RECIPES: Mains

Chicken Chili Colorado

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30 min
October 11, 2017, in ,, 1

This weekend we spent a few days in Southern California and really enjoyed the sun, beach and fun on the pier.  California is such a diverse state, with every different area having a specific culture and vibe.  We were in Santa Monica and stayed in the beautiful and classic Georgian hotel right on the waterfront….

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No Sugar Pulled Pork with Broccoli Lime Slaw

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75 min
August 14, 2017, in , 1

Earlier this year a good friend bought me a life changing appliance – the Instant Pot!  I had seen a lot of posts and ads on this slow cooker lookalike in my social media but didn’t realize just how useful this pressure cooker would be in my daily life.  I don’t know if I’m unique,…

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Caprese Power Salad

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20 min
April 11, 2017, in , 1

When spring begins to come here in California one of my favorite things to do is to find all the craziest looking heirloom tomatoes that I can.  I only discovered these gems a few years ago when we moved out west, unfortunately for the Midwest, these delicious fruit are just not the same out there.  This…

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Rustic Turnip and Cauliflower Soup

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40 min
January 9, 2017, in ,,, 2

I don’t know about you, but I love soup!  I grew up with a Jewish mother who could turn any combination of vegetables and proteins into a sumptuous and hearty soup that would make you feel warm and comfortable with every spoon.  Living in the midwest, there were a lot of days that you just…

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Comforting Winter Chili

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45 min
December 19, 2016, in , 3

As we get into the colder season all I can think about is comfort foods that make me feel warm and cozy.  Today, it was particularly wet and cold outside and the whole family just wanted to curl up, watch a movie and enjoy something that would stick to our bellies.  Though it would be…

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Roasted Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprout Salad

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35 min
November 11, 2016, in ,,, 3

This time of year I pull out all my fall colored scarves, jackets and gloves.  The autumnal colors and warm textures create a sense of comfort and coziness that is so unique to this time of year.  By the way, if you’re looking for incredible new Italian handmade leather gloves, a friend just launched a…

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Sonoma Kale Chicken and Lentil Fall Salad

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30 min
October 19, 2016, in ,,, 1

This week I had an incredible experience traveling in Northern California with new friends and discovering some really exciting parts of this state that I haven’t seen before.  After five years, I’m still amazed at all that this state has to offer, between the landscape, food and wine!  The Sonoma area is very well known…

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Spaghetti Squash Dinner Bowls

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45 min
October 14, 2016, in , 2

I’m not sure about you, but I have seen hundreds of spaghetti squash recipes floating around the internet lately and I have finally decided it is time to try one out!  They always look really impressive, healthy and colorful, but I have to admit, I was a bit intimidated and also not sure the flavor…

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Easy White Bean and Chorizo Stew

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60 min
October 9, 2016, in , 1

After months of hot days, today finally cooled down to jacket weather and that means it’s time for stew!  Growing up, my mom was always making delicious soups and stews that warmed us even during the coldest Chicago winters.  One of my favorite memories is that aroma you get when you walk into a home…

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