Lemon Vegetable Spring Pasta

Lemon Vegetable Spring Pasta ~ sauteed vegetables and pasta dressed in a light, lemon-olive oil sauce, topped with feta cheese for an easy any night meal.

Main Dish | March 26, 2017 | By

Sometimes less really is more ~though not with shoes. Never with shoes. It is the case with this Lemon Vegetable Spring Pasta ~ sautéed spring vegetables, shrimp, pasta and a little cheese all dressed in a light, lemony sauce. I published this recipe quite a while ago when I was brand new to blogging under the title Girls Night In Pasta. I’m rolling my eyes now at the name, but I thought it was clever at the time because it was my favorite go-to pasta when my husband travelled for work and the only appetite I had to please was my own ~ a glass or two of wine, a good dinner and my favorite TV show ~ Girls Night In.

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Saganaki Fried Greek Cheese Appetizer

Saganaki Fried Greek Cheese Appetizer: the ultimate, easiest 3-ingredient dish. Warm, lemony creamy cheese inside, lightly toasted outside.

If you’ve wondered how simple an appetizer can be, how about a warm cheesy, lightly toasted lemony appetizer with just three ingredients that’s ready in under 10 minutes? An appetizer that until now you’ve only had in restaurants that’s so amazingly, yet simply delicious it’ll have you singing Opa! (with gusto) ~ but don’t worry, no flames are involved in the making of this Saganaki Fried Greek Cheese Appetizer.

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Irish Guinness Beef Stew

Irish Guinness Beef Stew: chunks of tender, seared beef, potatoes, onions and carrots in a thick, stew made more robust with the addition of Guinness beer.

Main Dish | March 7, 2017 | By

How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? For my sister-in-law it means hats and beads for the group, even my somewhat reluctant brother-in-law, green shirts, a couple of drinks and of course, some good Irish food like this Irish Guinness Beef Stew. Her enthusiasm is contagious and it’s always a good time, so when we’re in Florida where they live in the winter, it’s one party we won’t miss. This stew has all you need for St. Patrick’s Day or anytime you’re looking for a great comfort dish ~ chunks of tender, seared beef, potatoes, onions and carrots in a thick stew made more robust than you can imagine with the addition of Guinness beer. I’m ready for St. Patrick’s Day ~ are you?

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Bacon Sweet Potato Hash

Bacon Sweet Potato Hash: diced sweet and russet potatoes, crispy bacon and a slight tang from apple cider vinegar. Goes from breakfast to dinner!

Side Dish | March 5, 2017 | By

If you’re here for a delicious dish that goes from breakfast to dinner ~ or brinner, you’ve found it with Bacon Sweet Potato Hash. The combination of crispy, salty bacon and tender, browned potatoes can’t be beat ~ diners across America swear by it, but this dish also includes sweet potatoes along with russets, Applewood smoked bacon, onions and peppers and a hint of tang from apple cider vinegar for a rustic, hearty dish that’s so simple you could probably make it with your eyes closed, but because we’re using a sharp knife, that could be dangerous so I don’t recommend it.

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Turkey Meatballs and Marinara

Turkey Meatballs and Marinara: Tender, juicy meatballs seared then simmered in robust marinara sauce. Healthy twist on a classic without sacrificing taste.

Main Dish | February 27, 2017 | By

If you think beef is the only way to go with meatballs, think again. Turkey Meatballs and Marinara are pan-seared then braised in rich, robust marinara for a dish that not only your family will love but it’s classy enough (if you’re the type that has classy friends) for company too. While I could be perfectly content with old-school marinara my husband is a card-carrying carnivore that needs meat and actually believes it improves his life. Who am I to argue? These turkey meatballs won over the carnivore who calls them “fowl balls“.  I can’t make this stuff up. They’ll win over your pickiest eater, too.

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Grapefruit Margarita

grapefruit margarita

Appetizers and Beverages | February 22, 2017 | By

What comes to mind when you think of  Florida? Sunshine. . .palm trees. . .Disney World. How about grapefruit juice? I love a glass with breakfast (in addition to coffee, because coffee is like air), but have you ever had a Grapefruit Margarita? It’s a tropical makeover on a classic. They’re really easy to make and homemade tastes way better than the bottled stuff. With or without salt, in about 5 minutes, you too can start sipping and imagine you’re on a beach, the sun warming your face. . .

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Artichoke Lemon Risotto

artichoke lemon risotto

Main Dish, Side Dish | February 20, 2017 | By

Do you want to know the one ingredient for the creamiest risotto ever? I just discovered it and I’m happy to share it with you. First off, creamy risotto is one of my favorite dishes and if it’s on the menu, it’s a pretty safe bet I’ll order it. I don’t care what it’s served with or what kind of risotto it is. I love making it at home, too like this Artichoke Lemon Risotto or Tomato Basil Risotto.  This flavor of risotto is ramped up with bits of crispy prosciutto ~ the perfect briny topping for this creamy dish. But wait ~ that secret ingredient. . .

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Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup, creamy, cheesy tasty soup packed with chicken, garbanzo beans, chipotle pepper for smoky heat and topped with tortilla crisps.

Soup | February 16, 2017 | By

My daughters and I are all on the same page when it comes to our taste in movies. We love spending a Saturday or Sunday afternoon having lunch at the mall and catching a good flick. One of our favorite lunch spots is a place with amazing Tortilla Soup ~ loaded with chicken in a spicy broth and topped with crispy tortilla strips. We all get a bowl and share an appetizer so we still have room for the *required* movie popcorn. Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup is everything I love about the restaurant version but thicker and includes garbanzo beans, chipotle pepper for heat and smoky flavor and even more cheesy goodness. If you like a spicy, cheesy soup this is it. 

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Easy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Easy Chicken Lettuce Wraps: seasoned ground chicken sautéed with mushrooms and water chestnuts, nestled in lettuce leaf, topped with a spicy hoison sauce.

Appetizers and Beverages | February 14, 2017 | By

No one would ever accuse me of being a trendsetter, though I have ditched the oversized glasses my kids used to make fun of. That said, lettuce wraps aren’t the latest trend and probably aren’t new to you. Maybe you’ve shared them with friends in a local restaurant, but did you know how simple it is to make Easy Chicken Lettuce Wraps at home?

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Classic Bolgonese Recipe

Classic Bolognese Recipe ~ for meat lovers and those looking for a classic meal for a special occasion, this is it. Buttery, velvety tomato rich meat sauce.

Main Dish | February 9, 2017 | By

Bolognese is probably one of the best sauces you will ever eat – you can trust me on this – I’ve eaten more if it than most Italians, but I won’t sugarcoat it ~ it’s not a quick Tuesday night, 30 minute meal. This  Classic Bolognese Recipe is, however well worth the time and love you put into it and perfect for Valentine’s — or GALentine’s Day or any night you want a really special meal. Do you know about GALentine’s Day? It’s like Valentine’s Day…but better ~ single or married, it’s a celebration of your favorite gals – the women who enrich your life.

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