Pot Roast Hand Pies

My recipe for Balsamic Pot Roast is the most popular post we have here on The Chic (it’s been pinned over 30,000 times!) and besides that, it’s a Hollis Family Favorite. I love it so much I can eat the leftovers for days, but Dave isn’t really interested in re-heated meat so I came up… Read more »

Slow Cooker BBQ Root Beer Chicken

We share all sorts of slow cooker recipes on the site… but I can tell you honestly this is one of my favorites! It calls for only 5 ingredients, it’s easy to make, and the end result, honestly? So dang good! It’s packed with flavor and the leftovers are good for days afterwards! ~Rachel  … Read more »

Spring Produce: In Season Dinners

Cooking “in season” could save you a lot of money on fresh produce.  It’s best to plan out your meals according to what fruits and vegetables are in season.  With spring on the way, more tasty veggies are popping up at super markets and local farmers’ markets.   This month, I am focusing on asparagus,… Read more »

Fish Fridays

Mardi Gras, French for “fat Tuesday,” has come and gone.  Today is Ash Wednesday, marking the first day of Lent.  During this season, it is customary to abstain from eating meat (including chicken and fowl) on Fridays and holy days.  Which brings us to Fish Fridays!  Growing up Catholic, I had the hardest time figuring… Read more »

Slow Cooker Jambayala

I have to begin by prefacing that this is not your traditional Jambayala.  This is a chic slow cooker version of the popular dish. We here at Chic love slow cooker meals.  Nothing beats a home cooked meal at the end of the day, but sometimes you don’t have the energy or time for it…. Read more »

Freezing Spaghetti Sauce

If you’re going to take the time to make a batch of homemade spaghetti sauce, might as well make a large batch that you can save for later. Fill freezer bag with sauce and remove as much air as possible before sealing the bag.  (This helps prevent unwanted freezer burns.)  Lay bag on a flat… Read more »

Rigatoni with Spicy Beef Ragù

Weren’t able to get dinner reservations for tomorrow night?  Yup, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and it’s a Friday night! No worries.  It’s better to eat at home, anyway.  No need to valet the car, no need to find a babysitter, and you can drink as much wine as you’d like (because you don’t have to… Read more »

Slow Cooker Beef and Potato Stew

Beef.  It’s what’s for dinner! During the chilly winter months, its all about soups and stews.  This slow cooker beef and potato stew will become a family favorite!  In the morning, you simply throw all the ingredients into your slow cooker and by dinnertime you have a delicious pot of stew ready to eat.  I… Read more »

Spaghetti Carbonara

I call this my breakfast pasta even though I only eat it for dinner.  Why, you ask?  Because it incorporates my breakfast favorites: eggs and bacon! Traditionally, spaghetti alla carbonara is made using pancetta or guanciale, but I prefer to use bacon.  I like the smokiness of bacon, plus its easier to find at markets…. Read more »

Roasted Chicken with Root Vegetables

Little girls learn a lot from their mothers.  How to put on make-up, how to sew a button, how to be gracious, polite, and respectful.  Some of the most valuable lessons my mom taught me were in the kitchen.  She has all sorts of sayings and anecdotes for everything.  (She says things like “salt is… Read more »

About The Chic

Back in 2004 when I was looking to name my events company, I stumbled across the word 'Chic' in an old dictionary. The definition was: “a fashionable lifestyle, ideology, or pursuit”. I fell in love with the word and the idea that chic is the pursuit of something better, prettier, or cooler than you are today. Chic isn’t a state of being or even a destination, chic is the journey you take on the way to something greater. ~Rachel

Rachel's Latest Answer

Question: Star, from Macon, GA Asks: What type of food will I need if I’m hosting a sip and shop? Rachel’s Answer: Hi Star, there’s really no wrong answer here. When I’ve hosted shopping events in the past I tend to focus on light and fun appetizers like Cheddar Apple Crostini or these individual Quinoa Salads.  Brunch is always a nice… Read more »

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