recipes from my nest

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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Sweet-and-Sour Beef Cabbage Soup

Sweet-and-Sour Beef Cabbage Soup

Posted on Dec 8, 2016
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When we lived in St. Paul, Minnesota, one of our favorite spots was Cecil’s Deli.  Loved that place and ALWAYS got a reuben and a cup of cabbage soup.  That soup ~ sweet and sour, with tender pieces of beef in a tomato-based broth with cabbage.  I crave that soup and recently stumbled on a …

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Gingerbread

Posted on Dec 8, 2016
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I made gingerbread yesterday, with a lemon glaze and ginger whipped cream.  Say Christmassy. Quintessential dessert this time of year.  Years and years ago, back when I had holiday dinner parties, I served gingerbread for dessert.  It was the perfect ending to the meal. Does anyone have dinner parties any more?  While I’ve cut back, I …

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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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Chocolate Kiss Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate Kiss Peanut Butter Cookies

Posted on Dec 3, 2016
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It’s that time of year for baking cookies, and while I’m not a big baker, I have a few tricks up my sleeve ~ Kolachkes and these Chocolate Kiss Peanut Butter Cookies.  Over the years, as my girls were growing up, we’d make decorated sugar cookies and gingerbread men.  What a mess with all the royal …

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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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Turkey Noodle Soup

Turkey Noodle Soup

Posted on Nov 28, 2016
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I made two soups with Thanksgiving leftovers, mainly the turkey.  Turkey Curry Soup and Turkey Noodle Soup.  Both were really good and both are all gone.  This turkey noodle soup is a great way to use up a bunch of what you already had on hand for the holiday. First I made the stock with the carcass, put …

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Best Brussels Sprouts

Best Brussels Sprouts

Posted on Nov 13, 2016
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I had brussels sprouts for the very first time in my 30’s.  My parents never made them when I was growing up.  Then I got married.  Oh boy.  Lots of things my husband liked I had never had before.  Early in our married life he said he had a hankering for brussels sprouts.  Yes, he …

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Cheesy Potatoes

Cheesy Potatoes

Posted on Nov 10, 2016
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Ah, the holidays.  Almost Thanksgiving.  Do you have dishes you have to make?  Absolutely must have at (insert your holiday here)?  All holidays, and I mean all, must have “cheesy potatoes” on the table.  Except Christmas Day, I refuse. If you are from the midwest, or live there now, chances are you’ve had this hash brown casserole (or potato …

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Corn Soufflé

Corn Soufflé

Posted on Nov 10, 2016
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Thanksgiving is fast approaching and that means I’ll be making this corn casserole for PB&G.  She calls it corn soufflé, but technically speaking, it’s not really a soufflé.  But I can’t call this anything else. So who is PB&G anyway?  She is my middle child.  My daughter with a heart of gold, full of empathy for …

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Old-Fashioned Bread Stuffing with Sausage

Old-Fashioned Bread Stuffing with Sausage

Posted on Nov 5, 2016
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Holidays and food always conjure up memories of my dad.  He was such a great cook, I’d say old world through and through, he rarely used a written recipe.  But as my dad got older, he was always watching PBS cooking shows and then the new Food Network, and he subscribed to many cooking magazines.  He …

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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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Creamy Italian Sausage Peasant Pasta

Creamy Italian Sausage Peasant Pasta

Posted on Oct 27, 2016
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My love for one-pot meals has no end.  I used to make this peasant pasta dish, from Rachael Ray, all the time.  I haven’t made it in awhile, and for some reason I started craving it.  It’s loaded with Italian sausage, Meathead’s fave, and it’s a little creamy, but not overly so and gloppy.  Creamy …

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