Category Archives: Lunch and Dinner

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Easy Chicken Pot Pie – Revised and Updated!

I’ve been making this dish for years, and in about four different variations, including a dairy free version. For a while now I’ve shied away from the “original” version because it uses condensed soup and I was concerned about sodium … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Leftovers Solution: Turkey Potpie

Have you been staring into your refrigerator thinking that you Can. Not. Eat. one more plate of reheated leftovers? Then this is the recipe for you. Not only is this a delicious, easy meal, you’ll hopefully be able to take … Continue reading

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Dairy-free Chicken Pot Pie – updated

This post is a dairy-free variation of my Easy Chicken Pot Pie. I provided a meal tonight for some friends who are dealing with some rough stuff and don’t have a lot of time to cook for themselves. In times … Continue reading

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Black Beans and Rice with a Twist

I started making this recipe last fall and it was an immediate favourite. I took a big crock pot full to the pot luck at work, and it was gone in no time!  It’s a simple recipe with easy prep, short cook time, … Continue reading

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Summer Corn and Tailapia Chowder

You don’t have to be in New England to enjoy a little summer chowder!  T came across this recipe on the Epicurious iPhone ap (while laying in bed on a Sunday morning).  It seemed simple enough, so we thought we’d give … Continue reading

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Shrimp and Grits

I use to think that shrimp and grits were really difficult to make. I now know better. It’s actually shrimp etouffee that’s difficult to make. (Anything involving a roux requires a special culinary patience and skill. Burn your roux and you have to … Continue reading

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Crockpot Lasagna

  This meal was suppose to round out “Italian Week”, but after eating Sunday Sauce, and Chicken with Olives and Peppers, and Chicken Marsala, oh, and a Nahunta ham… I just couldn’t do it. I needed a break from the … Continue reading

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Grilled Salmon with Balsamic Glaze

This is the easiest salmon you’ll ever make. Seriously. You could practically do it with your eyes closed and one hand tied behind your back.  T and I made this a couple of weeks ago when we were on vacation. Luckily … Continue reading

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Insalata Caprese

I’m convinced that in another life, I was an Italian. I love Italian food. And I’m not talking about limp pasta and sauce from a jar. I mean good Italian food. With fresh ingredients, and salty cheeses, and plenty of bread on … Continue reading

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After fighting the @#%!!! squirrels for the past 2 months, I was finally able to salvage enough large tomatoes to make BLTs and caprese salad (see tomorrow’s post). This post isn’t intended to tell you “how to make a BLT”.  Everybody … Continue reading

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BBQ Chicken

As I was planning my meals last week, I realized that I have recipe fatigue. T and I have been alternating cooking weeks and planning meals since January or February.  I’ve read and reviewed and made so many new recipes … Continue reading

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Fish Tacos with Spicy Remoulade

I have to admit, I’ve never had a fish taco before now.  Or maybe once, but it obviously wasn’t memorable. I’ve always shied away from fish tacos. They just sound weird. Fish? In a taco? With shredded cheese and salsa? No thank … Continue reading