Pasta With Tomato Cream Sauce

I can’t believe it’s Thanksgiving this week.  Where did the year go?  If you’re like me, you’re running around trying to get things ready around the house, whether you’re hosting or visiting for the holiday.  My husband and I are going to my parents’ house for Thanksgiving day and to my husband’s mom’s house the day after.  I’m in charge of bringing dessert so I’ve been baking my heart away this past weekend. Since I’m short on time (more than usual) I needed to whip up dinner quickly and I wanted something that didn’t resemble turkey and trimmings (because I …

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Italian Tortellini Soup

What is your favorite food to whip up when you have a hungry crowd?  Lately, my go-to quick fix is some kind of soup.  It’s the perfect meal to warm you up on these cold days.  I mentioned the other day that my dad was visiting to help me and my husband with a few household chores.  I don’t know about you, but I tend to procrastinate on the house chores.  These chores weren’t fun by any means (not that they ever are), but my awesome dad is always happy to assist, even if it’s something as mundane as re potting a ginormous jade plant! …

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Tomato Chickpeas Over Dried Fig Infused Rice

I enjoy eating a variety of ethnic foods and I love cooking them in my kitchen because it’s a way for me to feel like I’m traveling around the world while remaining in the comfort of my own home.  If you’re not familiar with my blog, just take a peak at my recipe index and you’ll see what I mean.  I haven’t made many middle eastern recipes (although I have made the same Hummus a bazillion times) so I thought I’d venture out and try something new. This sweet and savory meal is warm and comforting, ideal for this time of year.  The …

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Ham and Potato Soup

This past weekend was cool and I was in the mood for a cozy soup to warm me up.  I seem to be on a soup kick lately.  If you love a classic baked potato with toppings then you’ll love this creamy soup loaded with chunks of potatoes and ham. Ham and Potato Soup Recipe (About 8 servings) Ingredients: 3 and 1/2 cups potatoes, peeled and diced 1/3 cup celery, diced 1/3 cup onion, diced 7 ounces cooked ham, diced 3 and 1/4 cups water 2 cups chicken broth 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 5 tablespoons butter 5 tablespoons all-purpose …

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Baked Chili

My husband and I are big fans of chili, especially The Perfect Chili recipe.  I could be partial since it’s a recipe that we created.     😉  That recipe makes a huge batch so it’s an awesome make-ahead meal that reheats wonderfully right out of the freezer.  Besides the obvious bowlful of chili, you can eat it in so many different ways, like on top of a hot dog or a baked potato or stirred into mac n’ cheese.  Which got me thinking…  what’s another way to enjoy chili? This baked chili has layers of pasta, delicious chili, sour cream, provolone, and mozzarella …

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