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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Camille’s Famous Ranchero Sauce

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During the past four days of our jungle adventure, Camille and I have spooned her famous homemade ranchero sauce on every last thing we’ve eaten. Our rustic cabin kitchen has never been so flavorful. Each morning, our plates are hot with two skillet-warmed corn tortillas, two runny-yolked fried eggs, ranchero sauce, guacamole, and crumbled queso…

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Chicken Tikka Masala

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Mum, It’s taking longer than I expected, but I’m almost over the fact that you never introduced me to Indian food. I had to go out on the streets and learn about it from strangers. Cold, alone, and unprotected, mind you. I guess the most difficult part is, chicken tikka masala is all sorts of…

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Easy No Cook Thai Peanut Sauce

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I love peanut butter. Creamy peanut butter and milk sweet from coconuts and toasted sesame oil and oh- the saltiness of saucy soy. But I love ‘easy,’ and I mean easy, heaps and gobs more.   I love breezy and quick and things that rhyme with simple. (I can only think of pimple and dimple…tell…

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The Best Salsa Fresca

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Salsa Fresca Ingredients: 4 medium-sized ripe tomatoes, very finely diced 1/2  cup red onion, minced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced 2 tablespoons minced green chiles (from a can)  1 teaspoon sugar 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced Juice of 1 lime 1/2 teaspoon salt Directions: Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl;…

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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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Baked Falafel with Lemon Tahini Sauce

  Uh hi, hello, Paris? I’m sorry, I’m trying to reach France – the country not the Hilton. Sure, I’ll wait. I understand the confusion. Oh hi, hello there! My name is Andrea Mitchell and I just wanted to speak with someone about the food there.     No, not the crepes. Uh uh not…

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Barbecue Chicken Rolls

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You are cordially invited: Who: You, Dr. Drew, and his team of addiction medicine specialists What: An intervention for Miss Andie Mitchell, a dangerously addicted egg roll wrap pusher When: Immediately Where: Andie’s home, Seattle, WA Why: Because in one month’s time, Miss Mitchell has exhibited signs of extreme dependency on egg roll wrappers. Case…

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