Honey Barbecue Meatloaf

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I still think of food as a reward. As a happy place. And I probably always will. Even though I’ve lost seven trillion pounds, and even though I’ve reconciled years of overeating by learning that it was never really about the food, I still find food to be the most reassuring, comforting, and loving thing…

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The Easiest Lemon Chicken Cordon Bleu

Truth: I cook all of the meals that I eat during the week on the weekend. Yes. Each Sunday morning, there’s a crumpled and crotchety old piece of notebook paper set atop my kitchen counter with a list of dinners that are previously decided delicious. And there I am, standing in my two-day-worn jammies, hair…

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French Onion Soup

I’ve been to Paris. I spent a week there, traipsing about the Louvre, chicly knotting my knock-off silk scarf and standing up straighter than usual, daintily sipping cafe au lait, and mostly, asking the kindly gentlemen working crepe carts if they would  “please use a heavier hand with the Nutella.” Something is always lost in…

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Chicken in Creamy Mustard Marsala Sauce

Ahhh to be home. It smells like only home can. Sweet and buttery, like Eau de Paula Deen, I imagine. It feels familiar, comfortable, and nostalgic. The floorboards sigh and squeal at just the same coordinates they did as I used to tip-toe in at 1am. My adolescent face is gracing just about every wallspace….

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Thanksgiving Brined Turkey

Let’s pretend, if you will, that you invited me over for Thanksgiving supper. This would mean that you have an extra place setting  at your dinner table. It would also mean that you condone a guest guzzling gravy directly from its porcelain boat, cranberry sauce fingerprints on your collectibles, and that you’re willing to risk…

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Petite Lasagnas

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These mini lasagnas aren’t just adorable, they’re perfectly portioned — 181 calories and half the hassle of the full-pan version. Serve yourself two for dinner alongside a big salad or bring a dozen to a next party and prepare to have people ask for the recipe. They even freeze well, so try making a double batch and popping…

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Greek Pasta Salad with Chicken, Feta, and Olives

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Sometimes I have no idea what I’ll do next with chicken. I think I’ve done all I can with nature’s blandest white meat. I’m plum clucked out. Interestingly, these are usually the times when chicken breast is a steal at the market. At the very sight of a flashy sale sign, I elbow kindly 74…

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