Tortellini and Spinach Soup

Tortellini Soup (1 of 1)-2

There are a number or versions of Tortellini Soup, but I find this one to be especially good. It’s the perfect recipe for evenings when you don’t want a lot of mess and fuss in the kitchen. It cooks up in one pot, so it doesn’t get any easier than that. And best of all, it’s really healthy and delicious.

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Creole Shrimp Casserole

Shrimp Casserole (1 of 1)

This recipe for Creole Shrimp Casserole (originally Shrimp Bake) was a favorite in my house in the early 1980s. It was quick and simple for a weeknight’s dinner, but also a dish I would serve to company. Casseroles were very popular years ago because they were great for busy parents and perfect for entertaining. They could be prepared ahead of time and baked right before serving, but, unfortunately, many of them had mostly processed ingredients.  In this revised recipe, I’ve achieved great flavor and gotten rid of the processed foods (except for a can of tomatoes).  You’ll love the combination of ingredients and you can spice it up to your own taste.

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Sautéed Chicken and Mushrooms in Champagne Sauce

Chicken and Mushrooms

Simple and elegant dishes are perfect to serve when entertaining or having a romantic dinner for two; dishes that are impressive, yet allow us to spend time with our guests rather than slaving over a hot stove in the kitchen. While I’m sure many of us have had evenings where we’ve spent most of the night in the kitchen whipping up fancy dishes, it’s also nice to keep a few casual recipes on hand for dinner parties or impromptu entertaining that look and taste like you’ve spent hours cooking.

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Old-Fashioned Chicken Casserole

Chicken Casserole copy

The original version of this dish was my go-to chicken casserole recipe in the 1980s. It was a popular weeknight family meal and when served to guests, they always requested the recipe. Everyone loved the big chunks of chicken breast meat served in a cheesy and creamy sauce. It was topped with buttery Ritz cracker crumbs that melted in your mouth. I liked that I could serve it with wild rice or a variety of side dishes and salads since the casserole contained no starches or vegetables. It was also great to make ahead when entertaining and easy to double the recipe.

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