Cheesy Pesto Pasta

Spring has sprung, and we’re starting to crave lighter meals with bright, fresh ingredients. I was in the mood for a bowl of cheesy pesto pasta flavored with some grape tomatoes and garlic today. It’s amazing how 1 can of pesto can dress up a whole bowl of noodles. This recipe is about as simple as…

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Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta

I could tell after one bite of this cheesy chicken and broccoli pasta that this was going to be on a frequent rotation of dinners at my house. It probably took me 35 minutes, start to finish, including 30 minutes to cook the chicken. I boiled up some shell pasta and added in the broccoli…

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One Pot Orecchiette Pasta with Sausage

Hello spring, is that you right around the corner? I’m getting tricked into thinking we’re about due for some warmer weather with all the sun showers we’ve been having. That’s kind of a new thing for me- it’s literally raining and sunny at the same time. A little confusing, but I’ll take sunshine wherever I…

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Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese

Have you tried making mac and cheese in a pressure cooker? It’s a must try recipe for days when you don’t have much time for lunch and are feeling like a big bowl of comfort food. I’ve tinkered with this recipe a few times now to get it exactly as I like it- smooth, rich…

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Pressure Cooker Lentil and Sausage Soup

All winter long I find myself on a major soup binge. Like this Tortellini Tomato Soup with Italian Sausage, or this hearty Black Bean Soup, or the non- Instant Pot version of today’s soup, Sausage and Lentil. Clearly I find it comforting and warming this time of year. My favorite soups usually involve some combo…

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Slow Cooker Balsamic Roast Beef

Nothing beats a slow cooked roast beef. This meal is pure comfort food- tender beef cooked with garlic, beef broth, and the secret weapon- balsamic vinegar. I’d place this dinner at the top of my list for feeding a crowd, especially if you double the sauce and use a 3-4 pound roast. It takes such…

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Pecan Crusted Salmon

A lot of us are trying the best we can to hold on to any New Year’s Resolutions, at least through the month of January, so here’s a healthy go-to fish dinner that’s quick and simple enough for a weeknight. This salmon with Dijon and pecan crust is an easy way to transform salmon into something…

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Gnocchi with Spinach and Prosciutto

This recipe came into existence the way many great recipes do- by raiding the refrigerator. I went wild for the flavors in this dish. Baby spinach, cherry tomatoes and crispy prosciutto sautéed together in a large skillet with some olive oil before being joined with potato gnocchi and a garlic herb butter. It’s as easy as…

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Tilapia with Prosciutto and Sage

The week before Christmas is usually scramble time in preparation for holiday baking and a big Christmas dinner. But it’s nice to have some weeknight recipes to knock out that don’t eat up your time. Tonight I’m serving up some tilapia with prosciutto and sage. Wrapping thin slices of prosciutto around tilapia not only keeps…

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Shrimp in Sun Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

This sun-dried tomato cream sauce is golden. It’s flavored with my favorites- sun dried tomatoes, garlic, onion and basil, over a creamy chicken broth and sherry background. I used one pound of fresh medium shrimp, but I’m sure you could use frozen. Just let them sit out while you prepare the sauce, and by then…

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Tilapia Poppers with Caper Parsley Dipping Sauce

Washington state is really starting to grow on me- especially with its abundance of fresh seafood all year long. I heard about this yummy appetizer from an Inn in Seaview and had to try my own take on it. I used one of my favorite fish, tilapia, as the base for these poppers. The great…

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Butternut Squash, Kale and Brown Rice Casserole

Here comes another great fall-inspired casserole to solve all your ‘what to cook for dinner’ problems. That’s the great thing about casseroles- they’re easy to prepare, and everything bakes up together so nicely to create a well rounded, hearty meal. This time we’re loading up with fresh butternut squash, kale, brown rice, Italian chicken sausage,…

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