Mozzarella-Stuffed Chicken Meatballs

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Just when you think meatballs are the perfect food on their own, along comes this recipe. You know those little marinated mozzarella balls that come in the enormous bucket at Costco, or a normal-sized bucket (that is tiny by comparison) at other stores? Yeah, those guys. In this recipe, these mozzarella balls are stuffed inside a … [Read more...]

Honey Mustard Brisket

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I first made this recipe with grass-fed beef brisket and local honey from a local farmer's market. When I went back the next week to tell the vendor how I had used both their brisket and honey and how well it turned out, they were pleased that I had used and enjoyed their products, but the farmer made a face like he would not have put those … [Read more...]

Damn Meatballs {Sweet + Sour}

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That's what my parents call them. "The Damn Meatballs." My parents actually aren't the swearing type, they just happened to QUADRUPLE this recipe for a New Year's Eve party they hosted, to serve 150 guests, and forming the meatballs turned in to an all-afternoon affair. "When will we be done making the Damn Meatballs?" But don't be dissuaded - … [Read more...]

Cabernet-Braised Brisket with Garlic

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Spring is (allegedly) just around the corner, but this winter brought with it many long, cold days. And for me, those days were excellent opportunities to spend some QT in the kitchen. Enter: this brisket. Braised in red wine, with garlic. What isn't better with red wine and garlic? I just moved in to a new apartment, and as I was packing up my … [Read more...]

Chicken Soup with Kale and Quinoa {Healt...

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All I ate yesterday was this soup, and cookies. I mean, a lot of each of them, but very little variety throughout the day. I made both because I had cravings - and satisfy said cravings, I did. I hear this cold spell they call "winter" may be breaking soon, but until then, I am all comfort foods, all the time. This soup is incredibly … [Read more...]

Chicken Noodle Soup {Healthy + Easy}

Healthy Chicken Noodle Soup ~ by My Utensil Crock

This is a LONG cold stretch, isn't it? The winter has been unrelenting for so many parts of the country. Know what helps? Soup. Soup helps so many things. It is an ultimate comfort food for a reason - it warms from the inside out, and somehow always brings a smile. This winter, I have been thrilled every time I have seen a big bowl of chicken … [Read more...]

Beef and Onion Ragu with Spaghetti Squas...

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I had the opportunity to get out of the city over the long Veterans Day weekend, and I spent a few days in one of my favorite places: Charlottesville, Virginia. My memories from Charlottesville are warm and inspiring, and I think the air is different there - the breaths I take are clean and crisp, and reinvigorating. I try to escape to … [Read more...]

Chicken Chowder with Chipotle

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The word "chowder" derives from the french word for cauldron: chaudière.  Into that chaudière go the rich ingredients that make a rich, thick, creamy soup, usually headlined with seafood or corn. Thick creamy soups are not my jam (my arteries whimper just thinking about them), so I was intrigued, and then thrilled, by this recipe that came to me … [Read more...]

Easy Roasted Chicken with Lemon Pan Sauc...

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If you read my Roasted Chicken with Cider Glaze post, you know that I used to be intimidated by roasting a chicken. Not any more - it is a great option for dinner that requires almost no hands-on time. In the 90 minutes (give or take) that the chicken is in the oven, I can make a great side, put together a salad, set the table, and straighten up … [Read more...]

Chicken Tortilla Soup

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The primary reason I started this blog was to catalog my tried and true recipes - those in my repertoire that I make with some frequency, but still can never quite seem to put my hands on when I have a craving for them. This Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe may have been one of the first soups I ever made, and when I was learning to cook it was so … [Read more...]