Barley Vegetable Soup

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Entrees, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Soup | Comments Off on Barley Vegetable Soup

Barley Vegetable Soup

If you are anything like me, the holidays sneak up before you know it. Not long after handing out the last of the Halloween candy, a turkey is roasting in the oven for Thanksgiving and cutting down a Christmas tree is not far behind. Now is the time to fill the freezer with a few meals to ease in dinner preparation during the hustle and bustle of the season.    Soups are one of my go-to freezer meals.  It’s easy to make a big pot of piping hot soup loaded with fresh produce.  Let the soup cool and then tuck...

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Unstuffed Cabbage Meatballs

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Appetizers, Beef, Entrees, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Pork, Recipes | Comments Off on Unstuffed Cabbage Meatballs

Unstuffed Cabbage Meatballs

The cool fall temperatures pull me into my kitchen to leisurely prepare hearty stews loaded with tender beef, baby carrots and red potatoes, big pots of thick and creamy soups, and simmering batches of meaty Italian Bolognese sauce.  Some days I’m pressed for time but, still want to prepare a dish filled with that all day, slow cooked taste. That is when I whip up a steaming pot of Unstuffed Cabbage Meatballs.  Stuffed cabbage is one of the ultimate comfort food dishes.  Many ethnic groups including Polish,...

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Mile High Spinach and Sausage Lasagna

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Entrees, Make ahead, Pasta, Personal chef favorite, Pork, Recipes | Comments Off on Mile High Spinach and Sausage Lasagna

Mile High Spinach and Sausage Lasagna

Cooking dinner for a family can be challenging. Each person has different likes and dislikes when it comes to eating.  And with today’s busy daily schedules, families may eat in shifts depending on the activities of the day.  One dish that is sure to delight is lasagna. Made with crowd pleasing pasta, a sauce studded with Italian spiced sausage, and three flavorful cheeses, Mile High Spinach and Sausage Lasagna will be a family favorite around the dinner table.  I always kind of winged it when I made lasagna....

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Overnight Oatmeal with Fruit and Nuts

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Breakfast, Entrees, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Overnight Oatmeal with Fruit and Nuts

Overnight Oatmeal with Fruit and Nuts

Who has time to make breakfast in the morning? Many of us are lucky if we run out the door with a cup of coffee in hand. I stumbled upon the novel idea of making Overnight Oatmeal with Fruit and Nuts to up my breakfast game. Not only have my mornings become more relaxing but, I can power through until lunch without any hunger pains.  Like lunch and dinner, breakfast can be prepped in advance. The recipe for Overnight Oatmeal with Fruit and Nuts combines the ingredients in single portions the night before serving....

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Spicy Jalapeno Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Chicken, Entrees, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Pasta, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Spicy Jalapeno Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

Spicy Jalapeno Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

After a busy day, it is tempting to call in an order for Kung Pao chicken, vegetable fried rice, and egg rolls to a favorite Chinese restaurant.  But with a little bit of planning, you can skip the often calorie laden and less than nutritious Asian takeout dishes.    Asian recipes have always been some of my go-to recipes on event full nights at our house. They are quick to make, I can load with fresh vegetables, and they can be tailored to fit the tastes of my family.    Spicy Jalapeno Chicken and Broccoli...

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All-American Burgers

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Beef, Entrees, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on All-American Burgers

All-American Burgers

There are a few recipes that should be in everyone’s culinary repertoire.  Armed with recipes for pasta with homemade basil marinara, sautéed lemon chicken breasts, roasted herb pork tenderloin, grilled dill salmon, and All American Burgers, dinner will never be boring. It is easy enough to grab a package of preformed burger patties and toss them on the grill for a quick dinner.  But all the patties are only plain ground beef formed into burgers.  With a few extra minutes of prep, ground beef can be elevated...

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