Crockpot Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce

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Bring on the cozy meals and the crock pot creations.  Winter is here and that means shorter days and chilly nights.  I am most happy when tucked inside my warm …

Gift Giving: Homemade Moose Munch

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If you live in this country and you have never been to a Harry and David’s store, you’re missing out.  (and you must be living under a rock….ha, sorry). They …

Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup

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Winter has seemingly arrived overnight.  I’ve already worn my winter coat, hat and gloves.  The bird bath is frozen.  The leaves, which were beautiful, are falling quickly.  It’s too cold, …

Salted Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

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We are normally team chocolate chip cookie.  My mom truly makes the best chocolate chip cookies in the world.  And, even with the recipe, no one can duplicate the consistency …

Beer Braised Bratwurst with Sauerkraut

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In the late 1600’s, my father’s family migrated to America from Germany.  (Apparently some of my ancestors beat William Penn to the punch.). My mother’s family also migrated to America …

Crispy Hash Brown, Kale and Sausage Sheet Pan Bake

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There are a few things in life that I know for sure.
I do not like Goat Cheese…….
I do not like cilantro……..there is an ongoing debate about cilantro.  Apparently it’s genetic. …

Loaded Crab Nachos

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If you look closely….fall is in the air.  I saw a few colored leaves on the sidewalk.  Pumpkins and mums are for sale everywhere.  And the hurricanes are lined up …

Asian Blackened Salmon

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I don’t consider myself a salmon person.  I never order it when I’m eating out.  I never buy it to make for dinner.  And obviously we don’t catch it when …

Slow Cooked Taco Stuffed Peppers

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Tacos are one of my favorites, and one of my family’s most requested dinner suggestions.  I think everyone would be happy if we had a weekly taco night.  I am …

What to do with all of those tomatoes…..Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Dip

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It’s that time of year again.  Tomato time.  Two or three times weekly, my husband hand delivers a full basket of tomatoes.  (Just once it would be nice to receive …

Baked Breakfast Sandwiches

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We had a full house at the beach this year for the Fourth of July.  We got to spend some time on the boat in the sunshine and we got …

Hot Diggity Dog

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We used to host an annual Food Contest sometime during the Fourth of July weekend (or week.)  As the hosts and creators of the contest, we would pick a food …

Italian Pasta Salad with Roasted Tomatoes

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It’s picnic season.  The temperatures are soaring, the rain has stopped.  It’s time to get your coolers and picnic baskets prepped.  What are your go to’s to bring to a …

Glazed Doughnuts

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This recipe may be late by a few days.  I realize that National Donut Day was on Friday.  But, my love for doughnuts should not be dismissed.  I have been …

Chicken Tater Tachos

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Once again, I blame it on New Orleans.  It was late, we were hungry.  We needed food and we needed it fast.  Randomly, we wandered into 13 Monaghan.
What we found …

Small Batch Brownies

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A few weeks ago, I was looking for a quick dessert to make for dinner.  I usually have boxed brownie mixes on hand, but this time I was out.  Turns …

Creole Jambalaya

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Last month, we embarked an epic 3 week road trip.  The trip had been at least a year in the making.  It was originally intended to be a 6-8 week …

Fresh Bolognese with Zucchini Noodles

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Do you own a spiralizer?
In my opinion, spiralizing is a hot kitchen trend right now.  (Did I just create a new verb, spiralizing?  My auto correct doesn’t recognize it?)  Maybe …

Chicken Cordon Bleu

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Not to be outdone by her husband, my sister in law has shared some blog worthy recipes over the years.  She also worked for Perdue, so chicken was often on …

Snow Crab Legs

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March has rolled in like a lion.  I actually heard someone use the expression “Hurricane Blizzard” for the weather last Friday.  Crazy for sure!  We are 3 months into 2018. …

Michael D’s Italian Stromboli

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Back in the Fall of 1992, I was a lowly college student and my brother was living on the Eastern Shore working for chicken magnate Frank Perdue.  He lived close …

Tastee Choice Beef & Broccoli

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Families today want convenience.
That’s why subscription meal plans have become so popular.  People are busy, but they still want weekly recipes and fresh ingredients delivered straight to their doorstep so that …

Sesame Crusted Tilapia with Asparagus

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Big win last night in Philly!
The Eagles are going to the Super Bowl!  I guess I should be offering recipes for Philly Cheesesteaks, Strombolis or Soft Pretzels.  Maybe I’ll save …

Shrimp Alfredo

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I hope you all survived the holidays and this arctic blast that has been sticking around for a few weeks.  I thought that you might need something to warm you …

Gingerbread Cookies

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  With the kids jingle belling and everyone telling you be of good cheer.  It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  
And, …

French Onion Soup with Brisket

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Johnnies’ Brisket is the easiest, most delicious, brisket, hands down.  I choose to serve it every year for Christmas Dinner because I don’t have to worry about it or slave …

Sloppy Joes for a Hungry Crowd

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I call them Sloppy Joes.  But you might call them Sloppy Janes, Barbecue,  Dynamites, Steamers, Wimpies or Yum Yums.  Whatever you call them, I know that you’ve had them.  I …

Breakfast Cookies: Chunky Monkey and Blueberry Muffin Quinoa

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Cookies for breakfast?  Yes, please.  But don’t worry.  These are both kid and mom approved.  Plus, they’re gluten free, vegan, oil free and contain no artificial sweeteners.
When you add in …

CORDON BLEU STUFFED SHELLS WITH CRISPY BACON

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Chicken Cordon Bleu.  Probably one of the first “fancy” things that I learned to cook.  Maybe it was the name that made it fancy?  Maybe I had it one time …

Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Coffee Cake

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It’s Monday.
It’s raining.
Need a reason to celebrate?  Let’s eat cake!
It was a great weekend for our family.  I had both college kids home for almost 48 hours thanks to Columbus! …

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon Garlic Aioli

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I wish that I could tell you that I loved Brussel sprouts.  That I craved Brussel sprouts or sometimes dreamed about Brussel sprouts.  But, that would be a lie.  I …

Roasted Cauliflower and Aged White Cheddar Soup

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We’re entering my favorite time of the year, fall.  Time for football, cider, cooler temps and field hockey.  Time for falling leaves, cross country, pumpkins and hearty soups.  I can’t …

What to do with all of those tomatoes?! DIY Prego Spaghetti Sauce

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Tis the season!  Gardens are bursting at the seams with tomatoes.  I’ve had them in sandwiches, salads and soups.  I’ve made 3 batches of salsa, and I still have a …

A Medley of Appetizers for Your Next Backyard Bash!

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Well, we finally got around to throwing our 2017 graduate a graduation party.  And since my son was gone all summer working on an oil tanker and since we are …

Cajun Blackened Fish Taco Bowls

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Tacos are one of my favorite meals to make and one of my favorite meals to eat.  My family agrees, they request tacos every other week.  So, sometimes I try …

Cheesy Dogs in a Blanket

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At any given moment, if you were to clean out my freezer, you would find several opened bags of frozen hot dog rolls.  I detest hot dog rolls.  I detest …

No Bake Red, White and Blue Berry Icebox Cake

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The summer solstice has passed, already the hours of daylight are less.  The dog days of summer are here, most days.  (Tonight’s lows are in the 50s?!).  America’s birthday is …

Cream Cheese Stuffed Everything Chicken

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Everything Bagels.
Something I had never experienced before last year.  Not sure why?  Maybe I was afraid of onion and garlic in the morning.  Although who says that you can only …

Shrimp Fajitas

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Summer is almost here.  (I know technically, summer begins on June 21.)  To me, summer is the last day of school, graduation, Memorial Day weekend.  (We have a 2017 Graduate …

Margarita Cupcakes

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Last Friday was Cinco de Mayo.  A day to eat at as many tacos as possible and wash them down with some salt rimmed margaritas.
I love margaritas.  On the rocks, …

Buddha Bowls: my trick for cleaning out the fridge and meal prep all in one!

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There are weeks when I overthink meal planning.  I try too hard to provide a well balanced week of meals, I try too many new recipes in an attempt to …

Frittata with Feta and Scallions

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It’s spring.  The signs are all around us, flowering trees and green, green grass.  It seems we lucked out this year, no record breaking blizzards or dangerous ice storms.
We’ve walked …

Maple Granola

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One of my daughter’s favorite breakfast treats is granola with yogurt and fruit.  It’s probably a favorite because it’s easy to make and quick to eat.  It’s also on the …

Shepherd’s Pie

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People need a reason to celebrate.
A logical reason to host a soiree, take off work, take a road trip or whip up a feast.  Something to look forward to, something …

Copycat Recipe: Carraba’s Grilled Mahi Mahi in a Lemon Butter Sauce

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 Carrabba’s Italian Grill is one of my favorites.  The closest one, in Mechanicsburg, is 46 miles away.  (It’s got to be good if I’m willing to drive 46 miles for …

Winter Minestrone

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So far, this winter has been mild.
No crushing snow storms, no blizzards to keep us home bound.
I don’t want to say that we’re in the clear yet, so, just in …

Beef and Chicken Shawarma with White Sauce

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We (literally) just got back from a family vacation.  This time, we ventured to the island of St. Martin/St. Maarten.  It’s a 36 square mile island in the Caribbean shared …

Chicken Chimichangas

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When I go to my favorite Mexican Restaurant, I always get the same thing.  Chicken Chimichangas.  I do the same thing at my favorite Sushi Restaurant.  They know both my …

Classic Hearty Chili

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2017.
A new year.  It’s time to turn the page on the calendar.  It’s a time to start over.
For many, a time to start over means resolutions…..to lose weight…..to get healthy……to …

Christmas Treats and Spirits….

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The holidays are in full swing.  In two weeks, Christmas will have come and gone!  Life just moves so fast.
In case you are hosting a holiday party or soiree …