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Shredded Chicken and Black Bean Nachos

Shredded Chicken and Black Bean Nachos

| October 6, 2011 | 7 Comments

Leftovers are a challenge in our house. If it’s pasta, you can pretty much guarantee that if there’s anything leftover (and usually there isn’t) then the kids will be all over it. It’s perfect for warming up and packing into Will’s lunchbox. But soup? It’s 50-50. Sometimes that’s great for lunch too but other times […]

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Mushroom, Wax Beans and Cheddar Pasta Bake

Mushroom, Wax Beans and Cheddar Pasta Bake

| October 6, 2011 | 3 Comments

Family dinners are important. Though my husband is rarely home for dinner, the kids and I eat dinner together five or more nights a week. We’re not alone. According to the results of the Family Meals Survey 2011 that I conducted earlier this year, 72.4 percent of those responded also eat together 5 or more […]

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Grilled Quesadillas with Pea Shoots

Grilled Quesadillas with Pea Shoots

| July 19, 2011 | 7 Comments

Every so often, a new ingredient gains popularity and you wonder why no one was cooking with it sooner. That’s how I feel about pea shoots. They have that fresh, just-picked flavor and pleasant cool crunch — similar to bean sprouts. When I saw a package of them in Trader Joe’s I couldn’t wait to […]

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Easy Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Easy Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

| April 6, 2011 | 18 Comments

Last week, I asked on the Sarah’s Cucina Bella Facebook page if anyone would be interested in my ultra-fast recipe for homemade macaroni and cheese that takes about 15 minutes to make. The answer was a swift and resounding “Yes!” I loved the response. I loved knowing that this is something that people want to […]

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Ham, Swiss, Avocado and Spinach Panini

Ham, Swiss, Avocado and Spinach Panini

| January 18, 2011 | 11 Comments

Turns out that the schools “great” system of alerting parents at our school of delays, closings and emergencies is a bit of a pain. I mean, at first glance, it’s great. Instead of having to endure the forever-long list of district closings being read on the radio, they call us. And text. And email. At […]

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Ham, Cheddar and Poached Egg Pita Breakfast Sandwich

Ham, Cheddar and Poached Egg Pita Breakfast Sandwich

| December 7, 2010 | 3 Comments

When I order a breakfast sandwich, I want it to be messy. Back when I worked for a big publisher, the chef who did breakfast in the office cafeteria would always crack the egg yolk with the side of his spatula when cooking my ham, egg and cheese. It drove me bonkers. I like the […]

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Easy Roasted Cheddar-y Cauliflower

Easy Roasted Cheddar-y Cauliflower

| November 18, 2010 | 3 Comments

Whenever I start to talk about my kids’ eating habits, I pause to admit how blessed I am. They aren’t picky. Heck, they eat almost everything and will try anything once. I know I am lucky — and I know that other parents aren’t so lucky. And why do I know that? Of course, I […]

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Lightened Up Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

Lightened Up Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

| February 10, 2010 | 6 Comments

Forgive me, I don’t have a great photo of this recipe. Sigh. For Christmas, my husband got me something that I’ve been wanting for a long, long time: a point and shoot camera. I love my big Canon with its lenses and power and sharpness. But I wanted something that I could tote around everywhere […]

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Perfect for Cold Days: Meat-Lovers Chipotle Chili Recipe

Perfect for Cold Days: Meat-Lovers Chipotle Chili Recipe

| December 23, 2009 | 5 Comments

When the air hits that certain cold temperature and you can see puffs of breath whenever you go outside, you know it’s time for hearty meals. You know, ones that will warm you from the inside out like stews, roasts, chowders … and also chili. I love chili. It reminds me of ski lodges, chair […]

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Bacon and Bell Pepper Breakfast Quesadilla

Bacon and Bell Pepper Breakfast Quesadilla

| September 28, 2009 | 3 Comments

If Will had his way, we’d eat Blueberry and White Chocolate Buttermilk Pancakes every single morning. Actually, scratch the ‘we’ – he’d eat the whole batch himself every day. Not that I can blame him … they are delish. But could we really eat pancakes daily? My schedule and waistline say no way, so I […]

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