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Chicken Nuggets & French Fries

Our son Gavin LOVES McDonald’s chicken nuggets and French fries…but then again, I think every kid probably does.  As a family, we have tried to eat healthier at home and so we’ve also cut back on how much fast food, take out,  or restaurant food we let our boys eat.  They didn’t eat much to begin […]

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Veggie Quesadillas On The Grill (full post)

As promised, here is the full post for how I do quesadillas on the grill.  They are relatively simple but here’s a few things that you’ll need before you get too far along… if you prefer to try them how I make them. A sauté grill pan Peppers and veggies Chihuahua cheese Mexican seasonings (chipotle […]

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Spicy Tortilla Soup

I’m not traditionally one to enjoy making a soup in the kitchen, but I do enjoy eating one – especially on a cold, winter day (like today).  I also don’t typically equate soups with being very “manly” – but hopefully this version passes the “man test” and is worthy to be posted on my blog.  I used […]

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Steak Tacos Redux w/ Red Chile Paste

I love Mexican and Tex-Mex styled dishes. I also love peppers.  So, at our house, many of our meals fall into one of these categories and sometimes both at the same time.  For me, this particular dish is awesome because it incorporates a couple of my favorite things.  As you probably know, I’ve blogged about […]

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Crostini w/ Tomato, Basil + Fresh Mozzarella

I wasn’t sure what to call these, so if anyone knows the correct name, please let me know.  Despite the lack of a solid name, these are really easy to make and they taste delicious.  On nights where we want a light dinner, these are perfect.  They also make great appetizers too since they are on […]

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Italian Meatballs

Tomorrow at work we are having an “Italian Potluck” for lunch and I signed up to bring Italian meatballs in a red sauce (for sandwiches).  However, I’ve never made meatballs before, so I decided to first make them for dinner tonight to see how they would turn out before I made a huge batch of them for […]

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RPM’s Truffled Garlic Bread

I’ve recently taken some time off from blogging while working on some other projects and just being busy in general over the holidays; however, I think I’m ready to get back into the swing of things.  Recently, my wife and I ate at Bill and Giuliana Rancic’s Italian restaurant in downtown Chicago called RPM (www.rpmitalian.com).  […]

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Inside Out Burgers

Inside out burgers are a great way to safeguard a lot your essential flavors and juices by securing the “inside” ingredients between two hamburger patties.  The idea is try to sear the outside patties together and essentially prevent the flavors from escaping.  They really aren’t that complicated and you can easily add some of your […]

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Steak Tacos

Now that it’s too cold outside to grill with any type of regularity, I’ve had to spend more time in the kitchen mastering the art of cooking meat on the stove stop.  I can’t say that it’s the most enjoyable experience when compared to sitting outside by the grill with a beer in your hand… […]

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Pork Tacos

Pork tacos are great…but not just because they taste amazing, which they do.  They’re great because they taste awesome AND their really easy to make.  The majority of the “time” involved in this dish is letting your meat cook in the slow cooker.  Typically I let my pork shoulder cook for about 12-14 hours and […]

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