Italian Beef Sandwiches

We got some new toys for Christmas that we did not ask for but were very glad to receive – an electric pressure cooker and a deli slicer!  This is the first of many possibilities that these new pieces will lead to.  They both debuted on this dish which is mostly inspired by Travel channel type shows about Chicago Italian Beef Sandwiches like Al’s.  I have never been to Chicago but would love to visit and seeking out one of these sandwiches would be one of my first stops.  These toys made this a really quick and easy dish because we had the right tools!

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Greek Quinoa Salad

Alright it’s already February  (how’d that happen?) and I planned to post this as a healthy new-years resulotion-type recipe. Oh well, better late than never! This is a nice, light and healthy recipe inspired by a Mediterranean cous-cous recipe my mom used to make. I started making it back in college and people seemed to really love it. I used some of the same ingredients in this recipe and swapped quinoa for cous-cous for added nutrional benefits. I also added chickpeas (because I’m obsessed) and omitted arugla, which I think I will keep next time for some added greenery. Greenery is a word right?

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Roasted Garlic Hummus

MMM! I love hummus and am especially lovin’ me some chickpeas these days. Greg happens to simultaneously be lovin’ roasted garlic these days so instead of plain hummus or edamame hummus I made roasted garlic hummus. This recipe is very simple and a great idea for a super bowl party or any other get togther you may be planning.

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Fra Diavolo Sauce

I love Italian food and I love spicy and this is a great combination of the two.  I looked up Fra Diavolo and the not always wise internet says that it translates to “brother devil”.  I knew of the devil part in reference to its spiciness, but am not sure about the brother part, but sure we will go with it.  I served this over pasta with shrimp, but like many Italian sauces, once made it is very versatile and could be used in many different ways.

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Grandma Janet’s Meatloaf

I love meatloaf. There I said it. My love for it started as a child, where most people’s supposed despise of the stuff also began. I never quite understood why meatloaf got such a bad rap? I grew up eating several varieties, all of which I absolultely loved. I’ve made my classic version here before and recently my dad stumbled upon my Grandma Janet’s recipe, the one that started it all, and scanned it into his computer and emailed it to me.

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Chicken Cordon Bleu

We are back from Christmas break and starting it off with a pretty simple dish of chicken cordon bleu and creamed spinach.  It is just chicken pounded thin then rolled up with ham and cheese inside.  As easy as it sounds.

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Alfredo Lasagna

I was going to call this a white lasagna but as you will see there are plenty of ingredients that are not white.  Alfredo sauce was involved and I called on a previous recipe (which we featured twice) of ours for that.  I won’t say that this was that difficult, but it did take a while which was well worth it because it was “one of the best things I made in a while.”  That was an actual quote from Eileen about this great dish and I think she was right!

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Loaded Turnip Potato Leek Soup

We received all three of the title ingredients in one of our last CSA pick-ups of the year and I figured out a way to use them all in one dish! I think that should get me some bonus points, don’t you? I made a creamy, comfort food style soup, jazzing it up with some cheese and bacon to really maximize the flavors. Making this soup involved very few steps.

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Christmas 2011!

Merry Christmas 2011!  I love Christmas and do believe it is one of the best times of the year.  Here is our tree this year and our tree of last year which has been very frequently viewed of late.  I love to get a real tree then burn it in the spring when it warms up and the tree is nice and crispy.  Merry Christmas to all and we will capture some new holiday creations to share with you later.

Green Goddess Salad Dressing

Don’t you just feel healthier looking at this photo? We had some herbs leftover from various recipes and I thought I’d make a yummy, fresh green goddess dressing. I searched the internet for a recipe and it turns out there are seemingly hundreds of variations out there. I basically combined several recipes to cater to the ingredients I had and the style of dressing I was looking for.

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