Archive - January 2015

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Duet: One Pot Cheesy Chicken Pasta / Grouplove “Spreading Rumours”
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Duet: Coconut Macaroon Pie / Edith Piaf
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Duet: Slow Cooker Chicken Chili / Allman Brothers Band “Brothers and Sisters”
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On Tour: Schnucks Cooking School
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Duet: Pulled Pork Nachos / Bryan Adams “Reckless”

Duet: One Pot Cheesy Chicken Pasta / Grouplove “Spreading Rumours”

The food: Although I love cooking, there are many nights when I stare blankly at the ingredients in my refrigerator and pantry. No plan, no creativity, no energy. On those evenings, it’s nice to have an easy one pot recipe at the ready. Less work, less imagination, less clean up. Perfect. This cheesy chicken pasta with veggies comes together quickly and tastes great. The music: One pot recipes[…]

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Duet: Coconut Macaroon Pie / Edith Piaf

The food: Macaroons started as Italian almond meringue cookies and, when they came to France in the 1500s, evolved into colorful stuffed sandwiches. While I like that classic cookie, I much prefer the chewy goodness of a coconut macaroon. Jewish chefs adapted the original recipe to remove the flour and leavening agent (using egg whites instead), making them a popular Passover treat. I tried recently to make coconut macaroons, but they[…]

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Duet: Slow Cooker Chicken Chili / Allman Brothers Band “Brothers and Sisters”

The food: When the temperatures drop, I often fire up the slow cooker and make warm and hearty chili. Although I really like spicy red chili, sometimes I want something milder. On those days, chicken chili fits the bill. There’s still plenty of kick in this stew, thanks to the chili powder and jalapeño, but the chicken, white beans, and broth are a little easier on the[…]

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On Tour: Schnucks Cooking School

I make no secret that I’m a novice in the kitchen. After two decades of making little more than tacos and spaghetti, I really focused on learning to cook about 2 years ago. My skills have greatly improved, but I have a long way to go before I’d ever feel comfortable claiming some level of expertise. In addition to lots of trial[…]

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Duet: Pulled Pork Nachos / Bryan Adams “Reckless”

The food: I’m not one of those people who likes to watch the same movie or read the same book again and again. Likewise, I’m not interested in eating the same meal day after day. My anti-leftover attitude meant I needed to come up with a way to repurpose what remained of the slow-cooker full of pulled pork I made for the two of us recently. Nachos[…]

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