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Lemon Almond Chicken Salad


We had a coupon for a few dollars off any prepared food at Giant Eagle Market District and picked up some of their lemon almond chicken salad and I knew instantly upon eating it that I would soon be recreating it in my own kitchen. So here it is!

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Roasted Shallot-Sherry Vinaigrette

It should come as no surprise to anyone by now that I am a fan of homemade salad dressings. I made this for a family dinner some time ago and have been meaning to post it forever now. It was a delicious dressing that I ended up using on a spring salad. It would also be a great marinade or you can serve it warm as a sauce as well. It’s very versatile and easy to make.

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Greek Oregano Chicken

We recently went to the Greek Food Festival at St. Nicks Church and were inspired to go Greek as you will see reflected in a few dishes to come.  This was simple, quick, and cheap!  Some spices and fresh oregano, roast for about an hour, and you seem like a genius!

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Braised Whole Chicken with Bread Stuffing & Bacon

You see that gravy on the plate there? I have been calling it liquid gold because it was so, so good. You will be licking your plate clean, I can almost guarantee it. We recently received a Staub and this is another recipe from Molly Steven’s All About Braising using the cocotte. This was definitely a dish of a lot of firsts for me. This was the first time I ever cooked a whole chicken before, made stuffing from scratch (cooked inside the bird), and made such a delicious pan sauce. This may have been the best thing I ever made and it really was not too difficult at all. Like the pot roast it entailed many steps and a good few hours, but nothing was too technical or intimidating to take on. Again, this was a time consuming Sunday cooking event. I tried to time it so we ate before the AFC Championship game, but it took a little longer than expected and we ate at half time. Luckily since the Steelers had taken such a big lead my nerves were calm enough that I was able to eat!

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