Main Dishes

Mac & Cheese Stuffed Pumpkin

October 17, 2013
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I’ll jump right to the punch line: this Mac & Cheese Stuffed Pumpkin was the best macaroni and cheese recipe I’ve ever made. That sounds overstated, but it’s true. And the thing is…I have a feeling I’ll want to say that after each recipe I try from Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese. Forgive […]

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Brined Roast Chicken

September 18, 2013
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Let’s slow things down here for a second, and make some simple Brined Roast Chicken for dinner. Last week was a pretty big one for me. The cookbook I’ve been writing and photographing for over two years – The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook– finally came out! It’s at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Wal-Mart and […]

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Layered Chicken Enchiladas

July 22, 2013
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Now, if I’d just read the recipe all the way through before I started cooking, it wouldn’t have come as such a surprise to me that this would be a Layered Chicken Enchiladas dish, rather than traditional rolled enchiladas. But, in fact – confession time – I am terrible when it comes to reading through […]

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Chicken, Caramelized Onion and Mango Quesadillas

May 3, 2012
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Yesterday, for me, was one of those “and this too shall pass” kind of days. You know the ones where every last thing seems to go wrong – spills, leaks, costly repairs, overcharges, email snafus, you name it. I’m turning the page on yesterday – today is a new day and we’re going to start […]

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Maple-Pecan Crusted Chicken

April 18, 2012
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Just hearing the words “maple-pecan crusted” I’m already interested. I’m thinking about something a little sweet, a little nutty, definitely crunchy – a foray into a satisfying bite. Even though I’m not usually a big fan of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, the promise of this coating – made even crunchier with panko bread crumbs – […]

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Chicken Tomato Saute + Nonstick Skillet Giveaway!

February 21, 2012
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There are only 2 teaspoons of olive oil in this entire heart healthy Chicken Tomato Sauté dish – I was amazed! Most recipes usually call for 2 tablespoons of oil, but when you’re using a nonstick pan you scarcely need any at all. I often forget this about my nonstick pans. I usually just glug in a tablespoon […]

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Chicken and Rice Chile Verde

November 3, 2011
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If this dish looks vaguely familiar to you it’s because I previously shared a rather similar recipe, for Honey Lemon Chicken, earlier this year. So I hesitated for a moment to post this Chicken and Rice Chile Verde. But, you know, I don’t think you ever can really have too many good one-pot, one-hour chicken […]

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Lemon Spaghetti

October 11, 2011
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Exhibit #5978b on why I’ve lived in suburbia for too long: I found it more than a little bit exciting that they recently redid our Target. New carts! Fresh groceries! (and the pièce de résistance) In-store Starbucks! I pushed our cart up and down each aisle of the grocery section (which is a financially dangerous […]

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September 26, 2011
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I hope I whet your appetite for Mexican food with last week’s sopes because I’m back this week with Tamales! I caught the hint that tamales might be a tad labor intensive when three different people kind of sighed and waved their hand when I suggested I wanted to try making them. There’s a good […]

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Mexican Chicken Sopes

September 19, 2011
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I hadn’t heard of sopes until a friend of mine brought over some that her mother, who is from Mexico, had made. This was back in my single days – which seem like forever ago, although we’re only talking circa 2003 – when I had my own one-bedroom apartment in one of those ’50s-era buildings […]

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