Category Archive: Quick/Easy

Pan Glazed Chicken with Basil & Chocolate Walnut Cranberry Cake

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I am getting back into the swing of things after being gone for three weeks. Yesterday was filled with unpacking, laundry and figuring out what was left in the pantry, refrigerator and freezer. I thought I was going to resume my exercise routine today but I have come down with a terrible cough and have …

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Pork Chops with Gravy

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Yesterday was a good day to run errands and take Mom to her first physical therapy appointment. Dinner was super easy with this tried and true recipe for pork chops with gravy and mashed potatoes. The recipe calls for 4 pork chops but we had a package of 6 small ones and it worked out just …

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I’m taking this show on the road!


That’s right I am packing up the lap top and the digital camera and Tuesday I will be leaving California and flying to Nebraska. My mom is having a complete knee replacement. When I heard the news I offered to be mom and dad’s personal chef, housekeeper, chauffeur and anything else they might need for a couple of …

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Creamy Parmesan Orzo


With toasted pine nuts, fresh parmesan cheese and basil this is my kind of comfort food. Even though we are only a family of four, I have to double this recipe in order to have enough left overs to go around.  You must make this  with the herbed chicken piccata but it is also delicious with Italian turkey sausages or a …

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Herbed Chicken Piccata


This is one of those recipes that is in our regular dinner rotation. I have been making it since about 2004 and the only tweaking I did was to add capers and sub butter for the margarine.  It is easy enough for a weeknight meal but fancy enough to entertain with. I pair it with Cooking Lights Creamy Parmesan Orzo and …

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