Chicken Alla Vodka

Chicken Alla Vodka combines the tanginess of a marinara with the creaminess of an alfredo.  Add a little vodka for good measure and what is there not to love?  This dish is delicious and easy to make.  It has been a favorite of mine for years and is one of the first things that I look for on an Italian restaurant’s menu.

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Hearty Sausage and Cheese Ravioli Ragout

With the new year nearly upon us I thought this would be a good time to bring this blog back to life.  With the nights getting longer and colder I wanted to start out with a “stick to your ribs” meal.  For me this makes me think of pasta automatically.  The thing that I love about homemade pasta is that it is so versatile.  It can be served with sausage, meatballs or chicken; also anything from a creamy Alfredo sauce to an earthy pesto or a traditional red sauce.  The possibilities are truly endless.  In the case of ravioli even the filling itself can be customized to fit any meal.

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B is for Blueberry Scones

SconesLast week I found a blogger who was making quite a few different recipes with freshly picked blueberries Including an especially delicious looking Blueberry Jam. This got me wanting to make something with the last of my berries.

This recipe For blueberry scones  is a bit unusual, but it has been my go to recipe for years now. Freezing the berries prevents them from bleeding and making the batter look grey and bland.  The sour cream adds both an extra layer of flavor and texture into the scones that can’t be beat.  These scones always come out light fluffy and golden brown.

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New Horizons

This is it!

Greetings fellow class members of August ’15!  Im really exited to meet with you and to see your sites. Im sure we have a lot to learn from one another.

I ran a blog last year on wordpress.com but eventually let it fizzle out due to having a busy work and personal life.  After a year of dormancy I returned to give it a good kick back to life. Then I thought to myself “Why not make a clean start and go self-hosted?” After looking at other sites I noticed that there is a lot more flexibility in the design and layout if you go self-hosted.  What really made my decision to switch was the recipe plugins. For a blog about food and recipes I thought this would be very important!

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Chicken Quesadilla

I had some chicken left over at the house from a cookout this weekend.  It wasn’t really enough for a meal in itself but it was enough for a filling of some kind.  I thought about making a chicken noodle soup or a chicken caesar but eventually decided on a nice quesadilla.   I love quesadillas because they are so flexible. They can be as simple or complex as you like: plain cheese, chicken, pulled pork, shaved steak, you name it. Even the choice of vegetables is endless: caramelized onions, Pico de gallo, hot peppers. The list goes on. I like to fill mine with garden tomatoes and scallions to give it extra flavor.  This is an easy and straightforward recipe that only requires a griddle to make.

See what others are cooking for Tasty Thursdays here.

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Creamy Corn Chowdar

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This recipe uses fresh sweet corn  from Gove’s Farm in leominster. This corn is a hidden gem that is a favorite of locals every year.  I thought this would be a perfect time to make my first soup for the blog with the rainy weekend on the horizon. There really is nothing like a nice thick stick to your ribs soup on a stormy summer day.

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Baked Stuffed Eggplant

Today I am using the eggplant that I found at the farmers market in Westminster earlier this week.  For this recipe I wanted to go in a different direction than a traditional parm while still sticking loosely to the same theme.  I’m not really sure if this is more of an eggplant parm or a lasagna, but it is delicious. Because these eggplant are long and narrow I decided to cut them lengthwise so I would have a nice platform for the stuffing.  Three of these medallions along with a helping of pasta is a satisfying lunch for any day.

 

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