recipes from my nest

St. Louis BBQ Pork Steaks in an enamel pan for serving St. Louis BBQ Pork Steaks

St. Louis BBQ Pork Steaks

Posted on Jun 20, 2018
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St. Louis BBQ pork steaks, a regional specialty ~ doused in BBQ sauce and slow cooked on the grill until tender. I’ve moved around quite a bit since college, staying mostly in the Midwest.  Always takes some getting used to new digs, and there’s always new food to try that’s unique to the city or …

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Southern fried green tomatoes, on a white plate Southern Fried Green Tomatoes

Southern Fried Green Tomatoes

Posted on Jun 14, 2018
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Easy, crispy southern fried green tomatoes, with optional spicy Louisiana rémoulade sauce ~ an iconic classic in the South. Last summer, a lot of people came to the farm stand I worked at for green tomatoes.  Not the red, ripe ones we were famous for, they wanted the green ones for fried green tomatoes.  Many …

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Slice of chocolate cream pie held above the pie Chocolate Cream Pie

Chocolate Cream Pie

Posted on Jun 1, 2018
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Chocolate cream pie ~ rich, dark chocolate pastry cream topped with whipped cream in an Oreo cookie crust. I make two really good pies, cherry and chocolate cream pie.  The cherry pie I used to make when I could get my hands on fresh Michigan tart cherries, that was long, long ago.  The chocolate cream …

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Finished risotto in bowl with fresh herbs. Spring Risotto with Asparagus and Smoked Salmon

Spring Risotto with Asparagus and Smoked Salmon

Posted on May 29, 2018
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Creamy spring risotto with asparagus and smoked salmon and sugar snap peas ~ finished with lemon, parmesan and a sprinkling of fresh herbs, a perfect spring-time rendition. I’ll admit I don’t often make risotto at home, thinking it too difficult with all the stirring that I’ll somehow manage to screw it up.  But it’s not …

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Apple slice on serving knife over sheet pan Apple Slices

Apple Slices

Posted on May 3, 2018
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Chicago-style bakery apple slices.  Apple filling between two crusts in a sheet pan, topped with vanilla glaze and cut into squares. These slices are very portable and travel well for your potluck or next get-together! I grew up in the Chicago suburbs and as an adult I lived in the city.  I love Chicago neighborhood …

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Tilapia piccata in pan with lemons Tilapia Piccata

Tilapia Piccata

Posted on Apr 26, 2018
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Tilapia Piccata ~ pan seared tilapia in a bright, briny and buttery sauce made with lemons, butter and capers. There’s nothing I like more than being able to put a quick and delicious dinner on the table with ingredients I likely have on hand.  That’s almost always the case with a piccata.  And while chicken …

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Instant Pot Ham and White Bean Soup 

Instant Pot Ham and White Bean Soup

Posted on Apr 14, 2018
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I think my favorite thing to make in my Instant Pot so far, has been soup.  I’ve made a lot of soups and my pressure cooker is my go-to for making chicken stock (or bone broth, if you prefer).  Instant Pot Ham and White Bean Soup is so easy and so good.  We love it. I used …

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Beef Tacos

Beef Tacos

Posted on Apr 10, 2018
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I love a good taco when I go out for Mexican, especially tacos al pastor.  At home though, I make these classic ground beef tacos, simple and flavorful and my family’s favorite.  Always Hungry in New York just asked me how to make it, and it’s usually requested when the kids are home.  It’s a great …

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Braised Cabbage and Potatoes

Braised Cabbage and Potatoes

Posted on Jan 17, 2018
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I love cabbage yet I hardly ever make it.  Sort of a lowly vegetable I just forget about.  Maybe if I’m making a cole slaw in the summer, or definitely on St. Patrick’s Day.  But otherwise, I forget about it.  I saw a recipe on Food 52 for braised cabbage that caught my eye.  I …

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Cast Iron Skillet Cajun Chicken Thighs

Cast Iron Skillet Cajun Chicken Thighs

Posted on Jan 11, 2018
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This past year, my mom gave me two cast iron skillets that were my dad’s.  I actually think they were my grandmother’s, that my dad eventually got.  My mom thinks they were a gift when they got married.  Regardless, I have them now and I’ve restored them and I’m using them more and more.  One …

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Turkey Chili

Turkey Chili

Posted on Jan 9, 2018
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Happy New Year!  I hope the holidays were everything you wanted them to be.  So, it’s January and it’s freezing, even here in St. Louis.  This is the time of year I want long, slow braises, soups and stews.  And chili!  I made this Turkey Chili for the first time over Thanksgiving.  First time I ever …

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Braised Pork and Sauerkraut Braised Pork and Sauerkraut

Braised Pork and Sauerkraut

Posted on Jan 4, 2018
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Meathead had a rough week.  I knew just the dinner to cheer him up, Braised Pork and Sauerkraut with mashed potatoes.  Say comfort food, big time.  Pork ribs layered with sauerkraut and brown sugar and slowly braised in the oven for 3 hours.  It’s just unbelievably good.  Meathead also likes baked beans with this, and crushed …

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Cherry Pie Bars

Cherry Pie Bars

Posted on Dec 6, 2017
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At the farm stand I worked at this past summer, we had jars of Amish pie filling for sale from a local farm in Illinois.  I grabbed a jar of cherry filling and it sat on my kitchen counter for weeks.  I didn’t know what to do with it.  I didn’t want to make cherry …

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Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Posted on Dec 4, 2017
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Oh, how I’ve had fun learning the ins and outs of pressure cooking the past few months, and spaghetti has become a weeknight favorite around here.  It’s easy and quick ~ everything cooks together in one pot ~ and so good.  Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce is perfect to get on the table in under …

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