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Skillet Lasagna

Seriously…. This lasagna was tastier than a lot of full-fat versions I’ve had in the past. The best part about this recipe was the SUPER easy assembly.  No boiling noodles.  No meticulously layering cheeses, with meats, with noodles.  No excessively long baking time. She might not be the prettiest girl at the party, but she’s […]

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Light and Healthy Shepherds Pie

Happy New Year! If you’re anything like me, currently you’re only wearing pants that have already been worn 20 times before and you refuse to wash and dry them, because that means they will conform back to their original “shape” and snap you out of your “yeah, I didn’t put on any holiday weight” delusion. […]

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Healthy Noodles with Peppers and Beef

This healthy Asian-inspired dish was delicious and made enough to keep me eating balanced lunches for practically a week.  I love eating out at restaurants as much as the next person, but when you spend $10+ on lunch everyday, those expenses add up quickly. Of course this is in addition to my already staggering 3-times-a-week […]

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Beef and Mushroom Cobbler

While I was scanning the front page of msnbc.com last week, I came across the “Today” section, which was featuring a recipe from chef Curtis Stone, who showed up on the regular cooking segment that day. Curtis Stone (for those of you are in the dark)  is a smoking-hot, celebrity chef with an adorable Australian […]

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Penne with Pumpkin, Sage, and Sausage

  Starbucks has returned with the Pumpkin Spice Latte, which is how I gauge that it’s time again for cool weather, comfort food.  By November, I’m generally sick of all things pumpkin, but at this time of the year I’m always so optimistic and excited for the never-ending fall recipes I see across the Internet. […]

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Weeknight Skillet Fajitas

In honor of Julia Child’s 100th birthday this past week, I’ve been craving….Mexican. Go figure. The beauty of this meal is how fast you can pull it together and tweek it to your individual preferences.  If I had had them on hand, I certainly would have felt no qualms about adding diced avocado, sour cream, […]

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Skillet Pastitsio

Every now and then, I like to try my hand at making dishes from other cultures.  Pastitsio is a comfort food Greek dish made from ground meat, tomato sauce, pasta, and a cream sauce.  It’s usually prepared in the same fashion as a lasagna, and creates just as much food (and days and days of […]

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Flat-Iron Steak with Provencal Butter

We are red meat people in this family.  Carnivores, if you will. Beef, unfortunately, can be a little pricey for folks on a budget.   While the occasional filet mignon can be an amazing treat, it’s just not economical for non-special occasions.  That being said, there are several less expensive beef cuts than can be […]

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Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs

Every week before going on my weekend trip to the grocery store, I’ll ask Jeff what he wants for dinner that week.  9 times out of 10 I get a general “whatever” or “I don’t care” sort of answer.  Every now and then, he’ll actually pipe up with a specific request, usually completely shocking me. […]

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Red-Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs

Imagine it’s Sunday.  You are running around the house vacuuming, organizing, and generally getting ready for your week.  If you’re lucky, you might even save some time to kick back and read a magazine, or cue up Boardwalk Empire and/or The Walking Dead.  Now imagine doing all of that while the smell of beef cooking […]

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