recipes from my nest

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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Sheet Pan Chicken, Potatoes and Herbs

Sheet Pan Chicken, Potatoes and Herbs

Posted on Oct 26, 2016
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One-pan, one-pot meals are my thing.  Especially when the cooler weather arrives. This Sheet Pan Chicken, Potatoes and Herbs is a favorite of mine.  Very similar to my chicken thighs and potatoes and Greek chicken recipes ~ but in sheet pan form, you could say. It may be October, but it’s still very warm in …

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