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Consistent Giada

 Did I mention something last week about cool weather? Really? Because since that post, I think I have jinxed things. The temps were back up in the warmer ranges and the cool days we were were having are long gone for awhile again. Ahhhh.... you have to love Kansas. If you don't like the weather one day, just wait. It is bound to change!Kansas weather is not consistent at all. Giada's recipes? Consistently good. So far, every recipe I have tried out of her cookbook, Everyday Pasta, has been great. Her recipe for Turkey and Artichoke Stuffed Pasta Shells was no exception. This recipe was simple and delicious! I felt miserable because of my allergies the night that I made this for dinner for my best friend and her husband. Even through the sniffling and watery eyes, the constant sneezing, and the allergy medicine drug induced coma I was about to be in, I managed to make this recipe and was still able to taste by the time it was ready. Everyone loved it, including myself. If you are looking for consistency, do not move to Kansas. If you are looking for consistency, turn to Giada's cookbooks. You will find consistently great recipes every time.Turkey and Artichoke Stuffed Pasta Shells (from Everyday Pasta) 1 (12-ounce) box jumbo pasta shells (recommended: Barilla) 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 large yellow onion, chopped (about 1 cup) 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1 pound ground turkey 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus 1/2 teaspoon 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black … [Continue reading]

My Girls

   One likes fashion...The other likes food...But you can't help but love them both!  … [Continue reading]

The First Cool Day of the Season Chili

We had our first really cool day of the season on Monday. It was in the high 60's by the time dinner time came around and I was in the mood for my annual pot of "first cool day of the season" chili. Of course, I had no idea it was going to be that cool on Monday so I did not have all the ingredients on hand to make chili. You can bet that on Tuesday, I was at the store ready to buy the ingredients to make us some chili. It was not nearly as cool on Tuesday night as it was on Monday, but I had chili on my mind and nothing was going to stop me from making it. I typically make the traditional chili with red beans, ground beef, etc. This year, however, I decided to make my good friend Sara's White Bean Chicken Chili. If you were the family side of Dine and Dish back in the beginning, you might recall that I wrote about having this chili on Christmas Eve at Sara's house. This chili is best if simmering on the stove all day. I, being the slacker mom that I am, started it at 3pm for a 6pm dinner time. It was still fantastic (although not as fantastic as Sara's. I need to find out what her secret is!)Oh - and doesn't this beautiful bowl holding the chili just scream "soup" to you? I've used it for ice cream in the past, but it really is my new favorite soup bowl. My dear friend Jody of The Devils Cloth made this gorgeous bowl. She is super talented. Check out her store and while you are there snatch up one of her hot and highly demanded by boutiques everywhere, Arm Candy bags.  … [Continue reading]

Kelly and Kelly Only

 Soon after Kindergarten started for Jacob, Kelly was walking around the house acting a little blue. When I asked her what was wrong she said, "You know... I am getting really tired of everything being about Jacob." With Jacob's surgery, and Jacob playing baseball, and Jacob starting Kindergarten, she was right. Everything lately had been all about Jacob. My poor little middle sweetie was feeling very left out and very jealous. Well, last week we had some "Everything is about Kelly" time and she loved it. She finally started preschool on Thursday and a couple of days before that just her and I went shopping for clothes to start school. We went out to eat, played whatever she wanted, and had some time where we just focused on her. It did seem to perk her up, as she does enjoy attention. Kelly is the middle child and I am here to attest...what they say about middle children is true. She is the one who has always taken a back seat to her siblings. I don't know why that is, but she has always been so independent and just seemed to require less from us. She likes to do her own thing, is a bit of a diva, and is sweet as pie all at the same time. She is my drama queen and the comedian in the family. She loves to laugh and she loves to make us laugh. She does love attention, and any time she is getting attention from anyone, she soaks it up like a sponge does water and she milks it for all that it is worth.Kelly did fantastic her first day of preschool and … [Continue reading]

These Aren’t Kansas City Style Ribs

 If you are from Kansas City, like I am, then you can attest to this. One can't go anywhere in the city and talk about food without someone bringing up barbecue. The debate typically is who has the best? Is it KC Masterpiece, Arthur Bryants, Jack Stack, etc? My favorite Kansas City barbecue, by a long shot, is Oklahoma Joes. I love everything about that place and their ribs are seasoned and cooked to perfection. The meat literally melts in your mouth. My second choice for great Kansas City barbecue is a little joint not many have heard of. It is a place where you can find the most delicious pulled pork sandwiches, fall of the bone tender ribs and great company. This little place is called....my house. Yep. I can get fantastic Kansas City style barbecue without even getting out of my PJ"s, courtesy of my husband and his mega smoker. It is great to have a husband who can cook such great barbecue. It eliminates our need to go out and face all of the restaurants with three kids in tow. There is one problem with it though. My husband has one perfected barbecue rib recipe, and being the creature of habit that he is, he refuses to change it up at all.A few months ago when I was browsing through the recipe section of Food & Wines website, I stumbled across a recipe for Asian style ribs. The recipe sounded fantastic, but I am not the rib cooker in the family so I figured that I would never get to try ribs this way. I held on to the recipe though, just in case. Last … [Continue reading]