recipes from my nest

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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Apple Pie

Apple Pie

Posted on Oct 24, 2016
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Fall is finally here, although I keep having to turn the A/C on here in St. Louis.  What is the deal??  Anyway, I have managed to make an apple pie with the beautiful apples from the orchard down the street.  They had Jonagold and that’s what I used. I like my apple pie simple, and …

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Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

Posted on Oct 20, 2016
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I love a good homemade cookie.  Too bad I don’t bake very good ones.  Picky Eater is the star cookie baker in our house ~ her specialty?  Chocolate chip cookies, recipe courtesy of the chocolate chip bag.  I think I recently found my cookie, though.  Old-fashioned oatmeal cookies.  And they are truly old-fashioned. This recipe …

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Loaded Steak Nachos

Loaded Steak Nachos

Posted on Oct 19, 2016
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Who doesn’t love a pan of nachos?  Or a plate, like my kids used to make after school.  They’d pile chips on a plate, top with some shredded Mexican blend cheese and pop in the microwave.  Then came a big plop of sour cream and their snack was complete.  I’m opting for something a little more …

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Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi with Linguine

Posted on Oct 17, 2016
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Last weekend, I had the house to myself, all weekend, for three whole days.  I don’t even know the last time that happened.  The girls are gone to college or beyond, and Meathead went on a fishing trip ~ something he never does.  So it was just Buddy and me.  And dinner.  Wait for it …

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Chicken in Mustard Sauce

Chicken in Mustard Sauce

Posted on Oct 12, 2016
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Chicken thighs in any kind of sauce with bacon and wine is going to be well-received in this house.  And you know any recipe from David Lebovitz is going to be good.  This chicken in mustard sauce is from his book My Paris Kitchen.  I don’t have this book yet, but I’m hoping I will this …

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Mediterranean Baked Fish

Mediterranean Baked Fish

Posted on Oct 7, 2016
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This is a baked white fish dish with the wonderful flavors of the Mediterranean and Greece.  I used cod, and that’s what I’m recommending here, but other firm white fish will work, like halibut or sea bass.  Mediterranean Baked Fish is a fairly easy and super flavorful way to make white fish for dinner. While I …

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Eggplant Parmesan

Posted on Oct 3, 2016
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Eggplant Parmesan is one of my favorites to order when I’m out for Italian.  I usually go for eggplant Parm or linguine with clams.  When I recently visited my daughter in New York, we had eggplant Parmesan ~ twice ~ on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx.  The food on Arthur Ave is amazing and Always …

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Classic Cioppino

Classic Cioppino

Posted on Sep 26, 2016
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I have been wanting to make Cioppino for some time now, that iconic San Francisco-style seafood stew cooked with tomatoes, wine, spices and herbs.  I love seafood stews like Cioppino and bouillabaisse but I’ve never attempted to make either at home.  After being inspired to try making a classic Cioppino by a couple other food bloggers, …

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Crispy Onion Parmesan Chicken

Crispy Onion Parmesan Chicken

Posted on Sep 22, 2016
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A few years ago, I tried the parmesan chicken recipe off the Hellmann’s mayonnaise jar.  Do you know that one?  It was super easy, the chicken was juicy and most importantly, Picky Eater liked it and she claims she doesn’t like chicken.  You all know I’m not a boneless chicken breast fan, but I found …

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Butterscotch Crunch Squares

Butterscotch Crunch Squares

Posted on Sep 16, 2016
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I made dessert last week, not something I do very often.  I’m just not the best baker in the world.  But I couldn’t pass on these Butterscotch Crunch Squares made with ice cream.  Ice cream is Meathead’s favorite, he pretty much has a bowl nightly, since childhood.  He loved these ice cream crunch squares and …

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Fire Roasted Salsa Canning Recipe

Fire Roasted Salsa Canning Recipe

Posted on Sep 8, 2016
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I love tomato season and this year I made salsa.  Fire roasted salsa that I canned.  I used tomatoes and poblano peppers from the farm stand and roasted them on a hot grill until they were charred and blistered all over.  I love the flavor of grilled tomatoes and peppers.  Then you just peel off the skins, …

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Tortilla Pie

Tortilla Pie

Posted on Aug 30, 2016
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Last summer, I drove 600 miles in pouring rain to Minneapolis to visit friends.  When I finally made it to Beth’s place, I was greeted by her and her husband with big hugs, a glass of wine and dinner waiting for me in the oven.  It was just the best!  Comforting and inviting, she made …

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Easy Coconut Curry Salmon

Easy Coconut Curry Salmon

Posted on Aug 26, 2016
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Do you like salmon?  We love salmon.  Ever get in a rut making it at home?  We do.  Honestly, I try and make salmon at home at least once a week, usually baked or grilled with a simple sweet/spicy glaze of mustard and brown sugar or maple syrup, like this.  I also want to try …

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Fried Okra with Louisiana Rémoulade

Posted on Aug 25, 2016
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Meathead and I went to a real dive last week for dinner.  We heard they had good food so we checked it out.  First, we had to eat outside because of the smoke.  I reeked after just two minutes inside.  Second, the place was full of regulars and they were friendly, loud and hilarious, but mostly welcoming …

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