02/11/14
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Chicken Salad with Almonds & Oranges

MONDAY Chicken Salad with Arugula, Marcona Almonds, Pumpkin Seeds & Oranges When I serve a salad as the main course for dinner to my clan it has to be substantial.  And by “substantial” I don’t necessarily mean in size {although my football/baseball playing high school son eats his weight around here} but rather in flavor…it Continue reading → «Chicken Salad with Almonds & Oranges»

02/11/14
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Chicken Thighs with Sherry & Mushrooms

SUNDAY Pan~Fried Chicken Thighs with Sherry & Mushrooms  |  Brown Rice  |  Garlicky Spinach One of the easiest ways I prepare “fried chicken” is using this method.  Chicken thighs {bone~in and skin~on} are seared, skin side down, in a very hot skillet for a bit and then finished in the oven.  The result is incredibly Continue reading → «Chicken Thighs with Sherry & Mushrooms»

02/5/14
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Braised Beef Short Ribs

TUESDAY Braised Beef Short Ribs  |  Mashed Potatoes  |  Skillet~Roasted Brussels Sprouts “Nothing creates a sense of well~being like a barely simmering braise or stew cooking quietly on the stove or in the oven.  The warm aromas wafting in the air are deeply comforting.  Dinner is cooking.  A simple and economical cut of meat is Continue reading → «Braised Beef Short Ribs»

02/4/14
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Roasted Italian Sausages with Tomatoes, Peppers & Onions

SUNDAY {Super Bowl} I am not going to muddle this simple recipe with a bunch of verbiage.  Suffice it to say that this is peasant food at its best.  Sausages, vegetables, herbs, a bit of olive oil & some heat for a good hour will deliver a soul satisfying meal.  Its range spans from sausages Continue reading → «Roasted Italian Sausages with Tomatoes, Peppers & Onions»

02/1/14
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Cobb Salad & Dry Poaching Chicken Breasts

THURSDAY As I mentioned yesterday, I have fallen a bit behind this week.  One thing leads to another and here I sit on Saturday morning chatting with you about our dinner on Thursday night.  I know I could have let this one slide…you probably would never have noticed the missing post…but this salad deserves its Continue reading → «Cobb Salad & Dry Poaching Chicken Breasts»

01/31/14
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Classic Char Siu Pork & Chopped Brussels Sprout Salad with Grapefruit

TUESDAY Classic Char Siu Pork  |  Chopped Brussels Sprout Salad with Grapefruit  This was Tuesday evening’s dinner and I am just getting to this post today…Friday!  Not like me, I know, but some weeks just head off in a direction far different then the one we had planned.  On Monday, Michael found out he needed Continue reading → «Classic Char Siu Pork & Chopped Brussels Sprout Salad with Grapefruit»

01/27/14
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Rosemary Chicken Lasagna

SUNDAY Rosemary Chicken Lasagna   Not too long ago, I came upon this lasagna recipe over at the Feasting at Home blog and I knew it would find its way to our dinner menu sooner rather than later, if for nothing more than to satisfy my curiosity.  As I have recently mentioned, I have an Continue reading → «Rosemary Chicken Lasagna»

01/23/14
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Immunity Soup with Chicken

WEDNESDAY Lately, I have been drawn to broth-based soups.  Bowls of vegetables, and a bit of protein, suspended in a clear broth which is brought to life with the addition of herbs & spices.  A few weeks ago we enjoyed this Spicky Pork & Kale version and last week it was a fragrant Chicken Bouillon. Continue reading → «Immunity Soup with Chicken»

01/22/14
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Sweet Asian Chili Stir~Fry with Pork, Ginger & Tangerine

TUESDAY   “82.  Cook – Cooking just might be the single most important thing you can do for your dietary health.  In theory, it should make little difference to your health whether you cook for yourself or let someone else do the work for you.  But, unless you can hire a personal chef to prepare Continue reading → «Sweet Asian Chili Stir~Fry with Pork, Ginger & Tangerine»

01/17/14
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Brown Sugar-Rosemary Pork Chops with Brussels Sprouts, Apples + Onion

THURSDAY Brown Sugar-Rosemary Pork Chops  |  Skillet Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Apples + Onion I have fallen behind this week…it happens.  Our dinners from the beginning of the week did not get posted, emails sending New Year’s wishes and recipes to try from wonderful folks like yourself, who regularly join us for dinner here, sit unanswered Continue reading → «Brown Sugar-Rosemary Pork Chops with Brussels Sprouts, Apples + Onion»