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Not Your Average Sausage Pizza and done in only 30 minutes!

As usual, when I’m testing recipe ideas, I’m asked multiple times, “what’s for dinner?”, to which I reply, “a new recipe.”  That, undoubtedly is met with, “what’s it called?”, to which I sadly snap, “It doesn’t have a name.” I don’t mean to be short with my husband and kids, but when I’m trying to …

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Peppered Chicken with Saffron Polenta

A couple of years ago, I was contacted by a casting producer asking if might be interested in auditioning for a cooking show that was being produced for a “major television network.”  I, of course, said yes, and agreed to produce a number of savory dishes (in 2 days) to photograph and submit before my …

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Grandma’s Italian Market Grilled Cheese

Growing up, a grilled cheese sandwich was 2 pieces of Wonder (white) bread slathered in butter with a slice or two of processed cheese running out.  However, as I’ve discovered, nearly any sandwich cooked on the stove top or griddle with cheese can qualify as a grilled cheese. And, the “bread” doesn’t even have to …

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Holy Mole Peach Chili!

In typical fashion, I waited until the last minute to make and submit my entry for a chili cook-off, but as usual,  waiting til the last minute forces me to focus and within two hours, I had the entry made, photographed, and entered. Yay for procrastination!!Anyway, on to the background of this recipe.  This is a …

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Braised Chicken with Peppers & Onions served w/ Saffron Polenta

As a competitive cook, I’m always testing recipe ideas. My husband and kids are fairly accustomed to the constantly changing, experimental menu.  Yes, I make the standards …spaghetti & meat sauce, tacos, meatloaf, chili, chicken n dumplings, etc. However, I like taking common, everyday ingredients and trying something new with them.  Sometimes it’s a hit; sometimes …

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Chipotle Peach Pork Chili

A couple of years ago, my 10 year old son and his friends decided they wanted to form a chili cook-off team for the local 4-H and FFA Youth Fair.  They were gung-ho about boys  cooking chili.  Well, like any good recipe-writing mom would do, I set out to write them a recipe that no …

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