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Exhausted Mom…I Can’t Think, Work, or Cook

I’m certain that every wife and mother has had days and nights when they just can’t muster the energy, strength, or brainpower to cook, clean, plan, shop, or anything else except to simply exist. Right now, for me, breathing is too difficult.  I am exhausted, and my brain hurts. I’ve sat at this computer for …

Appetizers & Snacks Food and Wine Conference Mains Uncategorized

Crab Enchilado Empanadas with Avacado Cream #SundaySupper

As a kid, I hated how and where I grew up. Like most kids, I didn’t appreciate the routines, the rituals, the storybook setting, the food, the things that now, as an adult, I “get it.” As I began preparing this recipe, I’m reminded of the afternoons of my mom sitting with bowls of steamed crabs …

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Civics & Lasagna

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, … -Declaration of Independence, 1776 As a parent, multitasking is a requirement and knowledge of all subjects is a prerequisite. When our children …

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Herbed Cream Cheese & Pork Tamales

I was born and raised in the south.  We hunt, farm, and fish as a matter of necessity, and most of what we eat is fried and smothered in gravy. We eat at the dinner table, and family meals and get-togethers are of Olympic proportion. 

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Oven Roasted Chicken with Blackberry-Bourbon Sauce

I love using ingredients in unexpected combinations.  I love taking classics and turning them on their side.  Last night’s dinner was no exception.  After going round and round about what to have for dinner, I gave up asking my husband what he wanted. The supermarket had a sale on blackberries, so I decided that we …

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Weeknight Dinner in Minutes…Ravioli with Pancetta & Arugula

With work, kids, gym, after-school practice, 4-H, doctor’s appointments, and everything else that takes time out of the day, sometimes we need a dinner that can be made in minutes.  You know me…I hate meals from a box and I refuse to rely on fast food and pizza delivery. With that in mind, I saw …

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Country Sausage Gravy Poutine…Day 2 of Kitchen Clean Out

As previously mentioned, it’s pantry, refrigerator, and freezer clean out this week.  The goal is to use ingredients that are already in my house for this week’s dinner menu. During my inventory of the freezer, I found a roll of breakfast sausage that I bought a couple of weeks ago and never used.  Given that …

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Moroccan Spiced Chicken Meatball Stew

Several years ago, I noticed that in addition to ground turkey and ground pork, my local supermarket was carrying ground chicken.  Since I RARELY ever cook ground beef, this was a win for me.  Then, when I stumbled across a recipe for chicken meatballs on Pinterest, it was a Win-Win!  The basic meatball recipe is …

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Date Night Beef Wellington for 2

I can begin to guess how long my husband has been asking me to make Beef Wellington.  How long has Hell’s Kitchen been on TV?  Yeah…probably that long.  Every episode, “just once…I want to try Beef Wellington.”  Well, it may have taken several years, but I finally got the hint.  I dropped by the supermarket, …

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Granny’s Sunday Sausage Casserole

After a weekend of below freezing wind chill, a week at the county fair, and 2 days of rain, I desperately needed warm comfort food…FAST! I love soup, but sometimes, soup, stew, and chili are over-done.  For whatever reason, when it turns the slightest bit cold, everyone (myself included) runs to the store to get chili-making …

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