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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 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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Meat Lasagna

Part Two of Dustin's birthday meal extravaganza: Meat Lasagna. And, when I say "Lasagna," I mean Dustin's style of lasagna -- with plenty of Italian sausage, ground beef and, of course, cheese. Not that I'm complaining. This particular lasagna recipe has actually been passed down over several generations in Dustin's family, starting first with his [...]

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Italian Meatballs

You know how they say, "Having a kid changes everything"? Well, I have never really been a "meatball person." (Stay with me on this...) For some reason, I just didn't like 'em. Then, in 2008, I got pregnant and everything changed.  It really did. Suddenly, I craved meatballs to no end.  I'd make meatball stroganoff, [...]

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Simple Tomato Sauce

Simple Tomato Sauce

I find that people are often surprised that I make my own tomato sauce. I think they imagine me spending hours and hours over the stove with tons of ingredients. Truth is: it's pretty darn easy and only requires a few simple ingredients.