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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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Tomato, Bacon and Cream Pasta

Tomato, Bacon and Cream Pasta

| February 9, 2011 | 15 Comments

Whip up a creamy batch of Tomato, Bacon and Cream Pasta for dinner tonight. It’s a quick and easy recipe that everyone loves. This pasta is a step out of the ordinary for me. It’s rare that I make a pound of pasta for the four of us. Usually I am a half-pound-serves-four girl, but […]

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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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Penne with Bratwurst and Broccoli

Penne with Bratwurst and Broccoli

| October 20, 2010 | 2 Comments

A new meat market recently opened in my town, and I can’t wait to try it. Just a few years ago, meat markets were few and far between in my area. When I was pregnant with Paige, I spent hours searching the internet for butchers and meat markets in the area, coming up with little. […]

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Grilled Island Chicken Recipe

Grilled Island Chicken Recipe

| April 20, 2010 | 4 Comments

It’s Tuesday afternoon and I am sitting in my home office, with The Beach Boys’ Sounds Of Summer playing in the background. Outside my open windows is brilliant blue sky, bright sunlight and the sound of laughing children. It’s enough to make you throw open your arms and yell Welcome, springtime. This is weather that […]

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Buttery Roasted Shrimp Recipe

Buttery Roasted Shrimp Recipe

| December 22, 2009 | 2 Comments

Our massive lawn is buried deep beneath snow. Our driveway is still white, though passable even with my little Civic. And those big C9 lights that I rushed to put up a few weeks ago really glisten against the wintery backdrop. It’s a winter wonderland out there. For the first time in years, Will got […]

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