recipes from my nest

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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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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German Potato Salad

Mary’s German Potato Salad

Posted on May 17, 2017
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I didn’t know my mother-in-law but from what I hear I really missed out.  My sister-in-law, Paula, has called her a saint on more than one occasion.  My husband says she was always happy and had a great sense of humor.  I think these two qualities, sainthood and sense of humor, would be needed to …

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Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Posted on May 16, 2017
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My best friend from college and I try and visit each other once a year. Sometimes by ourselves, sometimes with our husbands and kids.  We have so much fun and gab away and laugh until we’re crying and our stomachs hurt.  There is usually quite a bit of wine at our annual get-togethers.  Beth and …

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Calico Beans

Calico Beans

Posted on May 11, 2017
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It’s getting to be that time of year for graduation parties, family reunions, Memorial Day and 4th of July picnics, just to mention a few occasions where feeding a crowd is in order.  When we lived in Minnesota, my aunt often had her Calico Beans on the table at family gatherings.  A hearty baked bean …

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Roasted Salmon with 'Greens' Mustard Sauce

Roasted Salmon with ‘Greens’ Mustard Sauce

Posted on May 9, 2017
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I did not grow up eating salmon, and didn’t really have it until my 20’s, and didn’t really like it when I tried it.  After I married, I tried salmon again in a restaurant, still didn’t like it.  Now, all these years later, I love salmon and make it often at home. This recipe is the …

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Kentucky Hot Brown

Kentucky Hot Brown

Posted on May 5, 2017
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Oh my gosh, I love this Kentucky Hot Brown sandwich.  The origins of this sandwich date back to 1926 when the Brown Hotel in Louisville served an open-faced hot turkey sandwich with cheese sauce, tomato and bacon on white toast.  Several years ago I saw Bobby Flay’s hot brown throw down with the Castro brothers …

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Tacos de Carnitas

Tacos de Carnitas

Posted on May 4, 2017
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I had a houseful for the 4th and rain all weekend long!  Ugh, after days of blue skies, heat and humidity, the long weekend was rained out.  For the most part though, it didn’t keep us from having fun.  I made sure we had plenty of food and I seemed to cook all weekend long. …

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