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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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    Raspberry Scones

    It’s a low-key weekend in the Stembridge household, which means getting caught up on housework… and baking! And since telling you all about the yummy raspberry scones I just made is much for fun than housework, alas, here I am, and the housework can wait! I first made these scones for my daughter Berkley’s tea party birthday back in December. I was a scone newbie, and so I scoured Pinterest for what appeared to be a delicious – and beginner-appropriate – scone recipe. I lucked upon this recipe and it delivered on its promise to be easy and so good. I made these again for a brunch baby shower, and…

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    Mushroom Stroganoff

    We’ve been trying something new in the kitchen lately – adding some vegetarian dishes to the dinner rotation. And the craziest part of this menu modification is that it was my husband’s idea [gasp!]. The meat eater of all meat eaters actually suggested that we add some vegetarian meals to the line up (thank you Netflix and the documentary Cowspiracy).  While I love meat, I like to mix it up and so I saw this as an opportunity to try out some new recipes. Yay! So let me introduce you to Mushroom Stroganoff. This dish is ahh-mazing. I’ve always been a stroganoff fan, but mine had always had beef. I…

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    Simple Asian Peanut Noodles with Chicken

    This dish is so. stinking. good. I’ve been making it for almost a year and am ashamed that it’s taken me this long to write about it. When we learned early last year that my middle son’s allergies would be keeping dairy, egg and gluten off the menu, I started trying more Asian recipes because they were typically conducive to our restrictive diet. This one was by far the best. The base of this recipe is the noodles (without the chicken). I’ve made it in the past topped with roasted shrimp and grilled chicken, but it would also be awesome as a vegetarian meal too. Tonight was my first attempt at…

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    The Perfect One-Pot Pasta Side Dish

    I’m always on the hunt for a good easy homemade substitution for the foods I used to love. And when I come across a really great alternative, I’m super excited to share. This recipe takes the place of the box pasta that I’d make once or twice a week (Pasta Roni, Lipton’s Noodles or Knorr’s Pasta Sides). While you can’t make this for less than $2, it is a one-pot side in less than 15 minutes, and I assure you the flavor will blow the others away. Plus, it’s free of all the preservatives and MSG that make the box options a no-go for me these days. I found this recipe…

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    White Chicken Chili

    White chicken chili… yum, yum, yum! I’ve been making this chili for a couple of years and it continues to be a crowd pleaser. It’s a pretty simple recipe with no cream soups – just chicken stock and cream cheese to make it creamy. I made this yesterday because the cold and wet day had me craving something warm – it did the trick! And as I sit here eating the leftovers for lunch, I’m again warm and cozy and enjoying this yummy chili. White Chicken Chili 1 tbsp olive oil 1 large sweet onion, chopped 1 tsp minced garlic 3 cups shredded chicken (2-3 chicken breasts, boiled or about…

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    Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

    Pumpkin and chocolate – the perfect combination.  I made these muffins for breakfast this morning and between the smell of these fabulous things baking in the oven and fresh brewed coffee, my house smelled like a pumpkin spice latte. Yum.  This is the perfect muffin to kick off the fall with – moist and sweet with the perfect amount of both pumpkin and chocolate, a totally decadent treat.  Happy fall y’all! Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder 4 eggs 2 1/2 cups sugar 1 14.5-oz can pumpkin 3/4 cup oil 1 tsp salt 1 tsp baking soda 2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/2…

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    Lentil Soup

    It’s a rainy Saturday in Georgia – a perfect day for soup.  I found this recipe on a blog I follow, Aly GarlicHands,  and it looked so great I had to try it.  Plus I have lentils in my pantry that have been begging to be cooked – so all the conditions were right to make a big pot of soup, and boy was that a great idea! I had to make a couple of modifications based on what I had on hand. You see, the only thing worse than attempting the grocery store with two little ones by yourself is doing so in the rain. As I like to…

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    Simple Sausage Marinara

    This dish is a simple 30-minute homemade marinara that is a go-to for a weeknight meal.  Both of my boys love Italian sausage, so I’ve been using it in place of beef in a lot of my Italian dishes.  I used Publix’s Greenwise Italian Chicken Sausage and it was really good.  This dinner was a success –  I didn’t have to spend the whole evening in the kitchen and the boys cleaned their plates. The leftovers were great too. Simple Sausage Marinara 1 lb Italian sausage (I used chicken sausage) 1/2 medium onion, diced 1 tbsp minced garlic 8 oz mushrooms, sliced 2 14.5-oz cans diced tomato 2 tbsp tomato…