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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Bacon Brussels Sprouts

 

It’s time to re-think Brussels Sprouts.  If you haven’t eaten Brussels Sprouts since you were a kid after some sort of horrible experience eating them boiled, steamed, flavorless…shall I go on?  You get the picture.  I am here to tell you that Bacon Brussels Sprouts will totally turn you around.  These have flavor, crispy bits of crunchy leaves and most importantly bacon, enough said.

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Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onions

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OK, attention everyone out there desperate for easy weeknight meals to prepare for your family with crazy schedules.  Look no further…this recipe for Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onions is it!  Perfect fall meal…tasty, healthy and on the table in 30-ish minutes.  Grab a glass of Pinot, let’s do this!

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French Onion Soup

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It is a rainy weekend here in the SF Bay Area, but after years of a bad drought, rain is always welcomed here.  Whether as an appetizer or it’s own meal, soup is perfect on a day like today.  It’s always cozy, warm and comforting…easy, cheesy French Onion Soup!

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White Chicken Chili

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White Chicken Chili is a hearty, yet light meal, perfect for lunch or dinner and packed with flavor.  As I near the end of my 30 days of clean eating, this recipe has been a family favorite.  Clean eating for 30 days is definitely a challenge for me, I’d be lying if I said differently.  I definitely have to supress some of my creative juices for cooking and creating with my normal free range.  However, I always feel so great after I’m done, so proud that I did it and losing a pants size doesn’t hurt either.  It also forces me to think outside my comfort zone about healthy meals I can create that also taste great.

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Roasted Garlic Shrimp

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Roasted Garlic Shrimp is one of my favorite appetizers to make for a dinner party. So quick to prepare at home or easy enough to transport to a friend’s house. My version was inspired by an Ina Garten recipe, with a few of my own additions. Make them and watch them disappear!

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A Little Bit of Chicken Fried

 

 

There’s a few reasons why I call this A Little Bit of Chicken Fried….First off, we are big country music fans and we love the Zac Brown Band.  Every time I hear this song, it makes me smile and think of summertime, hanging out by the pool and relaxing with family and friends.  The second reason is that there are so many “secrets” to fantastic fried chicken and my recipe is really a little bit of lots of those tips and techniques.  It’s a little bit of Ina Garten, a little bit of Tyler Florence and a little bit of Paula Deen…they each have inspired different ingredients or techniques in my recipe.

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Coq Au Vin

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Coq au Vin is a classic French dish of braising chicken with wine, mushrooms, garlic and bacon.  You can use bacon or pancetta, it’s a win-win either way, right?  Julia Child helped make this dish increasingly popular in the United States, it was often thought of as one of her signature dishes.  Red wine, specifically Red Burgundy is typically used, although you could always try it with a different varietal if you want.

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Roasted Tomato Soup

I’m not sure there’s a better combo that exists than Roasted Tomato Soup and a Grilled Cheese with Gruyere on Sourdough.  I make this Roasted Tomato Soup all year long.  Even though tomatoes are at their height of ripeness during the summer, this method of slow roasting them will bring out natural sweetness even when they’re not at their peak.

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