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These juicy skillet pork chops are perfect for dinner on a busy weeknight!

Thick cut, juicy skillet pork chops are a favorite in our house—perfect for a busy weeknight, and fall-off-the-bone tender! I was flipping by Food Network the other day and managed to catch an episode of Good Eats where Alton Brown was busy searing a couple of thick pork chops in preparation for a few hours’ roasting in a slow cooker. He had sliced apples and caramelized onions ready to go, along with a pan sauce that was lovingly finished off with butter and scraped bits from the bottom of the pan. Mmm… It looked wonderful and warm and comforting. A recipe I tucked away…

Braised Dijon Chicken Thighs With Crispy Skin - YUM!

  Even though I love using my slow cooker, sometimes there’s a recipe that requires more than just letting food simmer at a snail’s pace for hours on end. Like, when I need to sear and meld flavors, deglaze the pan and bring a sauce to a boil stove top—grabbing all those yummy bits at the bottom of the pan—and then cover everything to braise for a while. Enter, the Dutch oven. A Dutch oven’s equal parts saute pan, soup pot, oven-safe pan. It’s a universal cooking vessel that has a dozen or so uses around the kitchen, which I…

Classic Beef Stew: perfect for a busy weeknight, especially during the holidays!

  The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve is arguably one of the busiest ever. Days (and nights) are spent shopping for the special people in your life, while also balancing holiday parties, kids’ choral performances, cookie baking, decorating, and that thing we like to call work. For times like these, where you can barely keep your head on straight and crazy schedules may not allow for a family meal together, an easy-to-make one pot meal that can be served up throughout the evening is clutch! I love making this recipe a few times a month through winter; it’s…

25 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes

One of my fondest childhood holiday memories is getting together with the ladies on my dad’s side of the family, and spending hours baking cookies from our stash of favorite Christmas cookie recipes. We’d ice sugar cookie cutouts, bake mini chocolate chip cookies, slice vanilla chocolate pinwheels, and dredge dozens of snowball cookies in powdered sugar. There would be cookie tins and sheets of wax paper so that finished cookies could be boxed up just so for Christmas gift giving! Or to take home and devour… If you’re looking for a few new recipes to add to your baking extravaganza, here are 25 easy Christmas…

Lime snowball cookies are the perfect addition to your holiday dessert table!

  Lime snowball cookies are the perfect festive addition to your holiday dessert table! Growing up, the women on my dad’s side always got together to make Christmas cookies. It was a day full of sugar cookies + powdered sugar icing, pinwheels, mini chocolate chip cookies and powdered sugar covered snowball cookies, all beautifully arranged in Christmas themed tin boxes. We made the same four kinds of Christmas cookies every single year, which is exactly what you want with a holiday tradition—especially when you’re a kid! A couple years ago, I decided to make the powdered sugar coated snowball cookies, but…