10 Minute Lighter Alfredo Sauce

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  This sauce was born from a near-empty, vast wasteland of a fridge. Doesn’t that just sound terribly romantic?     Scanning my dinner options, I found: a stick of butter, a crown of broccoli, half of a half gallon of milk, a wedge of Parmesan…and more variations of mustards than I felt comfortable staring…

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Slow Cooked Beef and Mango Quesadillas

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Sweet mango slices. Smoky barbecue beef. Sharp cheddar cheese. Melted. Slow Cooked Beef and Mango Quesadillas 2 lbs top of the round beef roast 1 cup barbecue sauce 4 large whole wheat tortillas 1 large mango, peeled and thinly sliced 1 small red onion, very thinly sliced 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese Directions: 1. Combine…

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5 Healthy Foods I Love: Part 8

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Read parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7… Cheese Favorites are always of the strong, pungent variety: Extra sharp Vermont cheddar- especially on meatloaf, crumbles of blue with anything and everything Buffalo Chicken, goat, parmesan, and gorgonzola. I do not often add cheese to foods where I fear the flavor will get lost- in…

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Garlic Leek Roasted Potato Wedges

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The only other person to love potatoes so fiercely, as passionately as I do, is my mother. That woman loves salted butter, socks to match your outfit, frosting with a side of cake, and potatoes. It’s fitting, then, that no one bakes, mashes, fries, griddles, and gravies my potato-loving palate quite like she does. She…

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Pappardelle with Ricotta, Mint, Lemon, and Fresh Peas

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You know me well by now. Pappardelle with ricotta, mint, lemon zest, and fresh peas doesn’t often seat herself at my dinner table. I mean, I adore that eggy silkiness that only fresh pasta has. The velvet of whole milk ricotta. The way garlic tans golden within seconds of bubbling in olive oil. My favorite…

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Chicken Stuffed with Pesto, Ham, and Fontina Cheese

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A mulligan, so Wikipedia tells me, is when a player gets a second chance to perform a certain move or action. I gather it’s used mostly in sports. It’s also used quite frequently in my house. Daniel does something wrong….”Andie I just need a mulligan. I’m sorry; please let me start over.” I take a…

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Petite Lasagnas: Take 2

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I’m revisiting my most popular post of all time: Petite Lasagnas. They caught fire in November 2010 and even now, six months later, I still hear from readers who love them. I say we celebrate those lasagna onesies with a throwback post. Shall we? ……………… One morning, years ago, as I was driving my youngest…

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Gooey Three Cheese Lasagna

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I am a love bug. Daniel cringes at the amount of affection I’d like to pour over him. [Yet again] I blame my mother. She loved me too much. Two days ago I was out for drinks and appetizers with my dearest friends and their 9 month old baby girl, and a very unfortunate series…

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Healthy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

First, thank you all for the tremendous love and affection you gave on my last post. You make sharing my life worthwhile. Next order of business: I make this chicken noodle soup nearly every weekend. Mainly because it works as an olive branch for when I’ve told Daniel, ‘You are the stupidest person in the…

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Easiest Ever Vegetarian Black Bean Enchiladas

Something you may not know about me is that I eat a mainly vegetarian diet. And not for any particular reason either, I just find myself living day in and day out without paying much mind to meat. I’m lucky to love nuts, seeds, beans, tofu, tempeh, and generally anything else that might make my…

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