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Light and Easy Crab

January 14, 2011
Light and Easy Crab

We had a sunny, warmish day today, so I wasn’t in the mood for anything very heavy for dinner.  I was also short on time (imagine that), so I needed to fix something quick.  Something easy.  Something that didn’t involve a lot of beef and cheese.  I came up with this crab, which took...
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Chicken Pot Pie

January 6, 2011
Chicken Pot Pie

Put your hungry suit on, because as satisfying as this dish is, you will want to go back for seconds.  Chicken pot pie is the ultimate comfort food.  You will spend a little prep time in the kitchen, but only basic cooking skills are necessary, and the result will be worth your effort.  This...
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Butternut Squash Risotto With Sausage

December 12, 2010
Butternut Squash Risotto With Sausage

Sister Number Two called the other day wanting to know if I had a recipe for butternut squash risotto.  I didn’t but used her inspiration to make this dish.  Risotto requires a little stove-top time, but it’s well worth it.  It was so creamy, and adding the sausage made it hearty enough to serve...
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Quick Family Recipes: Collard ‘n Cannellini Quesadillas

October 13, 2010
Quick Family Recipes: Collard ‘n Cannellini Quesadillas

I’ve been known to throw collard greens in where you’d least expect them, so this combination should come at no surprise.  Before you say “Yuck” and move on, think about the nutritional benefits of these quesadillas.  A little shredded cheese, the right tortillas, and a hot griddle can turn good-for-you-greens into a cheesy delight. ...
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Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Soup

September 22, 2010
Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Soup

This soup is so lite and healthy, and you can really make it what you want it to be.  Top it with some fresh cilantro or a dollop of sour cream and serve with nachos or quesadillas.  Or add a little freshly chopped basil or crumbled bacon (Is there anything that bacon doesn’t compliment?). ...
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Easy Family Recipes: Basic Beef Chili

September 9, 2010

Yes, I know it has been very hot outside. But something made me want to make a big pot of chili. So I did. And we ate it, with sweaty upper lips. And it was awesome. This is one of those easy family recipes that makes plenty, so you can freeze some for later. ...
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Herb Roasted Chicken

August 5, 2010
Herb Roasted Chicken

Roasting a whole chicken can be a daunting task, especially when doing it for the first time, but this chicken is both versatile and economical.  Serve it at a dinner party with friends or a casual, weeknight family supper.  A three pound chicken could serve a family of four for several days- get creative...
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Easy Family Recipes: Creamy Baked Ziti

May 28, 2010
Easy Family Recipes: Creamy Baked Ziti

You can’t really go wrong with warm pasta, sauce, and cheese, but making a pseudo-cream-based sauce for this dish made it even better.  I served it with Simple Italian Meatballs, and my boys went nuts over it.  This is an easy family recipe using ingredients you probably already have on hand.  Oh, and as...
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Simple Italian Meatballs

May 27, 2010
Simple Italian Meatballs

The other day I asked Hayden to choose our main course for dinner: either “spaghetti” and meatballs or fish.  He chose spaghetti and meatballs.  Since he has a hard time with long noodles, I made baked ziti and served the meatballs on the side.  These meatballs are made with simple ingredients, and you should...
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Bourbon Glazed Salmon

May 11, 2010
Bourbon Glazed Salmon

Feature recipe:  I got your attention with the whiskey, right?  Sorry to disappoint, dear readers.  The alcohol evaporates under the broiler, but the undertones meld beautifully with the rest of the flavors in the marinade.  And it’s safe for your kids (Hayden will eat his portion AND mine, if I let him!)  Many people...
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Easy Family Recipes: Tuscan Penne With Cannellinis and Rosemary

May 10, 2010
Easy Family Recipes: Tuscan Penne With Cannellinis and Rosemary

I serve a lot of pasta because it’s so easy.  This is a simple, quick recipe for when you don’t have a lot of ingredients on hand.  The rosemary cooks down to almost nothing, leaving behind only its wonderful aroma and taste, and the creamy texture of the cannellini beans balances the flavors of...
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Easy Family Recipes: Tex-Mex Tacos

May 3, 2010
Easy Family Recipes: Tex-Mex Tacos

We love Mexican food of all kinds, but our roots are in Tex-Mex, which often includes tacos made with ground beef.  Whenever I cook like this at home, it’s a FEAST.  Given the gargantuan size of our tortillas, and our inability to hold back when it comes to the beans, some of our tacos...
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Salmon With Secret Pesto

April 28, 2010
Salmon With Secret Pesto

Hayden loves salmon, and he loves the idea of sauce (probably for its potential mess).  When I told him this was “Secret Pesto” he went after it with enthusiasm and cleaned his plate!  The “secret” ingredient is… collard greens!  Tossing some greens into your pesto makes it just that much better for you, and...
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Easy Family Recipes: Pizza Pizza!

April 20, 2010
Easy Family Recipes: Pizza Pizza!

Oh, how we love thee, pizza!  Some days, there’s nothing better than ordering pizza for dinner, your favorite combination, with a glass of red wine… But, of course, we are supposed to be making dinner, right?  When I have run out of ideas, I make pizza.  I keep a package of crusts in the...
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