Hi there! Thank you for visiting my blog. My name is April. In the past, I dined out A LOT, mostly out of convenience. In 2012, quit eating out so much and began to brush up on my cooking skills. I started this blog in late 2014 to document my recipes.
I grew up with my mom and southern grandmother and they made good simple food on a tight budget. I learned how to cook from watching and helping them in the kitchen. Every weekend my siblings and I looked forward to big meals. My grandmother and my mom showed me that you don’t need a lot of money, or hours in the kitchen to make delicious meals.
I’m from the melting pot of NJ/NY area. I was always surrounded by culturally diverse food and people. The food that I make is a reflection of all the food I grew up eating with family and friends like, Southern, African, Caribbean, Latin American, Asian, Italian and more. My flavorful, simple and quick prep meals using everyday ingredients will save you time and money!
I currently reside in the Washington, D.C area with my 3 boys and my husband.
Braised short ribs, black eyed peas and cannellini beans slow cooked in beef broth, onions and chipotle in adobe sauce, until tender and falling off the bones. The braised ribs cook down to a nice rich and flavorful spicy chipotle beef gravy.
Super easy 7 ingredient (or less) Italian dressing baked chicken thighs with roasted tomatoes. This one will be ready in no time. No one will believe you used only Italian dressing. This is one tasty budget friendly meal you have to make!
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