recipes from my nest

Pasta with Bacon, Onions and Mushrooms

Pasta with Bacon, Onions and Mushrooms

Posted on Feb 28, 2017
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I remember clipping this recipe out of Martha Stewart Living and tossing it in my recipe drawer.  Rummaging through my drawer a few months later, it caught my eye and I thought it’d be a good weeknight dinner.  Little did I know it would become one of Picky Eater’s favorites ~ Pasta with Bacon, Onions and Mushrooms. …

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Coq Au Vin (Chicken Braised in Red Wine)

Coq Au Vin (Chicken Braised in Red Wine)

Posted on Feb 24, 2017
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In the middle of December and all the holiday madness, I injured my elbow.  On my right arm, of course.  I just worked through it, hoping it would go away.  It didn’t, just got worse and I finally was sidelined while it healed (help of a very nasty cortisone shot).  I had already cooked and …

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Hungarian Goulash with Pork and Sauerkraut

Hungarian Goulash with Pork and Sauerkraut

Posted on Feb 8, 2017
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The cold winter months, especially after the holidays, call for long-simmering braises and stews.  Yes, the definition of comfort food right there.  I’m partial to Hungarian and Czech dishes, mainly from my background and my dad’s cooking.  When I came across this recipe years ago, it immediately spoke to me and practically jumped off the …

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Potato Leek Soup

Potato Leek Soup

Posted on Jan 18, 2017
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A few weeks ago, out to lunch with Meathead, I had a cup of potato leek soup that was so good in it’s simplicity.  I’ve never really thought about making it at home, but I’ve been craving it ever since.  So, out came my Julia Child’s cookbook for inspiration and to see how to make …

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No Work Chicken

No Work Chicken

Posted on Jan 16, 2017
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The past month and a half have been insane.  We moved and it couldn’t have been more stressful.  Really, really stressful, on many levels.  But we’re in, the dog is adjusting and we’re making our way through unpacking.  And, I’m cooking again.  This No Work Chicken was perfect for dinner last night.  It’s simple, duh, …

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Classic Bran Muffins

Classic Bran Muffins

Posted on Jan 10, 2017
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I love bran muffins, and I used to eat one every day for breakfast.  Seriously, I did.  I didn’t make them, I got them at a local French bakery in St. Paul, Minnesota.  In fact, I would buy them all up and freeze them so that I always had one on hand.  Years before that, …

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Grandmother's Spinach Rockefeller Recipe Grandmother's Spinach Rockefeller Recipe

Grandmother’s Spinach Rockefeller Recipe

Posted on Dec 21, 2016
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My grandmother, Gandy, was not the best cook but just like my mom, she made a few dishes that became favorites, especially at the holidays.  My Grandmother’s Spinach Rockefeller Recipe is one of those dishes ~ and a favorite side of mine. Not sure what the origins of this side dish are, Oysters Rockefeller, maybe? …

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Tuscan Kale and Cannellini Bean Soup Tuscan Kale and Cannellini Bean Soup

Tuscan Kale and Cannellini Bean Soup

Posted on Dec 20, 2016
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I first posted this Tuscan Kale and Cannellini Bean Soup about a year and a half ago, when I first started this blog.  I still love it, just made it today, and decided to update the photos.  Hope you try this soup, especially if you’ve been overindulging this time of year ~ it’s so good …

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Chicken Paprikash

Chicken Paprikash

Posted on Dec 16, 2016
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My all-time favorite dish growing up was my dad’s chicken paprika, a Sunday dinner treat during the cold winter months.  Of course, no recipe is written down and I have yet to try and recreate his version, although I think I could do it.  His big pot of chicken legs and thighs, simmered in onions, …

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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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