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Breakfast Casserole with creme fraiche

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Saturday morning I had a brunch to attend. I also needed to make a breakfast/brunch casserole to bring. I searched the internet for breakfast casserole recipes and finally settled on one that looked good. However, this week has been a bit hectic for me and as I went to make the casserole the night before (at about 11:30pm, yikes), I realized that I forgot to stop at the store and that I didn’t have many of the major components of the dish, like crescent rolls and milk (hello)! Continue reading

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Meat and Potatoes…and Kale

Naturally, I’m not a typical meat and potatoes kinda gal. Not that I have anything against traditional meat and potatoes, because trust me, there are some really delicious ways to make meat and potatoes. I just am generally more of an adventurous eater. I like to explore the culinary world.

Even so, the other night meat and potatoes sounded pretty darn good. These recipes are a twist on the classic. Yes, they incorporate both meat and potatoes (and greens), but for those of you who are looking for something different, this is it. Thinly sliced panko crusted pork chops and gravy, Ina Garten’s potato basil puree, and Kale sauteed with bacon and white wine. It’s definitely more of a comfort food meal, and not a figure friendly one. Although, Kale is full of nutrients (anyone will tell you). Let that ease your conscience as you eat the pork chops and potatoes. Continue reading

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Ultimate Turkey BLT’s with Dill Mayo


Sometimes I think sandwiches are just about the most fabulous thing you could eat. I definitely eat way too many of them and could probably cut back, but sometimes they really do make the perfect meal. On Friday night it was rainy and kind of cold out for July, and sandwiches sounded like the perfect comfort food for dinner that night. Sandwiches with bacon, no less.

I had some bacon, some thinly sliced turkey (the only way I like it on a sandwich), tomatoes, and lettuce and some good sourdough bread. So, I thought I’d make turkey blt’s. Then, I remembered I had some fresh dill that I really needed to use up. I decided to try my hand at making a dill mayonnaise. Turns out, it was exactly what the sandwich needed to kick it up a notch and you won’t believe how easy it was! Continue reading

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Why I Love Nigella Lawson

There are very few networks on TV that I’d rather watch than Foodnetwork or Cooking Channel (except for maybe Bravo). And there are very few cooking personalities I’d rather watch than Nigella Lawson. It’s a tragedy that she and the Barefoot Contessa are both on at 4:30 PM (Eastern Standard time). I have finally given in to DVR-ing them both, so I no longer have to choose which one I’d rather watch. But Nigella is one of my favorites for many different reasons. Continue reading

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Filling Foods?

I have been told by weight loss experts that fruit and veggies are what they call “filling foods” and that eating an apple or some broccoli is a great way to curb your hunger. I want to believe this, I really do, but time and time again my body tells me this is false. Continue reading

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A Trip to Texas

I thought a picture of a longhorn would be appropriate for this blog

My husband was invited to go to a conference for work. You can imagine how excited I was when I found out wives were invited to come along. I love to travel in general, but when it is an all-expense paid trip, I love it even more. The conference was originally supposed to be in Seattle and I was extatic – one, because I had never been there, and two, because the food is rumored to be pretty phenomenal. I started researching where we would eat, what we would do, and where we would go, only to be told a few weeks later that the conference was cancelled and we would be attending a new conference – in Dallas, Texas. Continue reading

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A Weekend of Cooking

Guess what I did this weekend? I cooked. And then I cooked some more. I think I spent 90% of the weekend in the kitchen. What’s even more surprising is I actually enjoyed the experience. Normally, I do like to cook, but I don’t like to spend HOURS in the kitchen. However, this turned out to be a fairly fun and therapeutic experience for me. Continue reading

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Potato Encrusted Tilapia

I’ve heard of coating fish, chicken, or other meat in bread crumbs or cheese…but covering it in potato sounded really strange to me. Continue reading

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Change of Taste…

Over the years, my taste buds seem to have changed. No doubt, they will continue to change as well. When I was a kid I loved Macaroni and Cheese, until one day, when I was probably around 5 or 6, I saw my mom making it and for some reason it grossed me out. I hated mac and cheese for years after that. Now I happen to love it again, although it would probably be better if I didn’t (mac and cheese is loaded with calories).

I used to love hot dogs, then I hated them, now I’m somewhere in between. I hated broccoli as a kid. Literally the smell of it would make me gag, but now I love it – it’s one of my favorite vegetables. I roast it in the oven at least once a week. I got sick after eating cream of mushroom soup once and I’ve never felt the same way about it again. Continue reading

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