My Favorite Burger (also, I’m BAAAAACK!!!)

I’ve taken a small hiatus from cooking, writing and socializing for the past two months.  July and August have been a whirlwind of brutal change for me!  We sold our condo and moved from the bright downtown city core to quiet suburbia.  No more car alarms, helicopters, sirens, or gunshots!  When you turn off the lights at …

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Genovese Basil Pesto

Last Summer I posted my tired and true pesto recipe.  I’ve been making my pesto recipe for so long, I could probably make it with my eyes closed (though I do not recommend doing this).  I stumbled across a recipe for Genovese basil pesto in the 2013 July/Aug issue of La Cucina Italiana Magazine.  The article …

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Taco Spaghetti Pie

I mentioned last week how much The Hubs loves Turkey Taco Tuesday.  I mean, he LOVES Taco Tuesday, like it’s his favorite meal of the week.  Fancy doesn’t matter with my husband, only taste.  I have Turkey Taco Tuesday down to less than 30 minutes from start to finish, and that’s WITH homemade salsa!  We often have …

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Turkey Meat Loaf

I hail from the Midwest so you know I enjoy a good meatloaf.  You will find a lot of meatloaf at the Meat and Threes here in The South, typically smothered in gravy with a side of buttery mashed potatoes.  Delicious, yes, but also pretty fattening.  I lightened my loaf with ground turkey and panko …

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Swiss Chard Hash

St. Patrick’s day has a special place in my heart because one of my most favorite people on the planet shares her birthday with the holiday.  I dedicate this recipe to my sister, Patrice, who also happens to be the nicest, most selfless person in my family.  She devotes all her time to her kids, …

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BA’s March Cover: Short Rib Pot Pie

  I am particularly fired up over Bon Appétit’s March cover recipe: Savory Short Rib Pot Pies.  I’m a sucker for braised, slow-roasted meat, and placing it in pie form only further encourages me to want to cook this recipe.  Short rib pot pie reminds me of the beef and potato pasties (say: paah-stie) my …

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Chicken & Dumplings with Mushrooms

Holy crap was this recipe ever delicious.  “Such silken rich broth!  So meaty!  Is this really chicken???”  The Hubs and I exchanged several questions over our stew in-between the mmmmm’s, slurps, and gahhhhhmmm’s.  I cooked Bon Appetit’s February cover last night. I woke up this morning (still!) to the lingering heavenly sent scent (HA) of …

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BA’s Spicy Pork & Mustard Green Soup

Spicy pork and mustard green soup is on the 2014 January cover of Bon Appétit.  I like to challenge myself and will sometimes attempt to cook their cover (remember the beautiful pork roast?).  I have to admit I was not particularly jazzed about eating wet, wilted greens, but the premise of a spicy bowl of …

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Chicken Pot Pie

Mmmmmm chicken pot pie.  The most comforting of comfort foods.  When I was little I LOVED those little frozen pies packaged in the tiny tin foil pan that had the cubed chunks of processed turkey or chicken in them!  This pie recipe is definitely a grown up version of the store-bought processed pie and great …

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Mussels in White Wine Broth

Ok, so ever since our trip to Traverse City a few summers ago, I’ve been craving the mussels from North Peak Brewery.  The North Peak’s mussels were so good we asked for three helpings of bread just to sop up the amazingly flavorful broth at the bottom of the bowl.  At our third request for …

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