Ground Turkey and Black Bean Tacos

by kara on September 9, 2011

I’ve been slacking in the kitchen this last week. . .for good reasons.  We traveled to New York and Massachusetts over Labor Day weekend for my girlfriend, Mia’s, wedding.  Best wedding ever.  Once we got home, I dove into getting our house ready for a rummage sale.  Needless to say, dinners have been quick and […]

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Italian Sausage Stuffed Portobellos

by kara on August 21, 2011

My mom gave me this recipe for Italian Sausage Stuffed Portobellos a few years ago.  It’s a perfect dish for those who are following a low-carb or gluten-free diet plan.  Plus, it tastes great!  This dish takes little time to prepare once the prep work is done.  Feel free to use turkey sausage instead of pork.  I am currently a fan […]

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Green Chile Cheeseburger

by kara on August 11, 2011

These cheeseburgers are awesome.  No lie.  Throw them on the grill before summer is over and you will be sure to impress your guests.  We really like cheese, so added more than the original recipe.  Use less if you prefer.   I can’t get enough of the beets or tomatoes at the farmers market right now.  […]

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Cheese and Chicken Chimichangas

by kara on July 27, 2011

When I married Courtland, his mom gave me a recipe collection of his favorite childhood meals.   Cheese and Chicken Chimichangas is the recipe he requests most often from the collection.  Since they’re baked and not fried, I’m more than happy to make them.  I boil, cool, and then shred the chicken ahead of time.  When it is time to assemble the chimichangas, it doesn’t […]

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Huevos Rancheros

by kara on July 11, 2011

Breakfast for dinner frequently occurs at our house.   It’s usually scrambled eggs with chives and toast.  This time, I decided to switch things up and make my own version of Huevos Rancheros from the ingredients in my pantry and refrigerator.   This may not be the classic Huevos Rancheros with a tomato-chili sauce, but I think it turned out quite delicious and satisfying.   In fact, […]


Grandma Renner’s Borscht Soup

by kara on June 25, 2011

With fresh vegetables on my mind, I’ve been craving my Grandma Renner’s borscht soup.  It brings me right back to my childhood.   This is not your typical cold Russian red beet soup.  My grandma, who’s German-Russian, always served her borscht warm.  She made it with beet tops only instead of beets, so no bright red color.  Then she would add lots […]

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I’m a super big fan of this recipe from Jennette Turner.   I’ve mentioned her meal plans before in this post for Andalusian Chicken Stew.  This dish got a “Mmmm, smells great” comment from Courtland when he walked in the door from work tonight.  The cinnamon really adds an extra spice and comfort to the recipe.  It […]

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Our kitchen is up and running! Our appliances arrived last week and we’ve been cooking away ever since.  The Wolf Range is by far the highlight of the space. The backplash should be up this week, and there’s just a few loose ends to finish up.  The first dinner we cooked on the stovetop was  fried eggs and […]

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Pumpkin Curry Pork Tenderloin

by kara on January 23, 2011

This recipe really couldn’t be any easier.  I purchased a jar of Pumpkin Curry Sauce prior to the holidays.  The directions say to add it to any meat or vegetables, and simmer for 20 minutes.  I’ve made it a few times with pork tenderloin in a crock pot dish.  It’s always a success.  It has a hot and spicy Indian-like flavor, […]


Andalusian Chicken Stew

by kara on November 7, 2010

A few years ago, I was in a recipe rut.  I quickly got out of that rut after receiving the  Dinner with Jennette monthly recipes as a Christmas gift from my parents. The plan includes 12 natural food meal plans, nutritional tips,  and a grocery list for the ingredients.  Jennette also teaches classes at Wedge co-op in the Uptown neighborhood […]