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Antipasto Salad

If there’s anyone in your life who thinks salads are boring, one bite of my antipasto salad will change their whole outlook. It’s chock full of meat, cheese, olives, and pickled veggies for new textures and flavors in every bite.  What if I told you there was a salad that was so flavorful and filling that you’ll forget you’re even eating a salad? Antipasto salad checks all those boxes and more. It’s an awesome starter for your next dinner party, a great dish to take to potlucks, and it’s a perfect side for grilled foods. It can easily be...

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Chicken Spaghetti

This Super Easy Chicken Spaghetti is definitely going to be a favorite at your dinner table. A few pantry staples and some leftover chicken is all you need for this fast, fabulous weeknight fare!  “Chicken Spaghetti” may conjure images of a chicken-Parmesan-inspired recipe: a simple (boring) chicken breast resting atop a mountain of pasta, bathed in marinara. This hearty and flavorful dish is no chicken spaghetti with red sauce, though. My Chicken Spaghetti is the go-to recipe for a super creamy, super cheesy, quick chicken dish that offers all the comfort of a cozy casserole made right on your stovetop. I take a little help from some handy pantry items to make a sauce that’s not only delicious but easy to get on the table in about 30-40 minutes. Honestly, waiting for the pasta water to come to a boil will take longer than putting this whole thing together! While you may not have heard of Chicken Spaghetti before, it’s popular among casserole queens and comfort-food-connoisseurs, partially because it’s such a customizable recipe but also because it’s just so darn good! It’s a variation on tetrazzini, a classic American dish that usually has turkey and a béchamel or cream sauce (with a splash of sherry, because why not), sprinkled with cheese, and baked in a casserole dish until warm and bubbly. The basics for a Chicken Spaghetti recipe are...

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Tortellini Salad

Take a tour of the Mediterranean with the bold flavors in my Tortellini Salad.  It’s zesty and creamy and tangy and hearty – the salad that eats like a meal! One of my favorite things about pasta (other than eating it, of course) is all the fun shapes they can make out of a little semolina flour, eggs, and water. Of course, many of those shapes offer both form and function – designed to stand out on their own like tagliatelle or pappardelle or to cling to a savory sauce like macaroni or penne rigate (the ones with the...

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Carne Picada

Turn your kitchen into a south-of-the-border taco bar with this simple and versatile Carne Picada recipe. Provecho!  For those of us who spend our days cooking and crafting recipes, generally obsessed with food, inspiration can be found just about anywhere. Maybe you tried something at a restaurant you want to recreate at home, maybe you have fond memories of a dish your grandmother used to make, or maybe a late night of binge-watching old Friends episodes made you crave some homemade fried chicken. Sometimes, though, it’s an ingredient that sparks your creativity, something unique you found at your go-to...

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Scalloped Corn

This old fashioned Scalloped Corn is a delicious side dish that will make you feel like you’re sitting right back at Grandma’s Sunday supper table! Golden corn cradled in a rich homemade custard with just the right amount of smokey bacon topped with a crunchy bread crumb topping! Okay. So maybe it’s just me. But, I think there’s a whole world of side dishes that are just as delicious, if not even a lot more delicious frankly, as the main course. You know what I mean? Is it just me??? Help me friends! Those dishes that you crave and...

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