It’s Friday, Marg-o’clock is fast approaching.
via TurnTable Kitchen
Blood Orange Margaritasadapted from White on Rice Couple*makes two
6 ounces of fresh-squeezed blood orange juice fresh4 ounces of high-quality tequila (we use Patron)2 ounces of cointreau1-2 teaspoons of agave nectarkosher salt, for rimming the glasses
1. Pour a generous amount of salt on a small plate. Next, wet the rims of your glasses either with water or the edge of a blood orange slice. Place the glass, rim side-down, on the plate and swirl to get an even distribution of salt on the rim. Repeat with the second glass. Place several ice cubes in each glass.2. Combine all cocktail ingredients in a cocktail shaker, along with a handful of ice. Shake for 15 seconds or so.3. Strain cocktail into the glass and garnish with a thin orange slice.

It’s Friday, Marg-o’clock is fast approaching.

via TurnTable Kitchen

Blood Orange Margaritas
adapted from White on Rice Couple
*makes two

6 ounces of fresh-squeezed blood orange juice fresh
4 ounces of high-quality tequila (we use Patron)
2 ounces of cointreau
1-2 teaspoons of agave nectar
kosher salt, for rimming the glasses

1. Pour a generous amount of salt on a small plate. Next, wet the rims of your glasses either with water or the edge of a blood orange slice. Place the glass, rim side-down, on the plate and swirl to get an even distribution of salt on the rim. Repeat with the second glass. Place several ice cubes in each glass.
2. Combine all cocktail ingredients in a cocktail shaker, along with a handful of ice. Shake for 15 seconds or so.
3. Strain cocktail into the glass and garnish with a thin orange slice.

A simple Sunday dinner.

Ever have those nights where the thought of making dinner makes you want to curl up in a ball and take a nap? Maybe it’s because I like naps, but yesterday was just one of those lazy Sundays. As I was aimlessly walking around the grocery store with little to no inspiration, it hit me - meals don’t have to be super fancy to be delicious…so all I bought was a pound of penne, a box of cherry tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese - and with that I made the simplest, most delightful, little Sunday dinz.

I lit candles all over the kitchen, put Cat Powers on Pandora, poured a little red wine, and had myself a 20 to 30 minute relaxing cook sess.

In perfect PJ fashion I browsed a couple different penne pasta recipes - Food Network, Martha - and ended up adding basil, red pepper flakes, balsamic vinegar, white wine vinegar, lots of olive oil, s & p, and a tiny bit of garlic, all stuff that I already had in the house - and that was it!

J loved it and we both agreed this easy little pasta dish will be a staple in the JF house. Bon appetit!

We made these delicious Thai Chicken Enchiladas on Monday night (via How Sweet It Is blog) and wow were they yummy. Given all the ingredients I was a little overwhelmed, but it was very easy (and very worth it!) - plus if you can go to Trader Joe’s or a store where you can buy pre-chopped veggies, that will save you lots of time away from the cutting board. These little chicken roll ups were the perfect mix of sweet and savvy and they were very filling (ask Jeremy, he was full after barely finishing two!) We will make these again very soon. 

Thai Chicken Enchiladas

serves 2-4

What you’ll need:

8 flour tortillas

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded

1 tablespoons canola oil

1/2 sweet onion, chopped

1/3 cup chopped/shredded carrots

1/2 cup chopped/shredded cabbage

4 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

4 green onions, sliced

1/3 cup chopped + crushed peanuts + more for garnish

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro + more for garnish

2 1/2 cups light coconut milk

1/3 cup + 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce

Directions here.

Enjoy!

Sunday Spaghetti & Meatballs

The perfect Sunday, game day, dinner and a crowd pleaser for sure!

These baked meatballs are surprisingly very easy to make and only need to be thrown in the oven for about 10 minutes. My mama suggested this classic Rachel Ray recipe and it was perfectly delicious. For a little something different we used spicy tomato sauce that gave the whole meal an extra kick of flavor.

For a cozy Sunday dinner that makes the whole house smell like an Italian grandma’s kitchen - give this a go!

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This one’s for you Aunt Sha

It’s a summery Sunday night in July, and I felt like making a fun light salad to go with our grilled fish tacos…so what did I do? Flipped through my recent Rachel Ray mag and was inspired -  the Enlightened Pasta Salad looked like the perfect one. Not only do I have such fond memories of eating my Aunt Sha’s pasta salad (pictured, here) at many July 4th cook-outs (or BBQ’s for you west coasters) - but this recipe is a “healthy” version calling for more fat-free yogurt than mayonnaise. 

I used this recipe as a guide, but you know me, I refined to make it a little more, well, Project Jenny style. I eliminated the olives (the JFs don’t care for them), added corn, celery, and edamame, and voila! PJ summery side salad complete.

Dinner is served: Pistachio Pesto Chicken w/ Spaghetti

Tonight the JFs decided we didn’t want to plop ourselves in front of the TV and eat a lame dinner (we cook at home, but not nearly as much as we’d like or have time for), so we looked up a delicious recipe from one of my favorite blogs - How Sweet It Is, went to Whole Foods, and came home to whip up the best dinner we’ve had in a while.

Three plates pictured below due to our guest visitor - we were happily surprised when Lauren stopped by to say hi on her way home from a run - the smell of the kitchen quickly convinced her to stick around :)

Pistachio Pesto Chicken w/ Spaghetti

Much easier than it sounds, you’ll just need a food processor

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Last weekend a few of us gals got together for a pie-in-a-jar making party! Total success. Pictures of the fun above and recipes below. 

Highly recommend this project and I will totally be doing this again - such a great treat for a baby shower, birthday party, bachelorette, holiday gift, etc. and so easy to make (just a little time consuming to bake). Next time I will probably tie little ribbons or name tags around the finished product to add to the cuteness factor.

One small tip is to order the half pint wide-mouth jars in advance online to avoid running around to 6 different stores the morning before you’re supposed to get started, like mwuah. Oops. I ended up finding them at Cost Plus World Market (gosh, I am so obsessed with that store) but you can and should order them online, here.

Impress the pants off of your friends with these little babies - and they’re delicious too!

Apple Pie-in-a-jar

Pecan Pie-in-a-jar

Berry Pie-in-a-jar