Category “Dinner”

Tuesday, 3 March, 2009

Mmmm…. Meatloaf!

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Just like with chili, my mom makes the absolute best meatloaf. There is nothing more comforting and homey than a nice juicy, tender slice with mashed potatoes and green beans on the side.

Here, I take my mom’s meatloaf, and I do it my way. Basically, this means adding some bacon and some herbs – but the base is the same recipe as my mom’s. This meatloaf is unbelievably flavorful. The smoky, salty bacon basically marinates the meat as it cooks, keeping it moist and delicious. The easy tomato sauce on top completes this perfectly cozy dish.

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Wednesday, 25 February, 2009

Ash Wednesday Dinner

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Since I did a sinfully delicious post on our Mardi Gras dinner, I figured I should also post our meat-free Ash Wednesday dinner as well: Pan-Fried Tilapia! It’s definitely a stand-by dinner in my family for a quick, delicious, and healthy meal. Here’s how I like to prepare it.

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Sunday, 15 February, 2009

Trading Recipes


“I refuse to believe that trading recipes is silly.
Tuna fish casserole is at least as real as corporate stock.”
– Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

Here is my all-time favorite, old-fashioned recipe for tuna casserole. I got it from a friend back in high school, and it’s been a go-to meal for me ever since. It is wonderful the first night, but the leftovers just get better and better. Some of the ingredients may seem strange – but just trust me, dear readers, trust.

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Thursday, 12 February, 2009

From the Lavender-Scented Hills of Provence

Get ready because I am about to introduce you to the best chicken nuggets of your LIFE! Step aside, Chick-fil-A – these are freakin’ awesome!

I made this recipe up on the fly with a new seasoning mixture that I had been wanting to try out – a new jar of Herbes de Provence – absolutely delicious, extremely aromatic, and a perfect compliment to chicken.

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Tuesday, 10 February, 2009

Chicken ‘n’ Dumplings!

This is one of my all-time favorite meals to make. Back when I was a single gal, this was my go-to dinner when I was cooking for one. It’s easy to scale to the number of portions you need. The soft, fluffy, doughy dumplings are so comforting, and the chicken and veggies complete the perfect meal.

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Wednesday, 4 February, 2009

The Legendary Hot Brown

What is the legendary hot brown, you ask? It is a hot open-faced sandwich dish created by the Brown Hotel in downtown Louisville, Kentucky.

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Thursday, 29 January, 2009

Hubby’s Veggie Soup

My husband loves southern veggies. He could eat a veggie plate every night for dinner and be happy. One of my favorite veggie dishes that he makes for us is his Beefy Veggie Soup. It tastes so amazing that you would never believe how easy it is to make. We always have it with some nice hot cornbread on the side. Yummmmmm….

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Wednesday, 28 January, 2009

Make-Ahead Mexican Fiesta

I’ve seen a lot of different versions of recipes for Salsa Chicken in the crockpot floating around and decided to throw my two cents in! Here’s my version – it’s easy, healthy, and full of flavor. I hope you enjoy it!

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Sunday, 25 January, 2009

Guinness Beef Stew

My brothers and I calculated it once, and I think we came up with the figure of 85% – we’re 85% Irish. My maiden name has an apostrophe in it, and the only bad part about being married is that I miss my apostrophe. 😉

I like to put together a special Irish menu every St. Patrick’s Day, and a couple of years ago I was inspired to try to re-create the amazing bowl of Guinness Beef Stew that I enjoyed one night in a pub in Dingle, on the west coast of Ireland, when I was studying abroad there. Now it’s become one of my favorite slow-cooker recipes!

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Saturday, 24 January, 2009

Mom’s Chili

Chili is just one of those classic dishes that reminds me of a chilly fall night when I was a little girl. No one’s recipe will ever compare to my mom’s because mom’s chili is the culinary manifestation of comfort and warmth. Mom always serves it on a bed of rice, topped with shredded cheese. It’s just the best.

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