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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Weight Watcher’s Beef Stroganoff

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      Beef stroganoff is probably the hardest dish I've ever had to photograph. You've got the grey ground beef mixed with cream of mushroom soup and sour cream against the egg noodles. Dang. That is all I have to say.  I updated the photograph for this on 7/2/15. See the one below the new one? That was back when I was trying to shoot in artificial light, and just decided to screw artificial lighting. Natural is the way to go!       Beef stroganoff is a child hood fav ...

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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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One Pot Enchilada Pasta

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I wasn't planning on posting this recipe, originally. I made this about 2 weeks ago and the pictures had been sitting on my computer waiting for them to be used. One pot recipes seem to be all the jibber jabber these days, and I can see why! I love one pot meals. It's like making hamburger helper! You can pick and choose the type of meat and sauces to change them up.  Make it Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Chinese, etc. Use different types of grains, noodles, and rice. The sky is the limit. ...

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Mexican Macaroni Salad

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  Mexican Macaroni Salad from Ree Drummond is going to be your next favorite pasta salad. This salad is packed full of black beans, tomatoes, corn, salsa, and cumin.  Add in whatever favorite Mexican toppings you like to this salad!     Did anyone follow the Next Food Network Star this season? I'm seriously ticked off about the winner this time. I never liked Lenny from the beginning, him and the Butcher Babe.  The first time I saw him, I thought, who is this annoying looking cowboy d ...

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