Easy Cold Sesame Noodles with Shredded Chicken

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I know that I haven’t posted in a while. My life has taken on a new focus – homework – now that the triplets are in middle school.  I make sure the boys successfully complete the mounds of homework that they are assigned. I am also the official question-answerer. Their math homework is definitely keeping [...]

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Sweet Potato-Sausage Soup

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This soup is delicious, incredibly satisfying and really quick to make. It’s definitely something that can be made on a weeknight and served with a nice loaf of rustic bread. Since the boys wouldn’t go near it (nothing new there), we had some soup left over and I actually thought it was better on the [...]

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Roasted Shrimp and Orzo

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For me, there is nothing better than a summer meal that is loaded with fresh herbs. I wish I could convince the boys to agree with me, but they still don’t like the look of anything green in their food. Please do tell me that one day they’ll outgrow this.

This is a great dish to [...]

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Tomato Feta Pasta Salad

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If you like feta cheese, black olives, and like a really hearty pasta salad, this recipe is for you. I like all of the ingredients that went into it, and I found the salad to be delicious. It has a lot of flavor – more than your typical pasta salad. For dinner the other night, [...]

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Macaroni and Cheese with Black Beans and Chipotle

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This is my new, favorite macaroni and cheese recipe.   I could eat this every day for a week without getting sick of it, and I almost have, considering I made a lot of it and the boys won’t touch it.   It’s great fresh from the stove, and it’s great as a leftover as well.  When [...]

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Orzo with Herbs

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This is a great side-dish to make on a weeknight. It’s quick and it’s tasty. I really enjoyed it when I made it the first night, and it was even terrific for lunch the next day. The consistency wasn’t perfect the next day, but I actually enjoyed the flavor a little more. I used the [...]

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Couscous with Peas and Mint

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We had some friends over for dinner last month and I was looking for a quick but tasty side dish. I received Barefoot Contessa Foolproof  by Ina Garten for Christmas from my parents, so I flipped through it and came across this recipe. It was perfect and truly foolproof. I have great luck with Ina [...]

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Baked Orzo with Mozzarella and Oregano

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Don’t let the name turn you off and don’t let the photo fool you. This is one of the best baked pasta dishes I have ever made, or eaten for that matter. It’s comfort food at its best and it has an incredible taste, like nothing I’ve had before. I’ve made this once a week [...]

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Spinach and Ricotta Lasagna

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My sister-in-law moved from Shelter Island to Chapel Hill, NC and we had a farewell dinner for her.   I wanted to make something in advance that I could throw into the oven when we saw her because I didn’t want to miss any conversation by standing in the kitchen cooking.   I usually make a lasagna [...]

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Orzo and Zucchini Salad

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As I’ve mentioned, zucchini is plentiful at our CSA this year and I’m always looking for new ways to cook it. This is a simple summer preparation that’s delicious served either cold or at room temperature. It’s both light and fresh. It’s a perfect picnic salad, if you picnic. Next time I make it, I [...]

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