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Ham and Bean Soup Recipe

Leftover ham helps create a legendary soup full of hearty, creamy white beans with just a hint of fresh thyme and tender chunks of everyone’s favorite smoky, salty piece of pork.  Soup’s on with my easy-but-exceptional Ham and Bean Soup recipe! Spending the evening at a fancy restaurant is every foodie’s dream, wining and dining to your heart’s content (at least until the bill comes). I think we can all agree, though, that being expensive doesn’t necessarily mean something tastes good, and there are some wonderful, inexpensive dishes that can beat the pants off a dainty, five-course meal. Cheaper...

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American Chop Suey Recipe

Winner, winner, it’s Chop Suey for dinner! This Americanized classic is a favorite coast-to-coast, with savory bits of ground beef in a hearty tomato sauce, mingling with tender macaroni and melty mozzarella. We’ve all been there – exhausted after a long day and surrounded by a chorus of, “What’s for dinner?” Unfortunately, some days we’re stuck making do with what we have, combining whatever’s looming in the fridge or pantry to cook a “unique” (i.e., unpopular) dish. Rumor has it “chop suey” is a provocative name some parents use to lure children to the dinner table on just such...

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Christmas Crack Recipe

Good luck keeping this Christmas Crack away from the frenzied fingers of family members. Buttery toffee with a light, crispy crust, coated in rich chocolate and toasted pecans may just be the most addictive snack ever! If you do much recipe research, you’ll find some pretty funny names for things we love to eat – Devils on Horseback, Hissy Fit Dip, and Whoopie Pie, to name a few. Truth is, they’re usually pretty aptly named based on the responses they elicit, and this candy is no exception. Christmas Crack, a sweet buttery toffee sandwiched between a crispy cracker bottom...

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Cavatappi with Creamy Tomato Sauce

 Savor the flavors of Florence in my Cavatappi with Creamy Tomato Sauce. No passport required! As some of you may know, I’ve dubbed myself a “reluctant exerciser,” and finding motivation is essential when you’re in the kitchen all day with amazing food. For some, that little nudge into the gym may be a great playlist blasting in their ears; for others it’s an encouraging friend who holds you accountable for your daily walk. I’ve found inspiration in a powerful, four-word mantra that works on even the most non-motivated days, that answers the question “why” when I’d rather dig into...

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Mississippi Pot Roast

Mississippi Pot Roast is a new classic – a simple but hearty, homey dish packed with flavor and the promise of a satisfying supper. Your crock pot does all the work, and you get all the credit!  The slow cooker was introduced in the early 1970s (Rival’s “Crock Pot” being the first one on the market), and I’d be willing to bet the first meal ever made in that new working-mom miracle was a Sunday pot roast. “Set it and forget it,” is still a busy home cook’s battle cry decades later, so I’m sharing a recipe for Mississippi...

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