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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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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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Chicken Stroganoff in bowl over spaetzle Chicken Stroganoff

Chicken Stroganoff

Posted on Nov 28, 2017
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Chicken, onions and mushrooms, sour cream gravy… sour cream … did I mention sour cream?  This dish has all the elements for success in my family, especially for my husband — if there is any kind of a creamy gravy involved, he is the first one at the table.  The chicken is tender, the mushrooms and …

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Wafuu Chicken Curry

Wafuu Chicken Curry

Posted on Oct 28, 2017
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Wafuu curry is a traditional Japanese-style chicken curry.  It’s mild, comforting, slightly sweet, and it’s one of our favorite dishes.  Chicken, potatoes, onions and carrots in a richly flavored curry, not too spicy, and comes together fairly easily. There are many versions of this curry dish.  This one comes from SAVEUR magazine, about ten years ago. …

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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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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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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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Juicy Lucy Burger Juicy Lucy Burger

Juicy Lucy Burger

Posted on May 31, 2017
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The Juicy Lucy Burger!  I’m finally paying homage to our time in St. Paul, Minnesota and to this iconic burger that is popular in the Twin Cities.  I first had a Juicy Lucy at the Groveland Tap, just a block from our house. In fact, this is the only place I’ve had a Juicy Lucy. …

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