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Chicken Soup

Kid-friendly
As I was cruising down the grocery store isles with my list of things and ingredients to buy for the week, I was also trying to find inspiration, specifically in the pasta section. Pasta is just one of those comfort foods that so many people go to, especially on chilly...

Fried Egg Rolls

Entertaining/Holidays, Kid-friendly
I must admit, there is something deliciously awesome about a greasy little egg roll. The problem with making these great rolls is the time it takes to prep all the ingredients and roll each and every one. On Mother's Day, after my husband and kids treated me to a fabulous...

Soy Braised Chicken

Poultry
Soy sauce is as important to Asian cooking as balsamic vinegar is to Italian cooking. It's basically made by fermenting soy beans. Soy sauce is an important flavouring ingredient in so many kinds of Asian cooking. And just like balsamic vinegar, there are even varieties of soy sauce that are rare and very...

Roasted Trout Stuffed w/ Fennel & Citrus

Baked/Roasted, Entertaining/Holidays, Entertaining/Holidays, Seafood
It’s Saturday and I rarely have the weekends off from work. So, I decided to get a little “fancy” and roast 3 whole trout and stuff it with fennel, honey tangerine, and lemon wheels. Fennel is a bulb that has a great licorice flavor. Essentially, this recipe only has 5...

Fresh Tomato & Arugula Angel Hair Pasta w/ Roasted Lemon Pepper Chicken Leg Quarters

Poultry, Entertaining/Holidays, Pasta
I love dishes that look elegant, taste great, yet doesn't involve me spending the whole entire day in the kitchen. An even better plus is that this dish is cost effective using very few and basic ingredients. What many people don't realize is that an elegant and delicious meal does...

Red Skin Buttery Mashed Potatoes and Lemony Asparagus

Entertaining/Holidays, Vegetarian
I admit, there are times when cooking an entire meal is just IMPOSSIBLE!! These nights are lovingly called "rottiserrie nights". I go to my local organic grocery store and pick up a juicy, perfectly cooked rottiserrie chicken. Since I've knocked the main course off my list, all I have to...

Spinach & Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Breasts w/ Marinara Sauce

Poultry, Entertaining/Holidays, Entertaining/Holidays, Kid-friendly
Chicken is awesome. There are millions of ways to make chicken. So much so, that sometimes, you just have no clue what to do with yet another chicken dinner! Here’s a great recipe using chicken breasts, pounded thinly and rolled up with spinach and ooey gooey mozzarella cheese. As for...

Crispy Tilapia Fillets w/ Steamed Asian Vegetables

Seafood
I love cooking with Tilapia. It is a white fish that lends itself to whatever flavors you choose. It can be cooked medittereanean style in olive oil, capers and cherry tomatoes. It can also be done cajun style, blackened with creole seasonings or simply dusted with flour and fried crispy,...

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Chicken Kale Marinara

Poultry, Kid-friendly, Entertaining/Holidays, 30 minutes or less
Sponsored by Rao's Homemade Do you ever buy kale for it to just sit in the fridge and wilt and get slimy?? Throw together this simple recipe using Rao's Homemade Marinara. Get your jar at your local Target, Whole Foods, Walmart, Krogers, Publix or Vons.  (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});...

Spring Pantry Recipes

Vegetarian, Salads, 30 minutes or less, Video recipes
Spring cleaning isn't just for your home. Clean out your pantry with simple, delicious and healthy springtime recipes. With staples probably sitting in your pantry all winter-long, you may have no idea all the delicious you can make with affordable ingredients already at home! (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Garbanzo...

Sheet Pan Chicken Teriyaki

Poultry, Kid-friendly, 30 minutes or less, Baked/Roasted, Video recipes
Everyone loves a good teriyaki meal and sheet pan meals are the perfect kinds of dishes to make during busy weeknights. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); I went on The Jam Show on WCIU for my In The Kitchen segment to share this easy recipe that you've got to try at...

Sesame Ginger Vegetable Stir Fry

Vegetarian, Kid-friendly, 30 minutes or less
This post is sponsored by Farberware.Me and my kids love exploring new places right here in Chicago. Many times we forget that our national parks offer tons of opportunities to have family time, learn history and see sites in your area that you may not have ever realized existed! Sundays are...

Tomato Basil Spaghettini with Goat Cheese

Pasta, Vegetarian, Kid-friendly, Entertaining/Holidays
This post is sponsored by Mirum, but opinions expressed are my own.For some reason, ever since I had my third baby, I get heartburn when I never used to! Eating rich foods like pasta sometimes triggers it and it's so frustrating!If you experience daily heartburn, Omeprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets (ODT)...

Ground Chicken Picadillo

Poultry, Kid-friendly, 30 minutes or less
Like many Filipino dishes, Picadillo is a dish that originated in Spain that has many Latin variations. Picadillo has versions in Cuba, Mexico and yes, the Philippines!  Picadillo is similar to hash and most widely prepared with diced potatoes. Some also make picadillo with sauce or broth that is like...

Rotisserie Chicken Lemon Orzo Soup

Poultry, Kid-friendly, Entertaining/Holidays, Slow cooker
There are many variations of chicken noodle soup and this one for Rotisserie Chicken Lemon Orzo Soup is one that I made that my kids love.  Rotisserie chicken saves the day again on this recipe and tell me, when has rotisserie chicken ever let you down?? Not me!  (adsbygoogle =...

Spicy Miso Pork Belly Udon Soup

Pork, Kid-friendly, 30 minutes or less
These days, it's all about the ramen. But don't forget about udon that is thick, chewy and hearty noodle that also lends itself to delicious broth and toppings.  I had udon noodles and pork belly in the fridge from the local Japanese market but I didn't really have a set...

Pickled Beet Martini

Drinks & cocktails, Entertaining/Holidays, Video recipes, 30 minutes or less
Sponsored by Aunt Nellie's (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The holidays and celebrations are meant to have fun and unique dishes and cocktails. I made this recipe for Pickled Beet Martini with Aunt Nellie's and it turned out so good. This pickled beet martini recipe only has a couple of...

Orange Galette with Beet Gorgonzola Salad

Salads, Video recipes, Vegetarian, Entertaining/Holidays, Baked/Roasted
Sponsored by Aunt Nellie's 4 (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); For an elegant dish to serve for parties, my recipe for Orange Galette with Beet Gorgonzola Salad is just what you need.  Party food is all about wow appeal, fun but easy to eat and something that your guests will...

Holland Onion and Leek Soup

Vegetarian, Kid-friendly, Entertaining/Holidays, Video recipes
Sponsored by Aunt Nellie's My recipe for Aunt Nellie's Holland Onion and Leek Soup is the perfect elegant recipe for your holiday party. This recipe is much easier to make than it seems and you've gotta try to make it for your next gathering!  (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Holland...

Edamame Corn Salsa

Salads, Kid-friendly, 30 minutes or less, Video recipes, Entertaining/Holidays
Sponsored by Illinois Farm Families www.watchusgrow.org What better accompaniment to your pork belly tacos that fresh, bright edamame corn salsa, A fun twist on the classic this salsa can be used the perfect topping for tacos and side for any grilled or roasted meats. It can be eaten on it's...