Over the last few years, we have managed to ruin trips to almost any restaurant by coming home and using their food as inspiration to make it better (and cheaper) at home.  What we are left with is an ever shrinking list of places to go out to eat.  Recently, we went out for sliders and tried fried avocado slices as an appetizer.  Everyone was blown away.  The next logical step was to try it ourselves at home.  We ended up with these baked avocado fries.  They taste just as good (hubby says they taste better) and should be healthier because they are baked, not fried.

baked avocado fries [click to continue…]

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Chicken meatball noodle soup

by Eric on February 1, 2017

I messed up.  I am usually the first to admit it when I make a mistake and tonight’s meal is the result of my goof up Monday night.  When I made ground chicken pot stickers I didn’t notice the package of ground chicken sitting in the fridge and used our mini chopper to grind up thin cut chicken breast instead. How am I supposed to make the chicken noodle soup that my little one had specifically requested for a meal this week?  Improvise, that’s how.  I kind of winged it and ended up with chicken meatball noodle soup.  I have to admit that it turned out pretty well.

Chicken meatball noodle soup [click to continue…]

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We have been on a pretty good Asian food kick for the past week or so, for example, last Friday was sweet and sour chicken!  Tonight we had ground chicken pot stickers with a tasty spicy chili/soy dipping sauce.  I thought my better half had left me a recipe to make dinner when I got home, but I could not find it.  I decided to try to wing it.  I know that she had bought green onions for the meal, so I started by chopping up two of those.   minced ginger and of course garlic would need to find there way in there as well as some mirin, sesame oil and soy sauce.  Things might have gotten a little out of hand with the soy sauce so I put in some honey to balance that out.  added in my ground chicken and gave it a good mix and started forming the ground chicken pot stickers.

ground chicken pot stickers [click to continue…]

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Weekly menu – 1/29/17

by Eric on January 29, 2017

Sunday-  Chicken Samosa Egg Rolls
Monday – Chicken Pot Stickers
Tuesday – Bang Bang Chicken
Wednesday – Chicken Noodle Soup
Thursday – Korean Beef Bowls
Friday Dolores’ Brokenhearted Chicken

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Weekly menu – 1/22/17

by Eric on January 22, 2017

Sunday: Cajun chicken pasta with broccoli
Monday: Pot roast with root vegetables
Tuesday: Coconut curry chicken stew
Wednesday: Sweet and sour chicken with rice and broccoli
Thursday: Macaroni and cheese
Friday: Crockpot chicken tacos

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Winters in Upstate NY have a tendency to be cold.  So far this year we have not had much in the way of extreme cold or snowy weather, but it still get me in the winter eating frame of mind.  When its cold like this, I am looking for comfort foods combat the cold and an Italian Wedding soup recipe always does the trick. 

Italian Wedding Soup Recipe [click to continue…]

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Weekly menu – 1/15/17

by Eric on January 16, 2017

Sunday: Chicken Fried Rice
Monday: Italian Wedding Soup
Tuesday: Chicken Crock Pot Tacos
Wednesday: Tuscan Garlic Chicken with Fettuccini
Thursday: Beef Stew
Friday: Black Truffle Pursiettes

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San Marzano tomato sauce – Quick recipe

by Eric on January 9, 2017

Cooking from scratch can sometimes be a challenge when you are in a rush. During the week when we need to be running kids in different directions it can sometimes be difficult to get a good meal on the table and still get to practice on time. We started making a quick San Marzano tomato sauce with this mind. This is a recipe that we have been making for years but have not written up for the site. I was inspired to share it tonight as the sauce is simmering on the stove.

San Marzano tomato sauce [click to continue…]

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Weekly menu – 1/8/17

by Eric on January 9, 2017

Sunday – Utica chicken riggies
Monday – Spaghetti with quick san marzano tomato sauce
Tuesday – Popcorn chicken with oven fries
Wednesday – Leftovers
Thursday – Buffalo chicken sandwiches
Friday – Homemade pizza
Saturday – Pot roast with root vegetables

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Black bean veggie burgers from scratch

by Eric on January 4, 2017

It is the week of New Years and like a lot of folks one of my resolutions is to eat better and exercise more.  One of our favorite recipes lately is black bean veggie burgers.  They are meat free but still contain a good deal of protein and flavor.  The best part is that they are fairly low in calories and fat and they taste great!  If you are looking for a great side dish to go along with the burgers, check out our recipe for baked avocado fries!

black bean veggie burger


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