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Easy Baked Eggplant Parmesan

Easy Baked Eggplant Parmesan

Anytime Dustin comes in from the garden with a fresh eggplant, I know exactly what I want to do with it. Two words: Eggplant. Parmesan. Need I say more?

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Chicken Parmesan - Plated

Chicken Parmesan

The better at cooking I get, the more critical and disappointed with restaurant food I become. I guess it's the lonely road of the foodie and is kind of an annoying Catch 22. [insert violin solo] To me, there's nothing worse than eating (and paying for!) a mediocre or, even worse, a bad meal I know [...]

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Spaghetti Meat Sauce From Scratch

Spaghetti Meat Sauce From Scratch

In my last post, I shared how to make spaghetti squash noodles from just simply roasting some spaghetti squash. Today, I wanted to give you a delicious spaghetti meat sauce from scratch to go with those tasty low-carb noodles. Sound good? Awesome! So, let's talk about the meat [...]

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Breaded Shrimp Marinara

Breaded Shrimp Marinara

So I haven't posted this recipe on the blog before because it really feels like a cheater recipe. It's one of my super duper easy dinners that I don't really think of as a "recipe" [...]

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Four-Cheese-Tomato-Sauce

Four Cheese Tomato Sauce

We recently hosted a dinner party for several of Dustin's co-workers. This was the first time I met one of Dustin's superiors and only the second or third time I met a few other co-workers. This also meant this was the first time I cooked for any of them. Oh -- did I mention Dustin [...]

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Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore

This meal is so simple to make and creates such a complex balance of flavors. Dustin even loved it and he hates capers. I mean hates. Like they wronged him in a previous life or something. I often see Chicken Cacciatore served over some type of noodle, like egg noodles. But my current diet doesn't [...]

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garlic-stuffed-mushrooms

Garlic Stuffed Mushrooms

Since Dustin and I have been together, he has shared how much he loves stuffed mushrooms. Whenever we go to a new Italian restaurant, he eagerly checks the menu to see if they have stuffed mushrooms.  It's actually pretty cute -- how excited he gets when he sees the restaurant has them.   He mentions, nonchalantly, [...]

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Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Given this blog, my personal chef business and all I've learned and done with food over the past few years, it's still hard for me to believe I haven't always been a "cook." In fact, when Dustin and I first started dating, he did most of the cooking and I would help him.  Full disclosure: [...]

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Roasted Tomato Sauce

Roasted Tomato Sauce

So, I'm pretty sure you are aware by now that I love me some pizza. And lasagna.  And spaghetti.  And anything parmesan.  And Italian food in general.  And, well, most food for that matter -- but that's neither here nor there. So, you can imagine we go through our fair share of tomato sauce in [...]

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Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad with Garlic Balsamic Vinaigrette

For last week's Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), we got some beautiful heirloom tomatoes and fresh sweet basil.  Now, I don't know about you, but my mind goes two ways with these two fresh ingredients sitting on my counter: (1) Bruschetta or (2) Caprese Salad.  Since I also got some tasty organic grape tomatoes I could [...]

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