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Easy BBQ Ribs

  It’s football season, which means tailgating, “home” gating, parties, and lots of good food. It can also mean running around like crazy, trying to get kids to various sports activities (like more football and soccer), and little time to chill, let alone have dinner ready in time. Or, it can mean lazy weekend afternoons on the back porch, staring into the sunset while others are busy watching football. That’s why these easy BBQ ribs are clutch. They fit so many needs, busy or not. Plus they taste amazing. As though you slaved over a hot grill for 10 hours, meticulously…

Pinto Bean & Chicken Stew

  Technically, it’s still summer. We’re so close to fall, though, I can taste it—especially on rainy days when it’s barely hanging on to 60°F outside. The mere mention of autumn makes me want to feed my slow cooker addiction, gobble up savory comfort foods, and devour soups and stews by the heaping spoonful. Like this pinto bean & chicken stew that simmers all. day. long. in the slow cooker. YUM! You could just as easily throw this stew together on the stove top with canned beans. I happen to like the slow cooker because it makes the house smell…

Cranberry Almond Couscous Salad

  It’s always nice when you’re able to find a side dish that goes beyond the usual potato or pasta salads, chips and dip, or baked beans. Not that any of those are bad, of course. I love a good old fashioned creamy potato salad! But sometimes you need a make ahead, wow the crowd, side that’s unique. You know, so you don’t end up being one of five onion dips on the buffet table. Sometimes you need a side that can be served cold OR at room temp, and doesn’t leave you fraught with worry over sitting outside for…

Sunday Roast Chicken

  Preparing and cooking an entire roast chicken seems daunting. I know. The reality is this: IT’S SUPER EASY. A good sized roast chicken can feed a dinner party crowd (or a large family). It can also work as dinner for two or four, and then leave you with great leftovers to be used during the week for things like casseroles, fajitas, sandwiches, salads and more. If you’re frightened about ending up with raw chicken, do yourself a favor and buy one of these handy-dandy probe thermometers that can stay in while the chicken is roasting. It beeps when the meat…

Baked Ziti - a simple and tasty recipe to keep in your arsenal!

  Everyone needs a dinner recipe in their arsenal that can be whipped up quickly, is able to feed a crowd, and makes terrific leftovers. You guys? This baked ziti is it. Making baked ziti at home something you’ll start doing a a few times a month. Maybe every week. Maybe. It’s ready in about a half hour, and perfectly cheesy, oozy and gooey in all the right ways… The only thing that makes this meal better is a big garden salad and a loaf of your favorite crusty bread, either made from scratch OR grabbed in the grocery store’s bakery…