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Thai Panang Curry

Going out for Thai Panang Curry is probably one of my favorite meals ever. With my seafood allergy, I usually have to be pretty careful at Thai restaurants, so I did what anyone who wants something “better than takeout,” and made my own! The nutty, red curry sauce draped over vegetables (or meat) is so spicy, so smooth, it brings…

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Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs

Spaghetti and meatballs is an age-old classic. In fact, my family’s own Sicilian recipe is my absolute FAVORITE. Now, as a single woman with no kiddos or a husband, I’m not about to spend 2-3 days making a huge batch of my family’s recipe, so I created my own health version of a family favorite. As someone who is always…

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Grown-up Pasta-O’s

If you were a child of the 90s, you KNOW the love that was in a can of Spaghetti-O’s. Now, I’m not about to recreate it, but rather take inspiration for this quick, tomatey, noodly bowl of love. This inspiration from Spaghetti-O’s came out of the need for a quick lunch or dinner – I can assure you they’re not…

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Crock Pot Indian Butter Chicken [Low Cal!]

One of my all-time favorite things to order in is butter chicken from an amazing Indian restaurant here in Chicago. I literally crave it and could eat the sauce like soup…it’s that good. The thing is, it’s notttt good for my waist line, so for this “Crocktober,” I made it my mission to recreate my favorite Indian dish and bring…

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Hearty Italian Sausage Skillet

In my humble opinion, Fall is the best time for food…especially hearty Italian sausage skillets. It’s cooler weather, shorter days are just calling for a cozy meal at home that you don’t have to be guilty about! The main focus of this dish is the hot Italian sausage and how it beautifully marries into a rich, tomato sauce spiked with…

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Cheesy Stuffed Banana Peppers

I’m here to share an old favorite with all of you: my cheesy stuffed banana peppers. I’ve mentioned this particular recipe on my “About Me” page. It all started in childhood, my family would often celebrate big life events at a local Italian spot in Orland Park called, Rocco’s. It had your basic Italian favorites, but also something that was…

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Sticky Chicken Teriyaki Bites

I remember watching Mad Men earlier this year and Betty made a special appetizer for Don and his colleagues called, “Rumaki.” I was fascinated. What is this fancy, 1950s dish that Betty cooked up! Well, I found out it was pretty much the basic party food involving bacon, water chestnuts, and a teriyaki style sauce. It was super popular in…

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The Best Chili Recipe of All Time

The countdown to fall is officially here, and will football starting up, chili is on the brain…or at least it is for me. After a week of craving chili in the relentless 90 degree weather, I knew I had to make it. When my wonderful friend, April from The Tipsy Housewife mentioned she was having this same cravings, we decided…

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Cacio e Hot Pepe

My latest recipe is a twist on the classic, ‘cacio e pepe’ and feature hot giardinera in place of the black pepper! I like to call this ‘Cacio e Giardinera,’ but let’s face it, SEO rules all as a blogger, so here we have my Cacio e Hot Pepe! If you’re not familiar with giadinera, it’s a spicy pickled italian…

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Thai Red Curry Soup

Is there anything more magical than Thai curry? How about as a soup? I’ve created this colorful, magical soup that’s full of vegetables that will literally make you feel like you’re “eating the rainbow.” It’s spicy and soothing all at the same time…and low calorie, too! It’s the perfect soup for either a big lunch or dinner that you won’t…

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