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Spaghetti squash and kale with bacon and parmesan

spaghetti squash and kale with bacon and parmesan cheese

This is my new favorite vegetable dish. When I started making this I really didn’t think it would turn out as well as it did. I kind of just needed to use up half a bag of Trader Joe’s kale and a spaghetti squash that had been sitting in my fridge for some time. I like vegetables. In fact, I love them, but I literally could not stop eating this. I ate it the same way I usually eat fried rice or pasta. I almost finished the entire pan in one sitting, which is okay because it’s relatively healthy. It’s salty from the crispy bacon pieces and the parmesan cheese and a little bit spicy from the red pepper flakes. It’s a veggie dish I’ll be making again and again. I know spaghetti squash is not a substitute for actual pasta but it’s still delicious in its own right. (more…)

Breakfast quesadillas

breakfast quesadillas

Breakfast for dinner. It’s not something I do often but sometimes it just feels right. Last night was one of those times. My fridge was looking pretty barren but I did have 4 eggs, 7 slices of bacon, whole wheat (low fat) tortillas, and lots of leftover varieties of cheese. These ingredients might not sound like very much but I was able to stretch them and make them into FIVE breakfast quesadillas. Plenty for a dinner for two hungry people and we even had leftovers for today’s breakfast AND I even gave a few bite sized pieces of bacon to the dogs. Bacon makes everyone happy.

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Easy Pasta with bacon, peas and lemon

pasta with bacon

Last night was another “clean out everything in the fridge” night. I was away this weekend at a conference and haven’t been to the grocery store in over a week so when I got home on Sunday night I was truly at a loss as to what to make for dinner. I debated calling for Indian take out but my checking account is verging dangerously close to a $0 balance. All my bills happen to come out in the first few weeks of the month and so I always have to be a little more careful in the beginning of the month. So, even though every fiber in my being wanted to call for take out or delivery I decided to open my almost empty fridge and see what I could scrounge up for dinner. (more…)

Creamy white beans with crumbled bacon and parmesan

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I was a little nervous to make this dish. Cooking with dried beans is kind of intimidating for me. I’m not sure why except that I guess it’s because I don’t do it all that often so I’m not sure how long to let them soak or how much liquid to cook them in. But that’s what google is for right? Turns out, it’s really not that difficult to cook with dried beans! There are also a variety of ways to cook them and although the process does take some time, this recipe is simple and the results are delicious. One of the most important steps in cooking with dried beans is to soak them overnight. It cuts down on the cooking time and helps to soften the beans.

This dish combines dried white cannellini beans, veggies like onions, carrots, and celery, chicken broth, fresh thyme and grated parmesan cheese. It’s topped with crumbled bacon and fresh parsley. It’s warm, creamy and comforting and a perfect dinner for a cold, rainy day. I actually make a similar recipe that I found in a cooking light magazine years ago with brown lentils but I think I like this version even better. Serve it with a piece of warm, crusty bread and it’s the perfect comforting meal for any night of the week. (more…)

Semi-homemade bacon & mushroom mac and cheese (a little help from the store)

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Okay, obviously home made mac and cheese from scratch is divine. I’ve made a number of different mac and cheeses from scratch, including my Grandma’s amazing mac and cheese and Ina Garten’s famous classic mac and cheese. I want to try Ina’s variations on her classic too. She makes a “grown up” version with blue cheese and bacon and a lobster version that I can’t wait to try. If you have the time, home made mac and cheese from scratch is the way to go. But if you don’t have the time or if you’re just lazy like I was the other night, I’ve found a store bought variety of mac and cheese that comes dangerously close to the delicious home made versions we all know and love. I’ve never really enjoyed the store bought versions because they never come close to the decadent, creamy, home made real stuff…until now. This I would buy again. It was so spur of the moment too! I happened to be at Target (love Target!) and just threw a package of Archer Farms Italian Style Four Cheese Macaroni & Cheese Dinner into my shopping cart. It turned out to be a delicious decision. But if you’re looking for a healthy recipe, look away! There is NOTHING healthy about this…except for the portabella mushrooms.
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Tilapia with bacon and pea puree

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I’m obsessed with the Food Network and Cooking Channel. I can sit for hours watching people cook. Matt can’t understand this. He thinks it’s the most boring thing in the world. Although we have a lot of things in common, TV is not one of those things. I mean I can’t really blame him. I’m not sure how many men out there like watching cooking shows and the Bravo TV network, although he will watch Million Dollar Listing with me and we both love House Hunters International. (more…)

Bacon, egg and potato casserole

bacon, egg and potato brunch casserole

I’m not much of a breakfast person normally. I love breakfast when I am on vacation, but on a day to day basis it’s the one meal I don’t set aside time for. Breakfast is a grab and go kind of meal for me. Lately my breakfasts consist of 2 clementines and a baby bel cheese ball. But on Saturday, my friend was dog sitting for a family in Princeton and mentioned that the house had a huge fenced in backyard. She had the brilliant idea of hosting a doggie play date/ brunch. We brainstormed and decided we would have mimosas, bagels with cream cheese and lox, french toast with fresh fruit, and a dish involving bacon and eggs. We split up what we would each bring and I volunteered to bring the dish with the bacon and eggs. This casserole is what I came up with and I was really pleased with how it turned out. We had the perfect weather, an amazing spread of food, and the dogs had a great time too. It was exactly what I needed after a long work week. There’s something about brunch that just makes everyone feel relaxed. (more…)

Ultimate Turkey BLT’s with Dill Mayo

 

Sometimes I think sandwiches are just about the most fabulous thing a person can eat. I definitely eat way too many of them and could probably cut back, but sometimes they really do make the perfect meal. On Friday night it was rainy and kind of cold out for July, and sandwiches sounded like the perfect comfort food for dinner that night. Sandwiches with bacon, no less.

I had some bacon, some thinly sliced turkey (the only way I like it on a sandwich), tomatoes, and lettuce and some good sourdough bread. So, I thought I’d make turkey blt’s. Then, I remembered I had some fresh dill that I really needed to use up. I decided to try my hand at making a dill mayonnaise. Turns out, it was exactly what the sandwich needed to kick it up a notch and you won’t believe how easy it was. (more…)

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