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Maggiano’s Rigatoni di Gregorio

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Click here for an updated version of this recipe. We attended a Derek Webb concert last night at Wheaton College with two other couples. They came over to our house for dinner and dessert before the concert. It was my chance to serve a pasta dish and use my pasta bowls that I love! I […]

Stuffed Acorn Squash

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I like this dish because it’s fast and easy, and you can experiment with different varieties. It’s also healthy! Some people serve as a side dish, while I serve most of the time as the main dish, depending on the filling. It’s up to you! If you’ve never had squash and feel weary about trying […]

Pumpkin Cream Sandwiches and Other Party Food

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We had our 3rd Annual BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin) Party yesterday afternoon. It started in 2005 a few months after we got married. I was asking Ben how he would like to celebrate his birthday with his friends, and he said he just wanted everyone to get together for a Fall party because he […]

My First Apple Pie

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Last night our friend, Heather, and her three boys came over for dinner. For dessert, I wanted to try and make Apple Pie, and what better guinea pigs to have than 3 boys (4, including Ben)! They ate the pie right up (served with homemade vanilla ice-cream) and wanted seconds! Ding, ding, ding! I’ve found […]

Chicken Nachos

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Chicken, chicken, and more chicken. What can I say, chicken was on sale. So, the day after eating our Chicken Pesto Pizza, we still had some more to use. Bonus…I didn’t have to go to the grocery store. Another bonus to that evening was Ben actually came up with what to have for dinner! This […]

Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Cream Filling (Hostess Cupcakes)

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I was craving chocolate, and I was craving to bake. So, I checked out this blog I just found and came across a recipe for the Hostess cream-filled cupcakes. I had to run to the store for only one ingredient, but had to hurry because I only had 2 hours before our guests were coming […]

Crispy BBQ Burgers

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One of our favorite restaurants for burgers right now is Red Robin. Ben and I share our fave burger as the Whiskey River BBQ Burger. We also both like the Banzai Burger, which is layered with pineapple and teriyaki. Tonight, we kept it cheap and simple with grilling angus burgers that were on a “One-Day […]

Individual Potato-Bacon Frittatas

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I found this recipe on one of my favorite food blog sites called Culinary in the Country. One of the things I learned while making this is that for the egg substitute, I could use mayonnaise! But, it took 12 tablespoons!! It seemed like a lot, but it worked out well and the end result […]

Simple Dinner Tonight

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Dinner tonight was simple. I’m all about keeping things easy, especially after spending the last two days with a nasty cold. Our landlord’s wife gave us some pastas and a jar of sauce that she bought from a wine store here in Wheaton. I was anxious to try them out, so I made the plain […]

Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake

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A friend of mine reminded me of this recipe when she asked for it the other day. I can’t believe I haven’t posted it on this blog! Instead of buying an ice cream cake from Dairy Queen, why not put some extra love into it and make it yourself!? This recipe is a great pick. […]