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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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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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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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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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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Asian Pan Fried Noodles with Shrimp

Main Dish | February 7, 2017 | By

This Asian Pan Fried Noodles with Shrimp shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone. #MuellersMatchmaker #CollectiveBias

From the Mueller’s®  Pasta Matchmaker ~ simple, any night Asian Pan Fried Noodles with Shrimp. Make it in under 30 minutes; ideal for company, too!

I’ll admit, I have *a couple* of quirks, like reading magazines from back to front and taking almost every quiz I come across: “Which TV Mom Are You?” on Facebook or “Who Are You Meant To Be?” from my Oprah magazine. The latest quiz I took was Mueller’s®  Pasta Matchmaker that blends three of my favorite things  ~ taking quizzes, cooking and pasta. I won’t keep you in suspense. Based upon my answers, my recipe is. . . drumroll . . . Asian Pan Fried Noodles with Shrimp.

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Best Super Bowl Recipes

best super bowl recipes

Even if you’re not a football fan, it’s hard to avoid the fact that the Super Bowl is this Sunday. I’ll tune into the game, but I’m really excited about the commercials that range from funny to tugging on heart-strings and of course, the best part ~ the football food. And Super Bowl food, like the game itself, is on a whole different playing field. That bag of chips and dip from the store just won’t do for this occasion but no worries, we have you covered with the 10 Best Super Bowl Recipes.

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Cuban Ropa Vieja

Add the shredded beef to the skillet. Cook uncovered 10-15 minutes over medium heat. Last add the frozen peas and cook 3-4 minutes until the peas are warm.

Main Dish | February 1, 2017 | By

Do you want to travel to Cuba without leaving your kitchen? You won’t even have to hassle with a bag! Cuba is still on my bucket list, but I was in Key West, just 90 miles north of it where I had some amazing Cuban food like the classic sandwich, robust Cuban coffee and Cuban Ropa Vieja ~ braised shredded beef, peppers and onions in an old-world, full bodiesd sauce. We ate on the outdoor patio of a quaint restaurant while the warm breeze blew, the band played a Latin-Jazz tune and we sipped fruity Sangria. 90 miles to Cuba? It seemed like we were already there.

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Ultimate Spicy Chicken Wings

Ultimate Spicy Chicken Wings: light, crispy breading, unique hot/tangy sauce for a flavor that keeps 'em coming back for more.

Do you want to know the recipe to a man’s heart? Ask any man what his favorite finger-licking (I mean this literally) go-to meal is that he eats with cave-man gusto ~ the #1 food he chooses on nights he’s out with the guys and words like whole grain and healthy are strictly taboo and he’ll tell you it’s wings ~ Ultimate Spicy Chicken Wings. So today we turned over the A Gouda Life kitchen to my husband for the straight scoop from the horse’s mouth on how to do wings right.  

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Greek Chicken Pita Nachos

Greek Chicken Pita Nacho. Warm, toasted pita chips layered with seasoned chicken, Tzatziki, sauteed peppers and onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and feta cheese.

Do you have a favorite neighborhood restaurant? Ours is Pier III, family owned and our local version of  Cheers, the place in the old TV series where everyone knows your name. Everyone may not know our name there, but we usually see someone we know. They make a mean Mediterranean Nacho at the Pier ~ layers of pita chips topped with seasoned lamb, tzatziki, tomatoes and olives and it serves as the inspiration for this dish. If you’ve never had a Greek Nacho but enjoy a classic Greek Salad, Greek Chicken Pita Nachos is your dish.

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