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Herb Breaded Fish

Fish tacos were on the docket tonight. You see, I do my menu planning a week in advance and sometimes I’m just not feeling what I originally planned. Tonight was one of those nights, but since I had bought the fish and needed to cook it up while it was fresh, I went with a simple breaded recipe. I had an idea of what I wanted to do, but I did a quick google search for breaded fish to see if anything surprising popped up. The usual suspects came up — baked and breaded, breaded and fried, and the like. I had already decided at the gym that I had earned at least a pan-fry instead of baking, and I stumbled upon a recipe on Ella Says Opa! that incorporated some herbs. Perfect.

I must say, this fish was the bomb. Ready in 10 minutes flat, crispy, flaky, pretty much exactly what I wanted. I served it along with some rice pilaf (total comfort food for me) and an apple-pecan salad with goat cheese. Yum!

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My Favorite Meatballs

I apologize in advance to any family members I may offend with this post, but this is definitely my favorite meatball recipe. The combination of ground turkey (I always have some of this in my freezer) and ground pork makes a super tender and flavorful meatball. I browned these in some olive oil before dropping them in some gravy, all to be served with pasta. These meatballs are also delicious on their own or with your favorite tomato sauce.
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Sunday Gravy

I already posted this back in 2009 but I thought it deserved a re-posting with some updated pics. This recipe is a staple in my family — guaranteed to make an appearance at each holiday, at the very least, and also among many regular ol’ Sundays throughout the year. It’s the kind of meal that takes several hours from start to finish, but it is one of my favorite types of meals to make. Take some humble ingredients — onion, garlic, canned tomatoes. Throw in some herbs, wine if you like, and your meat of choice (although in my opinion, lamb is necessary for the right flavor — sausage or meatballs optional), and a few hours later you’ve got a delicious gravy that begs to be swirled around pasta and mopped up with italian bread. Yes — eat this!

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Lemon Rosemary Chicken with Cheddar Grits and Roasted Asparagus

Usually I’m pretty modest (if not critical) when eating my own food, but tonight, I can honestly say that this dinner was something you could easily find in a restaurant — and it’s so basic. I had some chicken breasts staring at me from the fridge (what a conundrum) so I pulled out my trusty 3-ring binder of recipes and looked for something to cook under the “chicken” tab. This binder contains both tried and true recipes, and also new recipes that I want to get to eventually.  I wanted something comforting enough to block out the “order pizza” chant that was in my head since about 3pm today. But, since we’re trying to watch what we eat, I wanted whatever we made for dinner to be fairly healthy and also pretty straightforward. While starches are a bit of a no-no for us right now, these fluffy, creamy, cheesy grits sure are a lot better than a large pizza. This is harm-reduction at its best. Like how I justified that?

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Logan County Cheeseburgers

Holy comfort food. This is essentially a patty melt, and it’s awesome. This recipe comes from Katie Lee, Billy Joel’s ex. This means nothing to me, outside of the fact that I first learned about her earlier this week while watching RR’s talk show (no judgment). I loved her calm, warm personality, and was actually thinking about picking up her cook book, The Comfort Table. Unknowingly, I had printed this recipe of hers back over the winter, and it was delicious! Pretty much a grilled cheese with a burger inside, and there is nothing wrong with that.

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Chicken Korma (finally)

You’ve seen one or two korma recipes on this blog here, and that’s because I keep trying and trying (and trying) to mimic the smooth, creamy kormas I have in indian restaurants (and seemingly never at home –until now!). Keep in mind, this is one of my favorite dishes of all time and I have very high standards with it.

Well, people, I’ve got the best homemade chicken korma to date here. Absolutely restaurant quality and amazingly delicious. Yay!

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Vegetarian Samosas with Mint-Cilantro Sauce

These are my new obsession!! I love love love samosas but anything deep-fried always comes with a side of guilt. These, my friends, are BAKED. And AWESOME. I kind of want to put this sauce on everything (cats beware).

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New England Lobster Rolls

I’m new to the world of lobster. Growing up, I never really cared for it, but now, I’m starting to see what all the fuss is about. I still don’t think I could ever cook a live lobster myself though — too brutal. I bought two lobsters at the grocery store and they kindly steamed them for me. It’s a little disheartening to learn that most of the meat on a lobster lives in only a couple of small places — the claws, knuckles, and, my favorite part, the tail. Go at those areas with a hammer or a nutcracker and get your money’s worth.

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Cornmeal-Crusted Catfish with Collards and Creole Mustard Vinaigrette

This recipe is from one of my all-time favorite restaurants in the Boston area — Hungry Mother. After eating and loving their catfish dish more than once, I was over the moon to find that the recipe was shared online! I actually found this recipe about a year ago and ever since have been looking for Creole mustard. Literally, every.single.grocery trip I stopped to survey the mustard selections and could never find it. Well, folks, this weekend I found it. Waaaay too excited to find mustard, let me just tell you. On the way to a friend’s house, we stopped for espresso and stumbled upon a fantastic gourmet food store called The Cook Shop. Along with the Creole mustard (yay), I grabbed some whole wheat cavatappi (also an impossible find), a rockin’ Microplane pizza wheel, and a few other fun kitchen gadgets and food stuffs.

I’m so glad I finally found this mustard. I’m sure I could have easily substituted another mustard, but because I was trying to replicate a restaurant dish, I really wanted to try to make it as authentic as possible. This dish was amazing, and well worth the search.

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Bacon, Fig, and Asiago Mac & Cheese

Just when I (and my thighs) thought we were in the clear with comfort food cravings, Boston’s been hit with a swell of gloomy, rainy weather, which, inconveniently, seems to only occur on the weekends. I’m not too disappointed, though — gives me a chance to make this dish which I thought I’d be waiting ’til the fall to try. The verdict: probably the best mac & cheese I’ve ever made or tried. The sweet fig, salty bacon, and buttery breadcrumb topping is ah-mazing. Thighs be damned. 😉

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Indian Pizza with Cilantro Pesto and Zucchini

The first couple of times that I made this pizza, I burned the crap out if it, yet, mind you, still ate it and loved the flavors. I figured that I’d wait to share the recipe for a time that I didn’t burn the crap out of it, since I knew I’d be making this over and over again. Well, friend, behold this awesome indian pizza. It is such a great combination of flavors, and super easy to throw together (especially if using store-bought dough).  Since I am always trying to use up my spices so I can keep a fresh stash, I made a homemade curry powder blend, but feel free to use your favorite store blend.

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Mac and Cheese with Shrimp and Radicchio

Mac and Cheese with Shrimp and Radicchio - Just the TipI’ve made this at least a dozen times~ it’s so good and really unique. The radicchio adds an awesome bitterness (I looooove bitter flavors…hello, my love for broccoli rabe).  Also, do not skip the anchovies. I promise, you won’t even know they’re there but it adds so much to the flavor.
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Indian Butter Chicken

After my first bite of this dish, I said that I thought this might be the best thing that I’ve ever made.  If you’re new to Indian food, this is a great way to dive in. The sauce is creamy and spicy, and is perfect for mopping up with some whole wheat naan. Adios, take out!

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Ultimate Shrimp and Grits

This is one of my favorite dishes of all time. It is comfort in a bowl!

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Pappardelle with Pancetta, Broccoli Rabe, and Pine Nuts

It’s almost shameful posting another pasta recipe so soon, but this was just too good to wait (and yes, normally I would sit on my hands for a few days so i didn’t seem pasta-crazed, which I obviously am). Regardless, I love broccoli rabe with pasta, and the egg pappardelle I found at Trader Joe’s was fantastic.  Together, this dish was delectable, and worth a little carbo shame. This is probably in my top 5 favorite pasta dishes ever.

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Mild Turkey Chili

I feel like I say this after every chili recipe, but I mean it this time: This is my new favorite  go-to chili. This chili has some unusual ingredients for me (salsa…canned green chiles…taco seasoning), but I also love all the veg and it has TONS of flavor without being really spicy at all. Also, I made corn muffins out of jiffy cornbread mix with a half cup of sour cream mixed in. Best corn muffins EVER!

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Green Huevos Rancheros (sort of)

I say “sort of” because I know this probably isn’t authentic in the least. But do you know what it is? Delicious. Period.

This was served up in our “Breakfast for Dinner Fridays” series, which I have to say, I love and look forward to. Hooray for eggs and yummy, low-key food on the best day of the week.

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Cuban Sandwiches

Since I work a little later on Thursdays, I thought a slow cooker meal would be a great idea. I’ve been wanting to make pernil for a while (Puerto Rican roast pork shoulder) and I love the idea of cooking it in a slow cooker. We planned on just eating the meat for one meal, and then using the leftovers for cubanos, but we couldn’t wait.

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Open-Faced Egg Sandwich with Thyme Pesto and Lemon Cream

Brian and I have a new Friday night tradition: Breakfast for Dinner. Come Friday, we’re usually both so pooped and it’s a strained effort whenever we plan anything social. So, instead, we typically snug on the couch, watch Mad Men reruns, and eat amazing comfort food like this. If this makes us lame, I’m ok with it. 🙂

This meal is perfect after a long week. Not only is it delicious, much of it can be made in advance. I made the pesto earlier in the week (I made another batch after the first one I mentioned as it was a wee too garlicky. This one was delectable), and the lemon cream takes seconds to put together (although 30 minutes for the flavors to “mesh”), so it’s pretty much toasting bread and frying eggs. I can handle that, even after a long day/week.

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Mixed Greens with Grilled Salmon, Avocado, Egg

This salad is perfect in every way. Easy to make, beautiful, delicious, simple, healthy and hearty. This year, skip the resolutions and make more food like this.

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