26 October, 2018

Happy Meal – White Bean, Chicken, And Pasta

Happy Meal – White Bean, Chicken, And Pasta
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The traditional Italian dish “pasta e fagioli” translates to “pasta and beans.” And that’s just what I’m cooking! Cannellini or white beans are the common beans used in this recipe.  This is a happy meal for me. We had just returned from Italy last year when I made this. You know how you feel when
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28 September, 2018

End The Leftover Challenge With Chicken Pasta Salad

End The Leftover Challenge With Chicken Pasta Salad
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Lunch at our house often turns out to be a repurposing of last night’s dinner. Hubby is not a fan of leftovers so I have to be creative to make the meal appealing a second time around.  Let’s start with the pasta element of this salad. You do save cooked pasta don’t you? Or is
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21 August, 2018

Stir Fry, Stir Fry, Let’s Add Chicken And Call It Din Din

Stir Fry, Stir Fry, Let’s Add Chicken And Call It Din Din
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One endearing memory of dating my hubby is his term for dinner, “din din.” I’d not heard that word before in the circles I hung out in. He’s from New York and I’m a California native, so our lives were from two different sides of the planet as far as I was concerned. Well, they
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8 June, 2018

Peter Piper Picked – Chicken, Feta & Pomegranate Pitas

Peter Piper Picked – Chicken, Feta & Pomegranate Pitas
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Do you know the tongue-twister “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?…” I don’t know why this came to mind when making this recipe as there are no peppers involved. Maybe it was the wine I was sipping while cooking that brought on the childhood memory
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22 May, 2018

Hot or Cold – Greek Chicken Quesadillas Are Gold

Hot or Cold – Greek Chicken Quesadillas Are Gold
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Springtime awakens the earth and brings out the beauty of nature. The harsh winter weather has faded so gastronomic delights have shifted from heavy stews to lighter fare. The ingredients in these Greek Chicken Quesadillas are essentially Greek salad fixings wrapped up in a tortilla and can be eaten hot or cold.  I tried this
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11 May, 2018

It’s All About The “Garlic” Alfredo Sauce – Try It, You’ll Like It

It’s All About The “Garlic” Alfredo Sauce – Try It, You’ll Like It
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Alfredo sauce has intimidated cooks for years. In the Southern regions of Italy where my family originates, it is not used much because they tend to use the tomato based sauces. The white sauces are typically used more in the Northern regions of Italy. So Alfredo sauce was not something that was cooked in our
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8 May, 2018

No More Pre-Packaged Taquitos!

No More Pre-Packaged Taquitos!
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Taquitos have a history in our family, well mostly with my hubby. Back in the day, he used to eat them by the dozen. Yes, literally by the dozen! He claims he only ate 10 at a time, but why quibble over two taquitos. (I swear it was a dozen.) He would buy them frozen
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6 March, 2018

The Secret Life Of The Cornish Game Hen

The Secret Life Of The Cornish Game Hen
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It looks like a chicken and tastes like a chicken, but it’s not….. exactly, well maybe. I was fooled once by the fingerling potatoes that I mistook for small potatoes harvested from the ground before they grew big. I want to make sure I’m not fooled by these baby chickens called Cornish Game Hens so
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9 February, 2018

Crockpot Tonight – Chicken Delight – Enchilada Soup

Crockpot Tonight – Chicken Delight – Enchilada Soup
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Busy day? Want something warm and tasty to serve for dinner? This recipe might be just what you’re looking for and is relatively fuss-free.  Every once in a while we get a craving for Mexican food. Growing up in Southern California, Mexican food was abundant, Mexican restaurants were popular, and ingredients were easy to find
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12 December, 2017

Leftover Bloody Marys? Make Drunken Chicken And Tipsy Orzo

Leftover Bloody Marys? Make Drunken Chicken And Tipsy Orzo
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It’s the holiday season! Celebrations abound. In our household this time of year my husband breaks out his Bloody Mary recipe and starts making batches for everyone to enjoy. That being said, there are times when there is just a cup or so leftover after a day’s festivities. (I know, hard to believe, but occasionally
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5 December, 2017

The Many Faces of (Italian) Crockpot Chicken

The Many Faces of (Italian) Crockpot Chicken
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December is typically a month with a flurry of activities. Whatever holiday you celebrate or traditions you follow, there’s usually a need for a quick and easy meal for dinner one night. Here’s a fix it and forget it type of chicken dinner just for such an occasion.  The hardest part of this recipe is
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27 October, 2017

Chicken Potato Soup For Your Soul

Chicken Potato Soup For Your Soul
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The news program we watch in the morning for the weather and sports led off with a human interest story about comfort food. This time of year (Fall) it’s soup, stew, and chowder season ( depending on where in the country or world you live). And what is one of the most popular comfort foods?
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