How Pinterest Saved Dinner – My Top 5 Recipes

I haven’t written a post in far too long. A lot has happened since my last submission over a year ago. Excitingly we have a new home and new kitchen to cook in. Even though I have been extremely negligent in pursuing my food blog, I can assure you I haven’t ignored EATING! ūüėȬ†

I have found myself turning to Pinterest for recipe inspiration and have come across some really great dinners. Here is a collection of some of my favorite meals that have saved me from the dreaded question…. “What’s for dinner??”¬†


1. Southwestern chopped salad with creamy cilantro-lime dressing  (



2. Turkey and Spice Lettuce Wraps (



3. Cheesy Baked Spaghetti (



4. Shrimp, Bacon, Avocado Cobb Salad (



5. Asian Bowtie Pasta (



Happy cooking, eating, and pinning!! 

Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Cacciatore

The Pioneer Woman is one of my most favorite foodies and all around woman! I was browsing her recipes and came across this amazing chicken dish that I’ve never tried to make before.

Her website indicated that it was at an “easy” level in terms of difficulty, however being a rookie cook, I’d place it more on easy/medium and to dedicate a good hour and a half to two hours to make this just right.

The wait was well worth it! The chicken was crispy on the outside and moist and tender on the inside and the flavors were simply delicious!


  • 1 pound¬†Pasta Or Egg Noodles
  • 4-6 whole¬†Chicken Thighs, Skin On
  • Salt And Freshly Ground Black Pepper, To Taste
  • 1/2 cup¬†All-purpose Flour
  • 4 Tablespoons¬†Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons¬†Butter
  • 1 whole¬†Medium Onion, Halved And Sliced (I’m honestly not an onion fan, so I omitted this from my dish)
  • 2 whole¬†Red Bell Peppers, Cored And Sliced (not Too Thin)
  • 2 whole¬†Green Bell Peppers, Cored And Sliced (not Too Thin)
  • 5 cloves¬†Garlic, Diced
  • 12 ounces, weight¬†Mushrooms (white Or Crimini), Sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon¬†Ground Thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon¬†Turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon¬†Kosher Salt
  • Red Pepper Flakes, Crushed, To Taste (optional)
  • 3/4 cups¬†Dry White Wine
  • 1 can¬†(28 Ounce) Whole Or Diced Tomatoes (with Their Juice)
  • Chopped Flat Leaf Parsley
  • Parmesan Cheese, For Sprinkling


Get your fixings sliced up – you’ll want to slice the red and green peppers and the mushrooms. Then dice up your garlic and set them all aside.

In a medium pot bring 2 tbl spoons of butter and 4 tbl spoons of olive oil to bubbling. Generously salt and pepper your chicken. Douse the chicken thighs in flour and place the chicken in the pot with the butter/oil.

Brown your chicken on each side – took me about 5 mins each side to get brown. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Remove your chicken from the pot of butter and oil and set aside on a hot plate. Add in your sliced red and green bell peppers. Let them heat up for a good minute, then add in your mushrooms and garlic. Stir and let them heat for another minute or so.

Next add in your ground thyme

Add in your turmeric

Next add in 1 cup of white wine and allow to heat for 30 seconds.

Add in your full can of tomatoes with the juice

Place your chicken in the goodness – they’re not fully submerged so that the skin is kept nice and crisp.

With the lid on, place the full pot in the oven on 350 for 45 minutes. Once the 45 minutes is up, remove the lid and bake for another 15-20 minutes.

While your chicken is on its last leg in the oven, bring water to a boil and cook up your pasta.

Look at this beautiful juicy, delicious dish!!

Dish up and sprinkle a bit of parmesan cheese….


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Rookie Cook Quick Tip(s)

I came across some truly amazing tips for common cooking mistakes. There are several that I’m guilty of! Take a look and if you have any other great tips to add, I’m all ears ūüôā    

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Skinny Chicken Enchilada Soup

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Small Bite

I wanted to try a spin on one of my favorite small bites – Bruschetta. So I’ve added pesto and slices of¬†prosciutto¬†and made¬†prosciutto¬†bruschetta! Say that 5 times fast… Ingredients:¬† I use French baguette since it’s a lot softer Pesto Olive oil Garlic powder Tomatoes Basil Prosciutto Here’s the simple assembly you’ll need to do:¬†   […]

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Upside Down Chicken Pot Pie

Betty Crocker is my hero! I came across a recipe on the site for slow cooker – upside down chicken pot pie… genius! I prepared this meal before work and came¬†back to my¬†house smelling like mouth-watering home cookin’ and best part was, it’s really easy to throw together. I slightly modified the recipe to my […]

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You’re going to want S’more of this!

I have Pinterest to thank for this gem I came across! The golden brown oozing marshmallows made me fall in love with this Mason Jar recipe for S’mores. It was slightly a lot of work for me, but 100% worth the effort. The dark chocolate cake recipe alone is to die for, so enjoy this […]

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Creamy Potatoes Au Gratin

It’s a new year and a new look for the Rookie Cook Blog! ¬†In true resolution fashion, I’ve decided to change the layout a little. Instead of typing out the recipe directions word for word, I thought I’d let the photo say 1,000 words. Here’s an extremely easy recipes for some delicious creamy Au Gratin […]

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Skinny(ish) Chicken Enchiladas

No matter what day it is, I’m always in the mood for Mexican food. With it being a new year and everyone in self-analyzation mode, I wanted to find a healthier alternative to the traditional enchiladas. I came across some great tweaks to the recipe.   Essentials:¬† Sauce pan Medium pan Baking dish   Ingredients:¬† […]

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