Slow Cooker Italian Chicken and Marinara

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The grill—which I use nearly the whole year ‘round as it is—will be sharing my affection this spring and summer. Because my slow cooker isn’t going anywhere Not when it makes meals like this one. All saucy and comforting. I have to say—I don’t usually like slow cooker recipes that require pre-cooking. It just seems to…

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My Favorite Meatballs

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And trust me, I’ve had many a meatball. The thing about these ones, though? …Sorry, I just need to grab that megaphone of mine. I’ll be juuuust a minute…Ahem. Ahem. Check. Check 1, 1-2, 1-2-3. There we go- THEY’RE OUTSTANDING. They are as tender as tender knows to be. They’re soft centered and spiced with…

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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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Slow Cooked Turkey Meatballs

I have often wondered whether the slow cooker is the answer to nearly every food-related question I have in life. How can I walk in the door from work and have dinner waiting patiently to be plated? How on Earth can I transform an inexpensive cut meat into something fall-apart-tender and juicy? How can I…

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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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Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

You know, I lived in Italy for five months and don’t recall ever eating a gooey square of lasagna. No manicotti, no stuffed shells, no casseroles overflowing with cheese, crushed tomatoes, and ground beef. Not even a meatball. Why? Because those aren’t standard menu fare of ristorantes in Roma, in Firenze, and Napoli. Instead, you’re…

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