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Making Easy Homemade Microwave Popcorn

Making Easy Homemade Microwave Popcorn

| February 14, 2012 | 5 Comments

Popcorn, anyone? On movie night (every Friday in our house!) popcorn is practically a requirement. I mean, how can you dig into a good flick without a big buttery bowl of popcorn? There’s something big to be said for traditions like that. The kids get so excited for our Friday movie and popcorn. ‘Course, making […]

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Slow Cooker Beef and Veggie Stew

Slow Cooker Beef and Veggie Stew

| January 6, 2012 | 5 Comments

When you plan your meals ahead of time, the evening goes much smoother. It becomes simpler to just finish up whatever you need to (work, laundry, whatever) and then move into a speedy dinner prep. Unfortunately, I fell back into bad habits recently and wasn’t planning dinners. Heck, I wasn’t even thinking about dinner … […]

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Baked Sticky Orange Chicken Drumsticks

Baked Sticky Orange Chicken Drumsticks

| October 12, 2011 | 16 Comments

Can I tell you something? Lately, I have had to work on meal plans and budgeting for food. I simply have to spend less on what we eat. For awhile there, my freelance writing business was booming. In fact, it was so big that I ended up letting go of a few lower paying clients. […]

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Family Meals: Poor Man’s Steak, Veggie and Mozzarella Sandwiches

Family Meals: Poor Man’s Steak, Veggie and Mozzarella Sandwiches

| May 3, 2011 | 3 Comments

  Do you eat your meals together as a family? The kids and I eat dinner together nearly every evening, usually around our kitchen table. Shawn’s not home for dinner often because he has to work late and has a lengthy commute, but when he is, we all eat together as well. I’m dying to […]

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Easy Split Pea Soup

Easy Split Pea Soup

| April 29, 2011 | 5 Comments

You know how flavors can bring back vivid memories? Split pea soup is like that for me. One whiff of it’s smoky scent, and I feel the chilly spring afternoon air as I sat at my family’s wrought-iron patio set. My grandfather had returned from a favorite deli with sandwiches and soups, and raved over […]

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Lemony Pasta Salad

Lemony Pasta Salad

| April 27, 2011 | 2 Comments

For years I haven’t watched the news at night. While I think it’s important to be informed (and I am), it’s easy to become enraptured with the frightening amount of bad things that happen every day everywhere. I like to believe in the inherent goodness of people, but also realize that for whatever reason some […]

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Reviving Quick and Easy Salt and Pepper Chicken (and 5 Food Photography Tips for the Non-Photographer)

Reviving Quick and Easy Salt and Pepper Chicken (and 5 Food Photography Tips for the Non-Photographer)

| November 4, 2010 | 3 Comments

This quick and easy recipe for Salt and Pepper Chicken Breasts is an easy way to cook chicken for dinner. Pair it with your favorite sides — and a sauce, if you like. If you are a longtime reader of Sarah’s Cucina Bella, you might remember my recipes for Easy Low-Fat Salt and Pepper Chicken […]

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Frugal Fridays: Grocery Edition

Frugal Fridays: Grocery Edition

| August 27, 2010 | 1 Comment

If you are a Sarah’s Cucina Bella fan on Facebook, you know that I was ridiculously excited about my grocery store purchases earlier this week. That photo above is what I purchased. And I spent (drum roll please!) $52.47. Here’s what I got: 6 boxes of cereal (great for snacks and early morning breakfasts) 8 […]

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Sundried Tomato Basil Hummus Recipe

Sundried Tomato Basil Hummus Recipe

| August 27, 2010 | 5 Comments

Back to school is heavy on my mind these days. We are less than a week away from Will starting kindergarten. But as I wrote recently on Tablespoon, it’s Will’s school lunch that I think about most. Ok, think might be an understatement. I obsess. I’ve checked out the lunch menu for his school and […]

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Whole Wheat Couscous Tabbouleh Salad

Whole Wheat Couscous Tabbouleh Salad

| August 25, 2010 | 1 Comment

When I moved to New York (as in Manhattan) to go to college, I craved freedom and devoured the city. I walked everywhere, breathing in the skyscrapers and eying the fabulous fashion and amazing pace. Everything seemed so special, so amazing. One of my favorite things was checking out the myriad grocery stores in the […]

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