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Garlic Soy Stir Fry

Garlic Soy Stir Fry

| February 22, 2009 | 7 Comments

Tender beef and veggies are cooked in a fragrant garlic-soy sauce in this quick and easy recipe for Garlic Soy Stir Fry. In my single days, a mainstay of my cooking was stir fry. It is just so easy. Chop up a few veggies, toss it in a pan with a little oil and stir, […]

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Fajita Beef and Vegetables over Rice

Fajita Beef and Vegetables over Rice

| November 18, 2008 | 2 Comments

We did it with $7, including a dessert or appetizer. And somehow, that seemed not too bad. Yes, it was challenging. But it wasn’t so challenging that I ever worried that I might not have made the limit. But this week, with a slightly larger $10 budget and without the added stress of an app […]

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All-American Beef Cheddar Bacon Hand Pies

All-American Beef Cheddar Bacon Hand Pies

| October 10, 2008 | 2 Comments

When I was a kid, my family had a tradition that we called Fun Friday. Each Friday, we’d eschew our regular eating habits in favor of fun, but not necessarily good for you, food. Sometimes we’d layer tacos with seasoned ground beef, lettuce, tomato, cheddar and salsa. Other weeks, we’d make homemade pizzas with pre-formed […]

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Basic Beef for Bolognese, Calzones, Shepherd’s Pie and More

Basic Beef for Bolognese, Calzones, Shepherd’s Pie and More

| September 9, 2008 | 2 Comments

I love – LOVE – the ease of food that can do double duty. For instance, a roasted chicken like the one mentioned on the Everyday Food blog today can be Sunday dinner, Monday chicken tacos, Tuesday chicken and rice and Wednesday chicken salad. Talk about a blessing for a busy, harried mom — or […]

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Easy Slow Cooker Beef Brisket

Easy Slow Cooker Beef Brisket

| May 8, 2008 | 4 Comments

All of my cooking, photographing, and posting about our food has really caught on . . . with Will. The boy doesn’t miss a thing, I tell you. I whipped out the camera to quickly catch a shot of the beef brisket before sitting down to eat. His little eyes lit up when he saw […]

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Beef with Broccoli without the Guilt

Beef with Broccoli without the Guilt

| February 28, 2008 | 4 Comments

Here in the Cucina Bella household, we are pretty big fans of Chinese food. It only takes a passing mention of Chinese food to get us debating about ordering it — take Chinese New Year. Cate mentioned that she had to order her Chinese food dinner and I couldn’t get to the takeout menu fast […]

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Comfort Food: Beefy Baked Ziti

Comfort Food: Beefy Baked Ziti

| January 28, 2008 | 6 Comments

I think everyone must have that one person in their family whose food defines comfort for you. For most, it’s probably their mother. But for me, it was my uncle Hugo. Hugo was a big Italian man who served giant antipasti platters and perfectly prepared seafood dishes. He was the only one in my family […]

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Barbecue Beef and Potato Stew

Barbecue Beef and Potato Stew

| January 14, 2008 | 3 Comments

It’s funny how things change as you get older . . . As a child and a teen, I used to jump with joy at the prospect of snow. There was so much fun from the falling flakes – snow days, sledding, snowball fights … But when I got up this morning and saw my […]

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Spectacular Ginger Soy London Broil

Spectacular Ginger Soy London Broil

| January 3, 2008 | 3 Comments

On New Years Eve, we had a fun visit from an old and dear friend of mine, and her family. Then we ate Chinese food (Shawn’s tradition) and rang in the New Year watching The Next Food Network Star (I think I want to be the next star!). On New Years Day, Shawn had to […]

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Sign of the times? Italian Panko Steak

Sign of the times? Italian Panko Steak

| November 12, 2007 | 1 Comment

Maybe it’s a sign of the times or something. When I was grocery shopping recently, I picked up a box of Panko crumbs and bought them. Only later did I realize that they were in fact Italian panko. Italian panko?!? They lacked the light texture of regular Japanese panko and were considerably larger, thicker, etc. […]

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