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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Blackened Shrimp Pasta

Blackened Shrimp Pasta ~ Cajun shrimp and linguine in a zesty, flavorful tomato sauce. A simple, weeknight meal that's also ideal for entertaining.

Dinner | December 6, 2017 | By

Blackened Shrimp Pasta ~ Cajun seasoned shrimp and linguine in a zesty, flavorful tomato sauce. A simple, weeknight meal elevated for entertaining too.

Between shopping, baking, wrapping, holiday parties and the actual holiday gatherings are meals we need to eat and prepare for our families and some out of town guests that *may* be staying a tad too long. That’s where Blackened Shrimp Pasta comes in. 

Most times, but especially this crazy, chaotic fun time of year, there are certain food items I keep in my pantry ~ cans of diced tomatoes and dry pasta are a couple of them. There are so many things you can make with them and when you’re hungry, tired and short on time you can work actual magic with them. A good dry Cajun spice doesn’t hurt the cause either.

In the freezer, I like to keep shrimp and from there, well ~ you can probably guess where I’m going with this.

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One Pan Cheesy Taco Pasta

One Pan Cheesy Taco Pasta. Easy, delicious midweek meal that all cooks in 1 pot including the pasta in under 30 minutes. Like Hamburger Help but way better.

Dinner | October 26, 2017 | By

One Pan Cheesy Taco Pasta ~ easy, cheesy, delicious meal perfect for midweek. Everything cooks in one pan including the pasta in under 30 minutes. Like Hamburger Help, but better. Way better.

I haven’t made Hamburger Helper in, oh about 100 years. Seriously. Then the other day at the grocery store I whipped around the next aisle and ran smack into a large Hamburger Helper display in the aisle. Thankfully there’s nothing breakable in those boxes.

One Pan Cheesy Taco Pasta is ideal for those nights you need a good meal on the table quickly, where everything cooks in one pot (including the pasta) so there’s less cleanup and *most* of the family will enjoy ~ maybe even your picky eater. It’s like the Hamburger Helper of your childhood, but better. Way better.

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Classic Pot Roast

Classic Pot Roast ~ slow-cooked, melt-in-your-mouth roast beef, braised potatoes and bright colored carrots in a rich 5-star gravy.  

Dinner | October 5, 2017 | By

Classic Pot Roast ~ slow-cooked, melt-in-your-mouth roast beef, braised potatoes and bright colored carrots in a rich 5-star gravy.  

When the seasons change, so does our menu. Grilled burgers are replaced with comfort meals like Baked Mostaccioli and Classic Pot Roast ~ slow roasted in the oven (*there’s also a slow cooker option below*), fuzzy slipper wearing, football game on, Sunday fare. The comfort food of your dreams.

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Crispy Potato Pancakes

Crispy Potato Pancakes ~ crispy outside with tender shredded potatoes inside. Serve with applesauce or sour cream. Eastern European tradition.

Dinner | October 1, 2017 | By

This Crispy Potato Pancakes post was sponsored by Blue Sky Family Farms. From breakfast to dinner ~ savory to sweet, eggs are the right choice, especially when they’re Blue Sky Family Farm 100% pasture and range raised. I received compensation for this post, but my opinions are my own. (updated)

When Blue Sky Family Farms sent me their brown free-range eggs and brown organic pasture-raised eggs to try, it didn’t take any arm twisting.

We’re already an egg-loving family and routinely eat eggs in many dishes starting with Sundays and my husband’s “Big Breakfast“, a tradition since Ronald Reagan was president. Bacon, ham or sausage, eggs made to order, hand-shredded hash browns, toast with jam and steaming coffee. Along with the Sunday paper it’s a great way to start the day ~ especially since he usually does dishes afterward, too. 

Crispy Potato Pancakes ~ crispy outside with tender shredded potatoes inside. Serve with applesauce or sour cream. Eastern European tradition.

We first  tried the “ethical eggs for the humane race” one Sunday morning and continued until they were gone in several other meals in the days that followed, including Crispy Potato Pancakes and found that happy chickens really do produce better tasting eggs.

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Honey Teriyaki Salmon

Honey Teriyaki Salmon is simple fake-out fancy made incredibly delicious with a 4-ingredient glaze that packs all the flavor.

Dinner | September 23, 2017 | By

Honey Teriyaki Salmon is simple, fake-out fancy made incredibly delicious with a 4-ingredient glaze that brings all the flavor. 

Enid's is a New York institution known for its particularly delicious weekend brunch menu, which offers up both beloved American classics and more trendy options. Opt for the "Hungry Bear" sandwich, with eggs and sausage (or veggie sausage), plus gravy.

My freezer is currently packed — and I do mean packed with salmon. You could say I’m up to my gills in salmon. I couldn’t resist.

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Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Mexican Stuffed Peppers ~ seasoned ground beef, rice and black beans topped with cheese and baked in colorful bell peppers and a bold enchilada sauce.

Dinner | September 10, 2017 | By

Mexican Stuffed Peppers ~ seasoned ground beef, rice and black beans topped with cheese and baked in colorful bell peppers and a bold enchilada sauce

Mexican Stuffed Peppers ~ seasoned ground beef, rice and black beans baked in colorful bell peppers and topped with cheese.

Would you believe until recently I had never eaten a stuffed pepper? It’s true. I’ve been making and eating stuffed cabbage (a favorite comfort dish I’ll be sharing soon) for what feels like 100 years, but I had never made or stuffed a pepper. What on earth was I waiting for?

The inspiration for these Mexican Stuffed Peppers came from our garden, which is running over with tomatoes and bell peppers right now. If you aren’t a gardener farm stands and markets have a variety of beautifully colored bell peppers and of course they’re also as close as your nearest grocery store.

I opted for a Mexican version today because we love the spicy flavors of Mexican cuisine. I save the classic flavors for the cabbage. 

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Chicken Pesto Mac and Cheese

Chicken Pesto Mac and Cheese ~ macaroni and tender bites of chicken in a creamy, silky cheese sauce with the garden-fresh flavors of pesto.

Dinner | September 7, 2017 | By

Chicken Pesto Mac and Cheese ~ macaroni and tender bites of chicken in a creamy, silky cheese sauce with the garden-fresh flavors of pesto.

If mac and cheese is on the menu, chances are good I’ll order it, especially if it’s a specialty type, like Truffle, Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese or  Chicken Pesto Mac and Cheese. That said, I still eat mac and cheese from the blue box like a 5-year-old because anyway you serve it, it combines two all-time favorites, cheese and pasta.

Chicken Pesto Mac and Cheese ~ macaroni and tender bites of chicken in a creamy, silky cheese sauce with the garden-fresh flavors of pesto.

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