From the Pantry: Ro*Tel (Slow-Cooker Chicken and Andouille Jambalaya)

Slow-Cooker Chicken and Andouille Jambalaya - Andrea Meyers

I remember very clearly the first time I had Ro*Tel®. I was spending a summer working in Arkansas, and the family I stayed with made the now-(in)famous Velveeta and Ro*Tel dip. This was back in the 80s when thick and gooey cheese-coated nachos was all the rage at sporting events and sports bars, and I… 

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Steak Tips with Mushroom Pepper Gravy

Andrea Meyers - Steak Tips with Mushroom Pepper Gravy

Life is crazy enough during the holidays without adding complicated meals on top of the craziness. I try to keep weeknight meals easy any time of the year, but especially during December. This recipe for steak tips with mushroom pepper gravy from Cooking Light is an easy favorite, one that Hockey Guy requests regularly. It’s… 

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From the Pantry: Thai Yellow Curry Paste (Slow Cooker Sweet Potato, Cauliflower, and Broccoli Curry)

Andrea Meyers - Slow Cooker Sweet Potato, Cauliflower, and Broccoli Curry

Thai yellow curry paste is a refrigerator staple in our house, one that I dip into on a regular basis. It has a milder curry flavor, not as hot as panang, green, or red curry paste, and is great with vegetarian or vegan curries. I use it to spice up coconut curries, rice, and even… 

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Jamaican Chicken Stew

Andrea Meyers - Jamaican Chicken Stew

We are big fans of robust Caribbean spices. Allspice, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger are all staples in our pantry and add tons of flavor to both savory and sweet dishes. They are an important part of the iconic jerk spice mix, which we rub all over grilled meats, and they are a perfect addition… 

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Skillet Chicken with Orzo and Tomatoes

Andrea Meyers - Skillet Chicken with Orzo and Tomatoes

Last week we quickly harvested the last of our summer garden just before the night temperatures plunged into the 30s. We had baskets full of fresh basil to process and share with friends. I chopped and froze a bunch of tomatoes, threw several in this dish, and our kitchen counters are still completely covered with… 

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The Farm Project: Ticonderoga Farms Fig Lovers Feast 2012 (Chicken with Figs and Honey)

Andrea Meyers - Chicken with Figs and Honey

The Ticonderoga Farms Fig Feast is in its second year, and had a happy crowd waiting to enjoy the farm-fresh figs. This year visitors were treated to Chef Patierno of Girasole and Panino demonstrating how to make his beautiful fig tart. As he talked about the tart, he had many good things to say about… 

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Mu Shu Pork Lettuce Wraps

Andrea Meyers - Mu Shu Pork Lettuce Wraps

“Mommy, you know me so well!” That’s what I hear from Top Gun every time I tell him that we are having Chinese food for dinner. Seeing the excitement on his face always make me smile and feel happy that I’m making his favorite dishes, and that he has an adventurous palate and likes a… 

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Thai Grilled Chicken Salad with Mango

Andrea Meyers - Thai Grilled Chicken Salad with Mango

I was out having lunch with my friend Michelle a couple months back, and we went to Sweet Basil Café in Herndon, a favorite lunch spot for the work crowd. That day they had a mango chicken salad on the specials, and it sounded so appealing that we both ordered it. The flavors really hit… 

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