
  7. Drop ¼ cupfuls of batter on the lightly greased griddle.
  8. Cook on one side until bubbles begin to form and break (this is the time to add anything like berries, chocolate chips, etc), then turn the pancakes and cook the other side until brown (turning only once).

Erin: Like (I think she likes waffles or french toast better)

Ben & Kids: LOVE


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Sheet Pan Honey Dijon Chicken


Date: September 10th, 2018


Time to table: Maybe 40 minutes total, 20 prep, 20-25 baking time

Servings: Served 3 adults, 3 kids with leftovers

Modifications: Modified the veggies to what we had, did not measure so I had a lot more veggies. I used a carrot, sweet potato, red pepper and broccoli.

Erin: Like

Ben: Like

Kids: They were fine, although there were some issues with the veggies. They all have their ridiculous preferences (Annie only likes steamed broccoli and raw celery and carrots unless it’s in soup, Charlie doesn’t like peppers, Luke also only likes broccoli and raw carrots and snap peas) but they suffered through it…

Notes: This was pretty decent but could have used more mustard flavor. I didn’t top it wth extra honey dijon so I think I should have for myself at least. We also had a baguette with this meal.

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Sausage Kale Egg Bake

Egg bake

Date: July 8th, 2018


Time to table: About an hour but 40 minutes is inactive baking time

Servings: 8×8 pan of thick egg bake – we’ll probably get about 8 servings out of this.

Modifications: My sausage was likely full of nitrates as it was purchased from Target. I did not use “avocado oil spray”, and instead used Pam butter spray. Shredded cheddar on top instead of slices. I baked in an 8×8 pan, not 9×13, so mine was much thicker and took 40 minutes to bake.

Erin: Like

Ben: Like

Notes: We’re trying to not eat carbs in the morning and need something fast that I can just heat up. This fits the bill!

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Baked Eggs with Sausage and Kale


Date: July 7th, 2018


Time to table: 25 minutes total. 10 minutes prep, 15 minutes baking.

Servings: I trimmed this down to 4 eggs and used a 9×9 pan for breakfast for Erin and I. She saved half of hers for tomorrow.

Modifications: We used regular kale chopped up instead of baby kale and heavy cream.

Erin: Like

Ben: Like

Kids: LOL, no

Notes: This was a great no-carb breakfast and a change from the usual fried/scrambled eggs we’ve been having. Should do less than 15 minutes baking in our oven because the yolks were completely cooked through.

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instant pot korean beef tacos


Date: January 21st



Time to table: An hour in the instant pot for the beef, the rest of the toppings can easily be prepared while the beef is cooking.

Servings: We bought a 4lb pack of sirloin steaks from Costco, so we had a lot of leftover beef, enough for yum-yum bowls for Erin and I one night, and then another night of tacos for everyone.

Modifications: Nothing, really.

Erin: Love

Ben: Love

Kids: They’re taco fans, so this one did pretty well.

Notes: Making extra beef was a great idea as the leftovers are fantastic, and the yum-yum sauce lasts awhile too (and I think the sauce really makes the dish).

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Farro & Brussels Sprouts Soup


Date: January 20th


Time to table: Well not gonna lie, it took me like an hour to chop everything, but I’m not very quick. Shredding brussels sprouts takes forever! I could have streamlined but I had nothing else to do tonight so it was fine. Once everything is chopped, the soup comes together pretty fast.

Servings: One dinner for the 5 of us, and then 4 lunch-sized servings – a lot!

Modifications: (obviously) we are not vegan, so I used regular Worchestershire sauce, and chicken broth. I also used 1 cup of farro because I like it, and probably more of almost every vegetable than was called for. I chopped the mushrooms as small as I could get them because no one in this family is a mushroom-texture fan but I like the flavor.

Erin: Like+

Ben: Like+

Kids: Everyone enjoyed well enough, Charlie especially – I was pretty shocked!

Notes: We are a pretty anti-mushroom family around here, and in fact I was nearly gagging when chopping them because they gross me out so much, but I DO really love the flavor of mushrooms IN things, so I forged ahead and I’m glad I did! This was a really interesting mix of ingredients, and it worked well. We already had a bag of brussels sprouts and shallots left from making a salad for Christmas (!!) so needed to use them up pronto and this soup fit the bill. I really was shocked that Annie and Luke liked this soup as much as they did, and I think they were also surprised 😛

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Beef Stroganoff


Date: A few times throughout 2017


Time to table: All day in the crockpot, very minimal morning prep time. 20 minutes for veg + noodles.

Servings: Fed all 5 with one lunch.

Modifications: None

Erin: Love

Ben: Like+

Kids: Everyone enjoyed well enough.

Notes: Anne sent this for the first time with a STP meal swap and I was skeptical because I never liked beef stroganoff as a kid (MUSHROOMS UGH – it is telling that I don’t even have a mushrooms tag, and I’m not making one just for this meal) but we all LOVED this. It’s obviously not healthy in any stretch of the imagination, or preservative free but hey, it was delicious so whatever.

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