06/24/13
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Prosciutto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Mushroom Pan Sauce

SUNDAY Prosciutto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts  |  Mushroom Pan Sauce  |  Tabbouleh After all of the activity of last week, today was, finally…quiet.  Not a single alarm clock was set.  Michael was the first to awaken and, shortly after he made his way downstairs, the children and I followed, drawn to the kitchen by the aroma of Continue reading → «Prosciutto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Mushroom Pan Sauce»

06/21/13
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Truffled Filet of Beef Sandwiches

FRIDAY Truffled Filet of Beef Sandwiches  |  Sweet Potato Fries  |  Fresh Strawberries  |  Strawberry-Basil Lemonade Okay, I know…I missed a dinner {last night}.  This week has been, well, you know…one of THOSE weeks!  Michael gone {traveling in Europe}, me left to juggle Max’s baseball and football schedules as well as the girls’ barn schedule, Continue reading → «Truffled Filet of Beef Sandwiches»

06/11/13
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Chicken Salad & A {Very Special} Chocolate Cake

MONDAY Saffron Chicken & Herb Salad  |  Chocolate Bundt Cake {Gluten-Free} Back in April I made this amazing chicken salad.  The ingredients are simple…simmered oranges, saffron and honey  puréed into a dressing, fresh basil and mint, salad greens…but, when combined, produce an incredibly flavorful and satisfying salad.  For this evening’s dinner, I used left-over Grilled Continue reading → «Chicken Salad & A {Very Special} Chocolate Cake»

06/1/13
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Chicken Paillard with Zucchini, Basil & Parmesan Salad

FRIDAY Chicken Paillard  |  Zucchini, Basil & Parmesan Salad  |  A Parmesan & Olive Oil Mash When we lived in Healdsburg, a charming small town in Sonoma County, California, we ate well…very well.  Among our choices when it came to dining out…all things pig {handcrafted salumi & bacon for starters} and house made gelato at Continue reading → «Chicken Paillard with Zucchini, Basil & Parmesan Salad»

05/21/13
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Spaghetti with Basil Pesto & Oven-Roasted Tomatoes with Homemade Garlic Breadcrumbs

MONDAY Whole-Wheat Spaghetti  |   Basil Pesto  |  Oven-Roasted, Mini Sugar-Plum Tomatoes  |  Homemade Garlic Breadcrumbs This dish is probably our favorite summer pasta.  Showcasing two of the season’s stars, basil & tomatoes, this garden pasta makes the perfect dinner on a warm summer evening. Keep in mind that the recipes below {especially the pesto Continue reading → «Spaghetti with Basil Pesto & Oven-Roasted Tomatoes with Homemade Garlic Breadcrumbs»

05/16/13
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Oven-Fried Chicken & a Peach Salad

WEDNESDAY Spicy, Oven-Fried Chicken  |  A Salad of Peaches, Mozzarella & Basil   Deep frying {anything} does not take place in my kitchen.  Unfortunately, not because of any nutritional concerns but rather…it’s messy, very messy.  Even though I have been known to savor the crisp, salty skin of fried chicken as well as tender, golden Continue reading → «Oven-Fried Chicken & a Peach Salad»

05/7/13
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Citrus & Herbs

MONDAY Capellini with Lemon & Basil   Pasta and lemons must just go together.  Lately, I have bumped into recipes that feature those two ingredients in several places:  Deborah Madison has a version in her Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, the ladies at Canal House have one as well in their Canal House Cooking, Volume No. Continue reading → «Citrus & Herbs»

05/1/13
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Prosciutto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Mushroom Sauce & Rice

TUESDAY Prosciutto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Mushroom Sauce & Rice Yesterday afternoon & evening did not leave much time for a dinner post.  Baseball after school, followed by a quick trip to the orthodontist’s office, Michael returned home last night from business travel in Southern California, and some friends from Sonoma County stopped in for a Continue reading → «Prosciutto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Mushroom Sauce & Rice»

04/29/13
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Pasta Alla Primavera

MONDAY Pasta Alla Primavera The house is always so very quiet on Monday mornings.  Michael at the office and the children off to school, I begin to put the house & home back together after a weekend of frenzied activity.  Sometimes, I relish in the solitude and peace and at other times, such as this Continue reading → «Pasta Alla Primavera»

04/26/13
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Saffron Chicken & Herb Salad

FRIDAY Saffron Chicken & Herb Salad  |  Artisan Bread with Butter & Chives I put this dinner on the menu over a week ago…in the midst of my new-found love affair with Jerusalem, A Cookbook {by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi, 2012}.  Simple, straightforward & healthy, it appealed to me on all of these levels. Continue reading → «Saffron Chicken & Herb Salad»