Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce – Come for the Peanut Butter. Stay for the Satay.

Peanut butter is like that friend who always shows up. You know, the type of friend who you can go without seeing for months, and when you finally do get together, its like not a moment has passed. You don’t have to apologize that life has gotten busy and you haven’t called. And like that…

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Easy Roasted Veggie Pasta – Get Ready for a New Go-To Meal

Does anyone else get the Sunday Scaries? My husband loves his job and claims he does not get them, but I sure do. Staring in the face of five days of me vs. the home team – a toddler, a baby, and a wild dog- feels a little daunting. I love being a stay-at-home mom, but on Sunday night, I…

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Game Day Mac and Cheese Puff – I’m Just Here for the Snacks

I’d like to start by saying that I have no idea why this dish is called a “puff.” There’s nothing “puffy” about it. In fact it is so non-puffy that it is almost burly. Not that burly men can’t be puffy – don’t go putting words in my mouth. But this is a hearty and delicious…

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Broiled Sandwiches – A Sandwich for Everyone on Your Team

Does anyone else live with a football crazed, Patriots/Tom Brady super-fan who loves Super Bowl snacks, but is also trying to be health conscious? I can’t be the only one…ok maybe the part about being a Patriots super fan isn’t universal, but the rest might just ring true. As Tom Brady and the gang draw…

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Stewed Chicken and Noodle Soup – Cure or Cliché?

It is cold here in New England. We haven’t gotten out much, and it seems like almost everyone is under the weather. As you can see, there is a LOT of weather to be under. So I made a big pot of Granny’s stewed chicken noodle soup this weekend hoping it could cure not only…

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Herb Sautéed Pork Cutlets – New Year, New Meat

Has everyone made and kept their New Year’s Resolutions? This year, I’m resolving to sleep more, be more adventurous in the kitchen, and eat less chocolate (not give up chocolate, just eat less). I’ve already failed at my first and third resolutions, so I better keep that second one. I rarely make pork for dinner.…

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Split Pea and Barley Soup – Warms the Kitchen, Warms the Soul

Allow me to set the scene before I set the table. A drafty Philadelphia house on a cold December evening in 1930 is bursting at the seams with love and little mouths to feed. The pantry is lacking, and there are no fancy clothes and no fancy clutter. Not a complaint can be heard as…

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Chicken Tetrazzini – Spend a little, Feed A LOT

This is a recipe my Grandma found in the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1949. The recipe serves 30. Excuse me, did I just read that correctly? Who is feeding 30 people?!?  Evidently, Granny is. According to my dad, this is the dish that she served at his graduation from veterinary school and at her little sister’s…

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Stuffed Cabbage -You Stuff the Cabbage. The Cabbage Will Stuff You.

Stuffed cabbage, or golabki, is a traditional festive Polish dish. If, like me, you cannot afford a personal Polish chef, hopefully your kitchen is your happy place because preparing this holiday-worthy meal is a culinary event. After you have peeled, stuffed, rolled, and boiled your afternoon away, these bad boys have to bake for three…

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Not My Granny’s Tomato Marinated Lamb- Or So I Thought

When I saw that the main ingredient of  tomato marinated lamb was condensed tomato soup, I had to really let the idea of making this recipe marinate. A recipe with processed canned soup as a main ingredient did not seem like a Granny move. It seemed more like the move of a lazy bachelor craving a hunk of…

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