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Pork Chops in Creamy Shallot SauceNext to Ina Garten and Martha Stewart, Robin Miller (Quick Fix Meals with Robin Miller on the Food Network) is one of my favorite TV chefs.  I love the practicality of her “cook once, eat twice” and pre-fix meal philosophies.  If you work full time, you know how hard it is to rush home, pick up the kid(s) and get dinner on the table before the natives go ape-crazy!

I’ve found Robin’s concepts essential when preparing home cooked meals for my family after a long day at work.  I usually do a lot of my dinner prep work for the week on Sundays.  I find that if I invest 1-2 hours getting everything prepared and organized, I can get great dinners (like this Pork Chop recipe) on the table in no time flat!  (more…)

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The perfect risottoA while back, I had the pleasure of being in the studio audience for a taping of the Martha Stewart Show!  I love Martha.  And, I was so excited the day of the show, I could barely contain myself!  My mother and I had such a great time in NYC for a few days too!

On the show that day, Emeril Lagasse was one of her guests.  He made the most delicious looking pumpkin risotto that I’ve ever seen.  As soon as I got home, I had to tweak my own risotto recipe to incorporate the tips that I learned from the show.

The result was a sinfully creamy, uber hearty risotto that is the ultimate adult comfort food!  This recipe is my basic risotto recipe.  You can stir in your favorite add-ins at the end — shrimp, sausage, chicken, a little vodka sauce…the possibilities are endless!  My favorites are sausage and peas!  YUM! (more…)

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BracioleBraciole (pronouced: bra-joel) is my dad’s favorite meal!  Every year, I make it for his birthday.

It seems to me that Braciole is one of those dishes that you just make — no recipe, no instructions.  If there is a recipe, it’s usually been passed down from family members.  When you look online for Braciole recipes, you will see there are lots of different ways to make it — it’s mostly a matter of preference. (more…)

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MeatloafmeatloafNothing says homemade comfort food like meatloaf.  It’s not the sexiest dinner — you probably wouldn’t make it if company was coming to dinner.  It’s not the prettiest dinner — sometimes it falls apart.  But, in my humble opinion, that’s what makes meatloaf, meatloaf.

However, it is the perfect meal on chilly fall days — when there’s a bite in the air.  It’s the most comforting meal — when you have a “bad case of the Mondays”.  It’s one of those meals that fills your tummy and warms your soul. (more…)

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Filet Mignon with a Mushroom Sherry Cream SauceThe other night, my husband and I went out with some great friends to one of our favorite restaurants, the Cafe Rinaldi in Old Forge, PA.   Their food is absolutely fantastic!  I find that I never order off the menu – I always get a special.  And this night was no different.

I ordered Pasta Mignon.  It sounded good…filet mignon served with pasta and a mushroom-sherry cream sauce.  Sounds good, right?!  Well, let me tell you…it was unbelievably delicious!  My mouth is watering just thinking about it! (more…)

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wimpie sloppy joeWhether you call them Wimpies or Sloppy Joes, these sandwiches are one of the things that can instantly take me back to my childhood.  My mother has always made the BEST wimpies ever!  These are no sauce-from-a-can wimpies.  They are the real McCoy.  Made with love…from scratch.

When I asked her about the recipe, she told me it was actually my grandmother’s!  And, considering she’s 92…this recipe goes waaay back!  (more…)

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Chicken Cobbler CasseroleThe other day, I was looking through “the pile” for casserole recipes and I came across this little gem!  I think it originally came a Southern Living magazine.

You know, I was born and raised in northeastern Pennsylvania, but I’ve always thought that (deep down) that I was born on the wrong side of the Mason Dixon Line!  I love all things southern — the food, the hospitality.  I love it all.  And, I live vicariously through my Southern Living magazines!

OK, back the casserole…I pulled this recipe out with a few others (like Chicken Cannelloni with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce — which, if you haven’t already tried it, you MUST!) to try on a brisk fall day.  (more…)

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