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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Best of 2012: Our Favorite Recipes

Andrea Meyers - Banana Maple Grits

I always enjoy looking back on our favorite recipes from the past year, the ones that we would make over and over again. Though there are often many—and this year was no different—I try to keep the list down to twelve. So here they are, our family’s favorite recipes from 2012. We hope you enjoy… 

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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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Grilled Tomatillo Chili with Chicken

Andrea Meyers - Grilled Tomatillo Chili

Our homegrown tomatillos have been coming in at a trickle, and finally they started rolling in, so last weekend I made tomatillo chili. I’ve been working on this idea for a while, using all grilled or broiled ingredients for a smoky taste. I started by briefly marinating the chicken in lime juice while the tomatillos… 

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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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Grilled Chicken Sliders with Mango Avocado Salsa and Mexican Slaw (The Kids Cook Monday)

Andrea Meyers - Grilled Chicken Sliders with Mango Avocado Salsa and Mexican Slaw

Weekly dinners at Casa Meyers can be a challenge with juggling the family schedule, and I try to keep things as easy as possible, including cleanup (my least favorite part). Some kind of Mexican food is on our menu every week, and it’s always a favorite for our boys. For our latest Mexican meal we… 

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