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InstantPot Chicken Tikka Masala

Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala Chicken Tikka Masala is the ultimate Indian comfort food. Normally it takes hours to marinate the chicken, grill it, then cook it in a creamy tomato sauce. But with the help of the Instant Pot and a cooked rotisserie chicken, this delicious meal can be prepared in minutes. For the tomato soup base, check out this recipe I created because it is equally as delicious. InstantPot Chicken Tikka Masala Half a rotisserie […]
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Ribollita – Tuscan Vegetable Stew

Vegetable StewRibollita This simple and rustic soup, Ribollita, is Superfood for the Soul. It’s comforting and classic, easy to make and so hearty you almost forget how healthy it is. There are many versions of this soup, but I prefer to leave out the bread to keep it gluten free and a little lighter. One of the absolute keys though to its success is adding a Parmesan rind. When I have a block of Parmesan I cut off the rind and keep it in my freezer for dishes […]
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Holiday Meals to Make Ahead and Feed a Crowd

  The holidays mean gathering with friends and family and making meals that feed a crowd! Making some of the meals ahead of time helps you enjoy your time with your guests instead of slaving in the kitchen.  I put together some of my favorite dishes to make ahead for breakfast, lunch and dinner when I’m hosting guests. I love my waffle maker and the smell of waffles cooking in the morning is incredible. The night before I set the waffle […]
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Sheet Pan Steak and Oven Baked Fries

Before you even think about going out to eat and spending too much money on a delicious steak, watch this video and learn how easy, and how much more affordable it is, to make your own steak at home. I made it all in the sheet pan, with a tiny bit of help from the cast iron skillet. Sheet Pan Steak and Oven Baked Fries 2 Excellent Quality Steaks (I used NY Strip) 1 tbsp unsalted butter 4 Russet Potatoes 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil generous salt […]
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Brisket Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

After a big Passover Seder, I have a lot of leftover brisket (PS, if you want to see my step-by-step tutorial on how I make it, check out my stories here. One of my favorite ways of reinventing leftover slow cooked meat, like brisket, is to stuff it into baked sweet potatoes. The combination of sweet and salty, smoky and rich is perfect and a dollop of cool sour cream and crunchy scallions brings my food back to like! It’s quite simply, just microwave […]
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Sheet Pan Mediterranean Roasted Carrots and Acorn Squash

Carrots and Acorn Squash are even more flavorful when roasted along with these warm Mediterranean and classic Middle Eastern spices. I tossed them in coriander and cumin, extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper and roasted them on a sheet pan to make the most incredible healthy side dish. Try this for a weeknight dinner along with chicken, on top of a salad or puree the leftovers into a hearty soup (recipe coming soon!). 1 lb tri colored carrots, […]
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Slow Cooker Bolognese – A Weeknight Win!

With the hint of fall, nothing could more comforting than a bowl of messy, saucy, meaty Bolognese. Follow these simple tips to making it in a slow cooker. When you get back from work (or soccer practice with tired, sweaty kids) your house will smell like an Italian Mama has been slaving in the kitchen all day! Comment below and let me know how yours turns out. Ingredients: ¾ lb Ground beef, 85% lean 2 slices of bacon 28 oz can crushed tomatoes 1 tbsp […]
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Panzanella Salad – Last Bite of Summer Ripe Tomatoes

At peak freshness, tomatoes are begging to be the star ingredient for your summer salad. I’m savoring every last bite of summer with this vibrant dish complete with crusty, crunchy croutons to soak up all their juices. If you think it looks good today, just wait until tomorrow, when the leftovers are even tastier. Panzanella – Mediterranean Tomato and Cucumber Salad 3 cups cubed (1 inch size) sourdough bread 2 lb ripe tomatoes […]
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Hot Summer Drinks and Eats to Cool You Down

  It’s HOT, I get it. But there’s no reason you can’t celebrate summer, by the pool or the grill, with good friends (and a few drinks). Do it in style with these easy recipes that will seriously impress your guests. I was inspired by the granita when I ate a similar version topped on briny oysters at the outstanding Dallas restaurant, Gemma. And I always keep cans of sparkling wine spritzers in the wine cooler. They are […]
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