recipes from my nest

French Onion Soup

Posted on Feb 9, 2019
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Classic French onion soup, inspired by Julia Child and tweaked just a tad, with loads of caramelized onions simmered in beef broth and wine and then topped with bread croutons and gooey, melted Gruyère cheese. I’ve been wanting to try making French onion soup at home for years, and I finally did.  Not sure what …

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Instant Pot Black Eyed Pea Soup Instant Pot Black Eyed Pea Soup

Instant Pot Black Eyed Pea Soup

Posted on Jan 24, 2019
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Instant Pot Black Eyed Pea Soup, with ham, andouille sausage and collard greens.  No need to presoak the peas, they cook in under 30 minutes in the pressure cooker.  The perfect soup to ring in the New Year and a favorite soup to make all winter long. Happy New Year, three weeks late, but the sentiment …

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Roasted Glazed Salmon, on forkful over serving platter Roasted Glazed Salmon

Roasted Salmon Glazed Two Ways

Posted on Jan 12, 2019
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Roasted salmon glazed two ways ~ with brown sugar and Dijon mustard or with maple syrup and whole grain Dijon mustard.  Either way is delicious, super easy and dinner is on the table in under 30 minutes.  My kind of weeknight dinner! People either love salmon or hate salmon.  Our house is divided.  Now that …

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Instant Pot Blackberry Jalapeño BBQ Meatballs Instant Pot Blackberry Jalapeño BBQ Meatballs

Instant Pot Blackberry Jalapeño BBQ Meatballs

Posted on Dec 19, 2018
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Instant Pot Blackberry Jalapeño BBQ Meatballs, an easy sweet and spicy cocktail meatball appetizer for holiday parties or game day. I brought a jar of blackberry-jalapeño conserves home this summer because someone told me it makes great BBQ meatballs.  You know, the sweet and spicy sticky ones often found on the party buffet table.   So …

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Buckeyes on serving plate Classic Buckeyes

Classic Buckeyes

Posted on Dec 15, 2018
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Classic Buckeyes recipe for peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate, a popular treat in the midwest, especially Ohio, and must-have on the holiday dessert table. I had my first buckeye years ago in Ohio, when I married into family from Dayton.  On the buffet at the holidays when we were visiting one year were a …

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, close up on rectangular platter Beer-Braised Beef and Onions

Beer-Braised Beef and Onions

Posted on Nov 30, 2018
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Beer-Braised Beef and Onions, a stripped down version of Carbonnades à la Flamande, a classic Flemish beef stew ~ essentially beef and onions braised in beer, preferably a Belgian Ale. This is what I like about the cold weather, dishes like this.  Beer-Braised Beef and Onions.  So, so good, I can’t even tell you.  I …

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Turkey Tetrazzini, close up baked in casserole dih Turkey Tetrazzini

Turkey Tetrazzini

Posted on Nov 16, 2018
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Turkey Tetrazzini, a creamy casserole perfect for using that leftover Thanksgiving turkey ~ pasta baked in homemade cream sauce, with mushrooms, peas, Parmesan and diced turkey or chicken. Every year I say I’m going to make turkey tetrazinni with the leftover Thanksgiving Day turkey, and every year I make turkey noodle soup instead.  This year, …

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Herb Butter Instant Pot Turkey Breast, partially carved showing slices and herb crust Herb Butter Instant Pot Turkey Breast

Herb Butter Instant Pot Turkey Breast

Posted on Nov 14, 2018
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Easy herb butter Instant Pot turkey breast for Thanksgiving.  Bone-in turkey breast rubbed with a garlic-herb butter that cooks up juicy and moist in no time in the pressure cooker, with gravy in minutes, all in the Instant Pot.  Free up the oven for everybody’s favorite part of Thanksgiving ~ the sides! My dilemma every …

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Homemade Turkey Stock, in quart mason jar Homemade Turkey Stock

Homemade Turkey Stock

Posted on Nov 12, 2018
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Homemade Turkey Stock, essential for Thanksgiving dinner ~ to add to the roasting pan, for gravy, to moisten stuffing and for leftover recipes the next day.  It’s the power horse ingredient for the big day! When I was a kid, my dad always had a pot simmering on the stove at the holidays with turkey …

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Baked Acorn Squash, baked squash halves with melted butter and brown sugar in center. Baked Acorn Squash

Baked Acorn Squash with Butter and Brown Sugar

Posted on Nov 6, 2018
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Easy baked acorn squash, with butter and brown sugar, perfect for fall and the holidays. One of my favorite things about the changing seasons is the changing seasonal vegetables, like winter squash.  Acorn squash, and other varieties, are so good baked in the oven with a little butter and brown sugar.  So simple and so …

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