Rigatoni with Spicy Shrimp

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This pasta is so good, I could eat it the next three nights! The shrimp is sauteed in butter and olive oil and seasoned with paprika and crushed red pepper. The sauce is as simple as taking a jar of your favorite marinara sauce and adding a little heavy cream to it. I wasn't quite sure what to name this dish, cause I used two different recipes that I found and kind of made up the measurements of each of the ingredients. One title had the name Betsy in it, and penne wouldn't work because I used ...

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Lighter Beijing Beef { Weight Watcher’s }

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This may sound a bit crazy but  I've never had anything at Panda Express before up until about a month ago. They have been open up in the new strip mall here, and just right across from Panda Express is a brand spanking new Chipotle. It's been too busy to go in there yet. My town that I live in is known for chain restaurants, but up until now we had never had a Panda Express or Chipotle. Crazy right?! I believe we did used to have a Panda Express in the mall. Panda Express is so stinking ...

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Chorizo and Pepper Jack Stuffed Manicotti

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  This recipe idea came to me when I was looking in my fridge to see what I had leftover. In my fridge was chroizo, leftover pepper jack cheese, and a jalapeno. I had been eyeballing a manicotti recipe that I was going to make and so I thought what if I stuffed the leftover chorizo  in the manicotti mixture with cottage cheese?  Then top it off with some more cheese and jalapenos?  It's fun to see what kind of new recipe ideas you can make in your head just with leftovers in the fridge. I fre ...

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Lightened Up Beef Stroganoff

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            Beef stroganoff is a child hood favorite dish of mine. My Dad would always make it for us. I don't really remember having too many favorite child hood dishes besides this one and Chicken Cheese Hotdish. He would always use ground beef and often times I see this recipe with cubed beef and mushrooms. Bleh! Mushrooms and me don't get a long, although I do like them in cream of mushroom soup. Probably cause the mushrooms are cut up into tiny little fine pieces an ...

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Weight Watcher’s Spaghetti Carbonara

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I've been eating a lot of eggs lately with an English muffin. I was getting kind of bored of that, so I changed it up a bit. I can't get enough of English muffins with the nooks and crannies and then a little melted butter on that. Yummmmmm.....   Sometimes, I'll add some bacon on top and cheese to make a breakfast sandwich. Spaghetti Carbonara is almost like a deconstructed version of that sandwich. The noodles are the English muffins that the cheese and egg sticks too, and then the bacon. If ...

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Browned Butter Shrimp Scampi

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  It's been a busy week. I've been working on my homework for my PHP class every night. There's three chapters for this homework assignment and all of the assignments take about 4 hours to do from each chapter. Its a lot of coding, but I've been learning a lot! On Wednesday night, was our anniversary dinner(been married for 3 years now). We went to Cork and Clever. It's this fancy pants restaurant in Fargo. Ben had steak and I had shrimp scampi.  Our meals came with 2 sides. I got a baked p ...

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Pasta with Pecorino and Pepper – Ina Garten

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This dish looks like Christmas to me! It must be the red tomatoes, parsley, and green plate from Pier 1 that I just purchased recently. This wasn't on purpose either. I really wanted to use that plate in a new pic.  If you haven't noticed recently, there's been a lot of blue napkins and dishes in my pictures, which needed to change. Not that my friend  Heidi wouldn't mind seeing that all the time. ;) Speaking of Christmas. Does anyone else get annoyed how some of the stores put out Christmas d ...

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Taco Shells and Cheese

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I couldn't decide what I wanted for dinner tonight. I have been wanting to try that new pretzel crust pizza from Little Ceasars. Have you tried that yet? The crust is made out of pretzel dough, and then there is a layer of cheese sauce spread on the bottom of the pizza. Pretzels are my favorite mall food to get at the store, and now we can have them for dinner! Awesome. That is a pretty big dinner to eat for just one person, and since my husband can't eat dairy at all, it would be just myself ...

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