recipes from my nest

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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Braised Pork and Sauerkraut ~ pork ribs braised in a low, slow oven with sauerkraut and brown sugar, so easy with just three ingredients!  Perfect with mashed potatoes and applesauce for Sunday dinner on a cold winter night. Meathead had a rough week.  I knew just the dinner to cheer him up, Braised Pork and Sauerkraut …

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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, in bowl with forkful of spaghetti Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Posted on Dec 4, 2017
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Instant Pot Spaghetti with meat sauce, all in one pot. Use ground beef or turkey, your favorite marinara sauce and dinner is on the table in 30 minutes. 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 …

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