Tomato Sauce with Olive Oil, Chopped Vegetables, Rosemary, and Pancetta

It’s fun looking through my Marcella Hazan cookbook and finding new simple recipes to make that taste good. This one has vegetables built in, and because they are chopped rather than diced, they remain fresh tasting in the sauce. The pancetta adds a bit of flavor and meat to the dish, if you or your family members (ahem, K) require that in a meal. If not, you can make the same dish without the pancetta. This dish is also toddler-friendly with the fun pasta shapes and easy to chew vegetables.

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Beef Pot Roast Braised in Red Wine

If you are tired of beef cooked slowly in a pot…then move along. I haven’t tired of it yet, and love finding new recipes that riff on a classic.

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Chicken Marsala

If you had asked me for my chicken marsala recipe, I would have said, well, I add a little of this and a little of that….just check my blog. It turns out, I didn’t have a recipe on here for it. And my recipe is still “add a little of this and a little of that”. This most recent time I made it, I made sure to take pictures so I could write about it…and I discovered that Shiraz works just as well as Marsala! So, Chicken Shiraz? Sounds fancier, but no difference.

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Chicken with Olives, Garlic, and Bell Pepper with Pasta

This was a recipe I made up as I went. I had some leftovers from our Halloween party that needed to get used (yes, I am still blogging about posts from the end of October/early November…sorry?). We had olives and red bell pepper for the black bean/hummus dip I made. I haven’t actually shared that recipe on here, either, although I have now mentioned it a couple times. I also had some leftover pasta but not enough extra sauce, so this was a way to throw it all together.

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Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Sandwich

Sometimes I get really tired of slow cooker meals. They can be easy but not always full of flavor. This one manages to still pack flavor while being relatively simple with the ingredients. I also like that it uses boneless and skinless chicken thighs, which aren’t often called for with slow cooker recipes.

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Tips-y Tuesdays: Grilled Indian Chicken

Whenever I mention making some Indian food, K almost always wants chicken with some sort of sauce. And up to now, it was always roasting it in the oven and then either marinating the chicken with a yogurt sauce (and serving extra sauce on the side) or making a tomato/cream sauce. Now, I have a new method I can use when the weather is cooperating: the grill!

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Dutch Baby with a Strawberry Topping

I made a Dutch baby before, and recently I decided to try a different recipe because I wasn’t sure if I still liked my old one. This isn’t that different, but seemed to make a much fluffier, custardy, and yummier oven pancake. I especially liked it with some simmered strawberries.

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Simmered strawberries are great, especially if your strawberries have sat in the fridge a little too long. Sometimes they are a little too soft to enjoy fresh, but they are perfect for a topping like this. They are usually extra sweet and juicy, which is ideal for simmering. I didn’t take too many pictures since the process for making these is almost identical to the other recipe I posted, but I highly recommend them.

Directions for Dutch Baby with a Strawberry Topping

Adapted from The Faux Martha (who also adapted it some from Joy the Baker)

Dutch Baby

  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Put the butter in a 9 or 10 inch cast iron skillet and place it in the oven while the oven preheats. It will melt and get bubbly.

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