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    Coconut Curry Chicken

    This is one of my favorite weeknight meals – it’s pretty easy, it’s pretty quick, and it’s a crowd-pleaser. All three of my kids like it. Berkley (by far the pickiest of my children) went as far as to call it “her favorite chicken”… and coming from the child who basically lives on scrambled eggs and cereal, whoa! This curry dish a nice change of pace when you just can’t make spaghetti or tacos again. I serve mine with edamame. Enjoy! Coconut Curry Chicken  3 tbsp canola oil 1 large sweet onion, julienned 2 tsp minced garlic 2 to 3 tbsp curry powder 2 lbs chicken tenderloins, sliced into 1/2” pieces  1 tsp salt 1 tsp…

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    Chicken Tikka Masala

    I have to admit that I’m no expert in Indian cuisine. But this dish is one that I’ve loved since the first time I tried it a couple of years ago, and so I finally decided to make a from-scratch version myself. Total success – despite the fact that new baby Berkley needed mommy’s attention about 58 times during this meal preparation. I persevered and 3 hours later I finally had the spices measured and the chicken marinating. Not to worry, while this recipe does contain a lot of ingredients, it’s really not too complicated to make, especially if you measure out the spices for the marinade and sauce at the same…

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    Mushroom Asiago Chicken

    Trying to get my husband to tell me what he wants for dinner is next to impossible. So yesterday morning when I got a Facebook notification that my husband had tagged me in a post, only to find it was recipe he was reposting, I was intrigued. And just to be clear, I replied, “Are you trying to tell me you want this for dinner?” and he responded, “Yes.” Hallelujah – at least we can communicate about dinner via Facebook. So trying to seize this rare opportunity, I went to the store, got the all the needed ingredients and made his requested dish for dinner. I must say, he was spot…

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    Caprese Chicken Bake with Balsamic Reduction

    This Italian dish is a fresh take on traditional pasta and tomato sauce. Simple to make and full of flavor. This is another Pinterest inspired recipe, but this time I took a few things from two different dishes. The end product was great! But to be fair, soaking just about anything in a balsamic reduction would be pretty awesome… Caprese Chicken Bake  2 pints of cherry tomatoes, cut in half 1/4 red onion, julienned 1/4 cup fresh basil, julienned (plus a little more for garnish) 1 tbsp minced garlic 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 2 tsp sugar 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 3 chicken breasts 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese…

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    (Homemade) Ranch Grilled Chicken with Skillet Potatoes

    Dinner tonight was two of my favorites – chicken legs and potatoes. Inspired by the ranch dip and carrots that Blake was snacking on this afternoon, I decided to try something different with a ranch marinade for my grilled chicken legs. I used buttermilk and the herbs and spices I use in my ranch dip, and at the suggestion of my in-home chef, I added a little tarragon too. The flavor of the chicken was great, although it’s hard to go wrong when you’re grilling chicken legs. For the potatoes I actually made one of my breakfast time favs – skillet potatoes. These are super, super simple and absolutely delicious.…

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    Scalloped Potatoes and Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken

    I love a good side dish. Sometimes, more than the “main course”.  For me, scalloped potatoes have the potential to trump any meat, any day. And while this honey mustard grilled chicken was really good, the scalloped potatoes were great. I’ve attempted these half a dozen times before, but never got it just right. All that practice paid off with these bad boys. Issues I’ve had before – not enough/the right cheese, potatoes not cooked through and overall too bland were solved with using parmesan cheese (and lots of it), cooking it at a high heat (425 degrees) and flavoring it with thyme and green onions. Viola. Awesome potatoes. Scalloped…

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    Chicken Tetrazzini

    I’m not sure I had ever actually had chicken tetrazzini until just recently. We had an assortment of pasta dishes at the shower I helped host this weekend, and one of the other hostesses put this dish on the menu. Ever since Saturday night I’ve had the itch to make it, and while I knew it would be ambitious for a week night meal, Blake was home tonight and so I thought what the heck. Totally worth it. This is a Giada De Laurentiis recipe. I stayed pretty true to the original, but due to some of the quantities I had on hand (and the fact that I messed up…

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    One Pot Stovetop Chicken and Yellow Rice

    Ever since I started avoiding MSG in my food, yellow rice has pretty much been off limits. But my favorite variety of chicken and rice is chicken and yellow rice. So I decided to try to make it from scratch, which required me to work with a foreign ingredient – saffron. I was very proud of my small-town Publix for actually carrying it (in the ethnic section near the Spanish and Mexican foods). I made a “saffron tea” with some of the chicken stock, and it worked like a charm – yellow rice the natural way.  This turned out really good and was exactly what I’ve been craving. If I…

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    Soup, soup, soup!

    I’ve been in a real soup making mood lately. Two weekends ago it was Italian Sausage and White Bean Soup, then last weekend I made up a Mexican Chicken and Rice Soup and Baked Potato Soup. All so good and so different. Enjoy! **** Italian sausage and white bean soup – My boys both love sausage, so I try to use it pretty frequently. I made this a couple of months ago for the first time and shared it with my neighbors. They loved it and I loved it, and I’ve been a slacker for waiting this long to post the recipe – sorry guys! 🙂 Italian Sausage and White Bean…

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    Chicken and Rice Soup with Lemon

    Today is my second day home with sick kiddos. They’ve been sick with the flu, but I’m happy to report they are starting to feel better! I made this soup for lunch today in hopes  it would aid in the “feel better” efforts and both boys enjoyed it. My husband (the real chef) first introduced me to chicken soup with lemon, which at first I thought was a weird combination. Lemon in soup?? That is, until I tried it. I was wrong, he was right (I don’t say this often), and the soup was darn good. So when I asked him this morning for some details on how he made…