recipes from my nest

Close up of piece of triple chocolate Bundt cake on plate. Triple Chocolate Cake

Triple Chocolate Cake

Posted on Feb 15, 2020

Easy triple chocolate Bundt cake made with boxed cake and pudding mixes, chocolate chips and sour cream.  Fudgy, moist and rich dark chocolate cake for birthdays, potlucks and Valentine’s Day. Triple Chocolate Cake is the easiest cake I’ve ever made, and it’s loaded with chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate.  I got the recipe years ago …

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Gnocchi with gorgonzola, walnuts and pancetta on serving plate. Gnocchi with Gorgonzola and Walnuts

Gnocchi with Gorgonzola and Walnuts

Posted on Feb 13, 2020

Gnocchi in creamy Gorgonzola sauce with walnuts, topped with crispy pancetta.  Elegant Italian cuisine, perfect for that special  occasion dinner. This was our special Valentine’s Day dinner, gnocchi with Gorgonzola and walnut sauce, topped with crispy pancetta.  It was outrageous.  Meathead declared it the best thing I’ve ever made. Here’s why this is so good. …

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Tiramisu dessert slice on white plate. Classic Italian Tiramisu

Classic Italian Tiramisu

Posted on Feb 10, 2020
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Classic tiramisu recipe with ladyfingers dipped in coffee and rum and layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar and mascarpone cheese, an easy and authentic homemade Italian dessert. I first had tiramisu many years ago in Chicago at a little neighborhood Italian restaurant run by two sisters.  One cooked in the kitchen, the other …

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Overhead of serving bowl of pad see ew. Shrimp Pad See Ew

Shrimp Pad See Ew

Posted on Feb 8, 2020
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Pad See Ew, Thai street-food staple and restaurant favorite ~ stir fried noodles with soy sauce, shrimp and baby bok choy. When I was in my 20’s, living in Chicago, my good friend, Carol, took me to her “secret” Thai restaurant.  I say secret because she didn’t want the word to get out and risk …

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Beef stew in serving bowl with spoon. Beef Stew with Red Wine, Root Vegetables and Leeks

Beef Stew with Red Wine, Root Vegetables and Leeks

Posted on Jan 31, 2020

Beef stew with red wine, my take on the French classic beef burgundy, with caramelized root vegetables and leeks.  Comfort food to the max! It’s cold out, finally, it’s been a pretty mild winter so far in Missouri.  Now that the holidays are over, and we survived the 2015 Christmas Flood, the weather has turned …

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Curried sweet potatoes and skillet chicken on serving plate with lime wedges. Thai Sweet Potato Curry with Skillet Chicken

Thai Sweet Potato Curry with Skillet Chicken

Posted on Jan 25, 2020
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Thai sweet potato curry paired with skillet curried chicken thighs makes for a warm and spicy easy dinner. These curried sweet potatoes are easy, warm and spicy and pair so well with some skillet chicken thighs seasoned with more of the same Thai red curry paste.  I love sweet potatoes, love spicy curries, and I’m …

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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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