Bohemian Soupsody: Smoky Lentil Soup with Bacon from Williams Sonoma

Soup #2 is a Smoky Lentil Soup with Bacon. It is smoky, thick and topped with bacon and sour cream. It would go very well with a gourmet grilled cheese, made with smoked gouda and high-quality crusty bread. The original recipe is from Williams Sonoma. It seems like a recipe promoting a fancy kitchen device, … Continue reading

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Bohemian Soupsody: Carrot-Ginger Soup with Cashews

We’re trying have more meatless meals around here. I’m also into making meals that stretch, so this lead me to soups. Thus begins the soups series I’ll call “Bohemian Soupsody,” though the hubs suggested “Soupsapalooza.” So anyway, on with Soupsody. Soups are great, they are a budget-friendly meal that you can stretch by pairing them … Continue reading

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Slow Cookers Pulled Pork by Williams Sonoma

This Williams Sonoma recipe caught my eye because of its high rating (4.9 out of 5 stars). It’s a winner for several reasons. Presented here, in no particular order: 1. Two words: slow cooker! 2. It’s a big-batch main dish, which stretches for several meals in our house. 3. It doesn’t have a bunch of … Continue reading

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Tuscan-Style Steak with Arugula and Parmesan

We recently discovered organic, pre-washed baby arugula. It’s an “aromatic,” slightly spicy green full of vitamins A and C. Usually we mix it with spinach. Last week before a trip to the market, I pulled out one of my favorite cookbooks, The Quick Recipe from American’s Test Kitchen. I stumbled upon this jewel–Tuscan-Style Steak with Arugula and … Continue reading

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Coconut Ginger Butternut Squash Soup with Lime Crema

My four-year-old picked this soup for dinner over homemade mac & cheese. My hubby, who hates squash, loves this soup, making it a winner in my book! We’ve tried other squash soups, but this is the one because of the layered flavor profile: curry, coconut milk, ginger, lime, shallot, leek, onion, white wine, thyme, and, … Continue reading

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Recipe-On-The-Box Trilogy: Part III – Bruschetta Chicken Bake

Part I brought us Crispy Rosemary Chicken (with Grape Nuts) Part II, Taco Casserole Now presenting the BIG finale… ….The Return Of The Chicken… Part III – Bruschetta Chicken Bake made with Stove Top Stuffing. It’s a great tasting casserole that is quick and easy. Perfect for Thanksgiving week when stuffing is on sale. So stock … Continue reading

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Recipe-On-The-Box Trilogy: Part II – Taco Casserole & Refried Beans

Part Two is a family favorite found on the side of Ortega Taco Shells box. It’s a recipe for Taco Casserole. They make great leftovers as is, or serve heated on a bed of lettuce and tomatoes as a “taco salad.” Yum! And bonus, it’s less messy than tacos. To stretch out this meal, I … Continue reading

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Recipe-On-The-Box Trilogy: Part I – Crispy Rosemary Chicken with Grape Nuts

Recently I found myself saying in disbelief, “Thanksgiving? NEXT week already?” This is one of those rare occasions where we find ourselves hosting Thanksgiving – how fun! The challenge will be paring down the menu & time management.  In the meantime, I present the “Recipe-On-The-Box Trilogy.” A compilation of my favorite recipes found on the box. … Continue reading

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Chicken & Dumplings: A Comfort Food

Want a delicious chilly weather dinner? This Everyday Food Chicken and Dumpling dish is a winner. It’s flavored like chicken noodle soup, but it’s more substantial. Oh and if you’re a dill hater (I know there are some of you out there) you can substitute the crushed rosemary for dill. I prefer it that way. Chicken … Continue reading

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Chicken Tikka McGyver Masala

This happens more than it should. I realize 1-1/2 hours before dinner that I’m not sure what to make and I have some chicken that’s defrosted and ready to go…what to make, what to make? To further complicate matters, I’m trying to stretch out the intervals between grocery trips, so this is one of those days where … Continue reading

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Asian Chicken Meatballs with Peanut Sauce, Red Curry Couscous and Zucchini

We don’t have many meatball fans in this house, so once I found this Williams Sonoma recipe, I had high hopes for some meatball converts. Rather than beef, the meatballs are made out of chicken and incorporate these Asian flavors: ginger, lemongrass, cilantro, soy sauce, and garlic. The original recipe is an appetizer–pretty little meatballs served on lettuce leaves. I want … Continue reading

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“Goodbye-Summer, Hello-Autumn” Soups

I love it when the seasons change. I think that I say this at the beginning of every season, but autumn is my favorite. In the kitchen, I love autumn for the roasted foods, apple crisps, pumpkin anything, and of course–SOUP! I’ve been on a soup kick this past week and found two keepers. One … Continue reading

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Pecan-Crusted Chicken with Orange-Maple Glaze

I  found this recipe “Pecan-Crusted Pork with Orange-Maple Glaze” in Better Homes and Garden, Sep 2011. It was delicious except that the cooking method didn’t work for me (possible cause = my ineptitude). The pecans were burning but the pork was undercooked. I had to finish it off in the oven. The family LOVED the flavors: maple, … Continue reading

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Ancho Chili Chicken & Steak Fajitas

This is a great weekday quick cook, especially if you prep your ingredients the night before or even in the morning. I modified the original steak-only recipe by doubling the ancho chili marinade and adding chicken to the mix. These Chicken & Steak Fajitas make great leftovers and take-away lunches. Serve it with black bean salsa, sour … Continue reading

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Pork Tenderloin with Figs, Apricots, and Shitake Mushrooms & Barley Mushroom Risotto

I wanted to make a special meal for my family so I settled on a Pork Tenderloin with Figs, Apricots and Shitake Mushrooms. And it’s from crockpot.com. This dish is simple, only eight ingredients and it cooks in three hours. I served it with Barley-Mushroom Risotto and No-Knead Rosemary Parmesan Peasant Loaves. Enjoy! Pork Tenderloin with Figs, … Continue reading

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