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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my november menu

daisi - January 5, 2014

During November, my kitchen was a tad busier. Of course there was Thanksgiving, but I also hosted 2 family events and Cookbook Club 2.0 so I got to try several new recipes that I’m excited to share. sweet potato & brie flat bread | I made this for our Cookbook Club 2.0. We chose the Real Simple cookbook and so far the recipes are simple …

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swordfish skewers with sweet pepper salad

daisi - August 9, 2013
rosemary swordfish skewers

Like I said in my May/June menu recap, I usually think Bon Appetit‘s recipes are a little too ingredient heavy and time consuming. But this one was neither… It had ingredients I was familiar with and had instructions I could easily follow. I loved the sweet pepper salad that the fish is served with too, it’d be a great salad to accompany any grilled meal. …

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roasted veggie tacos

daisi - June 18, 2013
roasted veggie tacos

I saw this recipe in Martha Stewart Living and immediately thought it sounded amazing. Roasted vegetables on a taco, why had I never thought of this before? It’s simple enough: roast veggies, slap them on a tortilla. Her recipe was for portobello and zucchini tacos and don’t they look amazing? I didn’t just stop at zucchini and portobellos though. I used all of the in-season …

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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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green curry shrimp

daisi - March 1, 2013
green curry shrimp_5

This meal was so delicious, I’d put it up against the green curry at my favorite thai place. Considering how easy it was and how healthy, I will certainly be making it again in the near future.  More on this later, but I am in the process of attempting to eliminate processed foods from my life. It’s been challenging, but with the help of 100 …

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tabasco shrimp & sausage jambalaya

daisi - February 12, 2013

Last year we celebrated Fat Tuesday with our friends CJ & Chauntay. They made this fantastic jambalaya that I had to attempt myself this year. I actually made it last night, so I could share with you today. It is very easy and the flavors are incredible. I made it a little healthier by using brown rice and quinoa rather than white rice. {also check out this …

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brown butter risotto

daisi - February 4, 2013

Browned butter. Enough said. Just kidding… kind of. This is your basic risotto recipe that has been made better by browning the butter. This magical process transforms the butter into an even more flavorful, delicious product. It’s a meal in itself or you can add fresh roasted vegetables, shrimp, lobster, chicken or beef to make it a complete and satisfying meal. Using ingredients I always have …

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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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