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Masala Meatballs w/ Couscous & Green Peas

Beef
Reality check: It's midweek, you're rushing home from work thinking about the pile of laundry waiting to be washed, your living room looks like a daycare center, your child has a big project due and yes, you still have to cook dinner!!! As much as I possibly can, I make...

Orange Glazed Salmon Steaks w/ Wilted Spinach & Scallion Pilaf

Seafood
Salmon is a fish that is so versatile. Also, it has loads of vitamins that are good for you. But like chicken, people get bored easily with salmon and are always looking for new ways to spice it up. In this recipe, I created a complete meal using fairly inexpensive ingredients,...

White Pizza on Cheesy Focaccia

Kid-friendly
Everyone loves pizza. It's an American favorite, and an Italian classic. For a Tuesday night dinner, I decided to get focaccia bread from a local bakery chain. Most people wouldn't know what to do with focaccia besides make it into sandwiches. I thought that it's size in diameter would make it...

Salmon Cakes w/ Green Beans in Lemon Olive Oil

Seafood
Great quality salmon is usually a pretty pricey item in the grocery. Many average families think of salmon as a treat for a special occasion. In this recipe, I use CANNED, yes, canned, Alaskan Salmon to make the salmon cakes. What’s great about canned Alaskan salmon is that is it...

Shrimp Kung Pao

Seafood
Shrimp or Chicken Kung Pao is one of those items on every Chinese restaurant’s menu that many people love to eat. All the different textures and flavors from the crunchy toasted peanuts, to the sweet and tender shrimp pieces make it seem like an impossible thing to re-create at home,...

Berry Chicken Salad w/ Blackberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Poultry, Entertaining/Holidays, Entertaining/Holidays, Salads
As I was searching my pantry for some inspiration for my next meal, I came across jars full of jams and preserves. Many people think of jam as something to be spread on a piece of toast with their morning coffee. And yes, that's a great way to use jam. But,...

Corned Beef & Cabbage w/ Spicy Garlic Potatoes

Beef, Entertaining/Holidays, Slow cooker
In keeping with the St. Patrick's theme, I made an Irish classic and traditional dish, Corned Beef & Cabbage. Actually, in Ireland, the real recipe calls for bacon, which resembles more the Canadian style bacon, as we Americans know it. The way I've seen this dish made traditionally is to...

Chicken Katsu

Poultry, Kid-friendly
Katsu is short for katsuretsu or cutlet, and was invented in Japan in the 19th Century. The most popular Japanese version is the Tonkatsu, using a pork cutlet. This version uses chicken cutlet. The only way to make any Katsu is to use Panko breadcrumbs. It is made with bread...

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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
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Tomato Basil Spaghettini with Goat Cheese

Pasta, Vegetarian, Kid-friendly, Entertaining/Holidays
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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...