Category Archives: food


went to treat restaurant this weekend. highly reccomend it. good food and reasonable prices. didn’t hurt that i was in good company.


i heart the slow cooker

for christmas i asked for a slow cooker cookbook. i often find recipes online but there’s just something about having a few good cookbooks on hand. something about propping them up in the oh-so-handy book holder while cooking makes me feel like a real cook… although i guess real cooks don’t need cookbooks, huh? no matter, i love cookbooks and i love my slow cookers.

i work full-time and in these early months of marriage i try to have dinner ready when mr. z gets home. who knows if this ambition will wear off, i hope not, i know he really appreciates it. anyway, so the slow cooker is a great friend. coming home from work and knowing very little prep is needed to make sure dinner is ready allows me to work late without worrying, squeeze in a workout or a skype date with long-distant friends, or just sit on the couch and relax before it’s time to eat.

okay, enough of an intro, what’s the point of this post?

dinner tonight came from the slow cooker and one of the TWO slow cooker cookbooks i got for christmas so i thought i’d share.this recipe is from the pillsbury fast slow cooker cookbook. it was pretty good but i think it could have used a little more flavor. not sure what yet, but will be playing with this recipe a bit in the future.

spanish chicken

1 3/4 lb boneless skinless chicken breast , cut inro 1-inch pieces

1 lb italian turkey sausage links, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 large red bell pepper chopped

1 cup chopped onions

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained

1 can (6 oz) tomato paste

1 can (14 oz) quartered artichoke hearts, drained

1 can (4 oz) sliced ripe olives, drained

spray 3.5-4 quart with cooking spray. mix all the ingredients through the tomato paste in the slow cooker. cover and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours.

just before serving stir in artichokes and olives. cover, cook until hot.

serve over rice.


i love to cook and my husband loves to eat anything homemade–truly a perfect match :-) ha! i thought i’d blog about a few things i’ve made lately. first, the open-face turkey sandwhich that my mom introduced me to years ago has become a favorite of mr. z’s.


fresh baked bread (i don’t make my own yet, but the bakery in the grocery store makes pretty tastey bread)

dijon mustard


deli thin sliced turkey

red onions

green apple

havarti cheese

stack ingredients on the bread and place it in the broiler on low and remove from oven after the cheese has browned or before it slides off! so stinkin’ good :-)

turkey goodness

cranberry scones! these are probbaly one of my most favorite things to make and they are quite easy. here’s the recipe i like to follow and some pics of the final product below. enjoy!

a few things to note, i omit the nuts and tend to use dried cranberries instead of fresh only because the store doesn’t always have fresh. also, if you like to bake anything that requires a cookie sheet i highly recommend getting a silpat or two. they help keep your cookie sheets pretty clean and enable even baking on your cookies and scones. another fabulous gift from my mom.