Sweet and Sour Chicken

From time to time it comes up that I just don’t want to cook dinner (and even the lazy dinner secret of a bowl of cereal won’t do) my husband and I tend to order Chinese take out food.  It is possible to have it be healthy, and out in the sticks it’s one of the only easy choices.  Sweet and sour chicken is a classic dish on virtually all Chinese take out menus.  Today, I took this classic dish and made a version that doesn’t require any frying, breading, or driving! Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe (About 4 servings) …

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Crispy Baked Eggplant & Ricotta Stacks

Do you ever get tired of eating the same dinners from your rotation?  I do.  I search for new ideas, try them out, and some work, some not so much.  This recipe was a success! The crispy baked eggplant pieces are layered with ricotta cheese to create a tasty and healthy vegetarian meal.  It’s a little bit like a simple lasagna. Crispy Baked Eggplant & Ricotta Stacks Recipe (About 4 Servings) Ingredients: 1 medium eggplant, cut into thick slices 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 2 eggs, beaten 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning Salt and pepper, …

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Marinara Sauce

Do you call marinara a sauce or a gravy?  You may know it as only one or the other depending on where you live.  I call it sauce.  Gravy is the stuff you put on turkey at Thanksgiving time.     😉 I am half Italian and my Italian grandmother made the best sauce and meatballs.  Of course everyone’s grandma made the best, right?  During summer, my grandpa would grow tons of tomato plants and my grandma would use some of the tomatoes to make her marinara sauce.  It was simply divine.  I tried to get her recipe but sadly I was never …

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Chicken Fajitas

Have you ever gone to a Mexican restaurant and heard a waiter bringing a sizzling entree to someone else’s table?  You always have to look over to see who’s ordered the noisy, smokey, amazing smelling meal.  It looks ridiculously good and then you wish you had ordered that.  That’s me.     😉 I’ve brought that sizzling chicken fajita dish to the comfort of my own home.  This dish is simple and quick, and there are endless options for toppings.     🙂 Chicken Fajitas Recipe (About 4 servings) Ingredients: 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into strips …

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The Perfect Chili

My husband and I love to cook and we make up recipes all the time.  So far this chili recipe is one of our best creations!  Sometimes a recipe is inspired by another one, and this one gets its original concept from a recipe given to my husband by a friend of his.  Over the years we’ve eaten many varieties of chili.  We’ve taken what we believe to be the best parts of them and turned them into this Perfect Chili recipe.  If you love a traditional hearty, thick, and meaty chili then you will fall in love with this …

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