• Week Four Coronavirus Hiatus: Cut Yourself Some Slack

    Week four, that seems really unbelievable. I read a great NY Times article last week about relaxing on the “To-Do List”; easing up on the need to feel productive. I couldn’t agree more. We have enough pressure and stress on ourselves right now, do we REALLY need to have our house in perfect order too? Learn a new language (I laughed out loud)? Or learn how to make puff pastry from scratch?   If those things relax you then by all means become multilingual and clean out every last closet. Some days cleaning helps me, some days I just want to binge watch TV after we’ve completed our eLearning because…

  • Week Three Corona Virus Hiatus: Let’s Move

    Alright, alright, alright… here we go, week three! How is everyone doing? Stir crazy? Hanging in? I have found that a daily (okay, almost daily) dose of exercise has been doing wonders over here. I have rounded up some great sources for workouts below… and don’t forget getting outside for a walk, run, bike ride… just please keep your distance from others! If you have ever debated getting a Peloton, now is the time! It runs around $58 a month! Even if you don’t want to invest in the bike, their streaming service is awesome. Tons of additional  content ranging from yoga to weight training to boot camp. If you…

  • Let’s Be Prepared…

    So, this seems like a sort of ridiculous thing to write about but I have received SO MANY requests about how to stock up a pantry/fridge/freezer should we end up with a Coronavirus 2 week quarantine in the NY Metro area (or anywhere else for that matter). You can read more about the Coronavirus here on the CDC website. Now,  let me be VERY clear… I do not think we are about to experience some sort of zombie apocalypse, but I do feel like there is a significant chance that our schools will shut down for two weeks and we will be housebound. 1000 people are already quarantined in neighboring…

  • Perfect Chicken Drumsticks

    The key to amazing fall off the bone chicken drumsticks is the Instant Pot. I have said it (1,000 times) before it is the most genius little machine.  What it does for meats that deserve hours in the oven is amazing, and it gets them juicy and tender- the humble drumstick is no exception. My kids can not get enough of these and request them all the time. Beyond a weeknight dinner; you can certainly use this recipe for a festive gathering too… and upgraded version of wings. You can flavor these any way you’d like; BBQ, Teriyaki, honey mustard, Buffalo or Italian lemon and herbs… Ingredients: 2 Pounds chicken…

  • 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…

  • Easy Hors d’oeuvres…

    Okay… the Holidays are busy! We still entertain or have to show up with a little something for all the fun gatherings, right? I have a few never fail hors d’oeuvres that are as simple as grabbing a few things at the store and assembling. Okay, one requires a little stove time, but it is SO easy and can double as dinner… perfect if you’re headed to a cocktail party. Leave some home for your kids with the sitter. You just need a pretty tray or bowl for serving… I rounded up a few of those below too!   Jazzed up hummus Store bought hummus Olive Oil Smoked paprika Chips…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • September Favorites…

    Ah, September, that’s a wrap. September is always a jam packed month coming off of summer. I feel like I have holed up a bit this month so there are a lot ( A LOT) of books on this list…   Please note: A Modern Housewife LLC has affiliate relationships with multiple brands. A Modern Housewife LLC will earn a small commission on any item purchased through an affiliate link. That commission keeps this site up and running and allows us to keep the content coming to you, thank you! All items linked are because  we own, love  and use them; or think they are of value to our readers…

  • 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…