Pesto Pasta-A Summer Flavored Pasta Salad

Picnic season is right around the corner! For some people, anyway. My New England picnic would have to include layering up, wearing knee socks, hot chocolate, and a thermos full of soup. Or I can keep making and devouring Granny’s pesto pasta. Despite my love of winter, when it is still cold and windy in…

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Stir Fry Salad – The Best Salad ‘Overall’

Who even knew you could stir fry salad? Granny had a binder of recipes in addition to her main recipe box. This recipe was on the very last page of the binder, and I initially thought that was a good place for it. I thought a cooked salad was a last page kind of idea.…

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Hamburger a la Charlotte – My Favorite Meal-in-Law

This week we are doing a fun twist at Granny’s Recipe Box! My mother-in-law, Betsy and my sister-in-law, Sarah were in town for Easter, and we thought it would be so fun to do a recipe from their side of the family. So this week, we present to you an original recipe by my husband’s grandmother (Mémère),…

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Creamy Carrot Soup-A Spring Time Soup

Think Spring! Are you imagining a thick and creamy carrot soup?  Me neither. We are in the middle of a huge snow storm as I type these words. And last week’s nor’easter left us cold and in the dark for two days. Thinking Spring is hard when bundling in layers and cranking up the heat. So…

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Mashed Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie – More Flavor, Less Calories

Shepherd’s pie, I now realize, is the food equivalent of the cliché “he’s not especially good looking, but he’s got a great personality.”  And if this version – Mashed Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie – were in high school, it would definitely be voted best personality. It won’t be the prettiest dish you’ll ever put on the…

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Hot Corned Beef Barbecue – St. Patty’s Dinner with a Twist

It’s that time of year again to make Hot Corned Beef Barbecue in the Instant Pot! Well, actually it’s time to make boiled corned beef and cabbage. Granny wasn’t Irish, and we are only a little bit Irish, so let’s shake things up. I’ve been thinking a lot about how Granny managed to work full time, raise two…

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

This could be the best chicken satay I’ve ever had. Why? Peanut butter sauce. 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…

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

Does anyone else need a cure for the Sunday Scaries? This Easy Roasted Vegetable Pasta just might be it. My husband loves his job and claims he does not get the Sunday Scaries, but I sure do. Staring in the face of five days of me vs. the home team – a toddler, a baby, and…

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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 baked mac and cheese 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…

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Broiled Sandwiches – A Sandwich for Everyone on Your Team

Football is the perfect excuse to make these individual broiled sandwiches. 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…

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