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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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Roasted Tomato Sauce

Summer was made for dozens of tomatoes to enter your life and roast to create a gorgeous, summery pasta sauce. Think that making your own tomato sauce is hard? Think again! I took these beauties from MightVine and created an amazing sauce that I plan to create as a summer tradition. All you need is a sheet pan and a…

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Roasted Tomato Pasta with Burrata and Basil

Some of the best tomatoes around are the MightyVine tomatoes based out of Rochelle, Illinois. In addition to no-waste eating, I do my best to eat local, and it’s unbelievably easy when the produce from my home state is delicious. I decided to whip up a quick caprese-style pasta with roasted tomato, burrata, and basil. Believe it or not, creating…

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Summer Sweet Corn Elotes Salad

In Illinois, summer is all about the corn. We’re surrounded by it for months and months, and finally get to devour into this sweet treat in the summer. My brother and I were preparing some sides for a family barbecue and wanted to make something different. My brother and I share the value that we’re always looking to try new…

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Loaded Baked Potato Mac & Cheese

The potato. It’s the king of all foods. All of your nutrition needed in one big bulbous vegetable. Could you make it better? Perhaps with jalapeno? Or bacon? OR CHEESE? I partnered with Chateau Dumplings to produce this over the top, indulgent dish. I took my basic macaroni and cheese recipe and took it up a notch by using mini…

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