Have you ever tasted gnocchi so good that it melts in your mouth?  Light, pillowy morsels that are tender and airy make the best gnocchi.  We recently had this experience at a restaurant near our house and wanted to recreate the meal.  Ultimately, our goal was to recreate the perfect Homemade Gnocchi, which is in fact what we accomplished. For those of you that aren’t familiar with gnocchi, it’s more of a dumpling than pasta.  Gnocchi is made from potatoes that have been riced and mixed with flour and eggs.  They also have these little ridges (or cavities) that are very helpful at holding sauce.  Once mixed with a homemade or store-bought sauce, you’ll have a gourmet meal! The first recipe I want to share with you is for Homemade Gnocchi.  The gnocchi really does melt in your mouth.  It’s very light and fluffy and pairs with the homemade sauces (I’ll share those recipes next) really well.  It’s less … Continue reading

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Growing up I always loved a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  I mean, who didn’t?  It was a staple in my daily life and it’s making a comeback.  However, instead of sandwich form I’m pairing it with another food I love.  What for it……chicken wings.  Yes, peanut butter and jelly chicken wings.  A little louder for those in the back…PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY CHICKEN WINGS! The recipe can be found here. These wings are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G and will satisfy any craving.  They are the perfect combination of sweet and spicy while being incredibly savory.  The chicken wings are coated in a delicious peanut sauce and the raspberry jelly dipping sauce brings it all together.  The combination of peanut butter, jelly, and chicken might sound weird, but I strongly suggest putting your hesitation aside and giving these wings a try! Start by preheating the oven to 425 degrees F and lining … Continue reading

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If you need a fun new dinner idea, are looking for an appetizer for a party, or simply want to have Mexican night at home, Tostadas are the way to go!  They are very versatile yet simple and easy to make.  Tostada is the Spanish word for toasted, which fits the description perfectly, because a toasted (or deep fried) tortilla is the base of the dish.  You then top the tortilla with beans, cheese, meat, lettuce, fruit, and other toppings.  Basically, you want to pile the ingredients high and dig in…. these are meant to be messy! One of my favorite Tostada recipes is for BBQ Chicken Tostadas.  These are served warm and I think that’s part of the appeal for me.  I love the combination of melted cheese, tender chicken, and tangy BBQ sauce in every bite.  They are also fairly light so you will be satisfied without feeling … Continue reading

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Sliders are one of my go-to ideas when it comes to meal prep.  I want something easy to make that will also last a few days.  Let me tell you, they are delicious!  If you’re unfamiliar with “sliders” they are basically small sandwiches that are served warm with various meats, cheeses, condiments and toppings (think finger sandwich size).  You can mix and match the sandwich ingredients to create different flavors and serve as an appetizer or entrée.  I like to make sliders for lunches.  Two of the mini sandwiches are the perfect sized lunch plus they hold up very well over the course of a few days and are perfectly tasty when reheated. I have 4 recipes to share with you today for sliders.  All are yummy in their own unique way! First up is Balsamic Dijon Ham Sliders.  All the flavor comes from the balsamic Dijon sauce.  It’s very … Continue reading

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Looking for a quick and easy weeknight meal that tastes JUST like it came from a restaurant?  I have you covered!  I want to share my recipe for Instant Pot Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo that comes together in 30 minutes or less and is something the whole family will enjoy. The recipe can be found here. In the bowl of an Instant Pot, add chicken broth, heavy cream, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper. Break the noodles in half and place in the Instant Pot.  Use a spoon to gently push down the noodles to cover with the liquid.  You don’t want to press too hard or you’ll break the noodles and you also don’t need to stir the ingredients at this point. You want to use pre-cooked chicken for this recipe.  If you don’t have any pre-cooked chicken breasts, make sure to either bake them or fry them before starting … Continue reading

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Roasted Red Pepper Rigatoni is a sweet yet savory pasta dish with a lovely roasted red pepper sauce that is ready in about 20 minutes.  The sauce is creamy, the roasted red peppers add a bold flavor, and the noodles are perfectly cooked, al dente.  It’s easy to make and creates and explosion of flavor with every bite. The recipe can be found here. Start by bringing a large pot of water to a boil.  Make sure to salt the water!  Add the noodles and cook according to package instructions.  Stir once you’ve added the noodles and again every few minutes to ensure the noodles aren’t sticking together.  Once the noodles are cooked al dente, then are done.  Drain the noodles and return to the pot.   While the pasta is cooking, add butter to a large skillet and melt over medium heat.  Add the shallots and cook until translucent, … Continue reading

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Taquitos are a fun hand-held treat that are crunchy and delicious.  You can customize the filling and change up the flavors to create different versions of the same dish and cook them in different ways.  They can be deep fried, baked in an oven or cooked in an air fryer.  I bet you could even use an Instant Pot, but I haven’t figured that recipe out yet 🙂 I’ve use Taquitos as both an appetizer and dinner.  They work well as an appetizer if you are hosting a party and want finger foods or if you plan to bring them to a potluck.  They are a quick grab-and-go item as you typically don’t need a plate or silverware.  Dinner is also an option if you want the Taquitos to be the main event. I think you can convert anything into Buffalo Chicken so that is the recipe I want to … Continue reading

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Are you gearing up for the Super Bowl this weekend or perhaps looking for an easy weeknight meal (or 4)?  Look no further as I have a few fun and fabulous recipes to share! I’m talking about meatballs.  Tender, flavorful, bite-sized morsels that can be customized for any flavor profile.  Meatballs aren’t just for your traditional Italian meal anymore!  You can make then Asian style, Green style, hot and spicy, mild, spice them up with various sauces, etc.  I’ve blogged about meatballs in the past and always seem to love the recipes we create, so I tend to want to make more to try out different combinations. Today, I want to share with you the following recipes: Buffalo Chicken Meatballs Cajun Chicken Meatballs Greek Chicken Meatballs Peanut Butter & Jelly Meatballs   All 4 recipes are fairly easy to make and provide enough food for at least a family of … Continue reading

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Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas are a quick and easy meal that’s bursting with flavor!  The seasoning is a homemade mixture that has the perfect fajita flavor; a bit of spice but not overpowering.  The chicken and veggies are tender, and you can add any toppings of your choosing.  Even better, everything cooks on the same pan for easy cleanup! The recipe can be found here. Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice the peppers, onion, and chicken into strips.  Set aside.  Feel free to use whichever color pepper or onion you like.  I like the contrast of red and green peppers in my fajitas.  I also prefer the flavor of white onions, so that’s what I use, but you can make this dish with whatever you like to meet your tastes. In a small mixing bowl, combine the chili powder, … Continue reading

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Salmon is slowly becoming one of my favorite seafood dishes to make for a weeknight meal.  It’s healthy, fills you up without leaving you feeling “stuffed”, and can be prepared a variety of ways.  I most commonly bake salmon but have also tried my hand at grilling salmon.  The recipe I want to share with you today calls for baked salmon, but only after it’s been marinated and absorbs some lovely flavors. The recipe is for Bourbon Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon.  I’m not a big fan on bourbon in general, and if you aren’t either, don’t let that deter you from trying this dish.  Bourbon is in the marinade, but you can’t taste the alcohol because it’s complemented with other seasonings and spices. The marinade creates this lovely crust while baking that is both sweet and savory, and the salmon is cooked to perfection making it super flakey and moist. … Continue reading

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