recipes from my nest

Pan of baked enchiladas suizas. Chicken Enchiladas Suizas

Chicken Enchiladas Suizas

Posted on Dec 5, 2019
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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
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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
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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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Finished mashed potatoes in blue serving bowl. Garlic Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

Garlic Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

Posted on Nov 6, 2019
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Creamy garlic buttermilk mashed potatoes, made with a food mill for the best consistency.  These are special occasion mashed potatoes, perfect for Sunday supper or the holidays. I don’t make mashed potatoes often, but when I do, these are it.  Creamy and decadent with lots of butter, garlic and buttermilk, special occasion stuff.  I mean, …

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Short ribs plated with mashed potatoes and sauce, showing forkful of beef. Instant Pot Short Ribs

Instant Pot Short Ribs

Posted on Nov 2, 2019
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Boneless beef short ribs braised in the Instant Pot with red wine and aromatics, finished off with balsamic vinegar.  Tender, succulent short ribs on the table in no time! When the weather turns cold, I’m all about comfort food.  Long, slow braises are a favorite in my house.  These short ribs are so easy and …

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Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Posted on Oct 29, 2019
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Creamy baked southern-style macaroni and cheese, a cheesy baked casserole and soul food classic. I’ve lived in St. Louis for some time now, and as I’ve said before, it’s very “southern” here in terms of cooking.  One of our favorite soul food restaurants had the best mac and cheese, and that would be Sweetie Pie’s.  …

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Close up of baked stuffed squash. Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash

Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash

Posted on Oct 23, 2019
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Turkey stuffed acorn squash, winter squash stuffed with seasoned ground turkey and topped with cheese. Easy, delicious and a healthy weeknight dinner for fall. When the weather turns cooler, especially after a long hot summer, I welcome and crave all the fall produce.  Especially winter squash.  I love it every which way ~ in soup, …

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Baked penne with prosciutto and Parmesan cream in casserole dish. Penne with Prosciutto and Cream

Penne with Prosciutto and Cream

Posted on Oct 16, 2019
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Baked penne with prosciutto, parmesan and cream, just four ingredients.  Super easy and delicious for a weeknight dinner or comforting Sunday supper. We did it.  We successfully dropped our youngest off at college.  My Emily, my baby, my Picky Eater.  Hold on a sec, need to wipe the tears off my keyboard.  Just kidding.  It’s …

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Enchilada sauce in jar surrounded by chiles and oregano. Red Enchilada Sauce

Red Enchilada Sauce Recipe

Posted on Oct 8, 2019
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Authentic Mexican red enchilada sauce made in the blender with just a few ingredients ~ dried guajillo chiles, garlic, salt and oregano.   I’m always asking questions when it comes to food.  Always.  I’m curious and that’s how I learn.  The little Mexican market I go to is no exception.  So many conversations with the …

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