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final orzo dish

I was born and raised as a meat eater. It’s hard to avoid that in Nebraska and I wouldn’t change it for a thing. Even so, it’s better for me if I use red meat as a treat rather than a necessity at every meal. This is a perfect introduction to a vegetarian friendly meal and while it’s mostly vegetables, you won’t be left unsatisfied with the orzo pasta that fills in this dish.

I’ll be honest and tell you I’ve never used saffron before. Seriously. What’s saffron anyway? Wikipedia tells me that it’s a spice that comes from the crocus flower, but all I know is that it makes this dish amazing! Do yourself a favor and spend the extra money on a good Spanish saffron.

Second day? This dish is at its best. || Read more

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adding the pasta to the dish

Another winner from Vegetarian Times magazine (November 2013). I’ve put together dishes similar to this one on a whim, but the roasted red peppers really make the difference. Also, shoot for fresh spinach, not frozen in this dish. || Read more

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Pork chops and Brussels sprouts

Adapted from my pork chops + cabbage recipe, this is still a favorite combo of mine. Simple enough to do with a single pan and lid, a hot plate, your favorite seasonings and less than 30 minutes you’ll have dinner worthy of an actual kitchen. || Read more

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Bacon Braised Green Beans

On my most recent trip back home to Nebraska, Dad pulled out all the stops (as usual) making beer chicken and these amazing bacon braised green beans. I dare any of you who don’t care for green beans to try these out. After all, bacon makes everything better, right? || Read more

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shrimp and broccoli

If you tell me you have nothing to cook for dinner, I won’t believe you. A few basic staples in your kitchen and some seasonings will take you far, I promise.

Here’s a quick fix that easily serves two people and uses very few ingredients. This recipe is definitely one to experiment with depending on what vegetables you have in your freezer and can easily be turned vegetarian (think garbanzo beans for protein, for example). || Read more

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I realize I don’t have a kitchen. The last few months have been full of creative thinking, problem solving and flat out improvising. It’s almost as if I’ve gone back to college dorm life, but with kitchen experience (also minus the ramen).

The few things I have available to me have taught me you really don’t need much in a kitchen … or sans-kitchen in my case. Granted, I have a Pinterest board full of amazing ideas for my dream kitchen with storage and beauty galore. Until then, I refuse to let that mean I can’t cook what I love. || Read more

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**This post has nothing to do with cooking, baking or even beer (sorry). But it’s something very traumatic that happened to me that I felt I need to share. Continue to read if you wish, otherwise I’ll see you on my next post!**

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