recipes from my nest

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

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

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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Bowl of chips with salsa in background. Homemade Tortilla Chips

Homemade Tortilla Chips

Posted on Oct 5, 2019

How to make homemade corn tortilla chips at home.  Once you’ve tried these fresh and crunchy, quick and easy tortilla chips, you’ll never go back to prepackaged again. How do you judge a good Mexican restaurant?  The chips?  The refried beans?  The margaritas?  All of the above for me, but the chips and margaritas top …

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Refried beans in serving dish with queso fresco. Easy Refried Beans

Easy Refried Beans

Posted on Sep 26, 2019
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Quick and easy refried beans using canned pinto beans.  Seasoned with onion and garlic and “fried” in bacon drippings, then mashed until smooth. When we go out for Mexican food, I think my favorite part of the meal are the refried beans.  Creamy and flavorful, the meal isn’t complete without them.  And guess what?  These …

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With refried beans and homemade flour tortillas on the side. Pork Chile Verde

Easy Pork Chile Verde

Posted on Sep 15, 2019

Easy pork chile verde, pork shoulder roast in the slow cooker with jarred salsa verde and some fresh jalapeño.  Delicious with warm flour tortillas and refried beans. Chile verde is probably Meathead’s favorite, he always orders it at our favorite local Mexican restaurant.  I found myself with a pork shoulder roast in the freezer and …

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Wings on white plate with snipped chives. Hot Apricot Glazed Wings

Hot Apricot Glazed Wings

Posted on Sep 14, 2019

Hot Apricot Glazed Wings, easy fried chicken wings with a sweet and spicy apricot jam glaze ~ a perfect appetizer/snack for game day or simply serve for dinner. Ever since I tried making wings at home, I’ve been obsessed.  I made chicken wings the first time with a stout beer and mustard glaze.  Delicious, and …

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Chicken paprikash in white serving bowl with spoon. Chicken Paprikash

Chicken Paprikash

Posted on Aug 26, 2019

Easy Hungarian chicken paprikash recipe made with boneless chicken breasts simmered in a rich paprika sour cream gravy.  All on the stovetop in one skillet, served over buttered egg noodles. 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 …

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Sloppy joe sandwich with pickles Turkey Sloppy Joes

Turkey Sloppy Joes

Posted on Aug 22, 2019

Homemade sloppy joes made with ground turkey and chili sauce.  Quick and easy, a healthy dinner the whole family loves.  Hands up if you liked sloppy joes growing up?  They weren’t my favorite and back then my mom made them by adding a can of something to some browned ground beef.  But once I had …

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Pesto mozzarella chicken in skillet Skillet Pesto Mozzarella Chicken

Skillet Pesto Mozzarella Chicken

Posted on Aug 15, 2019
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Crispy skillet chicken topped with fresh mozzarella and basil pesto, simple and delicious for a late summer weeknight dinner. Some dishes are just too easy to be so good and this is one of them.  Basically three ingredients that come together perfectly ~ chicken thighs, fresh mozzarella and basil pesto.  Start on the stovetop in …

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Cajun fried corn in cast iron skillet with wooden spoon. Cajun Southern Fried Corn

Cajun Southern Fried Corn

Posted on Aug 3, 2019

Easy Southern style skillet fried corn made with Cajun-seasoned sweet corn, butter, chicken stock and a touch of cream. It’s the dog days of summer and all my favorites are in abundance at the markets, especially sweet corn.  Actually, we’ve had local sweet corn here in St. Louis since the beginning of July and I …

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