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Seasoned Baked Chicken Nuggets

Seasoned Baked Chicken Nuggets

| November 29, 2011 | 9 Comments

The other night, when I was at Cate‘s house for our Blogger Thanksgiving fest, we were reheating a batch of these Homemade Seasoned Baked Chicken Nuggets that I made for the kids. Cate asked me if they were done right after I’d checked on them, and I said “No, they aren’t humming yet.” It never […]

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Easy, Juicy Rosemary Romano Roasted Turkey Cutlets

Easy, Juicy Rosemary Romano Roasted Turkey Cutlets

| November 22, 2011 | 6 Comments

The first Thanksgiving after I graduated college was disappointing at best. I’d made plans to spend Thanksgiving with my cousins, which I was really looking forward to. But then my car died suddenly and my plans were totally derailed. Without a car, I had to cancel my plans at the last minute. Thanksgiving dinner was […]

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Sundried Tomato and Prosciutto Pasta

Sundried Tomato and Prosciutto Pasta

| November 9, 2011 | 2 Comments

When my GPS system successfully directs me to a destination, it says, “You have arrived.” I love it. Beyond the words,  the way it says it is so special — as if I am a debutant being presented to society. It never fails to make me smile. When I went away to college, I thought […]

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Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage Gnocchi

Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage Gnocchi

| October 25, 2011 | 10 Comments

Pillow-y gnocchi. Sweet roasted butternut squash. A buttery creamy sage sauce. We’ve been eating variations of this dish for weeks now, but tonight … tonight it was beyond perfect. It was blissful. The thing that made all the difference? Adding a ladle-full of gnocchi water to the sauce, something that I discovered after reading Aviva […]

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Apricot-Glazed Sage and Garlic Pork Tenderloin (and a Costco Cash Giveaway)

Apricot-Glazed Sage and Garlic Pork Tenderloin (and a Costco Cash Giveaway)

| October 22, 2011 | 28 Comments

When you’ve spent your whole summer on a loose and open schedule like ours, it can be hard to get back into the groove of things when the school year comes along. We definitely felt this more this year than ever. Summer was long and blissful. I smile whenever I think of the long bike […]

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Butternut Squash, Toasted Walnut and Dried Cranberry Salad

Butternut Squash, Toasted Walnut and Dried Cranberry Salad

| October 18, 2011 | 7 Comments

So. I’ve had a couple of butternut squashes in my fridge. They’ve been taunting me. Staring me down. Begging me to do something, anything with them. But I was nervous. It’s been years since I handled and cooked squashes in their whole form. Typically, I take the easy way out and buy squash that’s already […]

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Baked Sticky Orange Chicken Drumsticks

Baked Sticky Orange Chicken Drumsticks

| October 12, 2011 | 18 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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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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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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