Dinner

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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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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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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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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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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Italian Baked Spaghetti

Italian Baked Spaghetti

Posted on Dec 12, 2016
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Granddad’s Spaghetti, my favorite comfort food of all time.  This is a baked spaghetti dish that my great grandfather made, and my grandmother and mom and aunts continued to make it and pass down the recipe.  Kind of an interesting story behind the origins of this Italian baked spaghetti recipe. My great grandparents lived on …

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Mom's Lasagna

Mom’s Lasagna

Posted on Dec 5, 2016
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I got a text the other day from Always Hungry in New York.  “Can you put your lasagna recipe on your blog soon?  I’m craving it.”  She read my mind as I was planning to make it that weekend.  This is the lasagna I have been making my family for years, the lasagna my mom …

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Creamy Cajun Pork Chops

Creamy Cajun Pork Chops

Posted on Dec 1, 2016
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We are pretty crazy for pork chops around here, in fact, a good pork chop is probably Meathead’s favorite thing for dinner.  And if there’s any kind of cream sauce involved, it’s a surefire hit.  For the past several months, my favorite seasoning to play around with has been Cajun (or Creole) seasoning, and smoked …

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White Christmas Chili

White Christmas Chili

Posted on Nov 29, 2016
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I’ll say one thing about Minnesota ~ it’s unbelievably cold in the winter, but the people make the best of it and get outside as much as possible.  I hated the bitter cold when we lived in St.Paul, really hated it, and the snow that NEVER melted.  But we lived on beautiful Summit Avenue (think …

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One-Pot Coconut Roasted Chicken

One-Pot Coconut Roasted Chicken

Posted on Nov 3, 2016
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I’ve kind of been on a Thai food kick at home, so since I just posted Shrimp Pad See Ew, now seems as good a time as any to also share the One-Pot Coconut Roasted Chicken I recently made.  I probably decided on both these dishes because of a recent trip to a specialty grocer …

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Shrimp Pad See Ew

Shrimp Pad See Ew

Posted on Nov 1, 2016
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When I was in my 20’s, living in Chicago, my good friend, Carol, took me to her “secret” Thai restaurant.  I say secret because she didn’t want the word to get out and risk it getting popular, and thus crowded.  It was in the lobby of a transient hotel, for Pete’s sake.  Regardless, it was …

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