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Chili Chicken with Cilantro Pesto and a Banana Sweet Potato Mash

Recipe: Chili Chicken with Cilantro Pesto & Banana Sweet Potato Mash

Last week I asked my girls to pick a recipe that they wanted to cook, make a grocery list, shop for their ingredients, and cook dinner one night, so we began. They picked recipes and made their list, grabbed their own baskets and shopped for what they needed during our grocery run, and then… They […]

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Recipe: Kale & Sausage Penne with Lemon Cream Sauce

You’ve heard of hoarders? Well… I hoard recipes. I’ve been clipping, copying, and printing recipes for years creating unorganized masses of paper scraps stashed away in bins. Some, clipped long ago, have moved as many as nine times. Just before the last move, I’d had enough and cleaned out my biggest mess, throwing out well […]

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Recipe: Ajvar Chicken

Ajvar. It sounds like eye-var and is a wonderful condiment/sauce common in Serbian cuisine. It’s made from roasted red peppers, garlic, and eggplant and can be smooth like a slightly thickened tomato sauce or a bit chunky like a salsa. Either way, it’s delicious. Look for it in Middle Eastern grocery stores, other specialty food […]

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Recipe: Asian Pork Sandwiches

It may seem frightfully obvious to most, but planning meals based on old cooking magazines, then grocery shopping based on those meals are really great ways to 1) save money on groceries 2) waste less food and 3) try some new things. Clearly, I’m a bit daft sometimes. The truth is that my cooking sort […]

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Sunday Meals and Church Shopping

I’m not a fan of “church shopping,” but it seems to be the necessary pain of a move. It took us a long time to find a church in Maryland.  So far we’ve only tried two in Oklahoma, but we’re so anxious to get settled into our new “church family” that it’s already wearing on […]

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Giving Thanks (plus a recipe for Savory Sweet Potatoes with Goat Cheese and Bacon)

I’m sitting here relaxing after working all day on the pre-move purge, a project that isn’t going anywhere soon though the move is coming way to fast. There’s a cold bowl of leftover savory sweet potatoes in front of me, cold because I keep getting distracted and jumping up to move something, pack something, or […]

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Winter Food: The comforting classic, beef stew

Recipe: Beef Stew

There was time not terribly long ago when I didn’t know what a Dutch oven was, nor did I understand the love that women had for Le Creuset. To me, Le Creuset was pretty, but horrifically expensive and certainly not necessary in my kitchen. I mean, I’d come this far, did I really need it? […]

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Beef Vindaloo served over brown rice.

Recipe: Beef Vindaloo

So… we bought a cow. A half cow. Over a year ago. And it’s been sitting in our freezer all this time waiting because I didn’t want to “waste it” by just cooking it up poorly and I cook chicken more often, so the only part of “Bessie” that we’ve used until now was the […]

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The Long Awaited Greek Meatballs: Total Comfort Food

I’m really shocked that I haven’t posted this yet as it’s been a favorite since the moment we first made them and have since become our go-to cold weather comfort food – oh, who am I kidding? These are so delicious, they are the anytime-I-need-comforting, comfort food. My oldest daughter agrees and so she mixes […]

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Cranberries Sugared and Sauced

I am a big fan of the cranberry. Probably because it’s super sour and definitely because it’s my favorite color and possibly a little because it floats, I just think cranberries are one of the absolutely best berries around. Add that POP! when it cooks, and there’s just nothing that can compare. So on Thanksgiving […]

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