Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

I used to be kinda opposed to Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip, just on principle…and here’s the deal: Back in the ’80s, it was all about the creamy Spinach Dip and it was served warm or cold in a bread bowl. I loved that stuff! And I remember how fancy we all thought it was, too. Then in the ’90s it was all about the Hot Artichoke Dip. It seemed that just about every restaurant had a version. It was everywhere! And I loved that stuff, too! Of course, I’ve always had a thing for artichokes, and guess who else in the house does? Homer, my cat. She goes nuts over them. She can smell even the canned artichokes in the grocery bag and immediately comes running!

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

 

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Restaurant Style Brussels with Lemon Caper Butter Sauce

Restaurant Style Brussels with Lemon Caper Butter Sauce

Gosh, do I love me some Brussels Sprouts. They’ve always been a fave, and especially my Bacon Brussels Sprouts. I mean c’mon! But man or woman cannot live on just Bacon Brussels Sprouts, sometimes you need to shake things up a bit, and so here’s a sweet little recipe for Restaurant Style Brussels with Lemon Caper Butter Sauce.

Restaurant Style Brussels with Lemon Caper Butter Sauce

Restaurant Style Brussels with Lemon Caper Butter Sauce

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Ruth's Chris Potatoes au Gratin Copycat

Ruth’s Chris Potatoes au Gratin Copycat

I don’t know about you, but eating at steakhouses isn’t my wheelhouse. So when I go to one, I read every inch of the menu and agonize over just the right choice of steak and sides to maximize my experience! (And then I hate it if someone else orders something that looks better than what I have, lol!) And while I enjoy the steak, what makes it for me is the au gratin potatoes. My daughter takes after me because she was out for a special dinner with her sweetie, and what Jess raved about the next day wasn’t the steak, it was Ruth’s Chris Potatoes au Gratin.

 

Ruth's Chris Potatoes au Gratin Copycat make individual or one large casserole.

Ruth’s Chris Potatoes au Gratin Copycat make individual or one large casserole.

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Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower

Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower

I can’t think of any recipe I’ve made recently that’s given me as much angst as Mashed Cauliflower. See, I love cauliflower. Cooked almost anyway and raw, too. And I love my One Pot Mash in the Pan Instant Pot Cauliflower Rice. So when I started hearing about Mashed Cauliflower as a lower carb alternative to Mashed Potatoes I just knew I would love it! I jumped on it. And I hated it. It wasn’t until I started combining the Mashed Cauliflower with Parmesan cheese for Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower that I began to like it.

Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower

Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower

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Tortellini Antipasto Salad

Tortellini Antipasto Salad

Here’s a Pasta Salad that’s fantastic for a party or gathering any time of year. This isn’t any plain ol’ boring Pasta Salad, though. This is Tortellini Antipasto Salad and it has it all! Lots of stuff. Lots of cheese. Lots of flavor and the best dressing you’ve ever tasted.

Antipasto Tortellini Salad

Antipasto Tortellini Salad

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Fresh Tomato Pasta

Fresh Tomato Pasta Sauce

Fresh Tomato Pasta - super easy, super fast, super fresh.

So they’re finally here. Tomatoes. First one, then three, now nine – all from our little garden. As you can see, they’re multiplying exponentially! But even if you don’t grow your own, you’ll find great tomatoes this time of year, and great tomatoes make the best Fresh Tomato Pasta.

Fresh Tomato Pasta

Fresh Tomato Pasta

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Three Cheese Chicken Casserole

the creamiest, cheesiest casserole with chicken, mushrooms and penne.

We’ve been having the dreariest, dark, cold, wet weather all week. How about you? I know it’s good for the plants but I get feeling a little blue. I want to get outside and DO things! Instead, we’ve tucked in and made something warm and comforting and creamy and cheesy! Three Cheese Chicken Casserole!

Three Cheese Chicken Casserole

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Ham & Parmesan Risotto Instant Pot or Stove Top Version.

Ham & Parmesan Risotto (Instant Pot or Stove Top)

I love me some Risotto – how ’bout you? It amazes me how you can take a simple ingredient like rice, add a glug of wine & a few gratings of cheese (plus a bit of this and that) and turn it into a gourmet meal – no make that a gourmet experience – because you get to drink the rest of the wine! Plus plus! This is a marvelous recipe for Risotto – Ham & Parmesan Risotto Instant Pot or Stove Top Version.

Ham & Parmesan Risotto Instant Pot or Stove Top Version.

Ham & Parmesan Risotto Instant Pot or Stove Top Version.

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Skillet Lasagna

Skillet Lasagna

Skillet Lasagne - easy meal with all the taste of a real deal lasagne

I think cooks must be divided into two camps when it comes to Lasagna. Those that toss it together with no problem (and yeah, I’m jealous of them) and those that think, “Yeah, it’s great, but it’s a production and the mess!” That’s me. Love Lasagne – hate making it. Raise your hand if you’re with me, here!

Skillet Lasagna

Skillet Lasagna

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Cheesy Vidalia & Tomato Pie, adapted from Emeril Lagasse

Cheesy Tomato & Vidalia Pie

Cheesy Tomato & Vidalia Pie. A bit of work but this is HEAVEN!!

Tomato Pie’s been on my bucket list for a while! I know – strange, right? Well, maybe not if you have a ton of tomatoes, and maybe not if you’re from the South. Or maybe not if you watch Paula Dean. But this isn’t quite that tomato pie. This is a Cheesy Tomato & Vidalia Pie, and you’ll want to serve it for lunch or dinner, maybe with a simple green salad.

Cheesy Vidalia & Tomato Pie, adapted from Emeril Lagasse

Cheesy Vidalia & Tomato Pie, adapted from Emeril Lagasse

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Cheesy Pasta Bake - The Best! With Italian Sausage, Fresh Mozzarella and Wine!

Cheesy Pasta Bake

This is the best!! Italian Sausage, fresh Mozzarella, Wine...make it!

Can a person have too many pasta recipes? Possibly, especially if you’re on a budget. It’s almost too easy to turn to pasta dishes, so when I do make one, I try to make it the best! You’ll love this warm and comforting dish loaded with fresh mozzarella, Italian sausage and for a healthier twist, ground chicken or turkey. Use ground beef if you’d rather, though.

Cheesy Pasta Bake - The Best! With Italian Sausage, Fresh Mozzarella and Wine!

Cheesy Pasta Bake – The Best! With Italian Sausage, Fresh Mozzarella and Wine!

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Steakhouse Meatloaf

Here in the States, we have a dirty little secret. You won’t often hear it spoken of, but It seems like all of America is in love with meatloaf – even vegetarians and vegans find ways to duplicate this homey dish, and I’m seeing meatloaf making its appearance on pub & restaurant menus.

Steakhouse Meatloaf

Steakhouse Meatloaf

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Three Cheese Enchiladas with Braised Pork & Ranchero Sauce

Three Cheese Enchiladas with Braised Pork & Ranchero Sauce

My friend, Sandy told me about Three Cheese Enchiladas with Braised Pork & Ranchero Sauce, a dish she had at one of our local restaurants. And I tried it and went a little nuts over it myself. Then the restaurant sadly started to go downhill and I decided I just was going to have to make these beautiful, cheese filled enchiladas, with this fresh, tangy Ranchero Sauce and the luscious shreds of braised pork at home.

Three Cheese Enchiladas with Braised Pork & Ranchero Sauce

Three Cheese Enchiladas with Braised Pork & Ranchero Sauce

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Greek Meatball Soup

Greek Meatball Soup

Greek Meatball Soup - so different, tiny little meatballs in a creamy broth. Use a scoop to make them easy!

While many of us, even here in the States, have at least a passing familiarity with the classic Greek soups enriched with Avgolemono and flavored with lemon, this Greek Meatball Soup is quite a bit different. Tiny, flavorful little meatballs floating in a beefy broth spiked with Parmesan cheese and cream.

Greek Meatball Soup

Greek Meatball Soup

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Stuffed Vegetables with Bulgar

Stuffed Vegetables with Bulgar

Ya’ll know I love the idea of eating locally and seasonally, but I do live in Minnesota, you betcha, and I’d be eating nothing but turnips and rutabagas all winter long if I did that. Not that I don’t like Rutabagas, especially. But sometimes ya just gotta have something meatless, fresh and fun. So when I need a meatless option I often think of these Stuffed Vegetables with Bulgar.

Stuffed Vegetables with Bulgar

Stuffed Vegetables with Bulgar

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