Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

or until the sauce thickens.

Dinner | February 24, 2018 | By

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie ~ the ultimate in comfort food with its buttery, golden flaky crust filled with tender bites of chicken, potatoes, carrots and peas and a creamy chicken flavored sauce.

I grew up on Homemade Chicken Pot Pie ~ not the kind you’re seeing here, but the mini ones from the freezer section of the grocery store. They were also baked to a golden brown and filled with chicken and veggies ~ some I liked (corn and potatoes); others (carrots and peas) I passed along to the family dog camped out under the dinner table. 

Today I love all the veggies that make up the rich flavors in this Homemade Chicken Pot Pie. It’s a million times better than the frozen one. Seriously, a comfort dream dinner.

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Honey Chipotle Glazed Meatloaf

Honey Chipotle Glazed Meatloaf ~ perfectly seasoned meatloaf with a slightly sweet, boldly spicy caramelized honey chipotle glaze baked on top and cheddar cheese inside.

Dinner | February 17, 2018 | By

Honey Chipotle Glazed Meatloaf ~ perfectly seasoned meatloaf with a slightly sweet, boldly spicy caramelized honey-chipotle glaze baked on top.

Honey Chipotle Glazed Meatloaf ~ perfectly seasoned meatloaf with a slightly sweet, boldly spicy caramelized honey chipotle glaze baked on top and cheddar cheese inside.

Meatloaf doesn’t always have the best reputation. It’s been known to be greasy, dry, flavorless. The stuff that’s passed by in the cafeteria line and sometimes even at home. Honey Chipotle Glazed Meatloaf is just the recipe to set all those outdated, preconceived notions about meatloaf aside. 

This meatloaf is perfectly seasoned with a slightly sweet and yes, boldly spicy glaze that with the magic of the baking process caramelizes ~ and as if that’s not enough to get you to the table on time, I added some grated sharp cheddar cheese, inside too.

My standard meatloaf is a classic recipe I’ve been making for years, smothered in mushroom gravy but the last couple of weeks I’ve been cleaning out the pantry and refrigerator before we leave on vacation, creating some new recipes with the ingredients I found.

A can of chipotle peppers in adobo was just what this Honey Chipotle Glazed Meatloaf needed to take it to the next level. As comforting as its classic cousin, but with sass. Lots of sass.

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Vegetable Barley Soup

Vegetable Barley Soup ~ hearty, nourishing delicious comfort in a bowl. This soup is loaded with vegetables, beans and barley, packed with fiber and protein.

Dinner, Soup | February 5, 2018 | By

Vegetable Barley Soup ~ hearty, nourishing delicious comfort in a bowl loaded with veggies, beans and barley and packed with fiber and protein.

Most times when I make soup I don’t cook with a recipe. My favorite way is to let the ingredients in the refrigerator tell the story. Try it sometime; soup (unlike baking) is very forgiving. It’s practically goof-proof.

Last week a friend of mine called to see if I wanted to walk along the lake with her. My knee-jerk reaction was um no, it’s too cold, but she’s so dedicated to walking even when the temps are below zero, that I agreed if for no other reason than I didn’t want to be a wimp.

We even convinced another friend to join us and you know how it goes ~ three women walking and talking and before we knew it a few miles were behind us.

By the time I got home I was chilled to the bone and a pot of soup was the only solution ~ a pot of steaming, flavor loaded soup . . . the kind I already had all the ingredients for and that’s how this Vegetable Barley Soup was born.

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Chicken Divan

Chicken Divan recipe ~ tender bites of boneless chicken and broccoli in a silky, cheesy sauce served over rice. A family classic.

Dinner | February 1, 2018 | By

Chicken Divan ~ tender bites of boneless chicken and broccoli in a silky, cheesy sauce served over rice. A family classic.

When my kids were small getting a meal on the table that everyone would actually eat without complaints was a challenge. Who am I kidding? Even with just two of us left at the table most days, it’s still a challenge.

Chicken Divan was one dish my entire family would devour without a single complaint, whine or scrunched up nose, including my pickiest eater (you know who you are).

I don’t claim to have given birth to this recipe. It’s been around the block as many times as I have, but I put my own spin on it years ago and have made it many, many times since. From my family to yours, Chicken Divan.

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Baked Sausage Vegetable Sheet Pan Dinner

Baked Sausage Vegetable Sheet Pan Dinner ~ just 30 minutes to delicious fresh sausage, tender potatoes and earthy brussels spouts flavored with olive oil, honey, Dijon and fresh herbs.

Dinner | January 18, 2018 | By

Baked Sausage Vegetable Sheet Pan Dinner ~ cooks in just 30 minutes in one pan ~ delicious fresh sausage, tender potatoes and earthy brussels spouts with amazing flavor blend from the juice of the sausage plus a light olive oil, honey, Dijon, fresh herb blend. Some good bread or rolls and you’ve got dinner.

I’ve been meaning to get this recipe on the blog for a while now. Actually, since Thanksgiving when I started the post with “if you can’t eat even one more bite of turkey leftovers but still want delicious comfort food in minutes, this is your dish”. Okay, so I’m a tad behind, but it’s here now and every bit as delicious as it would have been then.

The hardest thing about making Baked Sausage Vegetable Sheet Pan Dinner is that you’ll be smelling it almost from the minute it goes into the oven (thankfully it’s just in there 30 minutes!) but once it comes out, oh man ~ juicy sausage, bites of tender red skin potatoes and rustic, earthy brussels sprouts with little crispy bits (my personal favorite). Trust me on this ~ you’ll be ready to dive right in.

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All American Beef Sliders

Appetizers & Beverages, Dinner | January 14, 2018 | By

 

Classic All American Beef Sliders ~ mini ground beef patties infused with the flavor of caramelized onions then topped with even more plus a tangy pickle or two, gooey melted cheese slid between Pepperidge Farm Slider Buns.

All American Beef Sliders ~ ground beef topped ~ and infused ~ with caramelized onions, cheese, pickles, ketchup and mustard all on timeless, unpretentious Pepperidge Farm slider buns.

With the Big Game coming soon, you may have been all over Pinterest looking for that game-winning recipe because let’s face it, while some are counting down to kickoff, others (me!) are checking out the food that’ll be served because where else do you find a better spread?

Classic All American Beef Sliders ~ mini ground beef patties topped ~ and infused ~ with caramelized onions ~ warm melted cheese, plus tangy pickle slices all slid between Pepperidge Farm Slider Buns are crowd-pleasers; bet you can’t eat just one!

All American Beef Sliders ~ ground beef topped ~ and infused ~ with caramelized onions, cheese, pickles, ketchup and mustard all on timeless, unpretentious Pepperidge Farm slider buns.

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Honey Bourbon Pub Style Steak Tips

Honey Bourbon Pub Style Steak Tips ~ pan seared steak tips just like your favorite restaurant + sautéed mushrooms and onions and the best potatoes ever.

Appetizers & Beverages, Dinner | January 11, 2018 | By

Honey Bourbon Pub Style Steak Tips ~ beautifully caramelized pan seared steak tips just like your favorite pub or restaurant, topped with sautéed mushrooms and onions and served up with the best potatoes ever.

We eat steak pretty routinely in the summer. It’s an easy go-to on the Weber but as cold as it’s been lately no one wants to draw the short straw to see who’s putting on their coat and hat to grill outside.

Cooking steak indoors means we stay toasty warm while still enjoying delicious, caramelized steak in just a few minutes. Of course, we could always get dressed and head to our local pub or favorite restaurant ~ pretty much everyone makes steak tips these days. But today we’re staying warm and enjoying some Honey Bourbon Pub Style Steak Tips at home and you can, too.

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Braised Beef Ragu

braised beef ragu over pappardelle pasta sprinkled lightly with parmesan cheese and fresh parsley

Dinner | January 7, 2018 | By

Braised Beef Ragu ~ slow cooked tender shredded beef in a robust tomato sauce over pappardelle pasta. Delicious Sunday Supper comfort.

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade, but when your local grocery store has BOGO (buy 1, get 1) chuck roast, make Pot Roast or Braised Beef Ragu ~ slow cooked tender, fall apart beef in a robust tomato sauce over pappardelle egg noodles. It’s Sunday and we’re bringing it all to the table.

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Tex Mex Veggie Chili

Tex Mex Veggie Chili ~ spicy, hearty, carnivore approved. Loaded with robust Tex-Mex flavors and packed with beans and vegetables.

Dinner, Soup | January 4, 2018 | By

Tex Mex Veggie Chili ~ spicy, hearty, loaded with robust Tex-Mex flavors, packed with beans and vegetables and carnivore approved.

Many of us are kicking off 2018 with resolutions to exercise more, spend less, eat a bit better ~ or some combination. I got a Fitbit for Christmas that’s become an appendage of  my wrist so you can probably guess where my New Year’s resolution falls: at least 10,000 steps each day. I had no idea how sedentary I’d become but ‘friendly reminders’ to move keep me on track.

Since I’m moving more, I’m also *trying* to eat a little healthier while still enjoying comfort food, especially now that we’re in the middle of a death grip of cold, so if a cold salad is what you’re looking for today, feel free to click out.

Coming up I’ll still be sharing lots of new simple comfort any-night meals as well as a delicious Beef Ragu that’ll be the Sunday dinner of your dreams. It’s all about balance.

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Honey Balsamic Pork Tenderloin

Honey Balsamic Pork Tenderloin ~ tender, juicy, over the top flavor ~ stove to table in just 20 minutes. Ideal for weeknights; elevated for entertaining.

Dinner | December 8, 2017 | By

Honey Balsamic Pork Tenderloin ~ tender, juicy, flavorful pork goes from stove to table in just 20 minutes for a delicious, easy, any night meal.

I love a good fake-out meal; ones that look and taste like you’ve spent hours on them, but can be whipped up quickly. This juicy, tender Honey Balsamic Pork Tenderloin is the ticket we need for this time of year when we’re all short on time because it goes from stove to table in just 20 minutes, less time than it takes to have a pizza delivered, but tastes better. Way, way better.

That’s why it seemed like the perfect time to update the photos and reshare this recipe. I’m not kidding one bit if you make it once, you’ll have it on repeat the whole year.

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