you’ll forget they’re not fried onion rings

This recipe is a funky take on a traditionally deep fried food. Baking saves on the greasy end result but the addition of crunchy potato chips adds enough flavor you won’t miss the oil! Give your Valentine what they really want this year with this tasty treat. Here’s my recipe for Baked Onion Rings.

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Your Valentine will thank you for this one!

 

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bundt chocolate chip and walnut banana bread

I was lucky enough to taste lots of treats that came from my Great Grandmother’s kitchen. Now I’m lucky enough to continue the tradition of treats with my boys in the kitchen with her original mixer! This was our first time using it to make classic banana bread with a twist. Here’s Luca bear’s (with a little help from mom) recipe for Bundt Banana Bread with Walnuts and Chocolate Chips.

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Bundt Banana Bread

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My favorite sous chef snacking on a few extra chocolate chips at 9am!

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vegetarian shepherd’s pie

One of our 2016 goals is to incorporate more meatless Monday’s into our weeknight dinners. We’re big on chicken and fish in our house but my oldest son loves his veggies, so why not use that to my advantage?! Here’s a vegetarian take on Shepherd’s Pie that won’t leave you missing the meat! Hearty mushrooms and lentils are filling, while garlicky mashed potatoes give the feel of traditional Shepherd’s Pie with bold, layer flavors. Here’s my meatless Monday Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie.

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It may not look like much, but there’s a ton of flavor packed in this one little dish!

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stock-up chicken stock

The snow is finally coming here in Connecticut! With an impending Nor’easter on our hands, I’m looking forward to some sledding with my boys :) I’m even more excited about the cozy meals I can prepare to warm us up afterwards.

This week, as I do quite frequently, I roasted a chicken for easy lunches and dinners for my hungry brood. By simply adding a few root vegetables, lemon, garlic, salt, pepper, and some water to keep it moist on the bottom of the roasting pan, after carving the chicken, I had a great base to start a stock!

We go through a lot of stock in our house since I use it for everything to add flavor. It starts to get expensive! Not to mention the salt content starts to add up. Here’s a recipe that will get your house smelling like Sunday dinner and will keep giving back for recipe after recipe to come! Here’s the most simple Chicken Stock recipe you’ll ever make!

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This recipe yields about 12 pints of stock

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toasted artichoke garlic bread

We are all garlic lovers in my house, including my 19 month old son who was probably bombarded with it while I was still pregnant with him! He’s a great eater and this recipe happened to be the first time he tried artichokes (which he loved!). It combines salty parmesan and sweet and tangy artichokes with sharp garlic flavor all on warm toasted bread. It’s like all your favorite things about artichoke dip served on easy to eat bread! I was inspired by a friend who says she makes a similar recipe for her family who loves it as well. Here’s my Toasted Artichoke Garlic Bread.

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Toasted Artichoke Garlic Bread

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heritage holiday cookies

Happy Holidays! I can’t believe Christmas is already here. It will be an exciting day in our house as my boys find out if they’ve been naughty or nice (they’re on the nice list I’ve heard :) ). Luca is starting to enjoy spending his time helping me in the kitchen so baking Santa’s cookies was a lot of fun this year! I wanted to tie in a bit of the boys’ heritage so we made two different kinds celebrating their Norwegian and Italian roots. John still refuses to take up counter space and buy my a stand mixer so these both can be done by hand!

The first is a classic butter cookie (which I’ve come to realize butter is a favor ingredient of the Norwegians!) that remembers their Bestemor (Grandma) Eleanor, the Serinakaker.

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Traditional Norwegian Butter Cookies

The second is a simplified version of a traditionally complex Italian cookie recipe. We honor the boys’ GP and Great Great Gramps with our fun twist on Rainbow Cookies.

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Italian Rainbow Cookies in Christmas Colors

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stuffed acorn squash

The weather is cool, the leaves are gone, and gourds are everywhere! While I love a spaghetti squash for dinner, my hubby needs a bit more substance than that :) Here’s a recipe that combines the best of both worlds. The sweet roasted squash remains the star while brown rice and sausage “beef” it up a bit. Here’s the recipe for Stuffed Acorn Squash.

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One squash meal

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