recipes from my nest

Country Green Beans, Potatoes and Ham in the Instant Pot

Country Green Beans, Potatoes and Ham in the Instant Pot

Posted on Sep 13, 2017
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  Boy, did August get away from me and the blog, but I’m back!  No excuses, just busy and enjoying those dog days of summer.  I started working the season at a local farm, just behind my neighborhood.  They are known for their tomatoes, but they also have a peach orchard, blackberries and right now, …

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Grilled Beer Brats and Sauerkraut

Grilled Beer Brats and Sauerkraut

Posted on Aug 16, 2017
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One of my husband’s favorite things in the whole, wide world is sausage ~ any kind, cooked any way.  He makes really good brats on the grill, with beer and butter and onions and sauerkraut.  I just hand over a dozen brats to Meathead and he takes over.  Grilled Beer Brats and Sauerkraut has become …

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Fire Roasted Salsa Canning Recipe

Fire Roasted Salsa Canning Recipe

Posted on Aug 10, 2017
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I love tomato season and this year I made salsa.  Fire roasted salsa that I canned.  I used tomatoes and poblano peppers from the farm stand and roasted them on a hot grill until they were charred and blistered all over.  I love the flavor of grilled tomatoes and peppers.  Then you just peel off the skins, …

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Summer Minestrone

Summer Minestrone

Posted on Aug 7, 2017
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It’s summer in full swing here in Missouri which means hot, hot, hot.  Why on earth did I want to make soup last week?  Because the markets are full of fresh, local produce.  Corn, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and more.  I was thinking why not make Summer Minestrone with some of these good veggies instead of just …

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Farmstand Blackberry Peach Cobbler

Farmstand Blackberry Peach Cobbler

Posted on Jul 31, 2017
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A couple weeks ago, I started working at the tomato farm just behind the neighborhood I live in.  I discovered it last summer when we moved here and got to know the owners.  They grow the best tomatoes in the area, including heirlooms.  They also have peach trees and blackberry bushes for U-Pick.  That’s exactly …

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Orange Glazed Chicken Breasts

Orange Glazed Chicken Breasts

Posted on Jul 29, 2017
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I recently made chicken stock and since I cut up two chickens myself, I always have four breasts that I need to do something with.  We’re not big chicken breast fans in my house.  I usually pop them in the freezer to use later, or I make some chicken salad with them.  But then I remembered this …

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Marinated Grilled Flank Steak

Marinated Grilled Flank Steak

Posted on Jul 13, 2017
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If I’m making flank steak, chances are it’s summertime, friends are coming over for a casual dinner, or I’m having a summer party for some reason, like the Fourth.  I used to make grilled flank steak all the time, back in the day.  I had to search for it, but I found and dusted off …

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Grilled Shrimp with Chimichurri Sauce

Grilled Shrimp with Chimichurri Sauce

Posted on Jul 12, 2017
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Summertime is grilling season, for sure, and not just steaks and chicken.  I love shrimp on the grill.  Last summer, I made shrimp skewers on the grill in a honey-lime marinade.  This summer, I was looking at my abundance of overflowing pots of herbs out back and decided to make a Chimichurri sauce, and thus …

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Instant Pot Barbecue Ribs

Easy Instant Pot Barbecue Ribs

Posted on Jul 11, 2017
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I got a pressure cooker for Mother’s Day this year, an Instant Pot.  I had been seeing and hearing so many good things about it and I was intrigued enough to jump into the world of pressure cooker cooking.  I love it!  I’ve made a few things so far, and these Instant Pot Barbecue Ribs …

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BLT's with Avocado and Pesto Mayonnaise

BLT’s with Avocado and Pesto Mayonnaise

Posted on Jun 28, 2017
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Let’s just call this a BLAT  ~ bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato.  And let’s up the game on the mayo a bit and add some pesto.  There you go, the best BLT you’ll have all summer.  Yes, summer, the only time to make BLT’s are when tomatoes are in season.  And are they ever in …

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Red, White & Blue Fruit Pizza

Posted on Jun 27, 2017
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The Fourth is almost here.  Wow, July already.  Summer goes by fast!  This past weekend, my youngest and her boyfriend were in for a quick visit (and to do some laundry).  I grilled some flank steak and earlier in the day I made a fruit pizza for dessert.  A Red, White and Blue Fruit Pizza …

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Balsamic Berry Sauce

Balsamic Berry Sauce

Posted on Jun 20, 2017
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We moved from Chicago about 18 years ago, leaving behind family and great friends.  Two such friends were Carol and her husband Gary.  My husband was friends with them for a long time and when we married I got to know them both. You know how that is, he got to know my friends and I …

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Baked Chicken and White Beans

Baked Chicken and White Beans

Posted on Jun 15, 2017
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We eat a lot of chicken in this house.  This has been one of our favorites for a long time.  I got it out of Gourmet magazine years ago.  I miss that magazine.  I’ve gotten quite a few cooking magazines over the years and Gourmet was my favorite.  Anyway… This is made with bone-in chicken thighs, our favorite around …

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Italian Beef Po' Boys Italian Beef Po' Boys

Italian Beef Po’ Boys

Posted on Jun 8, 2017
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I hail from Chicago and every time I go home for a visit, a stop for an Italian beef sandwich is always a must, dipped in juices and loaded with hot peppers.  I hear New Orleans also has a pretty good hot beef sandwich, called a Po’ Boy (or po-boy, or po boy).  The main …

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