Recipes

Pesto Cheese Stuffed Shells in Marinara Sauce

Pesto Cheese Stuffed Shells in Marinara Sauce

Posted on Mar 16, 2017
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I found myself staring at one of my last jars of homemade marinara, wondering what I should make.  Then I remembered a baked pasta dish I made years ago in Chicago.  I would come back from the farmer’s market with fresh basil, make some pesto, and think of all the ways to eat it.  One …

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Irish Beer Cheese Soup

Irish Beer Cheese Soup

Posted on Mar 14, 2017
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Irish Beer Cheese Soup ~ if you’ve never had, you’re in for a treat.  I recently had some cheddar beer soup from my grocery and man, was it good.  With St. Pat’s Day coming up  and all things Irish in the air, I decided to tweak that midwestern version by using some Irish beer and …

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St. Patrick's Day Feast

St. Patrick’s Day Feast

Posted on Mar 9, 2017
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It’s St. Patrick’s Day next week and time to think about what to make.  I’ve been making Corned Beef and Cabbage for so long now, there isn’t much to think about.  And I always make Irish Soda Bread and finish the meal with some Chocolate Mint Cake.  If I’m lucky and have some leftover corned …

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Spicy Shrimp Sauté

Spicy Shrimp Sauté

Posted on Mar 9, 2017
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Oh, you guys, this is a good one.  I clip, tear out and save so many recipes that languish away in my messy drawer.  Not this time.  The minute I saw it I wanted to make it.  It is from Mario Batali, it’s super easy and super delicious.  I’d expect nothing less from Mr. Batali.  He …

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Lemon Squares

Lemon Squares

Posted on Mar 7, 2017
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Spring is in the air very early this year.  I think that’s what triggered my recent lemon bar craving.  I have a recipe a friend gave me years ago that I made a few times and then kind of forgot about.  I remember Picky Eater loving these lemon squares but I just don’t think to …

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Pumpkin Sausage Lasagna

Pumpkin, Swiss Chard and Sausage Lasagna

Posted on Mar 2, 2017
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I don’t know about you, but I’m a pretty good home cook who learned from my parents, friends, cookbooks, food magazines and cooking shows ~ just to mention a few things.  Isn’t that how most of us learn how to cook?  Those of us who didn’t go to cooking school, that is.  This recipe comes …

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Pasta with Bacon, Onions and Mushrooms

Pasta with Bacon, Onions and Mushrooms

Posted on Feb 28, 2017
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I remember clipping this recipe out of Martha Stewart Living and tossing it in my recipe drawer.  Rummaging through my drawer a few months later, it caught my eye and I thought it’d be a good weeknight dinner.  Little did I know it would become one of Picky Eater’s favorites ~ Pasta with Bacon, Onions and Mushrooms. …

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Coq Au Vin (Chicken Braised in Red Wine)

Coq Au Vin (Chicken Braised in Red Wine)

Posted on Feb 24, 2017
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In the middle of December and all the holiday madness, I injured my elbow.  On my right arm, of course.  I just worked through it, hoping it would go away.  It didn’t, just got worse and I finally was sidelined while it healed (help of a very nasty cortisone shot).  I had already cooked and …

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Hungarian Goulash with Pork and Sauerkraut

Hungarian Goulash with Pork and Sauerkraut

Posted on Feb 8, 2017
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The cold winter months, especially after the holidays, call for long-simmering braises and stews.  Yes, the definition of comfort food right there.  I’m partial to Hungarian and Czech dishes, mainly from my background and my dad’s cooking.  When I came across this recipe years ago, it immediately spoke to me and practically jumped off the …

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Potato Leek Soup

Potato Leek Soup

Posted on Jan 18, 2017
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A few weeks ago, out to lunch with Meathead, I had a cup of potato leek soup that was so good in it’s simplicity.  I’ve never really thought about making it at home, but I’ve been craving it ever since.  So, out came my Julia Child’s cookbook for inspiration and to see how to make …

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No Work Chicken

No Work Chicken

Posted on Jan 16, 2017
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The past month and a half have been insane.  We moved and it couldn’t have been more stressful.  Really, really stressful, on many levels.  But we’re in, the dog is adjusting and we’re making our way through unpacking.  And, I’m cooking again.  This No Work Chicken was perfect for dinner last night.  It’s simple, duh, …

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Classic Bran Muffins

Classic Bran Muffins

Posted on Jan 10, 2017
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I love bran muffins, and I used to eat one every day for breakfast.  Seriously, I did.  I didn’t make them, I got them at a local French bakery in St. Paul, Minnesota.  In fact, I would buy them all up and freeze them so that I always had one on hand.  Years before that, …

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Grandmother's Spinach Rockefeller Recipe Grandmother's Spinach Rockefeller Recipe

Grandmother’s Spinach Rockefeller Recipe

Posted on Dec 21, 2016
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My grandmother, Gandy, was not the best cook but just like my mom, she made a few dishes that became favorites, especially at the holidays.  My Grandmother’s Spinach Rockefeller Recipe is one of those dishes ~ and a favorite side of mine. Not sure what the origins of this side dish are, Oysters Rockefeller, maybe? …

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Tuscan Kale and Cannellini Bean Soup Tuscan Kale and Cannellini Bean Soup

Tuscan Kale and Cannellini Bean Soup

Posted on Dec 20, 2016
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I first posted this Tuscan Kale and Cannellini Bean Soup about a year and a half ago, when I first started this blog.  I still love it, just made it today, and decided to update the photos.  Hope you try this soup, especially if you’ve been overindulging this time of year ~ it’s so good …

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Chicken Paprikash

Chicken Paprikash

Posted on Dec 16, 2016
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My all-time favorite dish growing up was my dad’s chicken paprika, a Sunday dinner treat during the cold winter months.  Of course, no recipe is written down and I have yet to try and recreate his version, although I think I could do it.  His big pot of chicken legs and thighs, simmered in onions, …

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