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Pico De Gallo Salsa

July 19, 2011 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Appetizer, Condiment, Dip, Mexican, Quick Cooking, Sauce, Snack.

Homemade salsa is super easy to make and waaaaay better than most you’ll buy at the grocery store. Plus, you can make it exactly how you like it (spicier, milder, more lime, etc.). Whip up a batch of this salsa, buy the best tortilla chips you can find and invite some friend over! Homemade salsa is • Read More »

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Great Guacamole!

May 2, 2011 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Appetizer, Condiment, Dip, Mexican, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sauce, Southwestern.

Guacamole…so simple yet so incredibly delicious. The first time I had really great guacamole was at a resort in Tuscon, Arizona. The waiter made it at our table so, of course, we were impressed with the presentation: mashing the perfect avocado right before our very eyes in a molcajete, the traditional Mexican version of a mortar • Read More »

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Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic-Cranberry Sauce

December 3, 2010 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Christmas, Holidays, Main Dish, Pork, Quick Cooking, Recipes.

I love pork tenderloin because it’s difficult to mess up. This recipe for Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic-Cranberry Sauce is a perfect holiday dish because it’s easy, delicious, festive looking, and can easily be doubled or tripled to feed more people. The slightly sweet, slightly savory balsamic-cranberry sauce is a great compliment to the tender roasted • Read More »

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Leftovers: Mashed Potato Pancakes

November 22, 2010 | By andrea | Comments Off on Leftovers: Mashed Potato Pancakes | Filed in: Potatoes, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Side Dish, Thanksgiving, Vegetarian.

I’m all about using up leftovers and finding creative uses for them. Potato Pancakes (or patties) are a great way to use up mashed potatoes. Even my Picky Eater liked these because he thought they tasted like french fries: crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside. I used 1 large green onion (sliced) instead • Read More »

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Summer Minestrone with Pesto

November 14, 2010 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Italian, Main Dish, Recipes, Soup/Stew, Vegetable.

I got together with a group of girlfriends from my bible study on Friday to organize a friend’s garage. The friend we were helping is a mom of two young boys and her husband has been in the hospital for several months awaiting a heart transplant. Needless to say, it’s been a difficult season for this family, so a chilly, overcast November day was • Read More »

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Ranchero Beef Stew

November 6, 2010 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Beef, Comfort Food, Recipes, Soup/Stew.

Beef stew is always a favorite at my house. Sometimes I like to change it up by making Ranchero Beef Stew, a Spanish-inspired dish that features beef simmered with carrots, green chilies, tomatoes and green olives. It’s hearty, filling and and a nice change from traditional beef stew! The recipe states that the stew only needs • Read More »

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Pasta Bolognese

October 27, 2010 | By andrea | Comments Off on Pasta Bolognese | Filed in: Beef, Italian, Main Dish, Pasta, Quick Cooking, Recipes.

This recipe for Pasta Bolognese is from a chef at the Culinary Institute of America, the world’s premiere culinary college. It’s rich, hearty, meaty and a perfect pasta dish for these cool, autumn evenings. The recipe calls for 6 ounces of pancetta but my container only had 4 oz., so that’s what I used…I didn’t • Read More »

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Grilled Chicken with Creamy Pumpkin Mole Sauce

October 18, 2010 | By andrea | 9 Comments | Filed in: Chicken, Grilling/BBQ, Mexican, Recipes, Southwestern.

I love trying new recipes and am intrigued by “twists” on classic dishes. For this reason, I wanted to try out this recipe for Spicy Grilled Chicken with Creamy Pumpkin Mole Sauce. Mole (pronounced mō-lā) is a type of sauce (or dish based on these sauces) that uses chili peppers as the common ingredient. Many moles • Read More »

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Italian Sausage and Wild Mushroom Risotto

October 2, 2010 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Comfort Food, Italian, Main Dish, Pork, Recipes, Rice, Side Dish, Turkey.

If you like mushrooms, you’re going to LOVE this risotto! Like all risotto recipes, it does take some effort but, boy, is it worth it: it’s hearty, earthy and delicious! I basically followed the recipe with a few minor substitutions. I used turkey Italian sausage and substituted Marsala wine for the Madeira. For the mushrooms, • Read More »

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Chile Mac

September 13, 2010 | By andrea | 5 Comments | Filed in: Beef, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Main Dish, Pasta, Quick Cooking, Recipes.

Now that we’re heading into Autumn, it’s time to start hauling out the comfort food recipes!!! Chile Mac, a simple and comforting dish, is nothing fancy but it is a good, quick weeknight dinner. Plus, it’s fairly inexpensive to make and can easily be doubled or tripled to feed a crowd. I usually use beef broth instead of chicken broth, and • Read More »

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