• Quick Pickles

    We love pickles around here. It is so easy to make a quick pickle and it elevates any dish. Tacos, salads, burgers, stir-fry, rice bowls, sandwiches… okay I will stop. The tang and crunch of a quick pickle just makes everything taste better! We love keeping red onion quick pickles in the fridge (my kids LOVE them) but don’t stop at red onions. Carrots, radishes, cucumbers (obviously), green beans, cauliflower… so many options! I usually double the batch of vinegar and make two different types at once! I use honey here as a sweetener because I always try and go the less refined route, but I really like the earthiness…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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!)…

  • 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…

  • 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.…