Honestly The Best BBQ Ribs

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on May 29, 2013

in family recipe, grilling, pork

My early childhood is peppered with memories of spending time with my grandpa Bernie, who we lovingly called Papa. He was insufferably funny, and did goofy things with me like painting my nails each a different color, letting me try all of my grandma’s perfume, and making ridiculous jokes that my four-year-old brain thought were […]


Buttermilk Drop Biscuits & Sausage Gravy

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on April 8, 2013

in Baking, family, simple recipe, Uncategorized

There is one thing that Adam requests for me to make for his birthday breakfast year after year. Biscuits and gravy. Growing up in the north suburbs of Chicago, I can count on one hand, ok two fingers, the number of times I had tasted biscuits and gravy before meeting Adam. He’s quite a connoisseur […]


Moderno: Beautifully Simple Italian

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on September 9, 2012

in bread, dinner out, pizza, pork

I get a little excited around birthdays. You all know this about me, right? I tend to go a little crazy, a little overboard, and am genuinely happy to celebrate with family or friends. Family birthdays are particularly fun because usually, they not only involve an evening with my family, but truly amazing food! My […]


Weber Grill Inspired BBQ Meatloaf

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on September 4, 2012

in beef, grilling, pork, simple recipe

We’re huge meatloaf fans in this house. When we can’t think of something new and fun to make for dinner, meatloaf is a fallback option that we’re usually pretty satisfied with. Sometimes, I’ll use oatmeal as a binder; sometimes its panko bread crumbs. Usually it’s a balanced mixture of lean ground pork and lean ground […]


Meatloaf Florentine

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on February 13, 2012

in beef, Italian, pork, simple recipe

I vividly remember the first time that I helped my mom make a meatloaf. I always ate it without complaint, as her meatloaf was fantastic, but I rarely helped out more than possibly peeling an onion or maybe, if I was lucky, cracking an egg. I wasn’t one of those kids that hated meatloaf, quite […]