recipes from my nest

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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Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

Posted on Apr 27, 2017
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I don’t even know where to start with this post.  This is the kind of food that is just good old comfort food, plain and simple.  It’s homey, hearty, down-home delicious.  And it is so easy to make. Here I go with another Ohio story.  When we visit my husband’s family, we stay with his …

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St. Louis-style Ribs

BBQ St. Louis-Style Ribs

Posted on Apr 26, 2017
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  My husband.  It’s time to name him I think.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use his real name or a pseudonym.  His name is Mark.  I might nickname him once in a while, we’ll see.  A few things about Mark.  He likes his meat, or protein as he says.  Mark consumes a …

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Spaghetti with Bacon Sauce

Spaghetti with Bacon Sauce

Posted on Apr 25, 2017
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I grew up in the 70’s with a father who was an amazing cook.  He used to make a spaghetti with bacon sauce that I loved.  If I came home from school and asked what’s for dinner and was told this spaghetti, I could hardly wait to eat.  It was so good and there was lots of slurping …

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Diner-Style Patty Melts

Diner-Style Patty Melts

Posted on Apr 20, 2017
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One of my favorite things to order at a greasy spoon is a patty melt, that ooey, gooey grilled cheese burger with grilled onions.  We were headed out for a quick lunch a few weeks ago and never made it.  My patty melt craving went unheeded and so I decided to make them at home. …

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Leftover Lamb Flatbreads Leftover Lamb Flatbreads

Leftover Lamb Flatbreads

Posted on Apr 17, 2017
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I’m not sure how often you roast a leg of lamb, but I’m guessing there’s a chance you might for Easter.  I recently made a beautiful roasted leg of lamb and had quite a bit left over.  What to do with all that lamb?  A lamb curry?  A tomato and lamb sauce for pasta?  I …

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Classic Bolognese Ragù

Classic Bolognese Ragù

Posted on Apr 11, 2017
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Full disclosure here ~ if I take my favorite jarred marinara sauce and doctor it up with browned ground beef, some onions and spices, Meathead thinks it’s the best pasta sauce he’s ever had.  And it’s good, but it’s not Bolognese ragù.  I’m not talking a quick 15 minute sauce here ~  this is a …

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King Ranch Chicken Casserole

King Ranch Chicken Casserole

Posted on Apr 4, 2017
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I made a casserole!  Not just any casserole ~ King Ranch Chicken Casserole.  I have a thing about casseroles and things made with cream-of-whatever soups.  I do not know why, but I do.  Meathead’s favorite dinner growing up was his mom’s tuna noodle casserole with potato chips on top.  Say what?!?!  But King Ranch Chicken …

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Mustard and Herb Roasted Leg of Lamb

Mustard and Herb Roasted Leg of Lamb

Posted on Mar 30, 2017
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Growing up, weekends were my dad’s time to cook and Sundays almost always involved a roast of some kind ~ beef, pork, lamb, chicken, an occasional duck.  I’ve always been a little intimidated with roasts, always worried about overcooking and not being able to deliver on the gravy, my dad’s specialty.  I got over my fear because …

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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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