Kale Salad with Creamy Goat Cheese Vinaigrette

Sorry for the absence this week, but we are finally settled in Pawtucket for the season! Internet and all  . Traveling always does a whole host of things to your body, but between sitting in a car for lord knows how many hours, eating fast food along the way, and being too tired to exercise at night, it was time to get back on track....more
That is truly fantastic looking.  I just got my kale planted out here in Washington, and this is ...more

Kitchen Sink Cookie Bars

Another Spring Training has come and gone, this one in particular going quite quickly. There are many pros to living this crazy baseball life, but one of the major cons in having to pick up and move time and time again. I’d say we are pretty used to the moving part, but having to leave a full kitchen for a new, empty kitchen is a whole other story. Part one, having to buy all new kitchen ingredients is really expensive and a bit of a pain. Part two, I always end up throwing away a lot of perfectly good food which is a total bummer....more

Spring Is Here: Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffins

To celebrate the coming of spring, I thought I would post a recipe using one of my favorite spring ingredients, strawberries. Strawberries are a great addition to your refrigerator because you can use them in about everything. Breakfast dishes, salads, entrees, and of course, desserts and baked goods. Ryan is always looking around the house for something to munch on, which made me reach for this Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffin recipe. ...more
Wow these look amazing. I am not a great cook but I'm going to try like hell for these. : )more

Asparagus with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Capers

Asparagus is one of our favorite vegetables to make for dinner, which is funny because I have so few recipes for asparagus on my blog! I make some version or another a few days a week, usually roasting it in the oven with salt and pepper. It isn’t anything too special, but when a vegetable is in season it doesn’t need anything special! That being said, asparagus is a very versatile ingredient. I add it to pastas, risottos, or can saute it with nearly any flavor profile and get good results....more

Dinner Tonight: Salmon with Spring Vegetables

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted a fish dish. When I say awhile, I mean months....more

Welcome, Spring!

Today is the first official day of Spring, and I thought I would celebrate by recounting some of my favorite spring inspired recipes from the past years. Spring is when life finally gets breathed back into our dishes. There are such vibrant greens and reds, pinks and yellows… making this collage of pictures felt more like painting. Get excited to eat and cook again! When I think spring, I think strawberries, asparagus, and meyer lemons. But start looking out for other great signs of spring, including fennel, fiddle head ferns, new potatoes, peas, ramps, and radishes. And rhubarb!...more

Spicy Pork, Black Bean & Kiwi Tacos

It’s round two with the legendary Spicy Pulled Pork! Normally I don’t really do these “round 2″ recipes, but these tacos are so great that I had to share. Both of these recipes are great for entertaining a large crowd, so when the weather gets a little better, and it’s time for some margaritas on the patio, you’ll be glad that you have this one bookmarked....more

Spicy Pulled Pork

This is a first on Cooking in Red Socks! I didn’t grow up cooking pork anything (being Jewish will do that for you), but we always ate it outside the house. I mean, really, who doesn’t love bacon? So I ventured into the world of pulled pork. I didn’t want to make barbeque, so I decided on something a little more versatile. This recipe starts with a Mexican inspired rub. Cayenne, paprika, garlic, and onion start a blend of aromatic and slobber-worthy seasonings. The rub is massaged into the pork and submerged in water, sort of like a pork hot tub....more

Dirty Mint Shamrock Shakes

One of my absolute favorite ice cream shops is Three Sisters in Providence, Rhode Island. They make a few dozen homemade ice creams, which I feel compelled to try about once a week when Ryan is playing in Pawtucket. I can’t even begin. Everything is so unusual and delicious. One flavor that tops my list in the summer is their Dirty Mint Ice Cream, made with a creamy vanilla base and fresh garden mint. It is so refreshing that it makes me smile the whole time I eat it. After having it I tend to turn my head to artificial mint flavored ice creams....more
Looks great and delicious. Will definitely try this one... ...more

A Bite o' the Irish: Lamb and Guinness Shepherd's Pie

I’ve mentioned a few times in other posts that Ryan is a “pie guy.” When we first met, without realizing they were all pies, he said his favorite foods were chicken potpie, shepherd’s pie, and banana cream pie. Over the years I’ve made some of these dishes for him. I’ve also expanded his food horizons quite a bit, which is a trait that comes from my family. I am pretty sure my mom would brag that she is not, in any way, a pie lady. We rarely (if ever) had those dishes growing up. The words “pie” and “casserole” were only mythical dishes from another world. ...more