Classic French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup ~ classic soup loaded with caramelized onions + a rich, flavor-packed beef-wine broth. Top with toasted croutons and gooey melted cheese.

Dinner, Soup | March 10, 2019 | By

Classic French Onion Soup ~ recipe inspired by two of my favorite chefs, Ina Garten and Julia Child. Caramelized onions in rich, flavor-loaded beef-wine broth topped with toasted croutons and gooey, melted Gruyere cheese.

Whenever my daughter sees French Onion Soup on the menu, she orders it.  It’s been this way since she was a child. From the time they were small, we encouraged them to order for themselves in restaurants. Served us right, I guess because although she professed to love French Onion Soup, she really only liked the soup-soaked croutons and gooey melted cheese. Who could blame her?

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Spicy New Orleans Style Shrimp

spicy new orleans style shrimp ~ cooked shrimp in spicy sauce in the skillet plus lemon wedge and crusty bread.

Appetizers & Beverages, Dinner | February 27, 2019 | By

Spicy New Orleans Style Shrimp ~ in time for Mardi Gras ~ easy, tasty baked shrimp in a rich, spicy buttery Cajun sauce served over rice or with crusty bread.

We spent a few days this winter in New Orleans. My one regret is not staying long enough to taste more of the amazing seafood but that means a return trip is in order.

Spicy New Orleans Style Shrimp is a one-pan, any-night meal loaded with spicy flavor. Don’t limit it to Mardi Gras though. Serve it up anytime you’re craving spicy seafood with rice, some good crusty bread and a few lemon wedges.

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Greek Stuffed Peppers

greek stuffed peppers ~ red bell peppers filled with greek seasoned ground turkey, feta, orzo, spinach and chickpeas baked in a Greek flavored tomato-herb sauce.

Dinner | February 22, 2019 | By

Greek Stuffed Peppers recipe ~ ground turkey, orzo, feta cheese, spinach and chickpeas baked in bell peppers and a Greek-style tomato-herb sauce.

I still *occasionally* eat pizza rolls, have a heavy hand with salt and rarely pass up dessert so when I created and fell in love with this Greek Stuffed Peppers recipe I couldn’t wait to share it with you.

I’ve been stuffing peppers with my favorite flavors for a while now. It’s a great option if you’ve indulged over the last few weeks months like I *may* have for an easy, feel good healthy comfort dinner.

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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.

Dinner, Soup | February 19, 2019 | By

Irish Guinness Beef Stew ~ tender seared beef, chunks of potatoes, onions and carrots in a thick rich beef-Guinness gravy.

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t complete for my sister-in-law Gloria without hats and strands of beads for the group, including my reluctant brother-in-law. Irish green shirts, a round or three of drinks, plenty of laughs and some good Irish food like this Irish Guinness Beef Stew round out the day.

Her enthusiasm is contagious; it’s a party you don’t want to miss. This stew has everything you need for St. Patrick’s Day: chunks of tender seared beef, potatoes, onions and carrots in a thick stew enhanced with the flavor of Guinness beer. Just don’t forget the hats and beads.

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Easy Chocolate Raspberry Tart

easy chocolate raspberry tart ~ light rustic chocolate raspberry tart ~ golden puffed pastry topped with Nutella, homemade raspberry sauce, fresh raspberries dusted with confectioner’s sugar.

Dessert | February 12, 2019 | By

Easy Chocolate Raspberry Tart ~ simple, deliciously light rustic chocolate raspberry tart. Golden puffed pastry topped with Nutella, homemade raspberry sauce, fresh raspberries dusted with confectioner’s sugar.

Today I’m here with a Public Service Announcement: Do not make reservations this Valentine’s Day. For the record, I’m coming from experience(s) that include rushed meals, lost reservations, limited menus and a less than stellar meal.

Let’s shake things up this year and make dinner (heart-shaped pizza excluded) along with this luscious, decadent easy dessert for afterward. Or before . . . no judgement here. Because you’re guaranteed to have room for dessert if you start with it.

I’m not anti-Valentine’s Day. Or even Galentine’s Day. Celebrate to your heart’s content . . . with a dinner at home. Why you ask? Because it’s just a damn good idea. Granted you’ll have cleanup, but the meal will be infinitely better.

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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili ~ creamy, loaded with chicken, beans, corn and green chilies. Topped with avocado, lime wedge and tortilla strips.

Dinner, Soup | February 7, 2019 | By

White Chicken Chili ~ creamy, loaded with tender chicken, white beans, corn and green chilies. Topped off with sliced avocado, extra cheese, tortilla strips and sour cream.

As recipes go, this one doesn’t get any easier. Just load the ingredients into your slow cooker then while you’re doing whatever it is you do that brings home the bacon . . .WAH BAM! Thick, creamy, delicious chili loaded with tender chicken, white beans, corn and green chilies. 

Of course, what starts as simple doesn’t have to stay that way. Feel free to dress it up with as many garnishes as you like, including a big dollop of fresh guacamole. 

Make a batch on Tuesday. Eat leftovers on Wednesday (it’s even better reheated). If you’re lucky, there’ll be enough to freeze an individual container for lunch one day when there’s “nothing in the fridge”.  

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Slow Cooker Beer Braised Pulled Pork

slow cooker beer braised pulled pork ~ 3 pulled pork sliders topped with confetti slaw and a dill pickle disc.

Dinner | January 31, 2019 | By

Slow Cooker Beer Braised Pulled Pork ~ full-on bold barbecue flavor. Tender, juicy pulled pork braised in beer and Indiana’s #1 BBQ sauce, slow simmered for the ultimate football food. 

Is your Super Bowl playbook ready? I’m talking food of course. You’ll need plenty of dips,  a tray or three of spicy wings and perhaps this appetizer that’s been Readers #1 Choice 3 months in a row.

Wings and dips are good great, but by halftime, the party is going to need some solid sustenance. This Slow Cooker Beer Braised Pulled Pork is it. Full-on bold barbecue flavor, tender juicy pork seasoned and slow-simmered in beer and barbecue sauce for the best taste.

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Beef Enchilada Dip

Beef Enchilada Dip ~ spicy ground beef + cheese, black beans, tomatoes, green chilies and enchilada sauce, topped with more cheese and baked 'til bubbly.

Appetizers & Beverages | January 29, 2019 | By

Beef Enchilada Dip ~ spicy ground beef, cheese, black beans, tomatoes, green chilies and enchilada sauce, topped with more cheese and baked ’til bubbly.

The Super Bowl is almost here. Maybe that means you’ll be hosting a few friends and their appetites. Or maybe you got lucky and just need to bring a dish. Something other than your shining personality, though bring that too. Someone has to be the life of the party after all. 

The fact is you should must bring something crowd-approved and usually that means bold spicy flavor, like this Beef Enchilada Dip.

Classic wings are probably already covered, so if you’re serious about bringing your A-Game, I highly recommend Beef Enchilada Dip  . . . or a batch of Jalapeno Poppers. Or both.

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Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Dinner, Soup | January 27, 2019 | By

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup made all in one pot, loaded with tender bites of chicken, orzo, carrots, spinach, dill and of course, tangy lemon flavor.

For the flu-stricken, cold-stricken or anyone in need of a little comfort, this recipe is it. It’s National Soup Month and although this Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup won’t cure what ails you, it’ll sustain you until it passes.

A little Chicken Soup for the soul . . .

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Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

soft shell flour tortilla filled with shredded salsa chicken topped wth lettuce, cheddar cheese, tomatoes and avocado

Dinner | January 14, 2019 | By

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken ~ easy 4 ingredient juicy, bold flavored shredded chicken for tacos, burritos or salads preps in just 5 minutes and simmers in the crockpot.

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to become better organized. I’m already teetering on the brink of failure, like a toddler in mama’s high heels.

Thanks to my disorganization, I realized I had multiple packages of boneless chicken in the freezer. This started me thinking about some of my favorite chicken recipes and this Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken topped the list.

Four ingredients + 5 minutes = the most incredibly juicy, bold-flavored chipotle chicken with an aroma that’ll practically bring you to your knees. 

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