Four Cheese Lasagna

This recipe has a few ingredients that you don’t typically see in in lasagna, but its seriously good.  There are probably, like, a million lasagna recipes out there.  They all claim to be the best.  And if you were a tall guy with curly hair prancing around NYC in tights, you might say that the first lasagna recipe you try is officially the best and wholeheartedly congratulate them (Elf anyone??).  I’m not going to claim this is the best.  Because some people might think it is the best, and some people might not.  But it’s really darn good.  And there’s a few ingredients that make it stand out just a bit from most of the traditional lasagna recipes you see out there in the world wide web.  Also there’s four types of cheese.  You just can’t go wrong here people.

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BBQ chicken flatbread pizza is football watching food perfection, in a nutshell.  It’s football season!  I’m sooo excited…and I just can’t hide it…But really, I’m excited for the food 🙂  I truly believe most people fall into three categories when it comes to football:  1 – die hard gotta watch every Sunday if my team loses I’m in a bad mood the rest of the week kind of fans.  2 – Watching football is ok but only if I have some tasty football watching food to munch on.  And 3 – Football?  Sundays?  What are you talking about?  I’m busy shopping, watching netflix all day or having all day long brunches with my favorite gal pals.  I fall somewhere between a 1 and a 2 (closer to 2 for sure).  My hubby is a 1.  So, on Sundays we watch football.  I half watch while I clean, cook and prep for the week.  So, for the first weekend of football I was all about making some yummy munchies.  And what’s better to eat while watching football than wings and pizza?  Nothing, the answer is there is nothing better to eat while watching football!  So this weekend, we started football season out right with a bbq chicken flatbread pizza and some yummy wings.

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Goat Cheese Quiche

Goat cheese quiche – could there be a better idea than that in the history of quiche making?  I don’t think so.  Quiche sometimes seems old fashioned to me but sometimes seems like a totally delicious can’t have a brunch without it type of meal.  When quiche became popular in the 80’s, it was pretty basic.  Now, thanks to the internet and so many creative bloggers out there, there are SO MANY yummy varieties.  So, skip the cheddar cheese and bacon and get creative.  Make some goat cheese quiche asap.  goat cheese quiche

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Best Steak Marinade Recipe

The Best Steak Marinade

Learn how to make the best steak marinade.  You just can’t go wrong with this – I promise. Best Steak Marinade

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Seared Opah with Capers, Tomatoes and Basil in a White Wine Sauce

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I saw Opah at my supermarket, and having never tried it, decided to give it a whirl.  The fish guy/monger/cutter (what are they even called?) reported that it was tasty and who is he to lie?  So I bought it.  It was fresh and wild caught, which means tasty and tastier in my books.  I was pretty sure I could stick a lemon on top and serve it and it would taste good, but what fun would that be?  So I came up with this concoction and I’m proud to say the food critic/chef/husband deemed it “really good”.  In Katie’s Confessions Blog speak, that means it was freakin amazing…so you should really get on this recipe, like stat.  Any firm white fish will do.  This was a thick, meaty fish and reminded me a lot of swordfish.  I haven’t seen it at my supermarket since, so I will keep this recipe handy next time they have swordfish.

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Pan Roasted Chicken Thighs with Potatoes and Carrots

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One pan y’all.  I promise.  That’s all you need.  I didn’t know if I could do it, but I did.  I’ve been making this really good, ok maybe even great bone in chicken thigh dish for years and I wanted to transform it into a one pan dinner.  So I did.  What is it about crispy golden chicken skin?  So. Darn. Good.  I never claimed to be a health nut, did I?  And I mean come on, it’s not like it’s loaded with MSG and thrown in a deep fryer.  So I render this a healthy meal.  You can interpret healthy however you want 😉

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Angel Hair Pasta with Sauteed Shrimp in a Light Lemon Cream Sauce

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There’s something about pasta in a creamy sauce that is so.darn.yummy, amIriiight??  This came together quickly and tastes like a restaurant quality meal.  I have this tendency to overcook shrimp – don’t fall into that trap.  It takes, maybe, 2 minutes per side.  As soon as that shrimp starts turning pink – flip it.  Overcooked shrimp is never a good thing. 

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

With Cinco de Mayo coming up, we’re all going to want to eat Mexican food, right?  I know I will!  I’ve always liked Mexican food, but since moving to South Texas 6 years ago, I have a newfound love for it.  We have a lot of Mexican restaurants, and man are they good!  One of my favorite places makes a really good chicken tortilla soup.  I used to order it every time, but…(in case you’re starting to see a trend here) I like when I can duplicate something I loved at a restaurant!  So, after much trial and error, here is my version of chicken tortilla soup.  It’s so good that I don’t even order it out anymore – I mean would you look at this cheesy, flavorful goodness??  You know you want to make it!

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Penne with arugula pesto, sausage, mushrooms and spinach

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That’s a mouthful!  But I couldn’t think of a title without mentioning (most of) the yummy ingredients.  This dish was so easy (30 minutes) and seriously good.  It’s one of those dishes that taste just as good the next day for lunch – which are always my favorites!

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Minestrone Soup

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I don’t like Minestrone soup.  Or at least I used to think I didn’t like it.  Reality is I had only ever had it out of a can.  First time I tried it homemade, I was hooked.  It was full of veggies and flavor and didn’t even compare to the canned version.  I’ve come to this conclusion- any kind of homemade soup is good!  Stop buying cans – start making soup!  Now – just do it ok?

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