Two Olive Garden Knock-Offs

daisi - March 21, 2014
gnocchi soup

A couple months ago, I shared a 5-ingredient Zuppa Toscana Olive Garden knock-off recipe.  It was so good and quick, I recently made it again. I like using the spicy Italian sausage to give it even more flavor. And in the SAME week I made this  chicken gnocchi soup that is also an Olive Garden knock off. I’ve never had this soup at the restaurant, …

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Chicken Enchiladas Verde

daisi - February 15, 2014
chicken enchiladas verdes

I know I’ve been going on and on about it, but the Real Simple cookbook has been one of my favorites lately. Everyone in cookbook club has made several of the recipes and all have been so good. My friend Katie told me about these Chicken Enchiladas Verdes and I needed an easy recipe to feed a crowd so I decided to give them a …

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my december menu

daisi - February 14, 2014

Here’s a glimpse of some dishes I made during this past December. Lots of keeper recipes!!! spiced pumpkin cake | Another successful recipe from the Real Simple cookbook. You know I’m not much of a baker but this cake was simple and delicious. Plus it looks pretty. almond bark with pretzels, M&Ms, & craisins | There is no recipe required for almond bark. It’s as …

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minestrone with chicken meatballs

daisi - January 2, 2014
chicken minestrone_5

I call this a perfect alternative to your basic chicken and noodles. You still have the chicken and you still have the noodles, just in different forms. I found it in Bon Appetit magazine (which I love) and tweaked it a bit by adding a few more vegetables. Here’s what you’ll need: 6 ounces ground chicken (about 3/4 cup) 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs 6 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan, divided, plus more …

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my july/august menu

daisi - December 28, 2013
july august menu

Summertime cooking is hit or miss for me. It’s so hot, so it’s hard to really want to cook. But this year we got a grill, so that changed things a lot! pepperoni burgers | I really made these in June, but wanted to recap here since I forgot to include it in the June recap. It’s a unique take on burgers, that will be sure …

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my march menu

daisi - May 1, 2013
my MARCH menu

This is a bit late… I apologize. You know how it goes. Life happens fast and next thing you know it’s May. You blink and you live in a new house. You wake up from a nap and you’re 31. I’ve heard it never slows down, so I’m going to adjust as best I can. As this post is happening a bit late, this is …

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slow-cooker sweet potato chowder

daisi - April 30, 2013

This recipe comes from a book I’ve told you about before, the Paleo Slow Cooking cookbook. It is full of easy, healthy, paleo-friendly recipes for your crock pot. This one is genius. I would have never thought to puree sweet potatoes to use as the cooking liquid. They’re full of flavor, and when combined with the spice of the jalapenos, they are transformed into a …

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my January menu

daisi - February 1, 2013
my menu

Since I wasn’t really great at keeping up with my weekly menu recaps last year, I decided to try something different this year: a monthly recap. You can click most of the pics below to take you to the recipe. And, here is what I made in January… enjoy. Pioneer Woman cinnamon rolls | Technically I made these in 2012, BUT we had them for breakfast …

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buffalo chicken french bread pizzas

daisi - January 22, 2013
buffalo chicken french bread pizzas-05

This recipe was inspired by a blog that I love… How Sweet It Is. I swear, every time one of her recipes pops up in my browser, I die. I pin. I make. I love. I share. Sorry, that got weird. If you’re not following her blog, you need to be. I feel like we’re very similar… her recipes range from healthy food to comfort …

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Ina’s Mustard Chicken Salad

daisi - January 1, 2013

My love for the Food Network is getting out of hand. It seems as if every time I watch a show, I am compelled to make whatever it is. And it’s on my mind until I actually make the meal/dessert/side item. And this is 100% true when the show is the Barefoot Contessa. Her recipes are always thoughtful, yet simple. And her laid back charm …

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