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Finished risotto in bowl with fresh herbs. Spring Risotto with Asparagus and Smoked Salmon

Spring Risotto with Asparagus and Smoked Salmon

Posted on May 29, 2018
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Creamy spring risotto with asparagus and smoked salmon and sugar snap peas ~ finished with lemon, parmesan and a sprinkling of fresh herbs, a perfect spring-time rendition. I’ll admit I don’t often make risotto at home, thinking it too difficult with all the stirring that I’ll somehow manage to screw it up.  But it’s not …

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Tilapia piccata in pan with lemons Tilapia Piccata

Tilapia Piccata

Posted on Apr 26, 2018
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Tilapia Piccata ~ pan seared tilapia in a bright, briny and buttery sauce made with lemons, butter and capers. There’s nothing I like more than being able to put a quick and delicious dinner on the table with ingredients I likely have on hand.  That’s almost always the case with a piccata.  And while chicken …

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Braised Chicken with Artichokes in Mushroom-Sherry Sauce Braised Chicken with Artichokes in Mushroom-Sherry Sauce

Braised Chicken with Artichokes in Mushroom-Sherry Sauce

Posted on Apr 16, 2018
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Simple and elegant braised chicken dish, with artichokes and mushrooms in a sauce made with chicken stock and sherry. Equally impressive for entertaining or on the table for the family. Last summer, I went antiquing in the town we moved to a couple years ago.  I’m not a big antique-seeking girl but I was curious …

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Beef Tacos Beef Tacos

Beef Tacos

Posted on Apr 10, 2018
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Beef tacos, made with homemade seasoned ground beef filling, no packaged mix. Easy, flavorful taco meat comes together in the skillet in about a half hour. Put out all the fixins for a perfect weeknight dinner the whole family loves! I love a good taco when I go out for Mexican, especially tacos al pastor. …

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Cast Iron Skillet Cajun Chicken Thighs

Cast Iron Skillet Cajun Chicken Thighs

Posted on Jan 11, 2018
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Crispy Cajun chicken thighs in the cast iron skillet.  Preheat the skillet in the oven, sear on the stove top, then finish off back in the oven.  Perfect every time. This past year, my mom gave me two cast iron skillets that were my dad’s.  I actually think they were my grandmother’s, that my dad …

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Turkey Chili

Turkey Chili

Posted on Jan 9, 2018
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Happy New Year!  I hope the holidays were everything you wanted them to be.  So, it’s January and it’s freezing, even here in St. Louis.  This is the time of year I want long, slow braises, soups and stews.  And chili!  I made this Turkey Chili for the first time over Thanksgiving.  First time I ever …

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Braised Pork and Sauerkraut Braised Pork and Sauerkraut

Braised Pork and Sauerkraut

Posted on Jan 4, 2018
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Braised Pork and Sauerkraut ~ pork ribs braised in a low, slow oven with sauerkraut and brown sugar, so easy with just three ingredients!  Perfect with mashed potatoes and applesauce for Sunday dinner on a cold winter night. Meathead had a rough week.  I knew just the dinner to cheer him up, Braised Pork and Sauerkraut …

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Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, in bowl with forkful of spaghetti Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Posted on Dec 4, 2017
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Instant Pot Spaghetti with meat sauce, all in one pot. Use ground beef or turkey, your favorite marinara sauce and dinner is on the table in 30 minutes. Oh, how I’ve had fun learning the ins and outs of pressure cooking the past few months, and spaghetti has become a weeknight favorite around here.  It’s …

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Chicken Stroganoff, over noodles in bowl. Chicken Stroganoff

Chicken Stroganoff

Posted on Nov 28, 2017
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Chicken Stroganoff, an easy weeknight family favorite, all in one skillet ~ chicken, mushrooms and onion in a paprika-laden sour cream gravy.  Chicken, onions and mushrooms, sour cream gravy… sour cream … did I mention sour cream?  This dish has all the elements for success in my family, especially for my husband — if there is …

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Wafuu Chicken Curry

Wafuu Chicken Curry

Posted on Oct 28, 2017
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Wafuu curry is a traditional Japanese-style chicken curry.  It’s mild, comforting, slightly sweet, and it’s one of our favorite dishes.  Chicken, potatoes, onions and carrots in a richly flavored curry, not too spicy, and comes together fairly easily. There are many versions of this curry dish.  This one comes from SAVEUR magazine, about ten years ago. …

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