Chipotle Chicken and Sausage in a Skillet

Dinners that can be prepared one step at a time in a big skillet are a big go-to in my kitchen.  What are they called again?  Oh yeah, skillet meals.  They make weeknight meals so simple.
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I’m always on the look-out for recipes that can be turned into a skillet meal, too, and this chipotle chicken from G’Day Soufflé was perfect for that.  Just the thought of smoky chipotles and chorizo, along with braised chicken was enough to convince me.  But what really sold me was the unsweetened chocolate in the background that ties it all together. [Read more…]

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Fettuccine Alfredo with Fresh Pasta

May I share a little story with you about the first time I made my own pasta noodles?
fettuccine 4Well, a few years ago, my baking assistant gifted me the pasta attachments for my Kitchenaid.  I was pretty excited to make my own fresh noodles, so I quickly got to work online looking for recipes and advice on how to make it happen.  One Sunday afternoon, I had my attachments, recipe, and new fancy flour all ready to go.  From there, things got pretty discouraging.  As I fed the dough through the machine, it was turning into a clumpy mess.  My baking assistant was standing behind me and was just as excited to watch the pasta magic happen, but soon got scolded out of the kitchen.  Soon after that, the mess was thrown out and we picked up a pizza for dinner.
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I wasn’t ready to give up on the idea of making my own pasta, so I kept looking, and soon found The Complete Book of Pasta and Noodles from the experts at Cooks Illustrated.  If only I’d known how easy it could be.  I didn’t need fancy flour or other ingredients; I only needed flour and eggs.  That was it.  Since trying their formula of 2 cups flour to 3 eggs, I’ve turned out delicious noodles every time.
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Coconut Chicken Curry Soup

We should already be well into soup season, but you wouldn’t know it by the weather we’ve had around here lately.  We had one early snowfall that dumped six inches on every flat surface in the neighborhood, including the two lounge chairs on either side of a big umbrella still sitting on our back deck.  I wish I had taken a photo of that.  Since then, we’ve had warm and sunny afternoons with only somewhat chilly evenings.  However, that’s about to change because we’re experiencing the “warm before the storm.”

Still, in my brain it is soup season.  Several days a week I pop open a can of soup to heat up for lunch and that’s just great with me.  There are a lot of tasty canned soups out there.  Have you tried Campbell’s Gouda Bisque with Chicken or Progresso Chicken Tortilla   No?  Click  here for a coupon.  So good for lunch. [Read more…]

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