Chocolate-Covered Pecan Banana Smoothie

Chocolate-Covered Pecan Banana SmoothieSometimes, I want my smoothies to taste like dessert. As in, a decadent, chocolate shake that reminds me of late nights at Denny’s with my girlfriends in high school.

I’ve had this chocolate-covered pecan banana smoothie for breakfast five times in the last week. I think I could drink it every day for a month and not get tired of it. Good thing it’s actually healthy and vegan…. 

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Healthy Turkey Meatballs and Sauce

Healthy Turkey Meatballs and SauceWe love our pasta and meatballs. I’m so glad these healthy turkey meatballs and sauce taste delicious and are relatively easy to make.

I used to think turkey meatballs were a sacrifice, a consolation prize. “Sorry you didn’t win the full-fat beef meatballs with sauce, but we have these lovely, low-fat turkey meatballs for you…”

And truth be told, I rarely made meatballs of any kind, since Mom would make them on Sundays for us and give us leftovers. But as we got busier on Sundays and I wanted to cook at home after working full time all week (and making only quick dinners), I started experimenting with meatballs…. 

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Peas with Onions (and Bacon)

Peas with Onions (and Bacon)

If you don’t like peas, chances are you’ve never had them sautéed with onions and bacon. Even without the bacon, they’re still delicious (and a nice vegan side dish). Think smoky flavor, golden onions, olive oil, salt, peppery heat…yum! It’s the only way I eat peas. Growing up, we always had this prepared with the… 

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Nonna's Fish with Tomatoes

Nonna’s Fish with Tomatoes

Every time I make this dish, it smells like Nonna’s been cooking in my kitchen. And that makes me smile. Nonna wasn’t the typical grandmother. She had movie-star good looks, perfectly coiffed blonde hair, and nails painted red. She smoked cigarettes, told jokes, danced, and was the life of the party. I simply adored her…. 

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Chocolate-Strawberry Cookie Bars

Chocolate-Strawberry Cookie Bars

Somebody had better come over here and eat these bars before I finish the whole pan. I cannot behave with these lying around. I saw these on Pinterest and began salivating immediately. You know how there are some recipes you pin for later, and some that just prompt you to run into the kitchen, forage… 

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The Best Corn on the Cob

The Best Corn on the Cob

I’m really picky about corn on the cob, of all things. I either love it or leave it, depending on how it’s cooked. I remember trying to find the perfect method to cook corn as a new bride during the summer of 1993. (I’m from the Midwest, so corn is a big deal.) I tried… 

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Mom's Spinach-Ricotta Pie

Mom’s Spinach-Ricotta Pie

Behold, Mom’s Spinach-Ricotta Pie. Easily in my top ten favorites of Mom’s culinary masterpieces, it was the first recipe I asked her to teach me to make for the blog. I spent a wonderful spring afternoon in her kitchen, in the house where I grew up. Mom always makes this pie in a 9×13 pan,… 

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Parmesan Chicken Drumsticks with Garlic Butter

Parmesan Chicken Drumsticks with Garlic Butter

I’d be remiss if I didn’t share this recipe for Parmesan Chicken Drumsticks with Garlic Butter. It’s the most kid-pleasing, man-pleasing and mom-pleasing chicken I make on a regular basis. Oven-baked and gluten-free, it’s a great substitute for fried chicken, with an Italian twist (of course.) Skinless chicken drumsticks are dipped in melted butter, then… 

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