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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Creamy Italian sausage pasta

Creamy Italian sausage pasta

After making a delicious skillet pasta dish last month, I decided to try my hand at a modified version last week. I used Italian sausage, zucchini, and a simple white sauce to make this version. We gave this one two thumbs up as well, so skillet pasta dishes are definitely going to be staying on our menu in the future.

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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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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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Cornbread and sausage bake

Cornbread and sausage bake

Michael and I both think that this cornbread-topped sausage bake is delicious. It’s a great recipe to make in the fall or winter, but that’s not going to stop us from making it whenever we want. I used andouille sausage in my version of the recipe, but you could also use cooked Italian sausage. It would also be easy to switch out the veggies for whatever you happen to have on hand.

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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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Homemade turkey bolognese

Homemade turkey bolognese

A box of pasta with a jar of pasta sauce can make an easy pantry meal (see: vodka sauce and meatballs), but sometimes you have a little extra time or want something a little bit fancier. For those situations, I present to you this homemade turkey bolognese. While you do need some time to let the sauce simmer, there’s only about 10 minutes of hands-on time. And as a bonus, this sauce would be great to make on the weekend and freeze for a quick weeknight dinner.

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Javanese dinner (aka Hawaiian haystacks)

Javanese dinner (aka Hawaiian haystacks)
Javanese dinner (aka Hawaiian haystacks)

I’ve been introduced to this fun and delicious meal by a couple different people over the past several years. Essentially, it’s chicken gravy served over rice — but with an assortment of fun toppings ranging from pineapple to celery to chow mein noodles.

One of the great things about this meal is that it’s easy to serve family-style for a large group. Simply place each topping in its own bowl, so that everyone can make their own combinations. We made an Asian-inspired chicken gravy, but you could also make a traditional gravy or even use a chicken curry sauce instead. We hope you give it a try!

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Orange chicken and broccoli

Orange chicken and broccoli

Michael and I both enjoy Chinese food, but I don’t make it at home very often. Instead, we usually get it from the (delicious) Chinese restaurant down the street.

Last week, I decided to try my own hand at making Chinese food, and I started with this orange chicken. The recipe that I used is supposed to be a copycat version of orange chicken from Panda Express. While I don’t know how accurate that claim is, I can tell you that this recipe is so delicious that I’ve already made it twice.

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