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Garlic Basil Chicken with Tomato Sauce

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I love a simple recipe. By simple I mean two key things, simple ingredients and simple to make. This dish I found on Pinterest on the Pinch of Yum blog met both criteria and is sure to be a go to recipe. You could make this dish with your favorite jarred sauce; though, I’d follow the […]

Lasagna

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Growing up with an Italian mother, well 3/4 Italian and 1/4 French, made for some pretty amazing meals that a young boy never could truly appreciate. However, there was one dish my mom was famous for: Lasagna. It was a staple of the holidays at our home. She definitely took a lot of pride making […]

One-Pot Creamy Spinach and Lentils

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Lentils are a personal favorite in my vegan and vegetarian cooking. I tend to save a lot of recipes that use them on my Pinterest Mostly Vegetarian board (you can follow me on Pinterest here.) A recent save is this lentil and spinach dish I made last week. It’s pretty easy to prepare and can […]

Steak Diane

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Steak Diane is one of my favorite stop top steak dishes. I love it so much I have another recipe on the website I did back in 2011 (check it out here.) This version doesn’t use cream, but it does use a lot of butter.  You can also remove the mushrooms in this version, but […]

Crockpot Apple Cider Beef Stew

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With temperatures staying in the 90s, and mostly high 90s, this October it really isn’t feeling like Fall yet.  So, I’ve decided to have Pinterest bring Fall to me. I bought some fresh squeezed apple cider from Whole Foods last Sunday and wanted to use it in a rich, flavorful stew. After a few searches, […]

Dark ‘n’ Stormy Cocktail

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This is my first cocktail recipe post and it’s a simple, but delicious one.  I likely will be adding some more cocktail recipes as I work through some at home.  I spent a week trying to get a mojito down, but spent most of that week taking a few sips and then pouring the rest […]

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

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I want a deep fryer. In fact, I’ve wanted one for a number of years.  Not because I want to fry everything. I don’t.  But when it comes to fries and tempura and some other cooking efforts that work better with food submerged in oil than in a 1-inch puddle of oil, a deep fryer […]

Country Bread and Overcoming Fear of Failure

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I’ve always had a fear of breadmaking.  Like most fears, it is irrational.  I can and do make some great homemade pasta and I have no problem creating some amazing homemade sauces and complete dishes; however, breadmaking always felt to challenging. Could I knead properly? How about a starter, don’t I need a starter? Did […]

Simple and Lighter Chicken with Biscuits (really)

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I love it when I get an email in the middle of my work day saying, “Can you make this?” Stephanie occasionally will find a recipe she would like to try and knows I love a challenge. This recipe wasn’t much of a challenge, though. In fact, it ended up being a pleasantly simple recipe […]

Cavatelli with Vegetables and Olive Oil

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Cavatelli is an often forgotten pasta. You probably don’t recall what it looks like when you see it on a menu, but when you see it you go “oh yes, I’ve had that before.”  It doesn’t have a familiar shape like bowtie, fusilli, or penne pasta. Cavatelli is great for sauces that are oil based, like this […]