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Apple-Pecan Chicken Salad

I need y’all to know, photographing recipes as the days get shorter, and especially after daylight savings time ends, is the STRUGGLE! If it doesn’t get done on the weekend, it takes forever to get done, which is why I promised you more apple recipes a full month ago…and I’m just now doing it. So let’s revisit what we’ve already …

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Olive Garden Knock-Off: Tilapia Piccatta

Olive Garden and I have a very fragile relationship. But I do have to admit, it’s been getting better. There used to be zero dishes I could order straight off the menu (keep in mind I’m nine years post-op folks). Nowadays there are a few, or at least enough that I now have an Olive Garden Eating Guide available. But …

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Thanksgiving Super Food Stuffing

Indulge me a moment of nostalgia. My mother. God rest her soul. She made the BEST sausage stuffing ever. Like, EVER. (But who doesn’t say that about their mom’s cooking?) And it was nothing fancy at all. She used Stovetop Stuffing (the cornbread kind, of course), onions/peppers, extra garlic and, of course, the piece de resistance…breakfast sausage. And not just any …

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Panera Knock-Off: Nik’s “Something Chicken Stew”

 “This looks fancy…” That was my youngest daughter’s reaction when she looked at the contents of the slightly modified bowl I presented her this past weekend. (I’ll tell you why the modification in a sec.) Now to her, “fancy” is a good adjective. With the elder girl, not so much. I was quite pleased how this recipe turned out, mostly …

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Nik’s Peanut Stew

Don’t ask me why, but I’m always hesitant to share recipes that use specialty ingredients. I guess I want you guys all to have fair access to the food I make, but I think my egalitarian attitude has prevented far too many recipes from going on this blog. Well, the buck stops here! I was poking around on Pinterest and found …

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Shrimp & “Grits” A La Nik

Now for those of you who are new, I’d like to let you in on an important piece of information (that you probably already know): when I put the name of food is “quotations,” it means it’s not really that food. So “rice” is not rice and, in this case, those “grits” are not grits. We all on the same …

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Tilapia Verde

I’m literally eating this beautiful tilapa dish as I type. I don’t routinely upload recipes this quickly after sharing them (read: don’t go getting spoiled) but I figured since it’s a quiet day and I have the time, why not? This dish started with me having a random assortment of vegetable-type stuff to use up. A few days ago I …

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Nik’s Chicken Chorizo Skillet

  I go to Denny’s. Quite a bit. That may be a bad thing for a post-op to admit but what the heck. If nothing else, you know I keep it real! S’anyway. I mostly go there because I know what to order there. I know my options and I exercise them! But every now and again they get something new. …

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Taco Soup

  …and a lesson about self-care. Since I realize I don’t put date stamps on my blog posts, for future reference this is being posted on December 5, 2013, the day after my 37th birthday. I know many of you wonder what to do on your birthday. In a former life there was cake and ice cream and overly indulgent …

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Nik’s Pumpkin Chili

I would just like to note that this recipe was developed before the food industry decided to “pumpkin all the things” (as Shannon, your friendly neighborhood BF Facebook manager likes to say). I mean honestly! I went to the grocery store the other day and they had an entire wall of pumpkin products. Pumpkin cookies, pumpkin bread, pumpkin beverages, pumpkin …

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