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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. 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. Exhibit #5978b on why I’ve lived in suburbia for too long: I found it more than a little bit exciting that they recently redid our Target.

Lemon Spaghetti Recipe by Giada De Laurentiis

New carts! Fresh groceries! (and the pièce de résistance) In-store Starbucks! I pushed our cart up and down each aisle of the grocery section (which is a financially dangerous thing to do at Target) just to see what all they have now, hoping to find some potentially interesting on-the-package recipes to share here on this blog. 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. 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. The Best Broccoli of Your Life.

November 10, 2008 | By Adam Roberts | 370 Comments [Hi, I'm Adam Roberts, The Amateur Gourmet.

The Best Broccoli of Your Life

You're about to read the most popular post I've ever written in the ten year history of my blog. If you enjoy it, and want more posts like it, give me a follow on Twitter or Facebook. You won't regret it. OK, now for the best broccoli of your life.] 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. Pampered Chef Chicken Broccoli Wreath Recipe. Soup for Supper: 25 Nourishing, Delicious Soups. Buffalo Chicken Bites. It’s football season and I’m ready for some party food!

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. 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. Whisk. Gradually pour in the milk and continue to whisk. Reduce the heat, add the cheese, and keep mixing that melty-yummy-goodness. Did someone say garlic? 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? 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. P.S.