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Weeknight meals

2018 Holiday Cookbook Gift Guide

2018 Holiday Cookbook Gift Guide

Cookbooks make an incredible gift for the beginner cook all the way to the experienced chef!  I tend to be attracted to cookbooks that have beautiful photos (and lots of them) along with easy-to-follow recipes with easy-to-find ingredients.  I also enjoy really reading my cookbooks […]

Curried Parsnip and White Bean Soup – From the Love and Lemons Cookbook

Curried Parsnip and White Bean Soup – From the Love and Lemons Cookbook

If you follow food blogs or are active in the food world on Instagram or Pinterest, you’ve undoubtedly come across the gorgeous images and recipes from Love and Lemons.  Their blog has been one I’ve referenced many times over the years as it focuses on […]

Lemony Arugula Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe from Chrissy Teigen’s “Cravings”

Lemony Arugula Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe from Chrissy Teigen’s “Cravings”

You may be coming across this post because you’re looking for an easy weeknight meal to make with very limited ingredients and effort.  If so, you’re in luck.   If instead you’re coming across this recipe because you love Cacio e Pepe then move on.  Because […]

Grilled Bacon PB&J Sandwiches

Grilled Bacon PB&J Sandwiches

My daughter was adopted from Africa and to say her hair is curly is an understatement.  My hair is thin and the kind of straight that no spiral perm of the 80’s could even touch.  So needless to say, when we first brought her home […]

Anthony Bourdain’s Wedge with Stilton and Pancetta

Anthony Bourdain’s Wedge with Stilton and Pancetta

One of the first things I thought about when I heard of Anthony Bourdain’s recent death was his episode of “Part’s Unknown” where he visited Congo.  My daughter was adopted from the Congo 7 years ago as a toddler. Although Congo has many redeeming qualities […]

Grilled Mac and Cheese Sandwich with Bacon and Jalapenos

Grilled Mac and Cheese Sandwich with Bacon and Jalapenos

This isn’t exactly diet food, let’s just put that out there.  Oftentimes I go a little overboard for my family with the tofu and quinoa so every once in a while I go completely off the deep end in the other direction and create a […]

Tagliatelle with walnuts and lemon – Plenty More

Tagliatelle with walnuts and lemon – Plenty More

Just last week I posted a recipe for an easy weeknight meal for sauteed tortellini.  The idea was finding a dish that was elegant enough to serve for friends but easy enough to serve on a weeknight.  This Tagliatelle recipe could also be an easy […]

Easy Weeknight Meal – Sauteed Tortellini with Prosciutto and Greens – Celebrate the Rain

Easy Weeknight Meal – Sauteed Tortellini with Prosciutto and Greens – Celebrate the Rain

To be really honest with you, there are very few times I “Celebrate the Rain.”  I am a warm weather fan and sometimes, the spring seems to go overboard with hanging on to winter.  This is evidenced by the snow we had just yesterday in […]