spicy jambalaya with shrimp + sausage

Well, I woke up sick this morning with some plague-esque situation, which is especially a bummer since I’m on day three of my ‘funemployment.’ I start a new and exciting gig on Monday, so I suppose I’ll spend the rest of my time curled up with some tea and a Harry Potter movie marathon so…

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slow cooker pot roast with gravy over egg noodles

Is anyone else super cranky about this unbearably hot heat wave we’re having in the Midwest? I had all of these wonderful Halloween + fall decorating plans for this weekend but it seems ridiculous to get sweaty while hanging my twinkly purple Halloween lights. Le sigh. So while I can’t quite fall it up outside,…

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spaghetti with tomatoes and fresh ricotta

This is a recipe that I threw together over a year ago, not paying attention to what ingredients I was adding or how much of anything I was stirring in. Woopsie! But Dave loved it, and has asked me to make it again ever since. So after lots of tries, I think this is the…

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dave does dinner: brick oven style pizza

Sir Dave really brought it with this pizza situation right here. I’m not sure if the prosecco we were drinking is influencing my memory of how tasty these pizzas were, but I’m willing to say this pizza dough is some of the best I’ve ever had. This was the first time we made pizzas on…

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my mom’s potato + gnocchi soup

What is up with this wintry weather?! I am very much a winter gal as I don’t mind being cold, I think snow is bee-yoo-ti-ful, and crock-pot season is the best. Well…wait. I also love summer for smoking ribs, having beers on the front porch and for dancing around the yard with sparklers, and fall…

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chicken noodle casserole with garlic cream sauce

Sir Dave is down for the count with a pretty nasty case of the flu, poor guy. To try to make him feel a smidge better I thought I’d whip up a casserole, and chicken-noodle anything is supposed to be a cure-all, right? While this recipe is a bit time-consuming, it’s definitely worth it. And…

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heart meatloaf for valentine’s day

Nothing screams, “I love you honey,” more than a heart-shaped chunk of meat, am I right? So I made this recipe for Sir Dave as a little early V-Day surprise. Believe it or not, despite my meatloaf expertise he never seems very thrilled when meatloaf is on the menu. I know, WHAT?! But as soon…

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linguine with peas and pancetta in cream sauce

What I learned after visiting Italy was that the best pasta dishes tend to have just a few really simple ingredients, which has been great news for my weeknight dinner plans, given the little time I often have to throw something together. One afternoon I started dreaming (we all dream about pasta, right?) of some…

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creamy chicken and wild rice soup

I hope everyone had a great time ringing in the new year! Dave and I had a pretty quiet night at home, which was just perfect. Cheers to 2017 being full of all good things, and more meatloaf recipes – it really has been a long time since I’ve whipped up a loaf, I’ll get…

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herb brined thanksgiving turkey with easy peasy gravy

Woo-woo! It’s my favorite time of year! I’ve put up my twinkly lights and my 9-foot tall Christmas tree, the stockings are hung above the fireplace and I’ve already watched National Lampoons Christmas Vacation TWICE. Go big or go home is my holiday mantra. Here’s my annual tree hugging moment: And yes, I do go…

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