recipes from my nest

Instant Pot Ham and White Bean Soup Instant Pot Ham and White Bean Soup 

Instant Pot Ham and White Bean Soup

Posted on Apr 14, 2018
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Smoky ham and white bean soup made easy in the Instant Pot. 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 …

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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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Chicken Stroganoff in bowl over spaetzle Chicken Stroganoff

Chicken Stroganoff

Posted on Nov 28, 2017
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Chicken, onions and mushrooms, sour cream gravy… sour cream … did I mention sour cream?  This dish has all the elements for success in my family, especially for my husband — if there is any kind of a creamy gravy involved, he is the first one at the table.  The chicken is tender, the mushrooms and …

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Honey Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

Honey Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

Posted on Nov 6, 2017
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Honey Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots ~ baby carrots cooked on the stovetop in butter, honey and brown sugar until tender and glazed, finished off with a sprinkling of fresh thyme. Just in time for Thanksgiving, these Honey Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots have to be the easiest side dish I’ve ever made for a holiday.  Truth be told, …

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