Realistic Cooking Ideas

for Busy People! And sharing our life adventures along the way!

One of the things I love about cooking is you can take a recipe, modify it, and it has a whole new look and taste. Potato Soup is a great dish for modifications. This year I used bacon, fresh parsley, fresh chives, and white cheddar cheese for a wonderful blend of flavors! It can be …

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I really baby my slow-cooked meals and this Guinness Beef Stew is not an exception! As a bonus, this is the best version of Guinness Beef Stew that I ever made! It has a wonderful full flavor with a bit of sweetness. Most stews need to sit a day or two for the flavors to …

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Is everyone getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day? I found this wonderful recipe that was adapted from Recipe TV. Now I will not claim it is authentic since there are US substitutions and I am sure there are “secrets” that the Irish have that are not shared! But this recipe is so easy to make …

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Years and that 2016 is the best year ever for you and your family! This New Years I tried a new recipe for Scallops by making a citrus ginger sauce serving them with a wild rice. They came out delicious. But there is a step that …

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This is a wonderful dish that I adapted from Beachbody for Thanksgiving. If you are doing the 21-Day Fix Challenge or any of the other Beachbody challenges, be sure to follow their recipe for the correct container conversion. This dish was a great healthy substitute for traditional stuffing and dressing. I do not really care …

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For Thanksgiving I use to make a turkey but for the most part no one really wanted a traditional turkey. Over the years I made different variations on roasting a turkey and then we transitioned into beef dishes. Last year I made a wonderful Beef Tenderloin with a Madeira Rosemary Shallot Sauce. This year we …

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I love mashed potatoes and over the years have explored many different recipes. This year our Thanksgiving menu was focused around healthier versions of our classic recipes. Instead of adding sour cream, cream cheese, and a lot of butter I used parsnips. They added a wonderful sweetness eliminating the need for those high calorie, fat …

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