Meatballs Over Polenta

What is it about meatballs that makes us love them so much?  I mean really, they are just another form of hamburger/meatloaf/etc…but we all fall hard for meatballs.  It’s got to be their adorable little bite-sized-ness, I’m guessing.  But whatever it is, my radar is perennially up for the next great way to make meatballs yet again for supper.  And while I will always be devoted to the classic spaghetti-and-meatballs, I think this polenta version just might be my new favorite.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup

As you may have figured out from the millions of times I have expressed my forever devotion to my slow cooker, I forever love my slow cooker.  Or more specifically, I love that I can toss all kinds of things from brownie cake ingredients to pot roast into it, and it quietly, slowly, industriously turns whatever it is into Comfort Food.  And so one of my missions in life is to take some of my favorite classics and slow-cooker-ize them.  In this case it was Chicken Parmesan’s turn, and to take things even further I made it into soup!  Warm, tender, cheesy, slow cooked chicken parmesan soup!
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Football Weekend Chili Cheese Dip

I don’t know how football season goes in your house, but in ours it is a conglomeration of Saturday college games, Sunday pro games, and a whole lot of nibbling in front of both.  And in the midst of all of this, we spend one gloriously noisy weekend every football season down in Clemson, South Carolina with the Southern daughter, eating, cheering on the Tigers, eating, tailgating with family and friends, eating, perhaps indulging in an adult beverage or two…and eating.  So if you are as enamored of football cuisine as we are, here’s a guaranteed easy favorite…Chili Cheese Dip!
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Skillet Cheeseburger Pasta

I am forever trying to fix up cheeseburgers with pasta.  They are perfectly made for each other, and I think they should just go ahead and move in together already.  I hate to break the news to the cheeseburger roll, but three is a crowd…this is all about the cheeseburger and the pasta.  So I am taking it upon myself to go one step further than my already beloved cheeseburger macaroni and cheese recipe and serve up this cheeseburger-ized pasta that you can cook up all in one skillet.  Yup, cheeseburger pasta and only one pot to wash.   I KNOW!
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Bacon and Egg Baked Potatoes

There are so many things to love about bacon and egg baked potatoes.  Obviously the creamy egg that cooks in the potato.  Obviously the BACON.  But not so obviously, the fabulous fact that you scoop out the potato insides, mash them up with some butter and milk and salt and pepper and smush just enough of them back into the potato to make a nice little bed for your egg to cook in.  And that means that each bite is full of egg and bacon and mashed potato.  Boom.
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Cashew Chicken with Spinach

The Southern husband and I are trying to stay on the healthy and delicious road we were on last summer when the Southern daughter was around, eating good and good for you chicken and fish and eggs with lots of delectable veggies, and only a little detouring here and there for bowls of ramen noodles in cheese broth (don’t tell her!).  And high on my list was figuring out a stir-fry recipe that didn’t call out for being poured over a nice big mound of rice.  With this conglomeration of chicken and cashews in a scrumptious sauce poured over baby spinach, I am here to tell you that we didn’t miss the rice One Little Bit.

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