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What’s For Dinner?

Penne with Grape Tomatoes and Mozzarella


12 ounces ridged or plain penne
coarse salt and ground pepper
1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 pint ( 8 ounces) bocconcini (small fresh mozzarella balls), halved, or 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, cubed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar


Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until […]

Easy Chicken Dijon Recipe

Delicious Chicken Dijon Recipe
Compliments of Southern Living
Hands-on Time: 25 min.; Total Time: 45 min.

Makes 6 servings


6  skinned and boned chicken breasts (about 2 lb.)
1/2  teaspoon  salt
1/2  teaspoon  pepper
3  tablespoons  butter
1  medium-size red bell pepper, cut into thin […]

BLT Mac n’ Cheese Recipe

BLT Creamy Mac n’ Cheese
Compliments of Rachel Ray
Serves 6

1 pound ziti rigati pasta
Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), for drizzling
6 slices bacon, chopped
2 leeks, trimmed, halved lengthwise and sliced crosswise
2 large cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3 tablespoons tomato paste
Two bricks cream cheese (3 ounces each), cut into pieces
1 1/2 cups shredded Asiago, Grana Padano […]

Flat Bread Tacos Recipe

Flat Bread Tacos with Ranch Sour Cream
Compliments of Taste of Home!

1 c. sour cream (8 ounces)
2 t. ranch salad dressing mix (i.e. Hidden Valley packets)
1 t. lemon juice
1 ½ lbs. ground beef
1 can (15 oz.) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14 ½  oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 envelope taco seasoning
1 T. hot pepper sauce
1 […]

Slow Cooked Lamb and Beans Recipe

Slow Cooked Lamb and Beans
This is a fabulous recipe that is worthy of company and so easy to prepare ahead!
Serves 6

4 lamb shanks (2 ½ – 3 lbs. total)
2 T. olive oil
1 8 oz. package of mirepoix (a finely chopped combination of carrots, onions and celery – you can make your own, or pick […]

Sauteed Chicken With Olives and Roasted Lemons

What’s for Dinner – Sauteed Chicken with Olives and Roasted Lemons
Serves 4
This recipe sounds sophisticated, but my children really enjoy it and in fact, I usually make a double batch!

2 lemons, sliced ¼ inch thick
¼ c. extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
Salt and freshly ground pepper
4 six ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
All […]

Easy Layered Turkey Enchiladas

What’s for Dinner – Layered Turkey Enchiladas
Serves 4

1 turkey breast tenderloin, about 1 to 1 ½ lbs (my market calls this Turkey London Broil), cut into bite sized strips
1 16 oz. package frozen sweet peppers and onions stir fry vegetables
1 10 oz. can enchilada sauce
½ c. whole berry cranberry sauce
9 6 inch corn or flour […]

Delicious Beef Tips in Pink Sauce

What’s for Dinner – Beef Tips in Pink Sauce
Serves 6

2 T. butter
½ c. chopped onion
¼ c. Marsala wine
6 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. Italian seasoning
3 lbs. lean beef stew meat
1 (16 ounce) jar Alfredo style pasta sauce
1 (26 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce


Melt 1 T. of the butter in a large skillet over […]

What’s for Dinner?

Tip of the Week – An Answer to the question “What’s for Dinner?”
Whenever I’m with friends, the topic is inevitably raised – what are you making for dinner?  We’re all willing to cook and anxious to make meals that will appeal to our families, but just what to make is the stumbling block!  A couple […]

Delicious Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Two Dinner Pork Tenderloin Recipes!
First Night:
Peppered Pork Tenderloin with Tomato Mint Salsa

2 pork tenderloins (about 12 oz. each) – add a third tenderloin if you’d like to make Pork Dinner #2
1 T. balsamic vinegar
6 T. olive oil
2 t. salt
3/4 t. black pepper
4 large tomatoes, cored and chopped (about 3 cups)
1/2 c. chopped sweet onion
1 large […]

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