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Spaghetti with Spinach Pesto and Turkey Meatballs. Whew…that was a stressful weekend…who would have thought a simple update would turn into a nightmare.

Spaghetti with Spinach Pesto and Turkey Meatballs

There we were on Friday night updating our site, when all of a sudden it disappeared! Gone…vanished… it was awful … We had wiped out our whole blog, no more recipes, no more comments, no more statistics… nothing. After moments of shock, yelling, screaming, and a few tears we calmed down and found our most recent backup. Healthy Dinners in 40 Minutes or Less : Recipes and Cooking. Chicken and Tortellini Soup. Broccoli and White Cheddar Mac & Cheese « The Craving Chronicles. Mac & cheese.

Broccoli and White Cheddar Mac & Cheese « The Craving Chronicles

Oh how I love mac & cheese. It’s one of my favorite foods on the planet (besides chocolate). Lemon Spaghetti Recipe by Giada De Laurentiis. Better Than Takeout Orange Chicken. Yesterday as I stood in the kitchen trying to figure out what to make for dinner I wondered to myself, how do those people do it on those shows where they are given random ingredients and are suppose come up with something genius.

Better Than Takeout Orange Chicken

I think I stood there for a solid 20 minutes looking in the cupboards and staring into the freezer hoping that I would be struck by some ingenious idea. Then I saw the oranges, and it hit me “O-raang Shh-ikun”….that is orange chicken if you can’t understand the accent. Recipe: Spicy Oven Fries. Parmesan Roasted Potatoes. Ok fine.

Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

I’m officially ready to make the transition to fall. And I thought, what better way to do it than with my all time favorite Parmesan Roasted Potatoes! These are like candy. 100% addictive. Once you stop, you just can’t stop. If you knew the amount of potatoes we consumed in a week, you’d be shocked. I always, without fail, make these with Yukon Gold potatoes because here’s the truth… I’m too lazy to peel the skins off potatoes.

The Best Broccoli of Your Life. November 10, 2008 | By Adam Roberts | 331 Comments You know you’ve done something right with broccoli when the person you made it for describes it to someone else the next day as “better than biting into a steak.”

The Best Broccoli of Your Life

Those were Craig’s words and they were a marked change from the first words he uttered about the broccoli, before he bit in: “You made broccoli for dinner? Broccoli and sweet potatoes?” Then he did bite in and his eyes lit up. “Oh my God,” he said. So what did I do to the broccoli to make it taste so good? I can’t take any credit. I’m going to have a hard time this week not posting all of the recipes from her new book, Back To Basics. Specifically, she loves roasting vegetables at a high temperature until they caramelize. Fried chicken. Last night was an absolute, spectacular dinner fail.

fried chicken

Andrew got the summer plague – the kind that makes you achy all over and forces you to want to sleep most of the day, or at the very least just convalesce on the couch. We were hoping to make dinner at home, but the kitchen sent us a blunt do-not-attempt message –eventually we got it. We were elbows deep in the Season 2 of “The Wire”, and I was all, “What?! Ziggy?!! Really?!? But anyway – the dinner attempt. Pampered Chef Chicken Broccoli Wreath Recipe. Soup for Supper: 25 Nourishing, Delicious Soups. Buffalo Chicken Bites. Homemade Crispy Potato Tots (Tater Tots) Homemade Crispy Potato Tots (Tater Tots) I went to a Sonic Drive In for the first time a few weeks ago and was surprised to see that they served tater tots.

Homemade Crispy Potato Tots (Tater Tots)

Half-Assed Cooking: Wok-Free Chinese. It's not fast food.

Half-Assed Cooking: Wok-Free Chinese

It's not slow food. It's...half-fast food! Part of an occasional, sloth-driven series. Elephantine: the baked mac and cheese. My favorite thing to eat, hands down, is noodles.

elephantine: the baked mac and cheese

Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai... whatever way you make it, I like it. But mac and cheese is high up there on the list, especially baked mac and cheese. Is there anything more comforting? First things first: cook the pasta. I always sneak a few into my mouth after draining it. Next up: the béchamel sauce. ...and milk. So, back to the butter. Sweet Potato Risotto. So, last Monday, I promised to serve up some warm, scrumptious, holiday-worthy, meatless meals over the next few weeks – meals that would be right at home on a Thanksgiving table – and someone asked a very good question: Why can’t vegetarians just make a meal out of the sides?

Sweet Potato Risotto

If this were the height of the summer, then a veggie plate would be a great option, but Thanksgiving sides are usually … not peak produce. They’re hefty. Starchy. Thanksgiving’s the one day when we all think it’s perfectly normal to have mashed potatoes, rolls, two kinds of sweet potato casserole, broccoli-rice casserole AND cornbread dressing in one meal. Have you ever OD’d on cornbread dressing? Vegetarians definitely need their own Thanksgiving entree. Something like this Sweet Potato Risotto. A skillet full of sautéed sweet potatoes, onion and ginger mixed with soft Arborio rice, dry Riesling wine and a few big dollops of rich mascarpone cheese topped with toasted walnuts for a little crunch.