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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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Lemon Pepper Chicken with Lemon Pan Sauce

Unexpected guests? Need to impress on a weeknight? Try my Lemon Pepper Chicken – it’s light and crispy, with a peppery, creamy lemon sauce that transforms your table into an elegant French dining room in less than 30 minutes.    Do you remember the first time you tasted fresh cracked peppercorns? The complex floral and fruity qualities can be a pleasant surprise if you’re used to a shaker of dust-like, ancient pepper that’s been passed down from table to table for generations of futile attempts at seasoning. Peppercorns were actually used as currency in the middle ages, and there...

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Hummingbird Cake

Skip the boring banana bread and breathe new life into that overripe fruit with this tropical Hummingbird Cake recipe.  The Caribbean is calling, and this cake is the next best thing! “If you build it, they will come,” has worked exactly (at least) two times in history: once in a Kevin Costner movie and once for the tourism board of Jamaica. It may be hard for those of us who dream of Montego Bay beaches to imagine, but in the 1970s it wasn’t exactly a tourist hotspot. In an attempt to bring more flights and full wallets in from...

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The Best Rice Krispie Treats

The BEST Rice Krispie Treats – soft and chewy, with lots of sticky, gooey threads of marshmallows melting in your mouth. This recipe makes just a few modifications to the classic treat to create something extraordinary!  I suspect most of you remember pouring a bowl of cereal on some cartoon-laden Saturday morning and leaning quietly over the pool of milk to hear the not-so-elusive snap, crackle, and pop. I also suspect many of you, like me, didn’t have that experience until AFTER biting into a chewy, crispy rice krispie treat and watching the little strings of sweet marshmallow stretch...

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