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Chicken Francaise

Chicken Francaise is an impressive dish that celebrates our American “Melting Pot” by bringing together two of my favorite cuisines – Italian and French. The bonus is its feasibility for a busy weeknight treat, allowing you to put together a complex and delicious dish with simple ingredients and limited time.   “Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” – – – James A. Beard If you’ve watched foodie films – “Like Water for Chocolate,” “Eat Drink Man Woman,” or even “Eat Pray Love” – and, well, you like food, you’ve been hypnotized by beautifully set tables and artfully...

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Alton Brown Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s pie is an incredible comfort food. Delicious, super flavorful meaty filling topped with a mound of rich, buttery mashed potatoes! I spend a lot of time in my kitchen experimenting with food and researching techniques and ingredients to find just the right combination of flavors for a share-worthy dish. Usually that process involves making my own tasty revisions to an existing recipe. A simple tweak or two might do the trick, or the changes might be significant. Sometimes, though, I find recipes that really hit the mark as-is, where it’s clear the person who developed the recipe took...

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Beefaroni

There’s a lot to be said for hearty family dishes. And growing up, Chef Boyardee was the king of hearty family dishes. I loved his canned concoctions of pastas and soups and, one of my childhood favorites, beefaroni. Now that I’m all grown up, I serve my kids beefaroni too. They love it, and are constantly clamoring about getting it for dinner. And it’s true that, as a kid, Chef Boyardee was the king of beefaroni. (Even today, a Google search for beefaroni – something like “beefaroni wiki” – will usually put Chef Boyardee at the top of the...

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Baked Mostaccioli

This easy Baked Mostaccioli is loaded with ooey gooey cheese and yummy Italian sausage all smoothered in a creamy tomato sauce.  Baked mostaccioli was a pretty regular feature on the dinner table when I was growing up. I think it was for a lot of people. That hearty, cheesy dish was a family favorite – and still is, in fact. This baked mostaccioli recipe isn’t as hard as you might think, and will be a perfect addition to your weeknight meal routine. If you want a dish with rich layers of meaty, flavorful goodness, this is the dish for...

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Chicken Tortellini Soup

This Chicken Tortellini Soup is the perfect one dish, weeknight dinner. Loaded with juicy chunks of chicken, tender tortellini, veggies and a bit of sausage, this soup is sure to please the entire family! Oh and best news, it can be prepped in less than 30 minutes! Here’s a yummy recipe that puts a rich and creative spin on everyone’s favorite soup – chicken noodle. This isn’t the old, trusted standby your mom served when you were sick or needing something to warm your insides after a cold day. Tortellini is the star in this dish, subbing in for...

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