Last week for dinner: April 5-11

L to R: Cornbread and sausage bake; Salisbury steak; Sesame chicken

L to R: Cornbread and sausage bake; Salisbury steak with paprika cream sauce; Easy sesame chicken

Last week, I tried one new recipe (salisbury steak), which was delicious. For the rest of our dinners, I relied on a combination of simple and favorite recipes. I also planned ahead to have a couple nights of leftovers. Here’s what we ate:

1: Browned butter and sage sausage, yellow squash, rice, salad

2: Salisbury steak with paprika cream sauce, rice, salad

3: Cornbread and sausage bake

4: French apple chicken sausage, pesto and sun-dried tomato pasta

5: Easy sesame chicken, rice, vegetable spring rolls

Salisbury steak with paprika cream sauce

Salisbury steak with paprika cream sauce

This recipe probably has the best sauce that I’ve ever made. It’s definitely a 10 out of 10, and we cleaned the last drops out of the pan after dinner tonight. The salisbury steaks were delicious too, and the fresh basil is a perfect garnish. We definitely recommend that you give this recipe a try for a great weekend meal!

I found this recipe in our latest Eating Well magazine, and immediately made a mental note to put it on our menu. I did made a few slight modifications so that I could use my new birthday present (a braisier!) and make it a one-dish recipe. We also served it over rice, instead of the suggested egg noodles.

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Chicken pot pie with biscuits

Chicken pot pie with biscuits

Chicken pot pie is delicious comfort food, but it can be a hassle to make and roll out the pie crust. So I decided to make the filling into a creamy stew, and serve it with biscuits for sopping up the sauce. My favorite biscuit recipe is quick and easy to make, and bakes while the stew is simmering, so this delicious dinner can be on the table in about 30 minutes.

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Skillet chicken and mushroom pasta

Skillet chicken and mushroom pasta

I bought the ingredients for this new pasta recipe last weekend, and looked forward to making it all week. Well, I made it for dinner tonight, and it definitely lived up to expectations. It’s an easy skillet meal, but it’s fancy enough that I would certainly serve it for company.

The tarragon in this recipe gives it a slight anise-like flavor, so if you don’t like that, feel free to use another herb like basil or Italian seasoning. I also used campanelle pasta — it has a bell shape that is perfect for capturing the sauce. Finish this meal off with a green veggie like peas or asparagus, and you have a great dinner.

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Saffron rice

Saffron rice

One of my favorite small appliances in the kitchen is our rice cooker, because it makes perfect rice every time. But sometimes we like to change it up and make a savory, flavored rice (like our Mexican rice or pulao rice recipes) instead of plain rice. This saffron rice recipe, made with raisins and cashews, is the perfect blend of savory and sweet — and it’s a snap to make in the rice cooker.

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Easy sesame chicken

Easy sesame chicken

On Monday, the high temperature is supposed to be -12F here in the Twin Cities. So, I went to the store this afternoon (along with everyone else in town) to get some groceries. I had a couple of new recipes in mind to try this week, and one of them was this delicious and easy sesame chicken that I made for dinner tonight.

This recipe is quick to make because you just have to brown the chicken, add a simple sauce, and simmer everything together. If you’d prefer a crispier, breaded chicken, you could use the chicken from our orange chicken recipe instead.

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Thanksgiving recipes — sides and desserts

Thanksgiving is this Thursday, so I’ve been working on finalizing my menu this weekend. Here are some delicious recipe suggestions from our blog!

Many of these recipes are vegetarian (labeled “v”), vegan (labeled “v*”), or gluten-free (labeled “gf”), so you should be able to find something to make no matter who you’re making thanksgiving dinner for.

Oven-roasted garlic and rosemary sweet potatoesPotatoes and squash:

Raisin and wild rice stuffingStuffing and sides:

Green bean and red potato hot dishVeggies:

Vegan dinner rolls that don't taste veganRolls:

Pumpkin desserts:

Other desserts:

Tonkatsu (Breaded pork cutlet)

Tonkatsu (Breaded pork cutlet)

This Japanese version of a pork cutlet is both delicious and easy to make. It uses the common breading formula of flour – egg – bread crumbs, but using panko bread crumbs makes it extra crispy.

Tonkatsu is traditionally served over rice with tonkatsu sauce, which is similar to a thick Worchestershire sauce. I also made some mixed peas and carrots to serve with the pork. It’s a really delicious meal!

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Swedish pancakes

Swedish pancakes

I was first introduced to this family recipe by Michael when we started dating, and it’s really good. He’s previously posted it on his website, so, without further ado, I’m just going to share his description and recipe for these delicious pancakes:

Swedish people love their Swedish pancakes. Being that I am an ethnic Swede (though not full blooded), I also love Swedish pancakes. Personally, I hate normal pancakes more than almost anything in the whole world, but I really like Swedish pancakes. Despite what people will tell you, Swedish pancakes are not difficult to make. For Swedish pancakes, you will need the following ingredients:

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