• Graham Toffee Candy

    Graham crackers smothered in vanilla toffee & dark chocolate with a sprinkle of pecans… I really struggled to name this recipe… it is not a cookie. Is it bark? Is it candy? Is it the so called “Christmas Crack”? Let’s not limit this to Christmas because it could (and should) be made all year round… so let’s call it Graham Toffee Candy! I was playing around with the “Christmas Crack” that is all over Pinterest and thought “This would taste so much better with graham crackers… and maybe pecans”.  I was right! The candy here is a ridiculously easy vanilla toffee that is divine! You could swap in butterscotch chips…

  • My Most Used Pots & Pans

    For the past two weeks I have been part of several conversations about pots, pans and dutch ovens. Specifically, what the best ones are and what I use and love. Another friend asked me again this morning and I figured it was time for a blog post! I think it is the time of year. We are all getting ready to cook feasts for the holidays and maybe hibernate for Winter and crack open some of those cookbooks. The truth is you don’t need that many pots and pans to create amazing meals. You just need a few spectacular ones (note: not all need to be expensive!), four to be…

  • Sweet & Spicy Pecans

    Okay, is it just me or do the Holidays seem like a full on contact sport this year? So much to do and everyone is in a rush! I almost got slammed backing out of a parking spot today… It makes me want to hole up in my house watch Christmas movies and bake all things Christmas! These nuts fit nicely into that category! My mom used to make something similar as a kid and I loved them. I can’t take credit for these delicious pecans, I found the recipe on Smitten Kitchen (she is fabulous… check her out! Her latest cookbook made my November Favorites and My Holiday Wishlist!)…

  • Tuscan Kale Soup

    So here is my version of Tuscan Soup. I feel like it is all over Pinterest and Instagram right now so I wanted to try my own version of it. Paleo Tuscan Soup… in the Instant Pot! I went the route of making my own sausage (sort of) but you could for sure use store bought (raw) Italian sausage, chicken, turkey or pork, if you don’t have the Primal Palate spices. BUT GET THE SPICES! They are amazing and I also use them in my simple Pork Ragu recipe!  It is SO easy! Please note: A Modern Housewife LLC has affiliate relationships with multiple brands. A Modern Housewife LLC will…

  • Baked French Toast (Gluten Free)

    This recipe all started because I felt insanely wasteful throwing away the heels of a loaf of bread (usually 4 pieces!) because no one would eat them. The end of a gluten free sandwich loaf if not like scoring the end of a French baguette after all (yes, I miss a French baguette!). So I started saving the heels in the freezer… what could I make? A baked French toast seemed perfect! Honestly, you can just buy a loaf and use that… but I am saving my heels for this recipe! This recipe is written for gluten free bread which absorbs liquid differently than traditional wheat bread, if you want…

  • Tahini Dressing

    A little magic tahini salad dressing to start the weekend off right. Today I’m heading out for a long weekend on a girl’s trip (how lucky am I? More on the trip later!) so I thought I’d stock the fridge/freezer up a bit for my family.  So besides ice cream, hamburgers and other treats I have our favorite Easy Chicken Parmesan and Pork Ragù ready to be reheated along with loads of fresh lettuce and this dressing. What’s an easier vegetable side than a salad? Not much. Throw in some cucumber, chopped tomatoes and an avocado and you are good to go. I nailed down the recipe for this tahini…

  • Chicken & Sweet Potato Chili

    Fall is here despite what the temperature outside may be! I am ready for super easy, delicious & warming dinners. In comes my best kitchen gadget, the Instant Pot.  This genius little appliance makes quick work of 5 ingredients (yes FIVE! Okay, 6 with the bay leaf… and salt and pepper just don’t count!) and puts a chili on your table in about an hour start to finish. And it tastes like it has been on the stove for hours! Chicken & Sweet Potato Chili (Serves 8-10, freezes well) Ingredients: 3-4 lbs Boneless, skinless chicken thighs; trimmed 4 Cups cubes sweet potatoes (I leave the skin on) 2 Cups salsa…

  • Easy Banana Blueberry Muffins

    I may have gotten my kids to end their long loathing of blueberries… seriously, who hates blueberries? They are so sweet and delicious! Granted, I have a serious love of blueberry muffins that stems from childhood Sundays (thanks, Dad!). I figured if I tucked blueberries into Thad’s Banana Bread and turned them into muffins they couldn’t really complain… I was right! Perfect for a lazy Sunday and then for a rushed Monday morning! Enjoy!   Easy Banana Blueberry Muffins (Makes 12) Ingredients: 3 to 4 Very ripe bananas (lots of dark spots & amount depends on how big the banana is! ) 1 1/2 Cup gluten free flour (I like…

  • 30 Minute Pork Ragu with Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

    I posted a super simple yet EPIC Pork Ragu on my Instagram Stories last night and have gotten a bajillion questions… I guess everyone is in the “Back To School, Back To Work, It’s No Longer Summer Rules” schedule too. So let me write out the “recipe”, if one can even call it that, here! So what is a Ragu? Per Wikipedia “In Italian cuisine, ragù is a meat-based sauce that is commonly served with pasta. Ragù was created by Alberto Alvisi in the 18th century. An Italian gastronomic society, Accademia Italiana della Cucina, documented several ragù recipes.“ For me, it’s the simplest dinner. Ever. Super speedy and super tasty.…

  • Tomato Watermelon Gazpacho

    It’s been hot… really hot! Who wants to turn on the stove or oven? Not us. Best hot weather meal? Gazpacho! It is a house favorite here and we love our tomato gazpacho recipe but we thought adding watermelon would be a fun twist. The watermelon adds a mellow sweetness that is just delicious! Tomato Watermelon Gazpacho Ingredients: 4 to 5 medium Summer tomatoes chopped 4 cups diced seedless watermelon 1 or 2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded and chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1/2 small red onion chopped 2-3 garlic cloves smashed and chopped 1/3 cup loosely packed basil and mint, plus small leaves for topping 1-2 teaspoons Kosher salt…