Easy Creamy Dill Dip

Let’s start off this week with a super easy recipe. We like to get fancy burgers from a local restaurant here, but the Chiplet gets chicken strips instead because he prefers them. I don’t mind, because the chicken strips come with a dip that is some sort of buttermilk/ranch kind of flavor and it is amazing with the chicken, but also with fries, or any fried foods. I wanted to try to make something similar. I actually had buttermilk on hand and was planning on using it, but then I forgot and used it to make pancakes. Oops. Well, it turns out that I didn’t need it. I might still try using buttermilk instead of milk in the future, but let’s say you don’t have it, this was still good. Now, I don’t always have sour cream on hand, but I might need to start.

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Baked Pasta with Mushrooms, Sausage, and a Cream Sauce

Here is a dish I was able to make while having to watch both kids on a weeknight. It was delicious and well-liked by everyone. K asked if we could have it again soon, so maybe on the next cold weather day. I really liked the crispy topping with the creamy mushroom sauce.

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Roman Fettucine Alfredo with Broccoli

Are you in the mood for a fast dish that can have everything you need all together? Starch, vegetable, protein…and it is one tasty package? It maybe isn’t the healthiest, but you could always scale back the butter and cheese a bit if you wanted. Or add extra pasta/broccoli to soak it up. We were all fans of this creamy dish which is very easy to make.

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French Mashed Potatoes (Pommes Purée)

For our 9 years of being together anniversary, we went out to eat at a fancy steak place. I got to try new (to me) types of steak, eat an amazing salad (yes, salads can be amazing), and swoon over the mashed potatoes. K was so excited about the mashed potatoes because he loves creamy smooth textures in food.

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Creamy Champagne and Garlic-Braised Chicken

Usually I avoid recipes with bone-in, skin-on chicken. It causes for some extra work at the dinner table, and K is not a big fan of it. I am willing to put up with it, but understand the annoyance. Anyway, when I do make one of these dishes, it had better be tasty and there had better be a reason for the bones and skin. This dish is pretty straightforward and delicious. Everyone was a fan, and the bones aren’t a big deal when the meat is almost falling off of them anyway.

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Corn and Chicken Chowder

Are you feeling soupy? I posted a soup recipe Monday, and here is another one. Both are quite different, even though both represent complete meals (with a couple additions–this one did well with some fresh baked bread on the side). Sure, it’s not corn season anymore, but I think you could modify it and do it with frozen corn. The extra steps for the roasting/corn juice did not make the soup any better. Because of this, I will share what the original recipe said to do, but also tell you what I would do for next time.

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Tips-y Tuesdays: Cream of Mushroom with Chicken and Pasta

One night I had no interest in cooking or dealing with food. I had already started the rice cooker at this point, though, which meant we were having rice whether we wanted it or not. Luckily, K was able to swing by Costco and grab a rotisserie chicken. He made a vegetable and ta-da, instant meal. With only two of us, we definitely had leftover chicken. You can reheat it as is, but it dries out a bit, and it can be a bit boring. I decided to jazz it up. This is giving you a recipe for a tips-y Tuesday post!

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