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Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli Ragu

Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli Ragu

| October 14, 2008 | 1 Comment

This photo doesn’t do the dish justice. I love mixing a tomato sauce with broccoli. And when it’s lightly roasted broccoli like you find in this recipe, it’s all the better. Roasting broccoli brings out a great, lightly sweet flavor in it. Will and Paige gobbled this up. (This is part of The $7 Dinner […]

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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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Kale Pesto

Kale Pesto

| September 12, 2008 | 8 Comments

A few years ago, Will was the kid on the beach afraid to leave his little chair and get his toes sandy. He used to scream about it being dirty. But children grow and change. Yesterday I watched at a distance as Will studied the periwinkles, hermit crabs and minnows that inhabit the tidal pools […]

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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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Extra Crispy Homemade Fried Chicken

Extra Crispy Homemade Fried Chicken

| July 31, 2008 | 14 Comments

Many people have asked me, “Doesn’t Shawn cook?” Well, folks, he does. And he does it pretty well. I just don’t typically share his recipes . . . something should be sacred, no? But this recipe was too good not to chronicle and share. It’s perfectly crispy, juicy fried chicken. I love it made with […]

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Mmm . . . Tomato, Bacon, Cheese Pasta

Mmm . . . Tomato, Bacon, Cheese Pasta

| May 9, 2008 | 4 Comments

  I’ve gotten very into Rachael Ray lately. Girlfriend knows what she’s doing . . . My one complaint? Many of the 30 minute meals I have made are 30 minutes of active time . . . that’s quite challenging when you are home alone with two little kids. Often, making her recipes involves Paige […]

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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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Grilled Balsamic Chicken

Grilled Balsamic Chicken

| April 27, 2008 | 0 Comments

It’s grilling season! It’s grilling season! That’s exactly what I felt like shouting the first night that Shawn and I cooked dinner outside. We’ve repeated our outdoor cooking almost every night since. I love grilling outside. The scent of cooking food wafting through the air, the sounds of crackling inside the grill, the wave of […]

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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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Sautéed Tilapia with Lemon-Caper Pan Sauce

Sautéed Tilapia with Lemon-Caper Pan Sauce

| January 21, 2008 | 6 Comments

Last Monday, I had a total kitchen disaster trying to make a blood orange tilapia. Meanwhile, Cate at Sweetnicks hit the culinary jackpot with her Sauteed Tilapia with Lemon-Peppercorn Sauce. Not only did she rave on her blog about it, but she raved to me about it. So, that tilapia recipe ended up at the […]

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