Cooked honey mustard sprouts in white bowl. Best Brussels Sprouts

Best Brussels Sprouts

Posted on Nov 7, 2019

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

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

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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