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Oven “Fried” Chicken

Like most good southern women, I love anything fried. Unfortunately, though, it no longer loves me back. So, I came up with a great alternative that is not only healthier (almond flour won’t affect your blood sugar or your waistline like traditional flour does), but is also quicker and easier to cook than traditional fried chicken. It literally takes just a few minutes to prepare this dish. Another great thing about this recipe is that it does not require the traditional (messy) dredge of flour, milk, and egg; making cleanup a dream!

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Kids’ Kitchen – Deviled Eggs

Can you hear it? Spring is knocking on our door! It is the time of nature’s annual renewal after a long hard winter. Soon we will see the trees blossom and flowers bloom with beautiful colors of green, yellow, red, and pink. In the spirit of the beauty of springtime, this month’s Kids’ Kitchen recipe features deviled eggs that are almost too pretty to eat. Note that I said “almost”. In truth, these eggs are too tasty not to eat.

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Open Face Egg Sandwich with Caper Onion Sauce

A delicious egg sandwich served open faced with a jazzy caper onion sauce.

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Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

Creamy mashed potatoes with a hint of horseradish turn humdrum spuds into sublime comfort food!

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“Cure-All” Chicken Soup

  • I don’t know about you but I am thrilled that summer is over and fall has finally arrived.  Fall is my favorite time of year…especially now that I live in Northern Virginia where I get to experience the season in all its splendor.  I thought this would be the perfect time to write about my “Cure-All” Chicken Soup.

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Avocado Salad

This is a simple, yet delicious, avocado salad that is packed with nutrition and only requires five ingredients.  Continue reading “Avocado Salad”

Lemony Braised Green Beans

These perfectly tender green beans are sure to delight your taste buds, with comforting sautéed onions and lemony tang, balanced with soothing olive oil. Continue reading “Lemony Braised Green Beans”

Pasta alla Bella

The ultimate comfort food….savory beef In tomato sauce, with a garlicky bite and a little kick from red pepper flake, Pasta alla Bella is a kid-friendly “spaghetti” recipe that is sure to make your friends and family feel loved. Continue reading “Pasta alla Bella”

Savory Lebanese Beef and Rice (Makloubeh)

This is a very comforting traditional Lebanese rice dish with beef so tender it melts in your mouth. 

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Easiest Texas Brisket and Potatoes Dinner Ever!

This is really easy meal prep for those evenings when you need to spend time helping the kids with homework (or unwind with a glass of wine) before dinner. Continue reading “Easiest Texas Brisket and Potatoes Dinner Ever!”

Tasty Tomato Cucumber Salad

This is a dish that I created by improvising a salad that my daughter’s grandmother would serve me when I visited Lebanon many years ago. Continue reading “Tasty Tomato Cucumber Salad”

Sweet Potato Fries With Honey Siracha Drizzle

For me and my girls, there is almost nothing better than ANYTHING with a honey Sriracha drizzle on it. We would probably eat tree bark if it had that perfect ying-yang of sweet and spicy gooeyness drizzled over it.

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Roast Beef with Potatoes and Carrots

This is a great Sunday meal in my home.  All the work is in the beginning.  Once the roast goes into the oven you can just set a timer and relax as the wonderful aroma wafts through your home. Continue reading “Roast Beef with Potatoes and Carrots”

Southwestern Corn and Black Bean Dip (or Side Dish)

For my inaugural post I thought I would share my much loved recipe for southwestern corn and black bean dip or side dish.  Without fail, every time I make this dish people cannot get enough of it, and they specifically ask for me to bring it to events (work parties, dinner parties, etc…). Continue reading “Southwestern Corn and Black Bean Dip (or Side Dish)”

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