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Turkey Meatballs

An Italian Meatball is a great and wonderful thing. Traditionally, I make my meatballs with a mixture of beef and pork, but when I’m trying to make them a bit lighter, a bit healthier, I go for ground turkey. Turkey has less calories and fat, so you can feel better about chowing down.Continue Reading...

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How to Cook a New Years Eve Dinner

Are you sick of over priced and over crowded restaurants on New Years Eve? Pre Fixe menus that are designed to keep the kitchen flowing...but consistently leave the diners wanting. Years ago, I made the decision to host New Years Eve dinner for friends and family, and over that time I've...
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Chicken Breasts with Mushrooms & Gruyere

I cook with Mushrooms & Gruyere cheese frequently, and the bring both together for this Sautéed Chicken Breast with Mushrooms & Gruyere.  It is a great way to make chicken breasts, which can be a bit boring into something special.  To cook the chicken I use the same technique I use for a lot of dishes, simply searing the breasts off in a pan .

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Asparagus & Onion Flatbread Pizza

For this flatbread pizza I’m using Asparagus and some caramelized onions to create a sweet and savory combination.  I love making 4 – 5 different flatbread pizzas for party’s – even letting guest assemble and bake off their own.  It’s a great way to get friends involved in cooking dinner, and with a bit of wine flowing, it turns into a ton of fun.

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Mushroom & Asparagus Flatbread Pizza

Flatbread pizza’s are amoung my favorite food to both cook and eat.  They are really easy to make, and the options for topping are nearly endless.  I’ll make them when I’m looking for a light meal, and they are also great for party foods, where you can make several different versions – even let people make their own.

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Pork Fried Rice

Just about every time I get take out Chinese food, the next day, I’m making fried rice.  I’ve always got some leftover rice from the night before, and fried rice (at least how I make it) is so easy to make with whatever ingredients you have on hand.  This version is a Pork Fried rice, that I made with some leftover pork chop’s, and the veggies that I had available in the fridge.

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Grilled Pork Chop with Marsala Apples

Grilled Pork Chops.  Apples.  A match made in heaven that you’ll find much simpler to make than you might think.  While pork chops can be a bit tricky to cook, because the meat is so lean and can dry out, when cooked well, they are tender, juicy and delicious.

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Tortellini Alfredo with Asparagus

There are a number of high quality prepared pastas on the market today, and tortellini is one of my favorite pastas to cook.  This recipe is for a tortellini alfredo with fresh asparagus.  Alfredo sauce is super easy to make, really just some reduced cream and a bit of parmesan cheese.  But is can also be pretty heavy.

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Mediterranean Flatbread Pizza

Flatbread pizzas have become a stable in my house, and this version of Mediterranean Flatbread Pizza is one of my favorites.  I generally use pita bread, or nann, as the base (which saves a ton of time) and since the “sauce” is really just the toppings, it only takes about 15 minutes to make.

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Mini Meatballs

Meatballs are for more than just spaghetti or sub sandwiches.  These delicious little morels can and should stand on their own.  Frequently now, I’ll serve a few meatballs, dusted with parmesan cheese and a bit of olive oil as an appetizer, or even a small main dish, maybe with a side salad.  This recipe for Mini-meatballs is perfect for parties, where you’ll looking for “tooth-pick” food.

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Penne Pasta with Mushrooms & Peas

Penne pasta is a favorite of mine for mixing with seasonal vegetables and ingredients.  For this recipe, along with the penne pasta, I use some mushrooms, peas, some chicken stock (and a couple other things) to make a very simple sauce.

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