Chicken Paillard

Chicken Paillard is the perfect quick, tasty weeknight meal your family will love! The chicken turns out perfectly crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.  I finish it off with a squeeze of fresh lemon and a sprinkle of fleur de sel to add brightness to the dish.  Pile on some fresh greens and you’ve got yourself a delicious dinner!

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Classic Meat Lasagne

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There’s nothing better than a Classic Meat Lasagne for a comforting family meal or to feed a crowd.  This recipe is the best I’ve ever tasted.  I think it’s the homemade, slow simmered bolognase sauce that makes all the difference.  If you want to make a lasagne that will take it over the top, this is it!

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Five Cheese Mac & Cheese

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That’s right….I said it…Five Cheese Mac & Cheese!  We were invited to a Halloween party last night and I volunteered to bring a Mac and Cheese dish.  Well, I couldn’t decide on which recipe I wanted to make…so I made two!  After returning from vacation where I was out of the kitchen for a week but filled with daily cooking inspiration, I jumped at the chance.  That may sound weird, but it is actually really tough for me to stay out of any kitchen!  So, this is the first one, stay tuned for the second, I’m sure it will surface soon.  Hint….it included bacon!

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Chicken Parmesan

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Chicken Parmesan is the ultimate classic comfort food and everyone has their own version…this is mine.  Now to the inspiration for my Chicken Parm.  I am not necessarily a huge fan of NFL football, however, during the season, it’s usually on at our house.  To me, this is also known as “background noise”…sorry, but it’s true.  Last year, after hearing months of Peyton Manning hum “Chicken Parm, you taste so good” during the Nationwide Insurance commercials, I was moved on more than one occasion to whip up a batch for the family. Continue reading →

Weeknight Shrimp Marinara

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Sometimes quick and easy meals are still elegant in presentation, this Weeknight Shrimp Marinara is a perfect example.  It is a great weeknight meal that is light and healthy with a few secret ingredients.  You can also call this a “Fra Diavlo” or spicy red sauce.  I don’t make it too spicy because although I love a little heat, I don’t love to the point that the kids complain….it’s a fine line, you know what I mean?  I put my own spin on this pasta dish by adding in fresh spinach that I had on hand…great way to sneak it in before the kids even knew it! I also used gluten free pasta and I honestly don’t think anyone could even tell the difference.  The whole meal was done and on the table  in 30 minutes and the whole family loved it! Continue reading →