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Cannelloni Recipe

Think you can’t pull together a successful stuffed pasta dinner without hours in the kitchen? You can Cannelloni! One simple shortcut makes this is an attainable, impressive Italian feast that will have your guests toasting the chef! They say gratitude is one of the best ways to keep the blues at bay. Taking some time to think about all the things you’re thankful for shifts perspectives in a really positive way and helps with that whole “glass half full” thing. Maybe you’re thankful for friends or family. Maybe you’re grateful for your health or a much-needed day off, or...

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Chicken Florentine Recipe

You’ll be floored by all the layers of flavor in this Chicken Florentine recipe! A rich, cheesy sauce, with leafy, green ribbons of spinach coat tender cheese-crusted chicken breasts in this simple but impressive dish. We’ve all experienced homesickness at one time or another, and I think food is one of the most reliable cures. Whether it’s digging through old recipe cards to make your grandmother’s Christmas cookies or stopping by the neighborhood restaurant that makes pot roast just like mom did, the right ingredient or dish can ease that separation anxiety. When Catherine de Medici left her birthplace...

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Ham Salad Recipe

Need a colorful game-changer for your next holiday spread? My Ham Salad is a perfectly balanced masterpiece of salty, sweet, and spicy, with smoky bits of ham and a light, creamy base that’s destined to top every cracker on your party buffet. I’m sure our ancestors who first tossed greens in a bowl and dubbed it “salad” would never, in their wildest dreams, have guessed just how far we’d run with the concept. Sure, we still love a simple bowl of green leafies, but what about creamy pasta salads, refreshing jumbles of fruit, and jiggly, gelatin-encased beauties? We also...

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Ham Casserole Recipe

Smoky, salty chunks of ham mingle with curly ribbons of pasta in a decadent cream sauce, loaded with cheese and all the tummy-tempting love of a homemade meal. You won’t find any green eggs here, but you’ll want to eat this hearty Ham Casserole everywhere! Baby, it’s cold outside, or at least it’s dipped below 90 degrees, which means it’s casserole time at my house. If you’re a regular visitor to my blog you know I’m a huge fan of quick and easy casseroles. Store-bought convenience items like canned soup are life-savers on busy nights when I want to...

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Tortellini Al Forno

Think those chain restaurants have a great tortellini al forno? Just wait until you try this recipe for rich, home cooked pasta. I’m a home cook, and I love experimenting with flavors. But that’s not to say I don’t eat out once in a while. It’s not only relaxing to me, but I’ve found that it’s a (sneaky?) way to get new ideas for recipes to try at home. That’s why I was so surprised when I tried the tortellini al forno mini pasta bowl at Olive Garden this past weekend. This rich pasta dish is one I’ve been...

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