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    Homemade Cheeseburger Macaroni

    Anyone else have fond memories of Hamburger Helper growing up? Yeah. Me too. So when I came across this from-scratch recipe on Pinterest I was so, so, so excited. This is a super simple weeknight dish – it’s a one pot meal that takes 20 minutes start to finish. It was also a crowd pleaser… Brogan shouted, “Mommy, this is the best dinner ever! I want you to make this again!” Now it’s not the first time he’s flattered me with such a compliment, but regardless, he really liked it. Even the adults around here went back for seconds. I ate it as leftovers for lunch today and it was…

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    Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

    I’m pretty sure that spaghetti makes it on most people’s weekly dinner plan. Why? It’s easy. Even when it’s from scratch, it’s easy. I only recently started making my spaghetti sauce from scratch. I’m not against the jar – and truthfully, I keep a couple jars in the pantry in case I’m ever in a pinch – but I’ve come to like the taste of my homemade better. I timed myself tonight from start to finish and the sauce is truly a 30-minute meal. However, I forgot to get my water boiling for the pasta when I first started the sauce, so dinner was a little delayed. This recipe makes…

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    Shrimp Bake

    This dish is one my mom used to make when I was growing up, and it was always one of my favorites. Tonight was my first time trying it… when I wasn’t able to reach her for the recipe this evening, I had to go off of memory and try to figure out how she got it to taste so great. Good news is, I think I figured it out. My mom made hers with shrimp, scallops and crab meat, but I only had shrimp on hand, so shrimp alone it was. This is a pretty easy meal to make – sauté mushrooms, onions and garlic, deglaze with wine, toss…

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    Mexican Shrimp with Cilantro Lime Rice

    Last night for dinner, I wanted to try something new with shrimp.  My go-to with shrimp is pasta or scampi, but I was wanting my weekly Mexican fix.  What to do, what to do…  So I decided on  shrimp with Mexican seasoning, sautéed with black beans, corn, salsa, lime juice and cilantro. I served it on top of copy-cat Chipotle cilantro lime rice. If I haven’t mentioned before, I LOVE Chipotle – one of my favorite places to eat. Good quality food, reasonable prices, and right across the street from my office makes it good and dangerous. But I digress. This meal qualifies for the 30-minute designation, so it’s definitely…

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    Lobster Pasta with Tarragon Tomato Sauce

    I took advantage of another Publix sale on lobster this weekend.  So tonight when it was time to figure out what to make for dinner, I decided on a pasta dish for a couple of reasons… first, my time was limited – Blake was working late and Beckett was pretty grumpy, so dinner had to be 30 minutes or less.  Secondly, the boys love pasta.  So pasta it was.  I took to the pantry and fridge for some inspiration, and come up with this recipe.  I don’t use tarragon very often, as it has such a unique flavor, but branching out and trying it with this tomato-based sauce makes me…