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Quick Chicken and Bean Enchiladas

I often cook more chicken than we will use in one meal just to use the leftovers in other dishes. One of our favorites is this simple, quick dish.  No leftovers?  No problem.  You can purchase rotisserie chicken and have this dish on the table in no time. When I have more time I make […]

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Chicken with Blueberry Sauce, Version 1

One of my daughter’s favorite foods is al fresco’s Wild Blueberry Chicken Sausage.  We first discovered it in a local grocery store and purchased it regularly until they stopped carrying that  flavor. The company’s website indicated that they no longer sell the wild blueberry flavor in our area or even our region of the United […]

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North East Maryland-Style Crab Cakes

I am the first to admit that I am spoiled. After eating Woody’s Crab House crab cakes over the years, I find that I am intolerant of the crab cakes that most places serve. I understand that there are other places in the Baltimore region that make their crab cakes in a similar manner to Woody’s […]

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Black Bean Patties

Thankfully, my family really like beans.   They are a great source of soluble fiber, protein, folate, magnesium, and other minerals. They also have no cholesterol and are low in fat. While I really like and appreciate all of the great nutritional facts about beans, I really love that they are very inexpensive and can […]

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Creamy Coconut Shrimp

My daughter kept asking me for coconut shrimp like she had eaten somewhere with her dad. She had raved about the coconut shrimp following a father/daughter dance, so I assumed that was what she was referring to and that it was fried coconut shrimp. Well, I found out that I was wrong after she ordered […]

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Easy Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Rice Skillet

The classic combination of chicken, broccoli, and a starch in a single dish has become something of a comfort food to me…it reminds me of my early adult years more than my childhood though.  I think the broccoli, chicken, and rice or noodles combination must have peaked in popularity in the early 1990’s, but I […]

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Slow Cooker Swiss Steak

It is a little ironic that I really dislike “baked” steak, but I love a tomato based Swiss steak.  They both are long cooking steaks, but usually differ in  texture and definitely differ in flavor. Baked steak to me was either a “cube steak” or its thicker and differently tattooed cousin, the “bake steak.”  Both of […]

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Stuffed Italian Meatloaf

When you think about Italian cuisine meatloaf probably does not come to your mind at all. However, the Romans are credited with being the first to mix chopped meat with filler (and wine) back in the 5th century. Thus, the argument could be made that they are responsible for the later development of meatloaf. The […]

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Smothered Barbecue Chicken

I don’t remember how our version of smothered chicken came to be, but it became a common occurance in my parents’ house…most often cooked by my sister. It was simple to make and easy to adapt to whatever was in the pantry and refrigerator. There were several variations that my sister commonly made. One of […]

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Crockpot Chicken Brocolli Noodles

My daughter became obsessed with this dish when she first ate it at my sister’s house.  It turns out that it was a variation of a Weight Watcher’s recipe that is usually served over noodles…a chicken stroganoff. My sister added a veggie and stirred the cooked noodles into the crockpot mixture. I found an original […]

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