recipes from my nest

Baked goat cheese in casserole with knife and baguette slices. Baked Goat Cheese Appetizer

Baked Goat Cheese Appetizer

Posted on Jan 8, 2020
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Super simple and comforting baked goat cheese appetizer with tomatoes, garlic and herbs.  Toss any leftovers with pasta the next day for dinner. This is one of my favorite appetizers in the colder months, it’s so easy and so good.  Simply top a log of goat cheese with diced tomatoes and some seasonings and bake. …

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Coq au vin in serving dish with mashed potatoes. Coq Au Vin

Coq Au Vin (Chicken Braised in Red Wine)

Posted on Jan 7, 2020
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Chicken braised in red wine and aromatics, topped with bacon, onions and mushrooms, coq au vin is classic French comfort food. 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 …

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Tray of baked crab puffs. Hot Crab Puffs Appetizer

Hot Crab Puffs Appetizer

Posted on Dec 27, 2019
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Crab puffs seafood appetizer perfect for entertaining and the holidays, crab and cream cheese stuffed bread rolls baked until hot and golden. Growing up, my parents were always entertaining and throwing dinner parties.  My mom often made a hot crab hors d’oeuvre that was super easy and I loved those party crab puffs.  She would …

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Close up of white chocolate cranberry bar. White Chocolate Cranberry Bars

White Chocolate Cranberry Bars

Posted on Dec 20, 2019

Dessert bars filled with white chocolate chips, pecans and cranberry sauce, a festive treat for the holidays. I’m not a huge baker and usually do the minimum required for the holidays.  Always kolachkes and buckeyes, and occasionally something new, like these white chocolate cranberry bars.  They are rich and gooey and festive and nutty. The …

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Chipped Beef Dip

Posted on Dec 19, 2019

A favorite classic appetizer that everyone loves! Chipped beef dip with cream cheese, Buddig beef, garlic and Worcestershire, perfect for the holidays or game day. I’m a sucker for anything with cream cheese or sour cream as a key ingredient, and that includes appetizers and dips.  My parents and my dad’s side of the family …

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Bowl of pasta and meaty gravy Sunday Gravy

Sunday Gravy

Posted on Dec 15, 2019

Sunday Gravy, a comforting and meaty pasta sauce for Sunday supper.  Beef short ribs cooked low and slow in tomato sauce until fork tender and then tossed with pasta and topped with grated cheese. This past Sunday, I made a pot of sauce to serve with pasta.  Sunday Gravy.  It starts on the stove and …

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Pan of baked enchiladas suizas. Chicken Enchiladas Suizas

Chicken Enchiladas Suizas

Posted on Dec 5, 2019

Easy Enchiladas Suizas with chicken or leftover turkey, smothered in sour cream, cheese and salsa verde. If you’ve ever had leftover chicken or all that turkey from the holidays and wondered what to do with it, enchiladas are perfect.  Especially enchiladas Suizas, or enchiladas verdes.  We’re talking creamy and cheesy, with green sauce, not red.  …

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Bowl of vegetable beef soup. Vegetable Beef Soup

Vegetable Beef Soup

Posted on Nov 21, 2019

Vegetable beef soup, hearty weeknight comfort food.  Easy ground beef soup loaded with vegetables in a savory broth of beef stock, tomatoes and red wine. When my mom was recuperating from hip replacement surgery several years ago, my aunt brought us some homemade soup.  It was freezing outside in Chicago and we heated up the …

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Cranberry orange sauce in serving dish. Cranberry Orange Sauce

Cranberry Orange Sauce

Posted on Nov 10, 2019
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Homemade cranberry orange sauce for the holidays.  Ridiculously easy to make with fresh cranberries and sugar, perfectly flavored with orange, cinnamon and cloves. I started making fresh cranberry sauce a few years ago at the insistence of my oldest daughter.  She wants homemade, my middle daughter wants the canned jellied stuff, and my youngest daughter …

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Cooked honey mustard sprouts in white bowl. Best Brussels Sprouts

Best Brussels Sprouts

Posted on Nov 7, 2019

The best way to make Brussels sprouts, caramelized with honey and Dijon mustard on the stovetop.  Super easy and guaranteed to turn a Brussels sprouts hater into a fan. 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. …

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