Meet. The electric skillet.

My new best friend?

saute pic 1

We are still working kitchen-less out here in the country. And now. Without a kitchen sink!

Have you ever done dishes in the bathroom sink? Like, a lot?

Jealous, aren’t you?

But. We do have cabinets! And new counter tops! And appliances!

kitchen cabinets

Getting there… :)

But since we are still without a hooked up stove, it was time to look to my new bff the electric skillet for some dinner inspiration.

This recipe is the perfect solution to a flavorful one dish meal. Which fits the bill for a kitchen-less dinner. But also just for a super busy weeknight meal as well!

It’s super easy to throw together, and involves the use of a few short cut items…

aidells sausages

I’ve always liked these Aidells sausages. And if I can find them at a Food Lion in the midst of the cornfields, I know that you can probably find them pretty much anywhere! 😉

A couple packages of pre-cooked rice also helped with the no-stove situation too.

saute pic 2

After a few minutes in the skillet it’s time to serve things up with a little extra spice!!

sausage and rice

An easy one dish weeknight meal. Whether it’s from a plugged in skillet or a pan on the stovetop, it’ll definitely be devoured!


Well. For the first time since college. I am kitchen-less!!

What happened hereeeee??

demo kitchen

Yep. Kitchen renovation is in full swing!

And I’ll tell ya what. Not having a kitchen sure does spark some creativity, especially now that post-college, Ramen noodles are no longer an acceptable meal of choice :)

Take these huevos rancheros. Which I had been craving ever since they were ordered by a friend at brunch a couple weeks back.

huevos rancheros

Even though I didn’t order them, I couldn’t help but staring (longingly) at them the whole time.

But huevos rancheros with no kitchen? Could it be done?

I knew that this needed to be a yes and that I needed to figure out how!

There’s nothing like a kitchen renovation to help you remember how much you enjoy a home cooked meal :)

huevo ingredients

So. I got to work.

I used this 48 (?) year old slow cooker to throw together a simple pinto and black bean mixture.

If they still made these slow cookers, I’d tell each and every one of you to go buy one. It’s not a crockpot (see the difference here). Just a way to cook anything and everything perfectly every time. I adore this thing!

But of course you could use the stove, or even the microwave too.

I also threw together a quick fresh salsa using goodies from my patio vegetable garden.

garden veg basket

That’s right. The country sure does lend itself to giving a try at your green thumb!

This year I think I’ve succeeded. The bounty has been plentiful.

Even with these guys around :)


Next year it’s onto in-ground crops me thinks.

But I digress. Back to the meal at hand.

The rest of this dish is just a matter of stacking ingredients on a plate. And lightly frying the tortillas and eggs.

Simple enough, right?

I used an electric skillet for the above. But for those of you that have a stove (oh those were the days!), that would work just fine too.

Here’s a quick outline of the recipe in case you want to give it a whirl.

It received two thumbs up in our house and I think it will in yours too :)

Now if only eating this huevos rancheros would transport me back to the Mexican Riveria as well, right?


It’s been a while. A seven months kinda while. But. I’m feeling inspired again!

Since I last saw you my city girl life has found me in the Richmond countryside. Quite the change wouldn’t you say? 😉


See updated “About Me” page if you’d like!

A change that has not only been wonderful for so many reasons, but also one that has sparked a resurgence of my kitchen inspiration!  Something about those long range views and clean fresh air really makes cooking that much more enjoyable :)

And since it’s summer. And since I love (1) an easy recipe (2) Chobani Greek yogurt and (3) a lightened up and refreshing dish that still tastes delicious. I knew that this would be the one to share with you.

This broccoli salad came as a request. The exact request of “a crunchy broccoli salad” … lots of direction there, huh? So I decided to get some ingredients together and see if I was up for the challenge!

Chobani crunch broccoli salad

The result. All the thumbs up. All of them. This broccoli salad has the fun twist of crunchy sunflower seeds and tangy lemon, topped off with that sharp taste of cheddar that I’m not sure anyone could turn down. Except my sister. She could. But she hates cheese. A concept that after 26 years I am yet to understand…

But I digress.

This broccoli salad would be a delicious addition to any meal. Or the perfect side dish to bring a warm weather get together. Heck, it’s even great just for an after work snack, trust me on that :)

And the best part. It only takes 5 minutes to throw together.

So with that. Enjoy!