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Quick ‘n Easy Mac ‘n Cheesey

Quick ‘n Easy Mac ‘n Cheesey

This from-scratch mac ‘n cheese is great when I don’t know what to make the kiddies for lunch.  I almost always have the ingredients on hand and some of my older offspring can even make this crowd-pleaser by themselves!

Kitchen Shears

After being married a short time, I realized how incomplete my pre-married life had been.  No.  Not because Spencer was half of me that was ‘missing’…because I discovered decent kitchen shears!  Spencer came with a nice pair from Cutco and my life hasn’t been the same since.

Salmon Cakes

Salmon Cakes

Awhile back I read an interesting book written by Deborah Madison titled: What We Eat When We Eat Alone.  In it, she interviews people about what they eat when they cook for themselves.  Salmon cakes, similar to these, were one woman’s answer.  I was intrigued by […]

White Bean and Rosemary Hummus

White Bean and Rosemary Hummus

This is a yummy change from traditional chickpea hummus and it came to mind when I was trying to think of recipes for my friend who’s on an elimination diet. I cooked my own beans, but canned beans work fine. Just watch the salt because […]

The Provo Food Scene

It wasn’t that long ago that there weren’t great options for eating out in Provo.  If you didn’t want to trek up to Sundance, you were pretty much stuck with the P-town institutions.  Thankfully, things have gotten a lot better.  Now there are enough truly good restaurants, you can mix them up and never run out of places to eat.

Note: we include a few places technically in Orem because they’re close enough to contribute to the ‘scene’ and worth the drive, even if you’re not already up there.

This list can serve as a guide for anyone who finds themselves in Provo, looking for a place to eat.  We’ve broken out our favorites by category, roughly the most recommended first.  So start at the top and work your way down!


  • Communal – consistently the best place to eat in Provo
  • 712 – best in Orem and ties for first, depending on the mood
    • get the braised beef short-rib if you’re there for dinner…
  • Black Sheep – delicious, upscale Navajo cuisine never misses
  • Shoga – best sushi in Utah Valley, go here to get your fix

Like for lunch

  • Aubergine – favorite spot for healthy lunch
  • India Palace – lunch buffet, dinners, and groups, Center St in Provo

Cheap ‘n good

  • Brasas – best street tacos in Provo, load up at the salsa bar

Nice for a change

  • Thai Village – our most frequent take out spot, good lunch special
    • Tom Kha Gai Coconut Soup got me through my last pregnancy…
  • Station 22 – southern comfort food when you’re downtown
  • Slab – only pizza we go for in Provo, good gluten free crust
  • Chom – fun college-town burgers and shakes
  • PhoPlus – good on a cold day, also have bahn mi sandwiches

Worth an honorable mention

  • Hruska’s – kolaches are the best breakfast downtown, sells out by 11am
  • Cubby’s – burgers, sandwiches, salads, for when the kids want Chick-fil-a
  • Cup Bop – glad they settled down so I can get Korean food truck any time
  • Thai Ruby – nice little sit down, close to campus, best Pad Thai in town
  • Cafe Rio – everybody needs to try the Pork Salad, whole family likes it
  • Molly’s – nicer cafeteria style, pretty much on here for Tomato Basil Pie
  • Foundry Grill – rustic, chic, fun place to take out-of-towners
  • Tree Room – really good, a little too nice for most occasions
  • Mountain West Burrito – grab n go whole ingredient bazookas
  • JDawgs – good once a year, everything you could want in a dog

Good with a group

  • Bombay House – long time Provo, share around or get take-out
  • Rodizio at Riverwords – kids love it, Brazilian grill, fun to take people who’ve never been

Lament for restaurants lost…

  • Blue Pablano – I’ll never find taco Shangri-la again
  • Dew – dumplings got me through my third pregnancy
  • Rooster – still dream of red curry pulled pork sandwhiches and yellow curry coconut chicken noodle soup
Indian Butter Chicken Curry w/Chickpeas

Indian Butter Chicken Curry w/Chickpeas

My sister-in-law in Alabama introduced my mom to these (Indian Essentials butter chicken seasoning mix) spice packets that she buys at Walmart and my mom has been making them for us back here in Utah. If you follow the package directions, it’s too spicy for the adults […]

Autumn Salad

Autumn Salad

As a follow-on to the Indian Summer Salad, I’ve been working on this beauty.   It doesn’t have much to do with the season, except the spectacular fall colors.  I’ve been bringing it to family events.

Moroccan Style Salsa Chicken

Moroccan Style Salsa Chicken

This recipe is an old favorite that our friend Catherine shared with us years ago. It’s a great way to use up leftover salsas that are lingering in your fridge–mixing different types is fine.

In the picture it’s served over quinoa. In the past we’ve served it over both couscous and rice. Last night I had it over shredded green cabbage (which was OK, but not great). My preference is probably cauliflower rice with quinoa coming in a close second.


Carrot Vindaloo Soup

This was a surprise victory.  My husband said it was the best carrot soup he’s ever had.  Do you ever have a little bit of curry left over?  Not enough for lunch, but enough that you want to do something with it?  Well that is […]