recipes from my nest

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
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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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Sliced steak on cutting board with chimichurri and tomatoes. Skirt Steak with Chimichurri

Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Posted on Jul 18, 2019
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Grilled skirt steak with chimichurri sauce, a perfect match that will take your steak game to a whole new level this summer. I love my backyard potted herb garden.  I’m always out there snipping something around dinnertime.  Chimichurri sauce is a fave of mine, the popular Argentinean sauce made with fresh herbs, garlic, vinegar and …

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Grilled Harissa Shrimp skewers Grilled Harissa Shrimp

Grilled Harissa Shrimp

Posted on Jul 16, 2019
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Grilled harissa shrimp, brined and marinated shrimp grilled to perfection ~ succulent and smoky with a spicy kick. Perfect for summer grilling season. We love grilling season and while it’s usually meat, chicken and veggies we’re throwing on the grill, occasionally we do shrimp.  It’s so easy and delicious with a quick harissa marinade.   Why …

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Overhead in casserole dish. Baked Beans with Bacon

Baked Beans with Bacon

Posted on Jul 5, 2019
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Easy homemade baked beans recipe with brown sugar and bacon on top, baked long and slow in the oven.  The quintessential summer BBQ side dish! Let me start off by saying baked beans are my husband’s all time favorite side dish, he’ll even crumble potato chips on top if he can, or I let him!  …

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Turkey Meatballs with Pasta in Marinara Sauce

Turkey Meatballs and Pasta in Marinara Sauce

Posted on Jun 26, 2019
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Easy ground turkey Italian meatballs simmered in marinara sauce and tossed with penne pasta for a delicious and healthy dinner. I used to make these turkey meatballs all the time for a relatively quick and easy family weeknight dinner.  Made with ground turkey, they are tender, delicate and bouncy, and perfectly simmered in my favorite …

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Overhead of Cajun macaroni salad in serving bowl garnished with hardboiled egg. Cajun Macaroni Salad

Cajun Macaroni Salad

Posted on Jun 21, 2019
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Cajun Macaroni Salad, a spicy Southern twist on a classic side dish for summer, this creamy Creole pasta salad will have everyone back for seconds!  The perfect side dish for backyard BBQ’s and potluck gatherings. When tasked to bring a side dish to a summer gathering, do you lean towards potato salad? baked beans? maybe …

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Enchilada on white plate with refried beans. Easy Ground Turkey Enchiladas

Easy Ground Turkey Enchiladas

Posted on May 5, 2019
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Easy turkey enchiladas made with seasoned ground turkey and two cheeses, wrapped up in flour tortillas and baked in red enchilada sauce. I don’t make Mexican dishes much at home, so when I get the craving, we go out.  But these enchiladas are so easy and good, we’re staying in.  Made with simple ingredients, nothing …

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Guacamole in white bowl with crumbled fresh cheese and homemade chips. Perfect Guacamole

Perfect Guacamole

Posted on May 1, 2019
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This is how to make perfect guacamole at home, simple and fresh, better than your favorite Mexican restaurant.  And you have to serve with homemade tortilla chips, you just do!  Instructions included with recipe. Guac.  Chips.  Queso.  Margaritas.  Doesn’t that just hit the spot sometimes?  That could easily be dinner for me.  For most, though, …

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Greek baklava cut in diamonds, baked in pan Greek Baklava

Greek Baklava

Posted on Apr 29, 2019
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Classic baklava recipe, the traditional Greek pastry made with ground nuts, layers of phyllo and drizzled with honey syrup. I’ve had baklava now and then over the years, sometimes good, sometimes not so much.  In other words, not a huge fan, just kind of neutral.  But if you’ve ever had really good baklava, it’s a …

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