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  • Pasta Melanzane
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    Pasta with Vegetables

    Pasta Melanzane is essentially pasta with eggplant. And while I love pasta and eggplant, my mom and I wanted to add some other vegetables to the dish so that’s why I’ve simply called this “Pasta with Vegetables”. Not very creative, I know, but oh well. The recipe is really easy. I cut up eggplant, zucchini, grape tomatoes, and mushrooms. I put the eggplant in the pan first to start cooking and then added in the zucchini and mushrooms. Once those started to soften a bit, I added in the tomatoes. I cook it down and let the tomatoes start to burst. Meanwhile, I cooked the pasta (al dente because you’re…

  • Sitka Salmon Shares
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    Sitka Salmon Shares + Black Bass Red Curry

    It’s always fun to get some complimentary items due to blogging, but it’s extra fun when it’s food related. Sitka Salmon Shares sent me a complimentary box of seafood! Sitka Salmon Shares sends you fish and seafood straight from the fishermen and it’s all caught in Alaska and in the North Pacific. In fact, the packaging of your fish will tell you who caught it! The way Sitka Salmon Shares works is you buy a share. Meaning, you choose how many months share you want (for example a 4 months salmon share or a 7 months premium seafood share) and each month you will receive a box of seafood! Each piece…

  • Cabbage Roll
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    Cabbage Rolls

    Cabbage isn’t for everyone, but I love it. I’ve had cabbage rolls out at restaurants before, but when I saw an “easy” cabbage roll recipe on Pinterest (the recipe is literally called “Easy Cabbage Rolls”) I had to try it! I followed the recipe almost exactly so click on the link for all the in-depth instructions! The only thing I changed was that I used all pork for the stuffing instead of a pork/beef mix. And I used 1 medium onion instead of 2 small. Other than that, I followed the recipe! First, boil your cabbage leaves for about 2 minutes to make them soft and pliable. Set aside and…

  • Slow Cooker Cheesy Salsa Chicken
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    Slow Cooker Cheesy Salsa Chicken

    I love slow cooker recipes, but they can be hit or miss. But when they’re good, they’re good. This Cheesy Salsa Chicken is an example of a really good one. It was a Pinterest find a few years ago and I’ve made it multiple times so trust me when I saw it is extremely easy and extremely delicious! The pin is still on Pinterest, but the recipe seems to be gone from the website so I can’t link to it, unfortunately. However, I know the steps for the recipe and the ingredients are still on Pinterest so I can still share all the details with you. For this recipe you’ll need:…

  • Steak & Shrimp Whiskey Teriyaki
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    Shrimp & Steak Whiskey Teriyaki Skewers

    I’m back to share another grilling recipe today! Since yesterday we got a glimpse of beautiful, 70+ weather, I wanted to share another warm weather recipe today. I made this last summer and didn’t get to share it so I’m sharing it now. This recipe is from The Food Network. I saw it on The Kitchen. I stuck to the recipe, so click on the link for the exact recipe and directions, but I made 3 little changes. The three changes I made: I put the shrimp and steak on separate skewers instead of alternating them on the same skewer for more even cooking time. I like my steak more…

  • Grilled Shrimp & Pineapple
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    Grilled Shrimp & Pineapple

    Happy Friday! This week went by quicker than last, but was more stressful so I’m not sure which is better?! Anyway, if you’re a long time follower then you know I love trying out new recipes. So when I was offered a copy of the cookbook Trading Dishes – I couldn’t wait to try out the recipes. The cookbook is by Chef Steven Ferneding and he shares recipes from his travels around Southeast Asia. The book gives a handful of recipes from countries like India and Thailand. The recipe I tried out last weekend is from Sri Lanka. I picked this one out because 1) it looked easy 2) I like pineapple…

  • Chicken Marsala Ragout + Rotini
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    Chicken Marsala Ragout + Rotini

    Are you a Food Network fan? I don’t watch it religiously, but I do enjoy seeing what’s on when I’ve got extra time. While it’s not my favorite show on the channel, I’ll sometimes watch Trisha Yearwood’s show. Today’s recipe is from her show. I made chicken marsala ragout with rotini. I followed her recipe except I used chicken thighs with the skin instead of skinless like the recipe calls for. So click (here) for the exact recipe! First, I did some food prep and cut up the mushrooms, onions, and garlic. Then, I browned the chicken thighs on some oil after seasoning the thighs with salt and pepper. Set the…

  • Irish Cheese Toasties
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    Irish Cheese Toasties

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all who are celebrating! I went out with some friends last night after we watched Captain Marvel (enjoyed the movie and loved the character, btw) and had dinner. It wasn’t as crowded out as I had anticipated for the holiday weekend which was good for me. When we were deciding whether to go out to the bar or not, my friend said ” Jamie hates crowds and bad parking” and I said “Both are true”. Seriously, if a place has no parking or it’s difficult to find parking, it’s going to be hard for me to say yes. When browsing online recently looking for a…

  • Linguine with clam sauce
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    Linguine with Clam Sauce

    Linguine with clam sauce is a staple in my family. Well, maybe not a staple – we don’t eat it that often, but often enough where it was always something in my family’s rotation of dinner ideas from time to time. One of the reasons, besides the fact that we like seafood, is because my mom doesn’t like cheese and so when out at Italian restaurants she would often and still does order this and then inevitably we started making it at home too. I don’t have exact measurements for you guys – you know I’m bad at that – but there are so many recipes you can find online so this…

  • Meatloaf Mix Chili
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    Stovetop Chili

    Who doesn’t love chili on a cold winter’s day? Okay, granted it was an unseasonable 60 degrees yesterday but it’s February so let’s pretend we’re huddled inside on a cold, snowy day. Lately I’ve been making a delicious turkey chili (recipe on that coming in the future) but for today I wanted to revisit my old chili favorite from a recipe my aunt gave me years ago. You can use any meat for this chili and normally my aunt does turkey but for these photos (the last time I made this recipe) I used meatloaf mix. It’s something different than turkey and meatloaf mix is nice because it’s a mix…