Cookie Sheet Clambake!

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I should start out by confessing right here and now that I have never in my life been to an actual clambake.  I think they involve things like digging a hole in the sand, and wrapping things in seaweed, and other feats that I know I am never, ever going to pull off.  Not unless someone invites me to a clambake and tells me exactly what to do.  I would make a great clambake assistant, I think.  But since there are no clambake invitations on my calendar, and since I know they involve clams which I do love, I decided to take matters into my own hands and create my own clambake.  INSIDE.  With a cookie sheet instead of a pit.  So with apologies to the clambake purists out there, here goes! Read More & Get the Recipe

Pasta with Bacon Bread Crumbs

Pasta with Bacon Bread Crumbs

I think I have made my undying love for bacon abundantly clear to all of you over the years, so why it took me so long to figure out that pasta with bacon bread crumbs would be a good thing to make for supper is a mystery even to me.  Pasta with bread crumbs has always been one of my go-to comfort and/or I-have-no-more-ideas-for-what-to-make-for-dinner recipes.  But when you cook the breadcrumbs in bacon drippings they are crispy, and toss them with the pasta along with a little butter and parsley and red pepper and of course chopped bacon...well, the problem then becomes, will I ever be able to make anything ELSE for dinner now that I have realized the wonder that is pasta with bacon bread crumbs? Read More & Get the Recipe

Parsley Pesto Pasta!

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This is the time of year when I have to exert extreme self-control.  Here in the Northeast it has JUST started to consistently be above freezing at night (I know!) and so a couple of weeks ago I planted my annual crop of basil plants.  They are bright and cheery and they smell enticingly of, well, basil.  But they are still babies, and so I have to wait a couple more weeks before I start picking giant bunches of them to cook with.  Luckily, I don't have to wait for pesto though, because as it turns out, parsley makes an absolutely fantastic pesto.  Who knew??  (I did.  Read on!) Read More & Get the Recipe

Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo

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Usually when I am inspired to mess around with a perfectly good recipe like fettuccine alfredo, I feel obliged to do a fair amount of explanation as to WHY I am messing around with that perfectly good recipe.  For example, the time I made macaroni and cheese soup, and the time I made lasagna cupcakes, and the time I made chocolate dipped bacon.  (I know, that one wasn't exactly a recipe, but I still felt like I should explain myself.)  But with this one, I think the whole "shrimp" and "fettuccine alfredo" thing in the title kind of says it all! Read More & Get the Recipe

Chicken Francese

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Whenever the Southern husband and I go out to dinner, there are a few things that I can predict with almost 100% certainty that he will order if it's on the menu.  These include shrimp with grits, pretty much anything featuring a scallop, key lime pie and Chicken Francese.  For those of you who aren't yet acquainted with this delightful spin on chicken, it's a boneless sauteed chicken cutlet in a lovely light lemon butter sauce.  It's easy, it's delicious, and it can definitely add some sparkle to your usual chicken supper! Read More & Get the Recipe

Chimichurri Burgers!

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These late summer days are always a little bittersweet, aren't they?  Scattered in between the still hazy hot and humids are the crisp mornings and all of the sudden it's dark at 7:30 again.  My barrels of herbs are starting to look a little elderly, and I shift into use-it-or-lose-it mode as I try and fit in as much fresh fruits~veggies~herbs as I possibly can before pumpkin season starts.  And these chimichurri burgers let me do all that one in supper - juicy grilled burgers topped not with ketchup, but with a tangy, spicy, fresh topping made of garlic, pepper, olive oil and lots and lots of that fresh parsley I love so much.  Chimichurri burgers! Read More & Get the Recipe