Garlic Ciabatta Bread

Conversation in my house the other day as I am preparing dinner: Me: “Girls, it’s your lucky night…dinner is Hearty Minestrone Soup with garlic ciabatta bread.” Girls: “Whoop! Whoop!  We LOVE your garlic bread.” Me:  “It’s going on the blog this week.” Girls:  “Wait.  You haven’t put that on your blog yet??  Are you kidding me??” A panicky pit arose in…

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French Onion Soup

French onion soup is one of those things people love ordering at a restaurant because they don’t make it at home.  There’s a certain mystique about this bistro classic: that cheesy topping, the floating toasts, the melt-in-your mouth onions.  No way you could create something that delicious in your own kitchen. Way (pardon my lame Wayne’s World reference).  French onion soup is (1) simple and…

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Chicken Dijonnaise

Recently a friend requested my go-to, weeknight chicken recipe.  I told her about Slow-Roasted Chicken in Sweet Soy Braising Sauce, but she wanted to use chicken “pieces”, preferably boneless, skinless chicken breasts (not a whole roaster chicken).  Like most of you home cooks, I’ve prepared my share of dinners with chicken breasts, drumsticks, thighs, etc. but haven’t latched onto that one that’s made me want to keep…

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Scrambled Egg Muffins

It’s my one year blogging birthday!!  One year and 50+ recipes later, I’m still chugging away and you’re still reading my posts and trying out these recipes.  Thank you!!! Today I’m posting Scrambled Egg Muffins.  Sorry it’s not a birthday cake or some other witty tie-in with my blogging anniversary. These muffins fall into the “easy-and-healthy-after-school snack” category as well as the “protein-packed…

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Apple Cider Doughnut Muffins

September always brings back fond memories of Sunday drives to the apple orchard.  Growing up in Michigan we had one just down the road and a handful of others within a short drive.  Didn’t realize how spoiled I was until living in Chicago and driving over an hour (in expressway traffic, not through beautiful countryside) to visit an apple orchard….and it shut down the year…

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Basic Bread Recipe

This week’s post is inspired by “The Great British Bake Off”.  For those of you not in the UK, I’ll explain Bake Off, which I believe is the #1 show in the country (I’ll have my fact checker verify that one).   It’s definitely our family favorite, and really the only British show we watch (yes, after 3 years, we still haven’t…

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Burgers with Pub Sauce

What is the antidote to a week of eating nothing but food from the sea (not that I was complaining)?  A burger with the most amazing pub sauce ever!! I just returned from a week with the family down in gorgeous Cornwall.  The scenery is stunning – cliffs, beaches, crashing waves, ancient castles.  The food is pretty spectacular too, particularly…

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