Mushroom & Turkey Bourguignon


I was so surprised how much I liked this recipe when we made it at the New School of Cooking. I’ve never been a big fan of mushrooms, but this dish completely changed my mind and now I can’t get enough. The original recipe is vegetarian but because my husband likes a protein with every meal, I added ground turkey and it’s great! This dish screams comfort food and is perfect for those chilly months. **If you decide to keep it...

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Can-Free Turkey Chili


If you’ve been following my blog or just know me, you know every Christmas Eve I have to have my mom’s turkey chili.  It’s been a tradition in my family since I was a kid, but for the past couple of years, my mom has been begging me to pick something lighter to eat the day before Christmas.  Being the nostalgic nerd that I am, I just can’t let go, so I started searching. Every chili recipe I found required canned...

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Grainy Mustard Chicken with Tarragon


This is hands down my favorite chicken recipe.  It’s so full of flavor, juicy and had the perfect little crunch!  Just trust me—and make it. Thank you New School of Cooking! You’ll need: 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts salt and pepper 1/3 cup minced shallots 1/2 cup coarse-grained mustard 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons fresh minced tarragon 2 cups bread crumbs (I use panko) 1 clove of garlic 1/4 cup chopped...

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Grilled Tri-Tip With Chimichurri and Grilled Zucchini

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This is one of the many recipes I learned how to make at the New School of Cooking in Culver City. Since I didn’t grow up on red meat, I’ve always been intimidated to cook it. But thanks to these cooking classes, my eyes were opened, and I’m no longer afraid to tackle a nice, juicy steak (as long as it’s good quality meat of course).  Eat up and enjoy! 1 bunch finely chopped parsley 1 tablespoon oregano leaves 1 1/4...

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Indian Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

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This is the perfect fall soup. I’ve never really been a “soup” person, not because I don’t like it, I honestly just FORGET about it. Plus, I was always intimidated to make soup from scratch.  It seemed like too much work, and ya’ll know that is NOT my style.  Thanks to the New School of Cooking and Chef Jess Hilton, they taught me to quit whining and just try it. So I did, and I now laugh at myself, wondering what...

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Pasta & Eggs

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I was just getting over a stomach bug and was scared to eat much of anything, but was STARVING.  I looked in my fridge and saw left-over spaghetti with chard and artichokes. That sounded good to my tummy, but I also wanted a dose of protein. Of course I had eggs, and a light bulb went off.  I’d seen eggs on pasta in restaurants before, so why haven’t I tried it at home? I warmed up my leftovers and made one over easy egg (with a...

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